Baselworld 2017 sees the introduction of a new member of the famed Breitling Navitimer limited edition replica watches collection with a new movement and the addition of a split-second chronograph (rattrapante) complication. Containing the new in-house-made Caliber B03 automatic split-second chronograph movement, the Breitling Navitimer Rattrapante adds an uncommon complication to the Breitling Navitimer, and a complication that I don’t think I’ve previously seen from the brand.
Split-second chronographs are coveted not so much for their functionality (although I do admit they are fun to play with) but rather because they are tricky to assemble. It was actually not until Richard Habring developed a special “low-cost” split-second chronograph module for the 7750 for IWC (where he worked at the time) that I believe the rattrapante mechanism was available for the (comparable) masses. Breitling’s B03 more than likely takes a different approach to assembling a split-second chronograph system, but is certainly more accessible in price than, say… one from Patek Philippe.
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Breitling leather strap fake watches UK further explains that the rattrapante mechanism module is produced using an efficient 28 parts and is designed to be totally removed – and if needed, replaced – to facilitate easy servicing. Further, Breiting claims that while the B03’s split-second chronograph has been specially designed to use parts which are simpler to produce than more historic rattrapante models, this also provides the mechanism with more precise and reliable use. I say this because many split-second chronographs, given the delicate nature of their construction, are not celebrated for their precision or reliability. Note the fun design element where the Breitling anchor B logo is split, so that half of it is on the main chronograph seconds hand, and the other is on the rattrapante hand.
Rattrapante chronographs are a bit difficult to explain without demonstrating them. The idea is that a main chronograph is supplemented with an additional chronograph seconds hand (which hides under the main chronograph seconds hand when not in use). A pusher in the crown (in this case) is used to activate this additional chronograph seconds hand, which can be used to independently measure a one-minute interval while the main 12-hour chronograph is in operation. Prior to digital devices these were clearly a bit more useful, but in today’s “technique-eager” luxury watch world, lots of people swoon over mechanical technology such as this.
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The Breitling Caliber B03 automatic chronograph movement replica watches are COSC Chronometer-certified and operates at 4Hz (28,800bph) with a power reserve of 70 hours. The movement features the time, date, and 12-hour chronograph with split-second “rattrapante” functionality. Otherwise, this is very much your traditional Navitimer dial, only in brown. The design comes complete with a slew of markers and indicators, including the famed rotating slide-rule bezel for making various mathematical calculations only people in extreme emergencies (or with extreme analog calculator fetishes) will rely upon.
We begin with what makes the watch smart. And we begin by saying that this implementation of the Breitling smart watches UK are the best we have come across to date. Breitling has chosen to use each device at its strengths. The phone is superior to the watch as it has better ergonomic interface, and a larger screen. And watch is superior to the phone as it is wearable, conveniently strapped to the wrist. It also is has superior ergonomics in many of the standard watch functions like telling the time, second timezone, and chronograph functions. And the balance, we feel is quite well chosen.
The iPhone app which we tested was well behaved and worked flawlessly after the 10 seconds or so it takes to pair with the watch. The app uses the real estate afforded by the large iPhone’s screen to good stead. And the displays are logical and clear. The interaction between the watch and iPhone is two way. There is a small lag in the communication as we observed, but we are hopeful that this will reduce in the next releases of the iPhone app and/or watch firmware.
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The B55 can be used to display alerts the user that a message is received by the phone. The user can then view and respond to the message on the Smartphone. The B55 does no more than to alert the user. But the full array of settings and readings is available on the iPhone.
The case is 46mm diameter, 15.25mm height solid titanium with a rotating bezel. The case is well made. The unidirectional bezel clicks with an assuring satisfaction.
The design is based on the the Breitling Cockpit B50. However, the B55 dial is visually it simpler and more legible than the rather crowded B50. This is largely due to the lack of compass bearings markers which is engraved on the B50’s bezel, and thankfully absent on the B55.
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Like on the Breitling B55 replica watches UK, the B55 has a “Tilt” mode to save power. The LCD backlighting goes blank after a short time out, but is reactivated when the watch senses the user tilts his wrist at a more than 35° angle, or when the crown is pressed. Not only quite clever, but also quite telling that the designers are also practicing pilots. One can keep one’s hands on the aircraft controls instead of fiddling to turn the backlight on the watch.
The entire dial layout intelligently laid out, a particularly important and highly desirable feature considering the mass of information it is capable of displaying. The two LCD displays are also used to alert the user of messages incoming from the connected Smartphone. Messages like WhatsApp, SMS, email, calls are displayed, but the user is not able to interact with the Smartphone through the B55. The watch is merely used to alert the user, as it is always on one’s wrist, it has the advantage of being always near/on-line.
It is a special man who finds a perfect wrist companion in the two-tone steel and gold version of the larger 46mm-wide version of the classic Breitling Navitimer replica watches UK. Of course, this is the “Navitimer 01” model that contains Breitling’s first in-house movement – the Breitling Caliber 01. Breitling Navitimer fans are a unique breed of aviation lovers who actually do fly or highly aspire to.
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In dive watch terms, the Breitling Navitimer might be something like an Omega Seamaster Ploprof. Sort of a big-sized, nerdy dive watch with a cult following and special function or case beyond that of most other watches of its genre. Sure, there have been plenty of Navitimer homages over the years, but Breitling was the first to put a rotating slide-rule bezel in a wrist watch.
Our Max wrote a review of this generation Breitling Navitimer 01 watch here. I’ll let you explore that article for more practical information on wearing and owning the Breitling Navitimer 01 – which is clearly one of Breitling’s most iconic models ever. I have personally always liked the Breitling Navitimer but not yet found the model for me. I am also keenly aware that I will likely never actually use the rotating slide-rule bezel. It isn’t that I don’t want to, but rather that my math skills are never going to be up to snuff. More so, I am deeply enough of the digital calculator generation to never have any type of nostalgic feelings toward older “non-electronic” calculators.
Nevertheless, the Breitling Navitimer is a classic, isn’t it? It has managed to also be one of those hyper-masculine watches that still feels conservative and looks good on the wrists of many different kinds of Breitling men’s cheap fake watches. For that, within the aviation watch realm, it will continue to be one of “the” icon watches. Part of being included in that designation is being niche, I feel. As iconic as it is, I still think the Patek Philippe Nautilus is niche in its appeal. It just isn’t for everyone and neither is the Breitling Navitimer.
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In two-tone steel with an 18k gold bezel, the Breitling Navitimer 01 takes on a special personality. This piece is on the rich, padded brown alligator strap, but Breitling also offers it on steel or, hopefully, two-tone steel and 18k gold bracelet in the future. That latter option has been around for previous versions of two-tone Navitimers. On the two-tone bracelet, you get the most “lifestyle” look given the sheen of all that polished metal and glint of gold. The black dial is given gold hour markers and hands too, which helps complete the look. Still, there isn’t a huge amount of gold on the watch which prevents the price from soaring to near all-gold-case levels. They do produce solid gold versions of this Breitling Navitimer 01 46mm.
At 46mm wide, this version of the Breitling Navitimer leather strap watch UK isn’t the largest. I have also covered the 48mm-wide Breitling Navitimer GMT also with an in-house made Breitling movement. Even if this Breitling Navitimer 01 46mm isn’t the largest Navitimer model around, it still wears admirably, and has a case that is a solid 14.5mm thick.