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Collection Spotlight: Breitling Navitimer B01 Chronograph Airline Editions

It should come as no surprise that Breitling played a big role in the golden era of jet travel, when the three biggest airlines were Swissair, Pan American World Airways and Trans World Airlines. To commemorate the era and celebrate its spirit, Breitling has created a capsule collection of timepieces honoring these iconic airlines.

A retro take on their well-known and well-loved Navitimer Pilot’s watch, these timepieces have 1960’s and 1970’s detailing and case backs printed with each airline’s logo. Each timepiece is powered by the in-house Breitling Calibre 01, which provides extreme precision and a power reserve of 70 hours.

The Swissair edition has a black dial with silver and red accents.

Navitimer B01 Chronograph 43 Swissair Edition
Navitimer B01 Chronograph 43 Swissair Edition

The Pan Am edition has a blue dial with silver and red accents.

Navitimer B01 Chronograph 43 Pan Am Edition
Navitimer B01 Chronograph 43 Pan Am Edition

Finally, the TWA edition has a silver dial with anthracite and red accents.

Navitimer B01 Chronograph 43 TWA Edition
Navitimer B01 Chronograph 43 TWA Edition

These watches are being produced for a limited time and subsequently in a limited quantity, but are not numbered.

Breitling’s newest partnership

Just this month, Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, announced a partnership with Breitling. The brand will serve as the airline’s official timekeeper. To celebrate, Breitling introduced a new timepiece – the Aviator 8 Etihad Limited Edition. The watch features Eastern Arabic numerals, gold details and a black steel case, and is a limited series of 500.

Which Airline Edition would you choose?

About The Author: Scott Meller

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Scott joined Feldmar Watch Company, Inc. under the tutelage of his father, Sol. As a fourth generation family member, Scott’s forward-thinking business acumen has placed Feldmar on the cutting edge of the luxury timepiece market. Scott’s favorite part about working at Feldmar is being a part of his family’s multi-generational business and having worked alongside his father. His accomplishments are many, including the expansion and remodel of the Feldmar flagship store, as well as a second location inside The Beverly Hilton.

Since attending Santa Monica College, Scott has become an expert in the technical aspects of the timepieces sold at Feldmar. Each year, he travels to Switzerland—the watchmaking capital of the world—to attend the Baselword Watch & Jewelry Fair and build upon his extensive knowledge of this quickly-evolving industry.

Scott is very proud of the way Feldmar customers are put first: “We regularly go out of our way to meet the needs of our clients. A client once purchased a rather significant watch as a birthday gift for his brother who lived in New York. Our client asked how we were going to deliver the gift and we responded with the typical answer, we would ship it by FedEx. After we answered his question, we could tell that he wanted a more personalized experience for the delivery and offered to have it hand-delivered by one of our associates. He lit up at the thought, and so off went one of our associates to New York City for the day to hand-deliver the gift.”

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