This is the convergence of two of mankind’s grandest fascinations, the quest for the infinite expanses of outer space and the lure of the world’s coolest gizmos, coming together in harmony in the creation of one of the most iconic pieces of engineering equipment the world has ever seen, the Breitling Navitimer Cosmonaute watch, the first ever wristwatch chronograph to make a journey to outer space.
One of the oldest and most celebrated brands of watch makers, Breitling is not just a part of the famed Swiss watch makers who are revered across the world, it is also one of the last original independent Swiss watch makers left. Established back in 1884, this Swiss watch maker has surely come a long way, making a name and legacy for itself. Breitling has given the world many names to reckon with, including the famous Ice-Speed Record, the Bentley Chronographs and the Emergency Chronograph with a distress transmitter, all of which stand out for their engineering acumen and depth of innovation and has contributed hugely to the development of the chronometers across the world.
However, their most famous creation remains the Navitimer Cosmonaute, which was the first watch to go to outer space. Created at the request of astronaut Scott Carpenter, it incorporated a revolutionary 24 hour dial instead of a standard 12 hour one. Carpenter wore the same on board the Aurora 7 in 1962, orbiting the earth three times.
Breitling is coming out with a limited edition watch to celebrate the golden jubilee of this fabulous innovation. The limited edition Navitimers are distinguished by their 24 hour display, their manual winding mode and the Aurora insignia engraved on the case back and a Celsius to Fahrenheit conversion scale.