Some of the most interesting new Breitling watches were part of the airline-appreciation “capsule collection” watches that came in three versions. Each is a retro-chic iteration of the replica Breitling Navitimer B01 Chronograph 43 watch that, itself, makes for comfortable daily wear. Only Switzerland’s main airline is still around, but the pop-culture importance of TWA and PAM-AM is crucial because both have many different kinds of entertainment, hospitality, and fashion products related to their brands. Obviously, in today’s busy and uneasy airports, there is an increasing nostalgia for the “good ol’ days” of flying.
Don’t feel like you are required to select a favorite among the Breitling Navitimer B01 Chronograph 43 PAN- AM, TWA, or Swissair Edition watches. They are all lovely in their own way, even if their bold color palettes will not bet to everyone’s tastes actually. The breitling replica watch was encouraged by the airline logo colors, and the visual design is directly inspired by Breitling watches from the 1970s. We can see this notably in the blocky hands, as well as the use of bright contrasting colors. What I like about each of the pieces is that they are both bold and charming, while still appearing serious and mature. Sometimes, 1970s models look more interesting than more expensive, making it difficult for consumers to buy watches at extravagant prices.
The Price-to-value ratio is crucial here since the Navitimer B01 Chronograph 43 is not among Breitling’s lesser-priced watches. The polished steel 43mm-wide watch consists of the in-house-made Breitling B01 automatic 12-hour chronograph movement that offers a nice “tri-complex” chronograph display and the date. The decorated movement is visible through the reach of the case that has the airline logo printed on the sapphire crystal. It may be for the better that the airline logos live here on the back of the case, as opposed to on the dial sharing space with the Breitling logo. In that regard, cheap replica Breitling did a nice job here.
Breitling also correctly points out that, while many watch brands have aviation/pilot-inspired watches that focus on military tradition, few are related to civilian aviation history. It takes several years for such products to not feel overly commercial, but with these watches, you truly do not get the sense that Breitling was glad to help sell more watches because of a collaboration with TWA. On the contrary, it feels like Breitling had the fun idea to do something related to TWA that helped everyone involved as a result.
Particularly, looking at each of the “Civil Aviation Capsule Collection” watches, the Breitling Navitimer B01 Chronograph 43 PAN-AM Edition leads the pack in price with its blue and red dial, given that it comes on a matching steel mesh metal bracelet. What is the capsule series about these fake watches? Well, I guess that means they’re limited-edition watches that will be produced whenever both parties want them. I don’t think either of these watches will be mass-produced, but they are likely to be at least a few years in production, with at least a few thousand pieces each.