Breitling Navitimer Cosmonaute marks the 50th anniversary of the first spacegoing chronograph
Established back in 1884, the Swiss manufacturer of technically-oriented watches, mostly mechanical and electronic chronometers, Breitling have so far been offering high-end luxury watches usually oriented towards three categories; SuperOcean, Navitimer and Breitling for Bentley. Over the times, we have seen some of its very best examples like the ‘Ice Speed Record’ chronograph for Bentley, the Airwolf, Supersports ultra-light body watch, and the Breitling Emergency chronograph with distress transmitter. Ever since its inception, the firm has played a crucial role in the development of the wristwatch chronograph and is the world’s only major watch brand to equip all of its models with chronometer-certified movements. Breitling, now one of the last remaining independent Swiss watch brands is widely known for its Navitimer Cosmonaute chronograph, which became the first ever wrist instrument to share in the conquest of space by accompanying the Aurora 7 flight that orbited the earth, some 50 years ago today, on 24th May 1962. Now, to celebrate the 50th proud anniversary of the historical first space going wristwatch chronograph, the brand has released a limited edition Navitimer Cosmonaute.
Back in 1961, when Lt. Commander Scott Carpenter, one of the original astronauts in the Mercury Space Program approached the company with an idea of incorporating 24-hour dial instead of normal 12-hour. Breitling then produced the 24 hour Navitimer Cosmonaute, which Scott Carpenter wore on his 1962 space flight Aurora 7, which orbited the Earth three times.
Entirely developed and produced in the company workshops and equipped with the high-performance Manufacture Breitling movement, this 1,962-piece limited edition Navitimer Cosmonaute is distinguished by its 24-hour display serving to distinguish day from night, its manualwinding mode, and two nods to the original 1962 chronograph, along with the Aurora 7 mission insignia engraved on the caseback that also carries a Celcius/Fahrenheit conversion scale.
This cult’s pilot watch comes with its famous circular slide rule serving to perform all operations relating to airborne navigation. Developed by Breitling engineers and watchmakers based on Caliber 02, the world’s best chronograph movement, with the exceptional precision confirmed by a chronometer certificate granted by the COSC (Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute).
This 50th anniversary limited edition features a black dial with silver counters, with the dial motif created using the refined ‘par epargne’ process on a sterling silver base and offers over 70-hour of power reserve. Its steel case has resistance to 3 bars and boasts a bi-directional rotating bezel with circular slide rule along with cambered sapphire crystal, glareproofed on both sides. The watch comes either with straps or bracelets of barenia leather, crocodile leather or Navitimer.