Breitling DC-3 Circles the Globe — with 500 Limited-Edition Navitimer Chronographs

The Breitling DC-3 World Tour — which began this past March in Switzerland — touched down in New York City this week, bringing with it the storied 77-year-old plane’s precious cargo: a 500-piece limited edition of the brand’s iconic Navitimer watch that will be available for sale at the conclusion of the historic, globe-spanning journey.

Breitling Navitimer DC-3 Limited Edition- reclining
The Breitling Navitimer Breitling DC-3 Limited Edition (above) will be aboard the Breitling DC (below, over Geneva) during its world tour.
Breitling DC-3 World Tour - Geneva

The DC-3 HB-IRJ that now flies under Breitling colors was delivered to its original owner on March 12, 1940, and was used for various civilian and military purposes for various owners throughout the following decades. Breitling acquired the plane in November 2008, entirely restoring, repainting, and adapting it to European air travel standards and branding it with a vintage Breitling logo. The renamed Breitling DC-3 has since participated in air shows and other events worldwide, and in 2017, embarked on its most ambitious flight to date — a grand world tour in stages, taking off from Geneva in March, crossing the Balkans, through the Middle East and Southeast Asia, across the Pacific, through the U.S. and Canada, and finally back to Switzerland in September. When it touches down, the Breitling DC-3 will become the oldest plane to make such a world tour, and the specially created watches that it carries on board will become officially available to the public.

Breitling Navitimer DC-3 Limited Edition - front

The Breitling Navitimer Breitling DC-3 Limited Edition carries on the tradition of the original Navitimer, introduced in 1952 and regarded as one of the quintessential timepieces for aviators. The watch’s 46-mm stainless steel case features the circular slide rule bezel, used in making calculations for airborne navigation, which has long been the defining characteristic of Navitimer watches. Powering the watch is Breitling’s in-house Caliber 01, which includes an integrated chronograph function and a 70-hour power reserve and which has been officially certified as a chronometer by the Swiss testing agency COSC. The dial’s tricompax design includes subdials at 3, 6, and 9 o’clock — for chronograph minutes, chronograph hours, and running seconds, respectively — along with a date window at the 4:30 position. Marking this watch as a special edition is the solid steel caseback engraved with the Breitling DC-3 World Tour (below); as an added enticement, each of the 500 watches (which Breitling says can be pre-ordered now) will be delivered with a certificate signed by the flight’s captain.

Breitling Navitimer DC-3 Limited Edition - front-back





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  1. William Conly III

    Superb looking watch — love Breitling’s

  2. Audie Hittle

    I understand that all of the limited production watches were actually flown on the Around-the-World tour. It was the oldest DC-3, or C-47, to ever circumnavigate the world, so each watch is actually now a part of history, which should only increase their value, in addition to the inherent value of a such an iconic time piece.

  3. Gerry Kesler

    What is the price of the watch. I am building a RC 140″ Breitling DC-3 with 35CC Motors in it.

  4. Wilfred Vasquez

    Hello, I”m interested in purchasing one of your beautiful Breitling Navitimer Breiting DC-3 Limited Edition Watch.

  5. Very nice as I’m sure Breitling will have a total sellout…but I have my Dad’s 1957 Navitimer and prefer it over any of the others through the years!!!

  6. Rick Krause

    I am being told about $9000 but there is a waiting list and you need to go through a Breitling distributor to get on the list.

  7. Gil Yanuck

    Great story, thank you. The only information missing from the article was the cost of one of the 500 watches.

    • Vince Troiano

      When is the your coming here in Toronto,Canada &will it be available here and we’re? What is the price

  8. Joseph Conway

    Great watch. Like the size. I would have gone with black hands (same as the full dial) for the 3 subdials for an easier read. The hour, minute and sweep are just fine.

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