Breitling Navitimer Cosmonaute 809 “AOPA”

The Navitimer story started when Breitling and AOPA (Aircraft  Owners and Pilots Association) worked together in the early 50’s to develop a watch that helped pilots to navigate. The watch therefore contains a ‘slide rule bezel’ to help pilots calculating distance, remaining fuel and remaining time to get home for dinner. 

This particular Navitimer is executed as a Cosmonaute. A variation on the Navitimer with a 24-hour instead of 12-hour time scale. This was originally invented to help astronauts seeing the difference between day and night without any light in space.

This specific piece dates back to 1966, is made out of stainless steel and has the, in our eyes, perfect tool watch case size of 40 millimeters. The watch runs on the Venus calibre 178 and is fitted on a ‘cognac brown’ leather strap. Beneath the slightly domed plexi glass we find a black ‘Cosmonaute’ dial configuration but instead of the Breitling name, logo and ‘Cosmonaute’ text you’ll find the gold applied ‘AOPA’ logo.

If you’re in the market for a vintage pilot watch, this is definitely a piece to take a look at. So feel free to pick up this stunner. Little note: Don’t come back asking us for a lesson on the bi-directional turning slide rule because we’re definitely no scholar mathematicians.

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