For nearly 60 years, the Breitling Navitimer has been the classic aviation watch, and it’s the watch that most people think of when they hear “pilot’s chronograph.” This watch is instantly identifiable and one of the most famous timepieces of all time – due to its captivatingly busy display with subdials and scales. As you know, the Breitling Navitimer plays an important role in the history of pilot watches, but maybe more importantly, this timepiece makes you feel like you’re ready to take the controls of a fighter plane.
The Breitling Navitimer can be a big purchase. There are, however, budget friendlier options if you don’t want to pay such a large sum yet still want the style.
Our list features a few excellent Breitling Navitimer alternatives. Some of the listed timepieces are true homages to the Breitling Navitimer, while others carry similar design elements but incorporated additional unique features.
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Breitling Navitimer Affordable Alternatives
Hamilton Khaki Aviation Converter Auto
The Khaki Aviation Converter combines advanced technology with exquisite elegance. The most sophisticated anti-magnetic hairspring alloy yet created, NivachronTM, provides precision in any environment, thanks to a bi-directional, rotating slide-rule bezel that makes essential calculations and conversions simple. The 42mm sleek black dial hides an H-10 automatic movement with an 80-hour power reserve, making it ideal for the modern pilot or urban jetsetter.
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STUHRLING Monaco Chronograph
The Stuhrling Monaco Chronograph is very similar to the original Navitimer: an almost identical arrangement of the sub-dials and the color combination is topped with the iconic circular slide rule and the ratcheted bezel.
The 42 mm case size makes it a great option for all wrist sizes.
Invicta’s Aviator is as beautiful as it is functional: the 24-hour chronograph function, date and day calendar functions, and the unidirectional blue/black bezel make it a complete package. The classic steel case and deep blue dial is contrasted by the sporty silicone band for a comfortable wear. Due to the large case size (50 mm), we recommend the Aviator to gentlemen with larger wrist sizes.
Casio Edifice EF-527D-1AV
Casio’s ‘Edifice’ series of wristwatches delivers some of the best value for money on the market. We’re blown away by the degree of quality at such a low price point.
As a result, we have no reservations in suggesting a timepiece from the ‘Edifice’ collection, the EF527D-1AV. This beautiful aviator watch includes a lot of useful features, such as a press-release clasp, a bezel-operating wheel, and good water resistance. The watch is made of 316L steel, which means it should last a long time.
Breitling Navitimer Seiko Alternative:
Seiko SNA411 Flight Alarm Chronograph
Seiko is a well-known Japanese watchmaker whose timepieces are coveted by watch collectors. Seiko is a respected watch brand because of its long history, continually expanding technology, and unique appearance.
The SNA411 has a similar design to the Navitimer.
The watch has a spinning slide rule in addition to the 3 subdials – these strong visual features create the resemblance to the Breitling Navitimer. The watch also has Seiko’s Japanese quartz movement and is water resistant to 200 meters. This watch is an excellent option because of the dial details, practical features, and overall design, as well as Seiko technology. Most significantly, this watch is a quarter of the price of the Navitimer.
Breitling Navitimer Citizen Alternative:
Citizen Promaster Skyhawk A-T
The Navy’s finest flight demonstration unit, the Blue Angels, are known for their accuracy and grace in each of their aerial maneuvers. The CITIZEN Promaster Blue Angels Skyhawk A-T, with exact atomic timekeeping in 43 cities, exemplifies this accuracy and elegance. A chronograph, perpetual calendar, dual time, alarms, countdown timer, digital backlight and UTC display, battery reserve, and a spinning slide rule bezel are among the other features. This variant has a stainless steel case, an indigo blue Italian leather strap with yellow contrast stitching, a dark blue dial with yellow accents, and a caseback with the Blue Angel’s symbol recreated. Featuring our Eco-Drive technology, which is fueled by any light source. There is no need for a battery. U680 is the caliber number.
Victorinox Airboss Mechanical
This one is for all the watch lovers who are fascinated by movements, because the Airboss Mechanical from Victorinox has a translucent exhibition case back showing off its Sellita automatic movement. The black dial and brown leather strap is a perfect combination we can never tire of, in this case paired with the red accents–cherry on top. To sum up, a beautiful eye-catching watch with a Swiss made automatic movement, named Airboss?! Sign us up.
Jack Mason Avigator
The first thought we had upon laying our eyes on the Avigator by Jack Mason, is that this watch looks expensive. Designed immaculately, the deep blue dial is paired with a polished steel bezel and a brown leather strap. We especially like the legibility of both date and time. As a hidden bonus, the watch has a sculptural caseback featuring aviation elements. Even though it’s a pilot watch, it is water resistant up to 100 meters so you can just let life happen without worry!
Starting out strong with the ‘Morgan’, it was named after Sir Morien Bedford Morgan, the father of Concorde–Britain’s first supersonic passenger aircraft. Moving on to the particulars, this watch has a Faraday soft-iron inner cage, neutralizing the harmful magnetic fields around the movement during flight (learn more about pilot watches by clicking here). While this detail seems obsolete for everyday use, it actually is useful in warding off the constant magnetic interference from phones and laptops that surround us 24/7. The movement in question is a superb Swiss automatic movement, housed in a 39.5 mm case–sits comfortably on all wrist sizes. The matte black dial coupled with the minimalistic, easy-to-read numerals and a beautiful, sturdy leather strap make this watch a 10/10 in our book.