Ben — Review On Swiss Fake Breitling Navitimer B01 Chronograph 43

Back with another Breitling replica on my side, and I feel I need to make amends since the last time out with the Top Time Bow-Tie. That watch lost out to the Zenith A385. I also took my personal Frecce Tricolori into war against the Tudor Black Bay Chrono S&G and still came out second best. Now I have to dig deep to big up the quintessential Breitling in the catalog. Luckily, I feel I have the backing of many aviation enthusiasts for the Navitimer.

Those veterans of the sky may also recall using a slide rule as a calculation tool to track various measurements. It’s well-known and quite prominent that the bezel of the Navitimer features this same bi-directionally rotating slide rule scale. But I’m not here to bore you with all the multiplication, division, and conversion capabilities this allows. Instead, I want to divulge an aspect of having this rotatable element that is often overlooked.
Thirty-meter water resistance
There is a repeating knock against the Omega Speedmaster that it can only achieve a fifty-meter depth rating. Potentially, it’s the comparison to other competing chronographs with the same seminal status that reach greater depths that draws the ire. Whatever the reason may be, the Speedmaster only guarantees 50 meters, and to me, it’s never been of much concern. Now, the reason I bring up a rival classic chronograph from another brand is for good reason. The Swiss-made copy Breitling Navitimer can, theoretically, only withstand 30 meters of water resistance.

30 meters is still deeper than most venture, even on a particularly thrill-seeking dive-vacation. But to the eagle-eye spec-sheet warriors that dutifully compare the merits and demerits of each watch, this resistance is not enough. In my view, I find it incredible that high quality replica Breitling can prevent water ingress at all with the Navitimer. You see, unless you’ve gone hands-on with a Navitimer, there’s a quirk that is not obvious from photos. When you turn the bezel, you are not just turning the outer knurling; you are turning the whole crystal as well. It’s an engineering feat that the Navitimer bezel turns freely yet retains a tight enough seal to ensure water tightness to a degree. The Naked Watchmaker undertook a fascinating deconstruction where you can see the bezel’s components and how it forms a unit with the crystal.
Breitling does not give you wings
Some of you may notice that the Navitimer generation that I am repping is not the current one. In fact, the one I am taking onward into battle is the pre-2018 Navitimer. The obvious giveaway is the presence of wings on the dial of this particular Navitimer. For me, I wouldn’t have it any other way. But for some reason, luxury copy Breitling elected to replace the wing logo that represents air (wings), land (B logo), and sea (anchor symbol) with a simple “B” logo. I wish I knew the reason, but still, I cannot fathom the reason to opt for this less appropriate “B” logo for its most famous aviator’s watch.
I don’t have a problem with the “B” logo, not at all, and I think it pairs perfectly with some of the more vintage-inspired pieces like the new Premier range. But classic wings encapsulate all that the Navitimer represents. While the logo is not the same as the original AOPA wings, its structure indeed pays a respectful nod to pilots. And it’s not like the badge has completely gone away, as it can be seen on new references, including the Endurance Pro, and weirdly, the SuperOcean dive watch. It makes no sense to me, and I hope Breitling brings back the wings for future Navitimers.
The roguish charm of the Navitimer
What I sacrifice by selecting this older version, is that the 43mm case has a solid steel case-back. At the time, only the 46mm case had the exhibition window to view the B01 movement. Since 2018, both the 43mm and 46mm standard B01 Breitling Navitimers replica with steel cases now have the sapphire crystal on the back. This may lose me a few votes against Jorg’s IWC and its transparent case-back. But it’s a sacrifice that may pay dividends by having the gorgeous, embossed gold emblem on the dial. On the subject of the IWC that Jorg is peddling, I looked very closely at the watch but struggled to locate any unique identifiers. Honestly, slap any brand name on there, and it probably wouldn’t look out of place.
Ben: Ooh, burn! I liken the IWC Pilot’s Chronograph to a pilot simply carrying out a responsible transit in good order. Everything you would want from modern aviation. In contrast, the Navitimer retains the golden age of travel with glamour. I expect the Navitimer to find its way on the wrist of a roguish pilot still chartering cargo in illegal airspace with a flight jacket and charm in spades. To me, it’s down to the rugged design flourishes that illicit this image of a gruff, tough aviator. The Navitimer has even found its way on the wrist of exciting personalities such as Miles Davis and Graham Hill.

This Swiss Fake Breitling x Deus Ex Machina Collab Is Exactly as Cool as You’d Expect

From the moment they came on the scene with a series of beach ready custom motorcycles in 2006, we’ve been huge fans of the brand Deus Ex Machina. No matter what it is they have their hands in. Whether it’s bikes or surfboards or clothes or cafes, Deus imbues it with that almost obnoxious level of salt-in-your-sun-bleached-hair Australian cool that most of us will never manage to possess. So when we heard that they were partnering with perfect fake Breitling on a limited-edition version of one of our favorite chronographs of all time, we were stoked to see the final product. Suffice to say, it did not disappoint.

For those unfamiliar with copy Breitling’s legendary Top Time, it was introduced by the brand in 1964 and targeted directly at the burgeoning “hip” market of free-spirited young people. “We are sweeping into the youth and we are going to speak their language” announced industry icon Willy Breitling at the time. “Young people won’t buy the kind of watch Dad wears,” he posited while announcing the Top Time.

With its rugged yet understated case and symmetrical dual subdial chronograph layout, the Top Time did indeed appeal to the adventurous, nomadic young men of the ‘60s, and has remained one of Breitling’s most collectible pieces, with some examples fetching well into the six figures on the vintage market today.

The Breitling X Deus Ex Machina Top Time Deus Limited edition captures all of the vintage vibes of the original Top Time while adding Deus’ signature flair. The dial of the 41mm fake Breitling Top Time chronograph is in an off white, and the traditional subdials have been rendered in a black “squircle” shape that harkens back to an alternate case shape of the original Top Time line. The Deus logo appears above the 6 o’clock marker while their motto In Benzin Veritas “In Petrol There Is Truth” is etched into the surrounding tachymeter scale. Retro orange and red detailing on the dials and hands culminate in a lightning-bolt shaped second hand that carries more attitude than those found on the old Rolex Milgauss. The spirit of speed is captured in the perforated brown calfskin rallye strap, as well as the engraving of a motorcyclist in full racing tuck by aptly named Deus creative director Carby Tuckwell on the caseback.

“Our first contact with Deus Ex Machina was through Wheels & Waves, the motorcycle and surfing festival that takes place in Biarritz each year,” Breitling CEO Georges Kern tells InsideHook. “We’ve partnered with the festival since 2019, and when we got to know Deus, it was clear that our brands would also be natural partners based on our similar values and overlapping brand universes. It has been truly serendipitous in that we can engage at a product level but also share events and our ambassador squad. From both a heritage and design perspective, high quality copy Breitling’s tool watches are a perfect complement to Deus, their products and their philosophy.

Swiss made replica Breitling has also signed on to be the official timekeeper of the Deus Swank Rally, an “epic motorcycle championship celebrating vintage bikes in diverse locations around the world, including Italy, France, Australia and Bali.” When asked if we would see further collaborations between the two brands, Kern said, “Deus, like Breitling, has a passionate global following, so we will be bringing those two communities together for events at Deus Temples around the world once Covid allows, and also at Wheels & Waves. The informal spirit of our brands is also very closely aligned. You will notice a Deus touch brought into our boutiques and retail spaces through photo exhibitions and racing memorabilia. In terms of products, you will have to wait and see…”

The brown leather strap fake Breitling Top Time Limited Edition numbers just 1,500 pieces, and is available now online and at select Breitling retailers at a listed price of $4,990.