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Wrist watches have a rich history. Originally, people told time by looking at pocket watches. However, pilots found it really troublesome to use pocket watches while flying, and so the mechanism for the wrist watch developed. Since then, many famous watchmakers have made their mark on this world with their intricate and beautiful watches. Breitling is one such watchmaker, and their Navitimer 1884 is no ordinary watch.
The Breitling Navitimer 1884 is a tribute to the origin of the company, founded in 1884. The watch is a limited edition and a favorite among many pilots. This is because the Navitimer 1884 has a lot more features than any ordinary watch.
The watch is powered by a chronometer by the name of the Breitling Caliber 21, which has been certified by the COSC (Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute). The watch itself is made of stainless steel and is 46mm in diameter. The strap is also available in three choices – leather, crocodile leather, or a black rubber strap.
So, what makes the Navitimer 1884 so special? The watch not only tells the time, but it also has a minute and hour-tracking subdials. Another great feature of the Navitimer 1884 is its calendar system known as Datora. The calendar feature tells you the date and the month as well. In addition to the calendar, the Navitimer also has a day and night feature.
However, that’s not the Navitimer’s main attraction. The primary reason for its popularity is the slide rule function. The slide rule function means that the watch has two logarithmic scales, and you can move the outer one to perform basic mathematical functions. The Navitimer’s slide rule function can allow a person to carry out complicated distance, rate, and mathematical functions which is why it was a favorite among pilots. The watch also has a sun compass to determine whether you’re North or South.
In terms of wear, the Navitimer 1884 is an ease to wear. At a 46mm width and a 15.2mm height, it’s a comfortable size to carry around all day. The watch is a little larger than conventional watches, due to its features, so it may not slide easily under sleeves. However, we don’t really see that as a problem. A watch this beautiful doesn’t deserve to be hidden under sleeves. The watch runs at optimal performance in weathers ranging from 0°C and 50°C.
The Navitimer 1884 isn’t a very difficult watch to maintain. It is prone to wear and tear, as all watches are, but with proper maintenance, it can last you a very long time. The Navitimer is protected by a water-resistant glass. However, prolonged exposure to perspiration, salt water, chlorine, or perfume can cause it to deteriorate. Thus, avoid wearing your watch for any aquatic activities. It will also be helpful to get a water-resistance check done every once in a while, by a Breitling authorized maintenance center. Also, avoid knocking the watch on hard objects and keep it away from any solvents or magnetic fields.