Fly high with the new Breitling Navitimer AOPA

The legendary pilots’ watch is back in a limited edition avatar

The golden era of flying might be long gone, but that doesn’t mean you can’t own a piece of heritage

Back in 1952, Breitling released the Navitimer, which soon became the ‘ultimate’ watch for gruff-voiced pilots who spent their days ferrying film stars from Cannes to Los Angeles. It was the golden age of flying, when boarding a Pan Am DC-6 Clipper felt like an occasion, and plastic cutlery was still a dream in the minds of future bean counters. The glamour of flying might be long gone, and an airline pilot’s more likely to be carrying a Boeing-load of shabbily dressed backpackers and harried executives rather than Hollywood A-listers and European royalty, but hey, you can always relive those glorious days with the Navitimer AOPA limited edition.

Available as part of a limited, 500-piece run, the new Navitimer AOPA features the famous circular slide-rule that’s probably inspired more watches than the chap who first thought, “What if I strap a sundial onto my wrist?”. You also get a self-winding movement, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association logo, an engraved back and, of course, the much-sought-after COSC chronometer certification.