140 years of Breitling: the Navitimer 41

April 2024

140 years of Breitling: the Navitimer 41

Honouring the brand’s aviation icons, two new models have been added to the line: the Navitimer GMT and Automatic 41. Sports superstars Erling Haaland and Giannis Antetokounmpo headline the Navitimer campaign as the watchmaker celebrates its 140th anniversary.


s Breitling turns 140, it’s marking the occasion with stories of its many incredible firsts, from breakthroughs in timekeeping for air, land, and sea, to milestones in sustainability. The brand recognises one of its icons: The Navitimer—the first wristwatch for pilots to combine a chronograph and a computational slide rule—with new versions, the Navitimer GMT and Automatic 41.

“All this year, we’ll be talking about our 140 Years of Firsts,” says Georges Kern, CEO of Breitling. “And when it comes to these two watches—the Navitimer and Cosmonaute—you cannot overstate the significance they’ve had for our brand, for aviation, and for watchmaking as a whole.”

Breitling played a key role in the emergence of commercial flight. Its onboard timekeepers became standard equipment, first in propeller planes and later in the jets produced by the world’s leading aircraft manufacturers. When the design of the Breitling Navitimer came out in 1952, it was an instant hit with airline pilots in the then-nascent field of civil aviation.

The Navitimer featured a circular slide rule that allowed pilots to make critical calculations, such as rate of climb and fuel consumption. In those glory days of commercial air travel, the Navitimer was the original wrist-worn onboard computer and ultimately established Breitling as the “Official supplier to world aviation”.

140 years of Breitling: the Navitimer 41

As civil aviation expanded, so did the Navitimer’s fame, attracting not just pilots but also trendsetters such as Miles Davis and Serge Gainsbourg, becoming a beloved icon in both aviation and pop culture.

Breitling began redesigning the Navitimer line in 2022, starting with the original chronograph. Today, it continues that update with two new pared-down executions: a GMT and a three-hand Automatic, each in a universally wearable 41-mm size.

These pieces distill the Navitimer’s iconic look, omitting the chronograph yet preserving a balanced dial composition. The central placement of the 24-hour scale on the GMT and the Automatic’s clean face ensure the intricate slide rule stands out while streamlining the overall aesthetics.

Further refining the collection, Breitling incorporated a notched bezel for a contemporary touch, and alternating polished and brushed finishes that add a dynamic play of light. Straps in alligator leather and bracelets with a seamless butterfly clasp offer comfort and convenience.

The palette includes black, blue, silver, ice blue, and green dials, encased in stainless steel or 18 k red gold, and a two-tone variant for the Automatic. The full-gold versions carry the Origins label, signifying responsibly mined gold in line with the Swiss Better Gold Association’s environmental and social standards.

140 years of Breitling: the Navitimer 41

This reinvention of the Navitimer, marrying the classic with the contemporary, is tailored for enthusiasts and the style-conscious alike, promising Breitling’s commitment to heritage and innovation in each timepiece.

After 70 years, the Navitimer has gone beyond being a tool used by pilots to navigate their course. It has become a symbol for those plotting their personal journeys through life.

Breitling celebrates this significance in its “Navitimer – For the Journey” campaign series featuring the Navitimer Squad, made up of basketball superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo, American Ballet Theatre principal dancer Misty Copeland, explorer Bertrand Piccard, and Oscar-winning actor and producer Charlize Theron.

Now, a new member joins the squad to star alongside Antetokounmpo in the Navitimer 41 campaign: football idol Erling Haaland.

Haaland, who’s been a Breitling ambassador since 2022, says he’s excited about being the face of the Navitimer in the brand’s anniversary year: “I’m super proud to be representing Breitling’s icon. People are going to be surprised this year when they see how many ‘firsts’ Breitling has under its belt. It’s been a gamechanger in so many ways.”

A monumental year is just getting started. Stay tuned for all the news, launches, and festivities marking Breitling’s 140 Years of Firsts.

140 years of Breitling: the Navitimer 41



REFERENCE A17329161C1P1, A17329161C1A1, A17329371L1P1, A17329371L1A1, A17329171C1P1 or A17329171C1A1


  • CALIBER: Breitling Caliber 17
  • DIAMETER: 25.6 millimeters
  • DEPTH: 4.6 millimeters
  • WINDER: self-winding, bidirectional with ball bearing
  • POWER RESERVE: approx. 38 hours
  • BALANCE FREQUENCY: 28,800 a/h or 4 hertz
  • DISPLAY: hour, minute, second


  • MATERIAL stainless steel
  • DIAMETER 41 millimeters
  • THICKNESS 11.65 millimeters
  • HEIGHT (upper lug tip to lower lug tip): 46.86 millimetres
  • WATER RESISTANCE: up to 3 bar (30 meters)
  • GLASS: cambered sapphire, glareproofed on both sides
  • CASEBACK: screwed steel
  • CROWN: non-screw-locked, two gaskets
  • BEZEL: bidirectional with circular slide rule


  • Blue, green, or ice blue
  • Super-LumiNova luminescent indexes, hour and minute hands


  • Blue or black alligator leather strap with a folding buckle or stainless-steel seven-row Navitimer bracelet with a butterfly clasp

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