As you are winging your way to a favorite destination in your King Air at altitude 320 or in your CJ3+ at altitude 410, there can be no better time to present no finer a gift to the pilot who has [nearly] everything.
The c1954 Breitling AOPA pre-806 Navitimer is the first (and rarest) slide rule chronograph watch designed specifically for pilots. First crafted for the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) in 1954, only about 1200 - 1500 were made before the official 806 release, and who knows how many are still around in original condition.
Here is an example from the original owner, untouched, and in unrestored, running condition with the two loose sub-hands retained under the crystal. While most purchases depreciate upon taking delivery, rare timepieces appreciate in value over time, and that does not include the bragging rights. The perfect way to complete the perfect aviation collection. The watch includes the original instruction sheet that came with these first issues.
The movement is the Valjoux 72, considered the best chronograph movement ever made. The same movement is used in the Rolex Daytona. The watch also comes with an original period black lizard strap and stainless steel buckle.
My conversation with the highest regarded Breitling watchmaker in the US estimates only a thousand dollars and six months to bring this rare timepiece back to its $30K+ glory. On the advice of experienced Breitling professionals, I have not had the watch restored until I have conferred with the buyer as to their specific instructions and choice of watchmaker, nor have I done anything to the watch myself so it remains as found, untouched.
The slide rule function allows the pilot to calculate Ground Speed, Miles Per Minute, Fuel Consumption, Rate of Descent (or Climb), Distance in Climb or Descent, Nautical and Statute Mile Conversion, or Operation as an Ordinary Slide Rule.
Payment by cash accepted upon your approval of the watch subsequent to your private inspection and/or that of your watchmaker. Please email me with any questions and to make inspection arrangements.
For The Pilot In Your Life That Flies Their Own Airplane And Has Everything – Well, Almost. Presenting The Most Sought After Pilots Watch: The Breitling AOPA Pre-806 Navitimer!