The Breitling Navitimer is a beautiful luxury timepiece dedicated to aviation fans. The design of this watch is outstanding and it represents a milestone in the watchmaking history. Many collectors consider it a true masterpiece of reliability and performance. Needless to say, the Navitimer line includes some of the most popular watch models that have ever been manufactured and their beauty is surpassed only by their extreme functionality.
The originality of the Breitling Navitimer consists on a complex balance between new and old aesthetics, between modern and traditional lines. The watch has a distinctive solid stainless steel case, a dial colored in a white or dark color, a red seconds hand, white or silver chronograph sub-dials and applied hour-markers or numerals. Also, the watch comes with a bi-directional ratcheted rotating bezel that allows you to operate the famous circular aviation slide rule.
I have recently purchased a replica of the Breitling Navitimer, but, sadly, it is not a very accurate reproduction of the original model. As you can see in the photo, the dial has various flaws that make it obvious for anyone that this watch is a fake. The first thing you notice is the orange-brownish color. There is no genuine Navitimer with this color of dial. Of course, I should have known this before buying the replica, but I liked the color very much and did not take the time to research if the original watch is available with this orange dial. Huge mistake!
Another flaw, and this is very unaesthetic, is regarding the three small dials. These are dirty or smudged somehow, especially the one from the 3 o’clock position. Almost its entire surface is covered by whitish dirt. Additionally, all three counters are glued onto the dial in a very sloppy manner leaving very visible traces of glue around the outside of the small silvery discs. And this is not all, the seconds hand should be all red color and its top should be an arrow, but on my replica just the top is red and this isn’t shaped like an arrow. It is just a plain line.
Another big mistake regarding the design of this Breitling Navitimer replica is the bezel. The bezel on my fake watch is not the standard Navitimer bezel, the one that comes with all original Navitimer timepieces. It is a Bentley bezel. And this mix-up is a clear sign that the watch is a poor replica.
The knockoff is made from solid stainless steel, but the quality isn’t the best I have seen. The shine of the case and band looks cheap and the finishing is really bad. There are edges that weren’t well-rounded very and these can even scratch your skin if you are not careful.
This Breitling Navitimer fake watch is equipped with an Asian movement. So far, the watch has kept good time, but I didn’t have it for that long so I can’t make a safe estimation of its time accuracy. Still, no matter how exact this replica is, it still cannot compensate for its huge design flaws.
When you buy a replica watch you must always research the company you are considering and the model you want to purchase. Otherwise, you risk ending up with an inferior knockoff that you can’t wear in front of other people, like this Breitling Navitimer replica watch.