Based on the last year’s Navitimer Cosmonaute hand-wound chronometer, the 2013 Breitling Navitimer Cosmonaute BlackSteel looks a trifle less “historic”, but is offered in a lot sexier all-black body and is even more “limited” than the original.
Since the new color scheme is basically all that differentiate the new version from the original, you can simply read our mini-review by following the link above.
The only thing that I can say is that this all-black model looks a lot more legible than the 2012 model because the light green Superluminova compound on the Arabic numerals and both hour and minute hands is now even more contrast than before.
Also, the black-painted chronograph and small seconds sub-dials don’t attract too much attention to themselves making the dial a tad more serene and, at the same time, modern.
I’ve got an impression that, issued at a number of 1962 pieces, the original was a tough thing to sell out (the watches are still offered all over the Web at about two thirds of the recommended price), so it is no wonder that the Swiss brand decided to make this new Breitling Navitimer Cosmonaute BlackSteel Chronograph a little bit more “limited” (although, in this price range, a truly limited watch is usually issued in hundreds, if not in dozens) and will offer only 1000 individually numbered timepieces.
Pricing is still unknown, but I expect something closer to $10,000 at the start (but if you wait for a little, you will soon find them online at 75 percent of the initial price). Truth be told, I really do think that this timekeeper is absolutely worth buying.
UPDATE ON PRICE: Yes, it is in fact offered at $10,000 USD (give or take depending on your local and import taxes.) Although I can’t call it a “steal” at this price, I still stand on my opinion that this model could be a nice addition to any collection if you will be able to find one.
Although it is not an “investment”, the watch is nicely crafted and is animated by a high-end, manufacture-made movement, which is reliable enough for Breitling to extend its warranty for the whole five years! Of course, it will be more expensive to maintain than, say a similarly specced chronometer powered by an ETA caliber, but so is a Rolls-Royce Phantom compared to VW Passat.
Build quality: 5/5
Value for money: 3.5/5
Breitling Navitimer Cosmonaute BlackSteel Chronograph specification
Price: $10,000 (MSRP, ref. MB0210B6/BC79-200S)
Movement: Hand-wound, Caliber B02, in-house, COSC-certified chronometer, Swiss Made
Number of jewels: 39
Movement frequency: 28,800 vph
Power reserve: Min. 70 hours
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date, chronograph, a circular slide rule
Case, Bezel & Crown: Stainless steel with scratch-resistant black carbon-based coating
Size: 43.00 mm
Case height: 13.85 mm
Numerals: Arabic, 24-hour scale, luminous
Hour markers: Luminous
Water resistance: 30 meters
Strap: Black rubber Ocean Racer (perforated) strap
Crystal: Sapphire, antireflective on both sides, cambered
Back: Engraved, Aurora 7 mission insignia