A Breitling Navitimer 01 Blacksteel Chronograph replica watch with an automatic B23 calibre (based on Valjoux 7753), probably from around 2011 or 2012. How different is the look of this Breitling Navitimer 01 Blacksteel compared to the Valjoux 7753 powered classic.
A DLC case, and comes on a sporty rubber strap instead of the typical stitched calf or alligator strap. Inside, the Navitimer 01 Blacksteel uses the B01 calibre. An in-house column-wheel chronograph movement that gradually replaced all the Valjoux powered movements. Just recently I had a Navitimer in my hands from someone who was visiting our office.A stealth looking Blacksteel Breilting Navitimer 01 copy timepiece, with its black dial, brushed hands and rubber black strap.
The brushed hands are very easy to read, due to the red tips. The large chronograph second hand is also red. At 12 o’clock you’ll find the Breitling wings, logo and at 6 o’clock the date window. Just above the date window, the text indicates that – like many Breitling watches – the movement has been chronometer certified. I am not sure why it also indicates it is a chronograph, I think that’s very obvious. It is like writing ‘Date’ on a dial of a watch that has a date feature.The above might sound a bit negative, but it is just an observation and has little to do with what I think of this Breitling Navitimer 01 Blacksteel. Although it looks a bit different, and perhaps aimed at a different type of customer, it remains to be a real Navitimer. Just like the original model from 1952 (and onwards), it has a circular slide rule (that probably no-one under 50 years old knows how to use, unless you’re into maths) that will help pilots to calculate fuel consumption, rate of descent, ground speed etc. Unlike most Navitimer watches, this Blacksteel version has only two sub dials. A 30 minute chronograph (3 o’clock) counter and running seconds (9 o’clock).
The 46mm case has the same classic shape as the regular Navitimer models. An iconic piece has been retouched to a modern black chronograph and it suits him well. No crown guards, but a large setting/winding crown and pump pushers. A thin but easy to grasp bezel and long sleek lugs. The caseback reveals the Breitling Calibre B01 movement.
Breitling introduced a blacksteel version before, being a Cosmonaute and a Navitimer 1461 with complete calendar running correctly for 1,461 days and was limited to 1000 pieces. However, you can wonder what the future of DLC is these days. It isn’t exactly scratch resistant and companies – like Breitling – are exploring new black materials like ceramics and carbon. Breitling even came up with their own carbon-like material called Breitlight (which isn’t carbon as we know it from other brands), for their Avenger Hurricane. Breitlings high-performance show piece last year was their Chronoworks, with a ceramic case. Other brands that can be found in the same price range, like IWC, Panerai and Omega, also seem to have chosen for ceramics over DLC. We’ve spoken to an authorized Breitling dealer and were told that they feel ceramics – or even Breitlight – is the way to go for these type of mens fake Breitling watches.