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History of Watches | Story of Limited-Edition DC-3 Navitimer

In March 2017, the Breitling DC-3 World Tour began. However, this was no ordinary flight. This was a record breaking expedition as the Breitling DC-3 became the oldest plane, at 77 years old, to complete a world tour.



Precious cargo on-board the Breitling DC-3

To mark the 77th anniversary of the DC-3, Breitling manufactured 500 limited edition Navitimer chronographs that would join the DC-3 in its world tour. Regarded as one of the quintessential timepieces for aviators, the watch’s 46-mm stainless steel case features the circular slide rule bezel, used in making calculations for airborne navigation. Powering the watch is Breitling’s in-house Caliber 01, which includes an integrated chronograph function and a 70-hour power reserve. Marking this watch as a special edition is the solid steel case back engraved with "Breitling DC-3 World Tour".



The grand tour

The tour began in Geneva and crossed the Balkans, through the Middle East and Southeast Asia, across the Pacific, through the U.S. and Canada, and finally back to Switzerland in September 2017. In total, the Breitling DC-3 flew to 28 countries and 55 cities in the span of just 6 months.





Completing the tour

Having successfully completed the World Tour, the 500 limited edition watches were removed from the plane and sold to eagerly awaiting customers. Luckily, at WatchVIP were able to get our hands on one of these special edition watches, each watch coming complete with its own log book. Allow WatchVIP to be an extension of your own watch collection by hiring this watch from us.


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