Hands-On With The Breitling Navitimer 01 Blacksteel

Hands-On With The Breitling Navitimer 01 Blacksteel

Although you’ll discover Breitling not regularly covered on this – and other – sites, they are still exceptionally sought after as indicated by the numbers we showed you a week ago. The Navitimer is our #1 Breitling model and comes in numerous varieties. One of the models that looks a tiny bit not the same as the others is this Breitling Navitimer 01 Blacksteel. Let’s have a look.

Breitling Navitimer 01 Blacksteel

Just as of late I had a Navitimer in my grasp from somebody who was visiting our office. A Breitling Navitimer with a programmed B23 type (in view of Valjoux 7753), most likely from around 2011 or 2012. How extraordinary is the vibe of this Breitling Navitimer 01 Blacksteel compared to the Valjoux 7753 controlled work of art. A DLC case, and comes on a lively elastic tie rather than the commonplace sewed calf or crocodile tie. A covertness looking watch, with its dark dial, brushed hands and elastic dark tie. Inside, the Navitimer 01 Blacksteel utilizes the B01 type. An in-house segment wheel chronograph development that slowly supplanted all the Valjoux fueled movements.

Breitling Navitimer 01 Black Steel

DLC or….

Breitling presented a blacksteel form previously, being a Cosmonaute and a Navitimer 1461 with complete schedule running effectively for 1,461 days and was restricted to 1000 pieces. However, you can consider what the eventual fate of DLC is nowadays. It isn’t precisely scratch safe and companies – like Breitling – are investigating new dark materials like ceramics and carbon. Breitling even thought of their own carbon-like material called Breitlight (which isn’t carbon as far as we might be concerned from different brands), for their Avenger Hurricane. Breitlings elite show piece a year ago was their Chronoworks, with a fired case. Different brands that can be found in a similar value range, as IWC, Panerai and Omega, likewise appear to have decided for earthenware production over DLC. We’ve addressed an approved Breitling seller and were informed that they feel pottery – or even Breitlight – is the best approach for these sort of watches.

Having said that, I keep thinking about whether the client truly thinks often about the pre-owned materials or that he (or she) is more keen on the feel. Remember however, that this watch has a distance across of an incredible 46mm. A particularly enormous watch regularly implies that it will see a periodic doorpost or divider. I agree with the approved Breitling vendor, that pottery and carbon-like material is presumably the way forward.

Breitling Navitimer 01 Black Steel

A Real Navitimer

The above may sound somewhat negative, yet it is only a perception and has little to do with my opinion about this Breitling Navitimer 01 Blacksteel. Despite the fact that it looks somewhat changed, and maybe focused on an alternate kind of client, it stays to be a genuine Navitimer. Much the same as the first model from 1952 (and onwards), it has a roundabout slide rule (that most likely nobody under 50 years of age realizes how to utilize, except if you’re into maths) that will assist pilots with figuring fuel utilization, pace of plummet, ground speed and so on Dissimilar to most Navitimer watches, this Blacksteel adaptation has just two sub dials. A brief chronograph (3 o’clock) counter and running seconds (9 o’clock). The brushed hands are not difficult to peruse, because of the red tips. The enormous chronograph second hand is additionally red. At 12 o’clock you’ll discover the Breitling wings, logo and at 6 o’clock the date window. Simply over the date window, the content shows that – in the same way as other Breitling watches – the development has been chronometer confirmed. I don’t know why it likewise demonstrates it is a chronograph, I think that’s exceptionally self-evident. It resembles composing ‘Date’ on a dial of a watch that has a date feature.

Breitling Navitimer 01 Blacksteel

Breitling Caliber B01

The 46mm case has a similar exemplary shape as the standard Navitimer models. A notable piece has been modified to an advanced dark chronograph and it suits him well. No crown monitors, however a huge setting/winding crown and siphon pushers. A dainty yet simple to get a handle on bezel and long smooth hauls. The caseback uncovers the Breitling Caliber B01 movement.

The B01 development is Breitling’s in-house chronograph type, with a force save of 70 hours. Our companions over at have a complete outline of all Breitling models utilizing this specific development. From what we hear from our ‘Fratello’ watchmaker who performs a considerable amount of Breitling administrations, the B01 development isn’t without issues. Particularly the winding pinion wheels are a precarious piece of the development. This may be the situation with just more established B01 developments however. In a little study we found on Breitling Source, 66 individuals were inquired as to whether they ran into issues with the development. 17 individuals did and 15 of them had to bringing to the table the watch for administration to sort it out. Obviously, 66 individuals isn’t that a lot to begin with and it has been posted some time back. So let’s trust that the later B01 type development have been changed and are blunder free.

One thing is sure, the development looks pleasant. The rotor is dark to coordinate the case (and idea of the piece all in all) and the watch has a decent completion. Côtes de Geneve on the plate, pleasantly completed scaffolds and a section wheel chronograph instrument. It is the immediate competitor of Rolex’ type 4130 (Daytona) and the Omega type 9300 group of movements.

Breitling offers five years of worldwide guarantee. That is additionally in accordance with Rolex (5 years) and Omega’s (4 years) strategy all alone in-house movements.

Some Thoughts

I think this watch is really amazing, particularly on the off chance that you are looking past the notable Navitimer models and need something more present day looking without loosing to quite a bit of its legacy. The Breitling Navitimer 01 Blacksteel will slow down you a firm 8740 Euro (counting charges). That isn’t modest, yet less expensive than Omega Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon (clay) or the Rolex Cosmograph Daytona (tempered steel with earthenware bezel). You can ponder however, on the off chance that somebody is truly comparing these three watches or simply need to buy a Breitling. Despite the fact that we – and the vast majority of our partners – don’t expound on Breitling that much, they actually have a colossal fanbase and for some it has a higher ‘status symbol’ fascination than a Rolex for instance. We needed to truly dive into the Breitling site and settle on certain decisions to get more data about this specific Breitling. They don’t make life simpler with their fairly unstructured/tumultuous site. You really need to tap on the ordinary Navitimer 01 (46mm) and locate this specific Blacksteel model under ‘versions’. Presently you know.

If the ‘blackness’ of this piece is the purpose behind a buy to you, you should think about the too. Somewhat bigger (50mm), however utilizing the Breitlight material which is lighter and more scratch-safe than DLC. Additionally the cost is somewhat more amiable, with 7,940 Euro (counting deals taxes).



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