Navitimer Cosmonaut Breitling

Classic: Navitimer Cosmonaut made of stainless steel (left) for around 7000 Euro and the 2013 limited edition Cosmonaut Black steel from Breitling made of black stainless steel for around 8500 Euro.

An aviator watch, which made it especially high: the Navitimer Cosmonaut was 1962 the first wrist chronograph, which traveled into space. The – typical of Breitling – conspicuous timepieces is among the classics of the brand.

On May 24, 1962, the astronaut Malcolm Scott Carpenter made a triple trip around the globe in the space ship Aurora 7. Carpenter was, according to John Glenn, the second American to travel the earth in a space ship. He wore a navitimer Cosmonaut on his arm – and the Swiss watchmaker Breitling is proud of this. The clock was equipped with a 24-hour graduation, which made it possible to distinguish between day and night in the dark space.

Breitling Navitimer Cosmonaut – Pioneer in space

For 50 years, the Navitimer Cosmonaut belongs to the watch collection of the Swiss watch company Breitling, founded in 1884. It is available in stainless steel or 18-carat red gold, and since 2013 it is also available in a limited edition of black steel.

Slide Rule and 24-Hour Display on Board

The diameter of the case is sporty 43 millimeters, the mechanical manufactory caliber Breitling 02 has a reserve of 70 hours and is hand wound. The bezel is rotatable in two directions and provides an integrated slide rule that allows you to perform navigation-specific navigation calculations on the wrist. The dial shows a 24-hour display, as with the first Cosmonaut. Instead of one to twelve, the dial is numbered from 1 to 24. Three auxiliary dials show further times: at three o’clock the 30 minute totalizer, at six o’clock the twelve hour display, at nine o’clock the quarter seconds chronograph. As a further complication the Navititmer Cosmonaut brings a small date display, which is between the numbers eight and ten.

Red Gold or Stainless Steel Housing

In the Red Gold and Black steel models, all dials are held in black, the auxiliary pointers and the second hand show red accents. In the case of the stainless steel variant the auxiliary dials and the hands are white and form a conspicuous contrast to the black main dial. The leather bracelets are made of black alligator leather and have white seams. The stainless steel version is also available with a stainless steel bracelet. The fully black-finished Navitimer Cosmonaut Black steel, on the other hand, is attached to the wrist with a perforated rubber band, which contributes to its particularly sporty appearance. The insignia of the Aurora 7 mission are engraved on the inside of the house as a tribute to the space flight of Malcolm Scott Carpenter.