12 Jul 2011

Breitling Navitimer Montbrillant A4137012/B986 Combines Function, Quality and Fashion

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Breitling Chronographs part of the instrument panel

By the 1930's, most airplanes had Breitling Chronographs Installed

An introduction to the Breitling Navitimer Montbrillant A4137012/B986

Breitling SA has been making watches for over 125 years. The founder, Leon Breitling, started his company in St. Imier, Switzerland, long before the Wright Brothers had realized their dreams of flight. By the end of the 1920’s, the airplane was almost as common place as a pocket watch. Less than a decade later, Breitling Chronographs were installed in most airplanes as a standard part of the instrument panel.

Breitling Navitimer Montbrillant Chronograph

Breitling's Navitimer Montbrillant Chronograph Features Slide-Rule Bezel

 The first computer I ever learned to use was a slide rule. As a pilot, it was invaluable to me. A slide rule can calculate fuel consumption, distance vs. fuel ratios, flight times, rates of climb and descent, and airspeed just to name a few. Breitling took that idea one step further in 1952 and put it on the bezel of the Navitimer. The watch — in general — and the circular slide rule — in particular — have made the Navitimer a favorite of the aviation industry ever since.

 The Breitling Navitimer Montbrillant Chronograph, model no. A4137012/B986 does not disappoint. Its stainless steel bezel contains a large face which makes it easy to read, is self-winding and comes with a matching steel bracelet-style band with folding clasp.

 Other features include: 

  • Watch case is 38 mm in diameter with a thickness of 12.3 mm
  • The seconds hand is red-tipped and easy to spot
  • Date window at four o’clock position on dial
  • The sapphire crystal has anti-glare properties
  • Main dial is black/sub-dials are silver
  • Slide rule turns clockwise and counter clockwise
  • Power reserve for the automatic action is around 42 hours
  • Water resistant to a depth of 100 feet (30 meters)
  • 25 jewel movement
  • Two year warranty
John Travolta's Breitling Navitimer Montbrillant

Professional Pilot and Actor, John Travolta, Wearing his Breitling Navitimer

Professional pilot and actor, John Travolta, wears a Breitling Navitimer Montbrillant as much for its dependability and quality craftsmanship as its understated style. Chef Gordon Ramsay, the television chef from Hell’s Kitchen wears a Breitling Navitimer. The same functions that make the Navitimer a great aviator’s watch are the same functions that could be useful in the kitchen, or even in the classroom.

 The Breitling Navitimer Montbrillant can be purchased online, on average, for between $3,500.00 and $6,500.00.

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