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Breitling A very large and rare Breitling Big Navitimer reference 1806 in stainless steel with particular Iraqi Air Force logo engraved on the caseback

Estimation € 3,000 – 6,000

Model: Big Navitimer Iraqui
Material: stainless steel
Reference N°: 1806
Year: ???
Case N°: 164051
Caliber: 12
Bracelet: leather strap
Dimensions: 47 mm
Signed: case, dial and movement

Nowadays it seems normal to see large watches, with diameters of 40 mm or more. Though, in the middle of the 20th century, fashion and style demanded smaller sized timepieces. It was in this scenario that Breitling, around the ’60s,
Decided to go against the current and began to produce large specimens, also considering the type of use to which these objects were destined. Breitling Navitimer Chrono-Matic 1806 is one of them given its audacious 47 mm case and its internal rotating bezel, a sort of navigation computer with scrolling rules capable of performing complex mathematical calculations for pilots. On this specific model, which mounts an automatic movement 12 caliber, the caseback presents the rare and very crisp engraving of the Iraqi Air Force logo that insert it, even more, in the group of watches worthy of attention. The very good condition of the case is aided by the excellent one of the dial in which the complex structure with multiscales which stands out. A Breitling Navitimer Chrono-Matic 1806 remains one of those pieces that inhabit the desires of vintage watch collectors and this is a chance not to be missed. For a similar model please see lot 104 in this auction.