Quick Take

Last year in Basel, we saw a 38mm three-hand Navitimer with a beaded bezel equipped with a slide rule. Sure, it was on the smaller side for a Breitling, but it was also a clear signal that under its then-new new management, Breitling was going to be open to trying new things to reach a wider range of watch buyers. This year, we see the same aesthetic applied to a 41mm mid-size three-hander with date.
It's a good looking watch that takes the aesthetic of the Navitimer, a tool watch if there ever was one and definitely Breitling's most iconic design, and applies it to a fashionable time and date in a wide range of executions incorporating various dial colors, two case metal configurations, and choice of a leather strap or a bracelet. Based on the shear number of examples within this new collection, it would appear that Breitling expects this collection to be a big success and a pillar for the brand. The Breitling 17 is not produced in-house, but it's based upon one of the most widely used and time-tested movements in all of Swiss watchmaking, ETA's 2824-2.
Initial Thoughts

I'm a fan of the Navitimer aesthetic, and I think a lot of you out there are too. It's definitely Breitling's best-known watch and easily one of the most instantly recognizable pilot's watch designs from any watchmaker. These new time and date models successfully transfer the design language of an iconic tool watch to more of an everyday watch with mass market appeal. There are a heck of a lot of different possible configurations here I count 15 when taking the optional folding clasp versus pin buckle into account, and I think some of them look really great: the blue dial option below matched with a blue strap, for example.
The Basics

Brand: Breitling
Model: Navitimer 1 Automatic 41
Reference Number: Multiple
Diameter: 41mm
Thickness: 10mm
Case Material: Steel or steel and red gold
Dial Color: Silver, black, blue and carbon
Indexes: Applied
Lume: Yes
Water Resistance: 3 Bars
Strap/Bracelet: Either available
The Movement

Caliber: Breitling 17
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date
Power Reserve: 38 hours
Winding: Automatic
Frequency: 28,800
Jewels: 25
Chronometer Certified: Yes
Pricing & Availability

Price: $4,310 to $6,750
Limited Edition: No
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