While I seriously doubt that this fresh Breitling Navitimer 01 Panamerican will manage to stun you with originality of industrial design (we have seen this shape many times before) or some rare complication (it is nothing more than a mere chronograph with date, albeit COSC-certified), it may nevertheless be welcomed by those who always wanted a shiny new Navitimer powered by their recently introduced Caliber 01 in-house chronograph movement, but never liked the color combinations that were on offer. Combined with milky white counters, this gorgeous anodized brown dial that the brand prefers to call “Panamerican Bronze,” looks absolutely killer to me.
Of course, there is nothing terribly new about this ahem “new” timekeeper. Besides the color of the dial (which is cool, and may look even cooler if you happen to own a Mercedes-Benz SLS in that sexy AMG Sepang Brown color), I don’t see any new elements either on its case or on its face that would have differentiated the Panamerican from, say, the Navitimer Blue Sky 60th Anniversary.
Oh, yes, the case back is now equipped with a sapphire crystal that allows you to admire from time to time the in-house Caliber 01 automatic chronograph movement and the choice of straps now includes an expensive Barenia leather band, but apart from that, I don’t see anything innovative about it. It looks like just another version of an already well-known watch, which it certainly is.
Still, I must admit that the watch indeed looks great: while Breitlings are often associated with lots of bling and not much of good taste, their collection is getting better and better as the Swiss brand introduces new timekeepers.
This 01 Panamerican, for example, features an attractive combination of colors: the anodized bronze dial is cleverly accented with three egg-shell white sub-dials and a rotating bezel with circular slide rule printed in black and red over a background of the same “vintage” color. The dial is legible: even the small pointers of chronograph indicators and the small seconds display provide enough contrast for the polished indicators, while the hour and minute hands with their thin patches of Superluminova will be easily readable in any lighting condition.
What does make me a bit unhappy about this gadget is its water resistance rating. For a sporty chronograph, the official WR of just 30 meters is a tad ridiculous, to say the least.
As usual, Breitling will limit the Panamerican’s production to just 1000 pieces that will most likely retail at some €7000 or close to that. If you are looking for a “true” limited edition watch (and I am talking about a timepiece which is limited to no more than a couple of dozens of pieces, maybe even less), you should probably look somewhere else.
However, if your plan is to get a “manly” watch, which is rare enough not to be worn by every single college graduate from the office, this could be a nice choice, if you can afford one, that is.
Build quality: 4.5/5
Value for money: 3/5
Breitling Navitimer 01 Panamerican specification
Movement: Automatic, Caliber B01, in-house, COSC-certified chronometer, Swiss Made
Number of jewels: 47
Movement frequency: 28,800 vph
Power reserve: Approx. 70 hours
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date, chronograph, slide rule on the bezel
Case: Stainless steel
Size: 43.00 mm
Case height: 14.25 mm
Dial: Panamerican Bronze
Hour markers: Polished, with luminous tips
Water resistance: 30 meters
Strap: Barenia leather strap / Crocodile leather / Stainless steel Navitimer or Air Racer bracelet
Crystal: Sapphire, antireflective on both sides, cambered