As the last of the mighty 747 airliners rolls off the Boeing production line, Swiss watchmaker Breitling is launching a limited-edition Navitimer celebrating the legendary jet that revolutionized air travel. The Boeing 747, known as the “Queen of the Skies”, first took off in 1969 and was the original jumbo jet, able to carry double the passengers of the next-largest jetliner and fly more than 5000 nautical miles. The Navitimer, developed by Breitling in 1952, was originally designed for the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) and became the de facto pilot’s watch during the golden age of civil aviation.
The new Breitling Navitimer Boeing 747 features the AOPA logo at 12 o’clock, representing its heritage as a pilot’s chronograph. The colors on the dial echo the palette found on the original Boeing 747, captured in its cream dial with black subdials and red-and-white slide rule with blue accents. The “Boeing 747” name is subtly integrated into the slide rule’s inner scale. The watch also features an integrated date window at 6 o’clock. It is available on a black alligator leather strap or a seven-row metal bracelet.
The open caseback reveals the exceptional Breitling Manufacture Caliber 01. This movement offers approximately 70 hours of power reserve and is backed by a five-year warranty. The caseback contains the special engravings “One of 747” and the phrase “The Original Jumbo Jet” – a poignant tribute to an aircraft that, over more than a half-century of service, opened the skies and changed the way we travel. The 1574th and last Boeing 747 will be delivered this year.
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