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Breitling Navitimer Reference 1806 - Iraqi Air Force Issue - 1970's ***SOLD***

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Breitling Navitimer Automatic Reference 1806. Chronograph wristwatch c.1970. A rare watch; it houses the Caliber 12 movement (based on a Buren 1282), which was arguably the first ever chronograph movement to become automatic, then part of a space-race style endeavour to achieve this status. The watch is also rare on another account: it was Issued to Iraqi Military Air Force during the 1970s and bears the military markings on the case back. 42-hour power reserve, watch keeping time excellently.

Chunky octagonal case with chronograph pushers at 2 and 4 O’clock. Left-handed crown makes this large case wear very comfortably.

Reverse panda dial with chronograph registers at 9 and 3 O’clock- date aperture at 6. N.b. look closely and you will see, the dial bears Iraqi Air Force wings and not the Breitling wings you will normally see, making this piece even rarer.

A highly practical and intricate interface, the Navitimer has been preferred by pilots for decades. The detailed dial, bi-rotational conversion bezel and left-handed crown all attest to this here.

This watch is in entirely original condition, with no evident replacement parts or work having been carried out.

For an interesting read around the provenance of this watch, please see the link below. Previously unbeknown to us – this model is often referred to as the ‘Fried Egg’! 

  • Model ref: 1806
  • Year: 1970's
  • Warranty length: 12 months
  • Box and papers: No
  • Movement type, calibre and jewels: Automatic Caliber 12 17 jewels
  • Case: Stainless steel octagonal fighter pilots’ case with military markings 
  • Dial: Reverse panda dial – double register – ‘Fried Egg’ dial
  • Crystal: Plexiglass
  • Bracelet: Black leather Hirsch© strap
  • Width (w/o crown): 48mm
  • Height, lug to lug: 48mm
  • Lug width: 22mm
  • Wrist size: Adjustable