Introducing The Breitling Navitimer Cosmonaute 50th Anniversary

50 years ago Lt Commander Scott Carpenter orbited the Earth in the Aurora 7 spacecraft with a Breitling Cosmonaute ref. 809 on his wrist. It was Lt Cmdr Carpenter who first mooted the idea of a 24 hour version of the classic ref. 806 Navitimer in the late fifties because it enabled him to keep track of the time while in space. 
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To mark this anniversary Breitling unveiled a limited edition Cosmonaute at Baselworld 2012. The new Cosmonaute still retains the classic Cosmonaute look with the 24 hour dial, which I like, but with the addition of a date and applied Breitling logo, which I don’t as they clutter up the dial.

I’ve always liked the Cosmonaute, I own a sixties ref. 806 Navitimer, but this edition is a bit too busy. Breitling made the Cosmonaute in the nineties, including a Scott Carpenter edition, which were closer to the original.

Applied Breitling logo

Inside this edition is the in-house Breitling Caliber 02 movement, hand-wound with column wheel and vertical clutch. Case is 43 mm in diameter. Limited to 1962 pieces. – SJX

Aurora 7 logo on the case back
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