As one of the most famous luxury replica watch brands in the world and the company responsible for inventing the modern two-pusher chronograph, Breitling has quite a few noteworthy models in its portfolio. With that in mind, the Navitimer is easily Breitling’s most famous watch, and its unique slide rule bezel has made it one of the true icons from the world of horology.
The current Breitling Navitimer Replica collection includes watches with case sizes that range from 35mm to 46mm in diameter, with the chronograph models available in 41mm, 43mm, and 46mm. That said, it is the 43mm version of the B01 Chronograph that is the core offering within the lineup, and while 43mm still represents a fairly sizable case diameter, it is significantly more manageable compared to the 46mm and 48mm monsters from the brand’s back-catalog that often come to mind when someone thinks of the Navitimer collection.
On top of that, the listed 43mm dimension actually refers to the diameter of the grooved rotating bezel that hangs over the edge of the case, and if you measure the diameter of the middle case itself, it actually comes in closer to 41mm with an overall lug-to-lug profile of approximately 49mm. Similarly, the official thickness of the Best Breitling Navitimer B01 Chronograph 43 Replica Site is 13.6mm, but that also includes the domed sapphire crystal with blue anti-reflective coating that sticks up above the rim of the bezel.
Further helping mitigate the perceived size of the watch is its case finishing, and the sides of the stainless steel middle case receive linear brushing that contrasts against the polished top surfaces of the lugs. A similar approach is taken with the finishing on the pushers, which have brushed sides with high-polished ends, and these brushed surfaces throughout the case components helps temper what can sometimes be a rather “blingy” overall appearance when fully high-polished.
The primary surface of the dial is a metallic pale blue color with a prominent sunburst finish, applied polished batons for the hour markers, and the fan-favorite AOPA wings emblem sitting just below the 12 o’clock location. The Breitling Replica Swiss Movement trio of recessed sub-dials and the internal rotating slide rule bezel are all finished matte black for added contrast, and neatly sitting inside the sub-dial at the 6 o’clock location is a rectangular aperture that functions as a date window.
To help promote legibility with the ample amount of text, the printing is done in black on the ice blue surface, while it appears in white against the black sections, and in typical Navitimer fashion, a different color is used for the key markings on its slide rule bezel. All of the hands receive polished surfaces to match the hour markers, although the hour and minute hand get furnished with thin luminous inlays, while the seconds hand is painted bright red for added contrast and increased legibility when using it in conjunction with the logarithmic scale on the bezel.
In addition to being a twelve-hour chronograph with a date display, the Breitling Swiss Replica Cal. 01 movement is also a COSC-certified chronometer, which means that it is guaranteed to keep time to within -4/+6 per day. Although the Caliber 01 is essentially Breitling’s workhorse chronograph movement, it is reasonably decorated and nice to look at through the Navitimer’s display caseback, and it includes Geneva stripes and gold-filled engravings on its skeletonized rotor and upper bridges.
While the strap material is slightly stiff when brand new, it quickly conformed to the shape of my wrist, and it ultimately became quite comfortable to wear for extended periods of time. The quality and comfort of the Breitling Replica included leather strap is certainly nice enough to the point where there is no real reason to seek out an alternative. However, with standard 22mm lugs and a reasonable amount of space between the springbars and the edge of the case, a nearly endless list of compatible options is also on the table.