Breitling has announced the release of its first re-edition timepiece. Breitling developed the Navitimer in 1952, and it instantly became a mainstay for pilots.

The Navitimer Ref. 806 1959 Re-Edition is a chronograph that replicates - almost to the smallest detail - the design codes of one of the most earliest navimeters, the Breitling Ref. 806, including an all-black dial with tone-on-tone sundials and a rotating bezel.

In celebration of the year this design was produced, it has been created in an edition limited to 1959 pieces, all individually numbered and engraved on the cassock.

The Breitling Navitimer Ref 806 1959 Re-Edition has been created with painstaking attention to every detail of the 1959 Navitimer design. Like its ancestor, it has an all-black dial with tone-on-tone sundials and, recreating one of the signature elements from the original, the dial is adorned with a Breitling inscription in capital letters and an unsigned winged logo.

The Navitimer Ref 806 1959 Re-Edition has a rotating bezel made of precisely 94 beads, exactly the number found on the 1959 model. Even the stainless steel case, measuring precisely 40.9 millimetres, has been developed specifically for the Navitimer Ref. 806 1959 Re-Edition, with the same lugs profile and finish as the original Ref. 806.

The watch features the famous circular slide rule, positioned beneath a piece of high-domed acrylic glass fashioned in exactly the same shape as the original. The watch is also presented o on a black vintage-inspired leather strap.

The only differences to the original are that the water resistance has been increased to 3 bar [30 meters], and a Super-LumiNova® coating. However, special attention has been made to the colour of this coating to insure it remains the same colour as the original.