Breitling released the first new collection with Georges Kern at the helm. The Navitimer 8 Collection was… shall we say, controversial. Many enthusiasts were in awe of “the first Breitling Swiss Replica they’ve ever liked” but were met with the cumulative groan of long established fans saying, “Where’s the slide rule bezel? This isn’t a Navitimer. Give this its own collection!”
I’m going to be completely honest – I was part of the latter crowd who was upset at the re-work of the Navitimer collection. When whispers of the re-work made their way through the industry, I felt excitement and nervousness all at the same time – especially with Georges making one of my favorite models his first endeavor with the brand. And I have to admit, when I saw them, I was severely disappointed with the result. They never really grew on me either, which is something Best Fake Breitling Watches tend to do. I felt they were severely lacking in the aspects of what made a Navitimer so recognizable.
The slide rule bezel is there and the overall design quality channels the vintage glory of the original Navitimer, but simply adds a modern and sleek look to an actually iconic Breitling Replica Watches. One thing of note, is that all of the models include contrasting sub-dials giving a contemporary panda/reverse panda modern look to the watches that wasn’t always standard for the model. Additionally, the models utilize the new Breitling logo that excludes the Breitling wings – a gripe I’m sure will come about immediately. Additionally, the watches utilize Breitling’s esteemed B01 Caliber and come in steel, two tone red-gold and steel, and red gold versions.
The 46mm size Breitling Replica is going to cause a bit of controversy considering the Navitimer’s history, but I feel it’s largely justified. The 43mm will still be available in the new collection so upping the size to 46mm provides a couple of options for those with bigger wrists who want their Red Gold case to be noticed.