The newest Breitling Navitimer models are new GMT versions that sport quite beefy 48mm wide cases and also new 46mm wide Navitimer models.
Breitling makes watches for guys who like big dial replica Breitling watches. That might just be a good slogan for the brand moving forward. In fact, among the mainstream luxury brands, Breliting is among the few that routinely make watches that I actually find too large for my wrists – and I am a guy who likes large watches. It means bigger guys who like to show-off have ample choice within the Breitling product catalog. So with that said, let’s take a look at the new Breitling Navitimer GMT and see if your wrist can brave it.
To be fair, the Breitling Navitimer GMT cheap fake watches are not that much larger than other Navitimer models (though you can get Breitiling Navimtimer collection pieces as small as 40mm wide, I believe). The Breitling Navitimer 01 is 46mm wide. Both of these watches contain in-house made Breitling mechanical chronograph movements. While the three-hand version contains the caliber 01 movements, the new Breitling Navitimer GMT contains Breitling caliber 04 – which simply adds a GMT hand for a 24 hour time or a second time zone to the other features such as 12 hour chronograph. The movement operates at 4Hz and has a power reserve of about 70 hours.
I actually don’t know why Breitling decided to increase the GMT’s size 2mm more than the standard chronograph movement-based Navitimer 01. Actually, I have some pretty good ideas why though. Watch brands sometimes do this in order to create additional differentiating factors between their watches so that, for the consumer, the choice isn’t just “GMT hand or not.” I don’t think there was an outcry from Breitling consumers that 48mm wide Navitimer options were needed. It does help offer additional flavor though, if you are the type of person keen on the Navitimer family – one of Breitling’s oldest collections that started in the 1950s. Furthermore, this isn’t the only available Breitling Navitimer with a GMT hand.
In addition to the 48mm wide GMT Breitling copy watches for men also produces the rather less expensive Navitimer World which comes in a 46mm wide case and has a chronograph/GMT complication. The difference is that the Navitimer World does not have an in-house made movement. It’s Swiss ETA Valjoux 7750-based movement that has a different chronograph layout.
Admittedly, the “tri-compax” layout of the Breitling caliber 04 movement is slightly more attractive. More so, the caliber 04 equipped models have a sapphire crystal window display caseback – which is still something uncommon for Breitling watches.
What makes a Navitimer a “Navitimer” is the rotating slide-rule bezel. This retro calculator gives the (skilled) pilot wearer the ability to make a series of calculations, assuming all the instruments in his or her aircraft are down, and he or she is still able to fiddle with a watch during emergency flight. I’ve heard mixed things from various pilots about whether or not use of a slide-rule is still taught in pilot school. At least a few military pilots claim that it is.