It was a Breitling Navitimer chronograph that was on the wrist of Scott Carpenter in 1962 when he orbited the earth three times aboard the Aurora 7 space capsule — only the second such flight to date during the rapidly escalating space race in the 1960s. To commemorate the 50th anniversary of Carpenter’s historic flight, Breitling is releasing the Navitimer Cosmonaute — a faithful reproduction of the watch that helped make aeronautical history. At the heart of the 43mm stainless steel case beats Breitling’s 39-jewel, COSC-certified Caliber 02 hand-wound movement, at 28,800 vibrations per hour. In addition to the chronometer itself, the watch contains two other essential pilot instruments – a circular slide rule integrated into the bidirectional rotating bezel, and (faithful to the vintage 1952 versions) a Celsius/Fahrenheit conversion scale etched into the caseback. Production of the Navitimer Cosmonaute will be limited to 1,962 pieces, but don’t let that stop you from keeping your eyes peeled at Breitling stockists when it releases this summer.
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