Dating back to 1952, the watch chronograph that went on to be named the Navitimer in 1954, which means “navigation timer” is technically 70 years old.
With a massive Navitimer release — 28 references being dropped at once — a practice that’s largely a thing of the past within the watch world, consumers have officially been made aware that the “the new Navitimer has arrived” by the sheer volume of new watches launched.
The new 2022 Navitimer B01 Chronograph arrives in three sizes 41 mm, 43 mm, and 46 mm — each size designed for different wrist sizes and preferences. While the vast selection seems like a win for potential future and existing Navitimer customers looking to make a purchase — the caveat is that each size has exclusive dial variations, meaning if you like the mint green look of the Navitimer B01 Chronograph 43, you cannot actually get it in the larger 46 mm or smaller 41 mm case size.
For instance, even with 28 references, if you see a style you like in the photo above, you better want the 43 mm diameter case size, because those are exclusively reserved for that size case. Perhaps, the distinction of different case sizes based on dial colors is a new form of hyping watches by making them less available.
That said, the return of the AOPA wings to their original position at 12 o’clock and the overall look of the 2022 Navitimer B01 Chronograph watch is appealing, and the B01 Chronograph is a reliable workhorse movement.
Available on Breitling.com and at authorized retailers, the 2022 Breitling Navitimer B01 Chronographs in stainless steel retail by size as follows, with a strap/bracelet $9,000/$9,400 – 41 mm, $9,100/$9,500 – 43 mm, $9,200/$9,600 – 46 mm.
Photos by Breitling.