Navitimer Ref. 81600 - NAVITIMER/REF.81600/MK1
Launch date
1985
Historic details
PRODUCTION SPAN: 1985-1989

Some years after relaunching the Breitling brand, Ernest Schneider brings back the design of the original Navitimer with the "Old Navitimer" ref. 81600 with a hand-wound movement based on the Lemania cal. 1873. Cases are slightly bigger than previous "classic case" models, but the general design of the tapered lugs case and the contrasting 3/6/9 subdials layout are revived; caseback is "snap on."

The Navitimer ref. 81600 (called the "Serge Gainsbourg" by collectors) has hour and minute counters and "running seconds" at 9 in a layout similar to the early Navitimer, with no date display.

Red accents feature on both dial and slide rule, and the slide rule is now "sloped," similar to the Big Case models. The ref. 81600 is the first Navitimer to carry the "Breitling Wings & Anchor" logo.


Caliber: manual wind Breitling cal. 12, based on Lemania cal. 1873
Case: tapered lugs, 40.2mm diameter
Bezel: serrated pointed notch bezel, ca. 41.5mm diameter
Dial: black with silverwhite subdials, red accents on dial and slide rule
Hands: lumed tapered baton hands, arrow tip chrono sweep
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