|Breitling was founded by Leon Breitling in Saint-Imier, Swizerland. The brand has been producing luxury Swiss watches since 1884.
In the 1950s Breitling introduced their world famous Navitimer range. These watches were specifically designed with an integrated circular slide rule for use use by pilots in aviation. The circular rule was designed to calculate airspeed, rate or time of climb or descent, flight time, distance, and fuel consumption functions, as well as kilometre–nautical mile and gallon–litre fuel amount conversion functions. This was then developed further in 1969, when Breitling introduced the Calibre 11 – the world’s first self-winding chronograph movement. This was named the Chrono-Matic.
McTear’s are delighted to offer a 1971 Breitling Navitimer Chrono-Matic 1806 in this month’s Watches and Coins auction. The Breitling Navitimer Chrono-Matic follows the designs of the early chronographs, with separate start/stop and reset buttons, and two sub-dials. The two sub-dials show a continuous second counter and a 30 minute counter which is used in conjunction with the main second hand for the chronograph function. The placing of the crown on the left side of the watch makes Breitling watch design somewhat unique
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