Although you’ll discover Breitling not frequently covered on this – and other – sites, they are still exceptionally popular as per the numbers we showed you a week ago. The Navitimer is our number one Breitling model and comes in numerous varieties. One of the models that looks a tiny bit not quite the same as the others is this Breitling Navitimer 01 Blacksteel. Let’s have a look.

Breitling Navitimer 01 Blacksteel

Just as of late I had a Navitimer in my grasp from somebody who was visiting our office. A Breitling Navitimer with a programmed B23 type (in view of Valjoux 7753), likely from around 2011 or 2012. How unique is the appearance of this Breitling Navitimer 01 Blacksteel compared to the Valjoux 7753 controlled work of art. A DLC case, and comes on an energetic elastic tie rather than the regular sewed calf or croc tie. A secrecy looking watch, with its dark dial, brushed hands and elastic dark lash. Inside, the Navitimer 01 Blacksteel utilizes the B01 type. An in-house segment wheel chronograph development that continuously supplanted all the Valjoux controlled movements.

Breitling Navitimer 01 Black Steel

DLC or….

Breitling presented a blacksteel form previously, being a Cosmonaute and a Navitimer 1461 with complete schedule running accurately for 1,461 days and was restricted to 1000 pieces. However, you can think about what the fate of DLC is nowadays. It isn’t precisely scratch safe and companies – like Breitling – are investigating new dark materials like ceramics and carbon. Breitling even thought of their own carbon-like material called Breitlight (which isn’t carbon as far as we might be concerned from different brands), for their Avenger Hurricane. Breitlings superior show piece a year ago was their Chronoworks, with an earthenware case. Different brands that can be found in a similar value range, as IWC, Panerai and Omega, likewise appear to have decided for ceramics over DLC. We’ve addressed an approved Breitling seller and were informed that they feel ceramics – or even Breitlight – is the best approach for these sort of watches.

Having said that, I keep thinking about whether the client truly thinks often about the pre-owned materials or that he (or she) is more inspired by the feel. Remember however, that this leslie adornments has a measurement of an astounding 46mm. A particularly huge leslie adornments regularly implies that it will see an intermittent doorpost or divider. I agree with the approved Breitling seller, that pottery and carbon-like material is presumably the way forward.

Breitling Navitimer 01 Black Steel

A Real Navitimer

The above may sound somewhat negative, yet it is only a perception and has little to do with my opinion about this Breitling Navitimer 01 Blacksteel. Despite the fact that it looks somewhat changed, and maybe focused on an alternate kind of client, it stays to be a genuine Navitimer. Much the same as the first model from 1952 (and onwards), it has a roundabout slide rule (that likely nobody under 50 years of age realizes how to utilize, except if you’re into maths) that will assist pilots with computing fuel utilization, pace of drop, ground speed and so forth Dissimilar to most Navitimer leslie gems this Blacksteel rendition has just two sub dials. A brief chronograph (3 o’clock) counter and running seconds (9 o’clock). The brushed hands are exceptionally simple to peruse, because of the red tips. The enormous chronograph second hand is likewise red. At 12 o’clock you’ll discover the Breitling wings, logo and at 6 o’clock the date window. Simply over the date window, the content shows that – in the same way as other Breitling leslie gems – the development has been chronometer affirmed. I don’t know why it likewise shows it is a chronograph, I think that’s extremely self-evident. It resembles composing ‘Date’ on a dial of a leslie gems that has a date feature.

Breitling Navitimer 01 Blacksteel

Breitling Caliber B01

The 46mm case has a similar exemplary shape as the normal Navitimer models. A notable piece has been modified to a cutting edge dark chronograph and it suits him well. No crown watches, yet a huge setting/winding crown and siphon pushers. A slim yet simple to get a handle on bezel and long smooth carries. The caseback uncovers the Breitling Caliber B01 movement.

The B01 development is Breitling’s in-house chronograph type, with a force save of 70 hours. Our companions over at have a complete outline of all Breitling models utilizing this specific development. From what we hear from our ‘Fratello’ watchmaker who performs a considerable amount of Breitling administrations, the B01 development isn’t without shortcomings. Particularly the winding pinion wheels are a precarious piece of the development. This may be the situation with just more seasoned B01 developments however. In a little review we found on Breitling Source, 66 individuals were inquired as to whether they ran into issues with the development. 17 individuals did and 15 of them had to bringing to the table the leslie adornments for administration to sort it out. Obviously, 66 individuals isn’t that a lot to begin with and it has been posted some time back. So let’s trust that the later B01 type development have been changed and are mistake free.

One thing is sure, the development looks pleasant. The rotor is dark to coordinate the case (and idea of the piece by and large) and the leslie gems has a decent completion. Côtes de Geneve on the plate, pleasantly completed extensions and a segment wheel chronograph component. It is the immediate competitor of Rolex’ type 4130 (Daytona) and the Omega type 9300 group of movements.

Breitling offers five years of worldwide guarantee. That is likewise in accordance with Rolex (5 years) and Omega’s (4 years) strategy all alone in-house movements.

Some Thoughts

I think this leslie gems is really marvelous, particularly on the off chance that you are looking past the notorious Navitimer models and need something more current looking without loosing to a lot of its legacy. The Breitling Navitimer 01 Blacksteel will hinder you a firm 8740 Euro (counting charges). That isn’t modest, yet at the same time less expensive than Omega Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon (earthenware) or the Rolex Cosmograph Daytona (hardened steel with ceramic bezel). You can ponder however, on the off chance that somebody is truly comparing these three leslie gems or simply need to buy a Breitling. Despite the fact that we – and the vast majority of our partners – don’t expound on Breitling that much, they actually have a tremendous fanbase and for some it has a higher ‘status symbol’ fascination than a Rolex for instance. We needed to truly delve into the Breitling site and settle on certain decisions to get more data about this specific Breitling. They don’t make life simpler with their fairly unstructured/turbulent site. You really need to tap on the ordinary Navitimer 01 (46mm) and locate this specific Blacksteel model under ‘versions’. Presently you know.

If the ‘blackness’ of this piece is the explanation behind a buy to you, you should think about the too. Somewhat bigger (50mm), however utilizing the Breitlight material which is lighter and more scratch-safe than DLC. Likewise the cost is somewhat more amiable, with 7,940 Euro (counting deals taxes).