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.
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.
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.