Today I took my Breitling Blackbird to the nearest AD for a service estimative. Got a shocking quote of robably opt for the 43mm to be sure. Some models however, like this Rattrapante version, is only available in one size.

Breitling Navitimer Rattrapante

The red gold Breitling Navitimer Rattrapante has reference RB031121|Q619|252S|R20D.2 and retails for 37.920 Euro. The stainless steel version starts at 9.990 Euro for reference AB031021|Q615|101X|A20BA.1 (calf strap and normal buckle).

Verdict

In the end, the Breitling Navitimer is a cool watch, almost despite which version you want to go for (or can go for). The least expensive Breitling Navitimer is their Heritage model on a strap, which retails for about half of the price of the stainless steel Navitimer Rattrapante. The Navitimer Heritage might not have an in-house movement by Breitling (but instead the rock solid ETA/Valjoux 7750) and the ‘compax layout’, but it remains to be a very iconic piece that offers value for money. But here we have the Navitimer Rattrapante, a watch with attractive bronze-colored reverse panda dial and an in-house developed and manufactured B03 movement with splits-second complication. If money would be no subject, I would definitely go for the red gold version that is limited to 250 pieces. However, for most people it is, and then you have to decide if you want to pay the difference between a regular ‘Heritage’ model or the B01 model and this more complicated version. In my opinion, the approximately 10K Euro for the Navitimer Rattrapante isn’t that bad compared to the competition out there. The Daytona is perhaps the most obvious reference to compare it to, which lists (if you can get one at all) for approx 11K Euro. And let’s not forget that the Daytona has no rattrapante. The competition from IWC is their Pilot Double Chronograph, which retails for 12.400 Euro and is not an in-house movement.

With the Navitimer Rattrapante, you are buying something slightly different off the beaten paths and yet you are adding an iconic watch to your collection. Be it in steel or in the fancy red gold. The Breitling Navitimer Rattrapante is impressive. Now I only hope Breitling and their new owners will come closer to the watch collectors and enthusiasts, by cherishing their fans a bit more, restructure their collections and make something truly dedicated to those first 1952 Navitimer models. Make me buy one.

More information on these Breitling Navitimer Rattrapante watches and all of its possible variations can be found here.

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