Night Flyer: The New Breitling Navitimer 46 Blacksteel

Breitling has added another model to its growing collection of all-black watches. The Breitling Navitimer 46, the larger version of the brand’s iconic Navitimer pilot’s chronograph, is now available in a Blacksteel edition with several new features.

Breitling Navitimer 46 Blacksteel - front
Breitling Navitimer 46 Blacksteel - reclining

The 46-mm case of the Breitling Navitimer 46 Blacksteel has a satin-brushed finish and a highly resistant carbon-based treatment that gives it its ebony appearance. Like all Breitling Navitimers since the 1952 original, this watch features a rotating circular slide rule bezel, which can be used for airborne navigation. Unlike the classic Navitimer model, however, this one has two, rather than three, subdials — a 30-minute chronograph counter at 3 o’clock and small seconds at 9 o’clock. The sterling silver-base dial resembles a cockpit instrument panel, with judiciously placed red accents, including the central sweep-seconds chronograph hand and subdial hands.

Breitling Navitimer 46 Blacksteel - side
Breitling Navitimer 46 Blacksteel - back

The watch contains Breitling’s in-house Caliber 01, a self-winding, COSC chronometer-certified movement with an integrated 1/4-second chronograph function, a high frequency (28,800 vph), and a 70-hour power reserve. The movement, whose winding rotor has been blackened to match the case, is visible beneath a sapphire caseback. The case is water-resistant to 30 meters and has a curved sapphire crystal, glareproofed on both surfaces, over the dial.

The other new element setting this new Navitimer apart from its predecessors is the black rubber strap, which bears an aircraft tire-tread pattern; this strap style will now be an option on all Breitling Navitimer watches. The Breitling Navitimer 46 Blacksteel is priced at $11,975.

Breitling Navitimer 46 Blacksteel - soldier



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  1. Leo Phoa

    Just bought it one month ago. Very impressive and accurate watch. 46mm is not as big as you thought when it is in your wrist. Beautiful black watch. Love it and fully recommended.

  2. zaslavsky

    Nice watch but a little bit too much oversized, 44mm would have been the perfect size. Not a common watch but an original watch which changes us from the usual daytona and speedmasters 9300 seen almost everywhere. The b01 is equal if not better than the rolex 4130.

  3. zaslavsky

    Nice chronograph but clearly too much oversized, 44mm would have been enough, though the watch is original and changes us from the usual daytona and the speedmaster 9300 watches seen almost everywhere. The B01 is equal if not better than the Rolex 4130

  4. Jack T

    While an extension of the most notable model in the Brietling line, the ultra busy dial, unnecessary complications and 46mm case just don’t do it for me. Dial clarity is an important criteria for me, so chronos are not high on my list, except for a 10 year old Swiss Army Quartz that still carries on!
    I’ve had my eye on several Brietling models for several months now, they have a solid wrist presence and handsome dials. Size is my biggest issue, 42mm is my top end.

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