In the continuing retro wave, the Aviator 8 collection reinterprets high quality fake Breitling’s early pilot watches without simply duplicating them. In this in-depth review, we observe how one of the most recent copy Breitling Aviator 8 models, the B01 Chronograph Mosquito, keeps up in modern everyday life. (Original photos by Olaf Köster.)
Just as a gusty wind can sometimes transition into a storm, the timepieces in Swiss made replica Breitling Aviator 8 family have experienced a lot of change. Launched in early 2018 as the Navitimer 8, the collection has since transitioned to become the super clone Breitling Aviator 8, albeit without making much of a stir. The move now appears to be complete — and the new line reflects the long history that links Breitling with aviation.
A Smooth Transition to the Aviator 8
The phrase “back to the cockpit” heralded the beginning of Georges Kern’s tenure as Breitling CEO in 2017. His aim was to revisit and reinvent cheap fake Breitling’s first steps in the world of aviation. As early as the 1930s, AAA quality replica Breitling produced cockpit instruments for airplanes, long before the first Navitimer with its famous slide rule came on the market in 1952, so it was surprising that the new line was called Navitimer (now “8”) and omitted the model’s characteristic slide rule. And the Breitling Navitimer 8 fake for men was supposed to be telling the part of Breitling’s pilots’ watch history that existed before the Navitimer.
That’s why the Navitimer 8 features a number of elements from Swiss movement fake Breitling watches produced in the 1930s and ‘40s, like a rotating bezel. The limited edition issued in the summer of 2018, since renamed the copy Breitling Navitimer Aviator 8 B01 Chronograph, was equipped with markers and even-numbered numerals in addition to the existing orientation triangle.
Then came the Curtiss Warhawk, another special edition issued about a year after the introduction of the Navitimer 8, and finally the Aviator 8 that now stands for high quality replica Breitling’s early connection to aviation. The change was carried out gradually without causing a big stir. Although it’s still possible to find Navitimer 8 models on the Breitling website (and maybe these models will become collectible because of their brief lifespan), the unique models with the slide rule are found under “Navitimer” and the new watches are listed under “Aviator 8.” The Navitimer name on the dial has disappeared.
Our test watch, the best 1:1 fake Breitling Aviator 8 B01 Chronograph Mosquito, came onto the market in late 2019 and reaches “back to the cockpit,” as Georges Kern defined it, and back to the style of cockpit clocks that were designed by the Huit Aviation Department in the 1930s and ‘40s. This department was founded at luxury replica Breitling in 1938 (huit is French for “eight”) and handled airplane cockpit clocks with an 8-day power reserve.
A Movement with Steady Rates
While the B01 in-house movement doesn’t offer an 8-day power reserve, it does extend over almost three days (70 hours), the current state-of-the-art. The chronograph movement with column-wheel control and vertical clutch was introduced in 2009 to commemorate the 125-year anniversary of the company. Its basic version powers the wholesale fake Breitling Chronograph Mosquito, but upon closer inspection there are some slight differences. For example, the eccentric screw for fine regulation is in a different place, and there were a few finishing flaws on the levers for the stopwatch function, which unfortunately were noticeable through the sapphire caseback.
But none of this appears to affect the excellent chronometry of perfect super clone Breitling. The B01 movement runs with very balanced rate results in various situations: on the timing machine, on the wrist or when the chronograph is engaged. The Breitling Aviator replica for sale is very reliable in this regard.
Bright yellow on the underside of the leather strap underscores the vintage look. The B01 caliber is visible beneath the sapphire caseback.
The Swiss replica watches are housed in a 43-mm stainless-steel case like that of the Navitimer, with lugs that are now shorter and more curved and polished edges that give the watch a strong and sporty look, especially when viewed from the side. Breitling copy watches online often finished its watches with these same facets from the 1930s to the 1960s.