The Breitling Navitimer is the most iconic model of aviator watch. Featuring a slide rule bezel, the Navitimer has been a pilot’s wrist-worn mini-computer for over 65 years. Such a pedigree can demand a sky-high price tag. We’ve compiled a list of the best affordable Breitling Navitimer alternatives and homages so that you can have this classic look for less.
The Breitling Navitimer has a unique set of features that combine to create its iconic look. The inner and outer bezel of the Navitimer function together as a slide rule. Using this along with the chronometer, a pilot can determine average speed, fuel consumption, and other complex calculations necessary for flight. The bezel grip features a deep “gear-edge” pattern for easy adjustments.
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Stuhrling Original 669.01 Monaco Quartz Chronograph
The Stuhrling Original Monaco 669.01 is the best affordable Breitling Navitimer homage. Almost every detail is directly borrowed from the Navitimer. Visually speaking, the “saw-tooth” bezel grip, sub dial functions and screw pushers are the only major styling differences from the modern Navitimer.
The 669.01 uses a Japanese quartz movement. This movement is housed in a 42mm stainless steel case. It is water resistant to 50m (165ft). The band is genuine leather calfskin with a buckle clasp. A stainless steel bracelet is also available in the 669B.01.
Stuhrling Original 669.02 Monaco Quartz Chronograph
The Stuhrling Original Monaco 669.02 is identical to the 669.01 except it features a blue dial.
There are actually several dial, band and case color variants of the Stuhrling Original Monaco 669. All of these are excellent affordable Breitling Navitimer homages.
Seiko SNA411 Flight Alarm Chronograph
The Seiko SNA411 Flight Alarm Chronograph is an excellent Breitling Navitimer alternative. It as an extremely popular model of aviator watch. The all black dial with yellow highlights gives this Seiko a more utilitarian feel than the Navitimer. There are also compass markings, lume dots, and additional text markings that you won’t find on the less-busy Navitimer. Nonetheless, this is a fantastic aviator watch. The Seiko SNA413 is a blue and white variant.
The SNA411 uses a Japanese quartz movement. This movement is housed in a 42mm stainless steel case. It is water resistant to 200m (660ft). The band is a 20mm stainless steel link with fold-over push-button clasp and safety closure.
Orient CDH00001B Explorer
The Orient CDH00001B Explorer is a true Navitimer alternative. The CDH00001B Explorer is not another Breitling Navitimer homage. It is a unique aviator watch design. The black dial contrast the metallic inner sub dials dials. The slide rule bezel is rotated with the second crown. A dual time complication is also incorporated.
The Orient CDH00001B Explorer uses an in-house Japanese self-winding automatic movement. There is a 40-hour power reserve so it will keep time overnight, unlike cheaper automatics. The stainless steel case is 44.5mm. It is water resistant to 50m (165ft). The leather band is crocodile textured with a deployant clasp and push-button closure.
Rotary GS00199-05 Chronograph
The Rotary GS00199-05 Chronograph has a deep blue dial and red accents. The bezel rotation is controlled by a second crown, unlike the Navitimer. Aside from this, this watch by Rotary is an outstanding Breitling Navitimer alternative.
The GS00199-05 uses a quartz movement. The case is stainless steel and 42mm wide. It is water resistant to 100m (330ft). The band is 22mm wide blue crocodile textured leather with a pin buckle clasp.
Rotary GS00649/19 Pilot Chronograph
The Rotary GS00649/19 Pilot Chronograph has a more “gear-edge” bezel grip than the GS00199-05. The black dial with white subdials and a white inner bezel are the characteristics that make this a great Breitling Navitimer alternative.
The GS00649/19 uses a quartz movement. The case is stainless steel and 45mm wide. It is water resistant to 50m (165ft). The band is 22mm wide crocodile textured leather with a pin buckle clasp.
Rotary GS00644/05 Pilot Chronograph
The third Rotary watch worth mentioning as a Breitling Navitimer homage is the Rotary Pilot GB00644/05 Chronograph. The navy blue dial is contrasted with sharp yellow accents on the subdial hands, second hand, and unit markings. The pushers also have yellow accents.
The GB00644/05 uses a quartz movement. The case is stainless steel and 45mm wide. It is water resistant to 50m (165ft). The bracelet is stainless steel and it is extremely similar to the bracelets paired with the Navitimer.
Casio Edifice EF527D-1AV
The Casio Edifice EF527D-1AV is a casual and sporty Breitling Navitimer alternative. It has an all black dial with white hour markings and red highlights. The second crown is used to control the slide rule as the outer bezel is stationary.
The Casio Edifice EF527D-1AV uses a Japanese quartz movement. The stainless steel case is 45.5mm. This watch is water resistant to 100m (330ft). The bracelet is stainless steel with a fold-over push-button clasp.
GuTe Classic Pro Automatic
The GuTe Classic Pro series is the best ultra-low budget Breitling Navitimer homage. This affordable Navitimer lookalike pays homage to the original with its automatic movement. The GuTe Classic Pro is available in either an all white dial, or a black dial with contrasting white subdials.
The movement of this watch requires hand winding and does not offer a lengthy power reserve. You may have to wind and set the time on this watch every time you wear it.
Voeons 2099 Chronograph
The Voens 2099 Chronograph is another ultra-low budget Breitling Navitimer homage. Unfortunately the bezel on this watch is stationary. Function is sacrificed for looks and price in this affordable Navitimer alternative. This is still a good option for those on a very low budget, looking for a low maintenance quartz watch.