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Old 29 October 2019, 05:55 AM   #1
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Navi underrated?

I have been into watches since the early 80ís. I have to say, I feel the navitimer is about the most under appreciated chronograph out there (save for the zenith el primero) and Iím not sure why. I mean fantastic legacy, was and is a proper tool watch, and yet I still see very few in the wild. I mean many say breitling has been too blingy, but the current Navi is only 2mm larger and 1 larger lug to lug. Yes the case is polished, but with the leather strap is really not at all blingy, though the dial does have a lot going on. And certainly compared to a gmt, the Navi would certainly appear the more reserved of the two.

However it remains actually easily readable and far more so than my Daytona. The in-house movement is a solid one, with a great power reserve. The overall changes to the watch have been very minimal over the years. Maybe itís the Rolex mania that obscures the other great watches out there or perhaps folks not happy with the overall direction of breitling? I would be interested in others perspectives?
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Old 30 October 2019, 12:52 PM   #2
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I used to own a Navitimer 01 LE and thought it was one of the best looking watches out there. Even with a 6.5Ē wrist, the 43mm case looked great. But in the end, what made me sell it was the very low WR rating. 30m and the very soft leather strap meant I couldnít really get it wet.


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Old 30 October 2019, 01:25 PM   #3
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Not sure I would call it underrated.

I don't see them too often out in the wild, but there seems to be a lot of listing on ebay and a lot being sold relatively quickly.

I also know plenty of people that think they look great. So it seems we have this conundrum where they appear to be desired yet aren't seen too often (at least here in Chicagoland--might just be my circles though).
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Old 30 October 2019, 11:11 PM   #4
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Not sure I would call it underrated.

I don't see them too often out in the wild, but there seems to be a lot of listing on ebay and a lot being sold relatively quickly.

I also know plenty of people that think they look great. So it seems we have this conundrum where they appear to be desired yet aren't seen too often (at least here in Chicagoland--might just be my circles though).


Well, they likely produce far fewer watches per year than rolex and that likely has something to do with why we see fewer of them. But the talk about the top chronos always revolve around the daytona and speedy. I think sometimes Breitling's movement to larger and flashier watches have perhaps tainted appreciation for the navitimer. However, given the giant lugs and loud colors that rolex uses in the ceramics (i.e. BLRO and Hulk), Rolex's bling and wrist presence factor is not far behind Breitling's offerings at all. In my estimation, the 2 most important chrons are the Speedy and Navi, then the el primero, and then maybe the daytona. However, I think I may be in the minority here as the navi certainly is not considered by most to be "on par" with the daytona. I would argue against that and successfully, as what is the daytona really actually known for other than its celebrity associations.
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Old 30 October 2019, 11:15 PM   #5
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Has not escaped my attention
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Old 31 October 2019, 02:43 AM   #6
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Sweet combo! While some of the watches are cut off from the pic, the watches do not look all that far apart on size.
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Old 31 October 2019, 03:48 AM   #7
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No matter what, Breitling Navitimer is a nice watch. Proud owner of one!
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I don’t think it’s underrated, it a beautiful watch, but the dial is very busy, and I think most people prefer simplicity.
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