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By-Tor
07-16-2007, 02:45 AM
http://i.imgur.com/haBL6Wc.jpg

First I have to say one thing: Breitling Navitimer two-tone isn't excatly my "usual style". This is my "PoM Award watch" (http://www.rwg.cc/members/index.php?showtopic=14883) and I wanted this model for unselfish reasons (believe it or not). Personally, I prefer the standard stainless steel but since I (and many others) have already reviewed the stainless Navitimers to death I chose the TT model.

Even though there's a big and constant demand there haven't been too many reviews of the gold reps. So why not write one?

This doesn't mean I don't like gold watches, even my 2 first replicas were Rolex TT Subs. Far from it, I absolutely adore many TT models, including this Navitimer. I just feel I'm a bit too young to comfortably wear gold. Gold doesn't generally go well with bulky and masculine sports models, but I don't feel Navitimer falls into this category: With only 30 meters of water resistance and highly polished bracelet Navitimer isn't exactly a hardcore "sports chronograph". So gold, in my opinion, goes really well with it. It's extremely beautiful and dressy, without being too "flashy" and vulgar.

As a replica the TT Navitimer is excellent. The center plated gold links look authentic to my eye. But then I'm not a jeweler, and I have no idea how the rep would "survive" under close inspection. I can only say that this watch has far superior feel compared to the two-tone Submariners I have owned, probably due the "solid" middle links and overall heavy weight of the watch and the bracelet.

Of course I can't make any technical statements... or say anything about the longevity of the gold plating. I can only say that I've never heard anyone complaining about the plating fading off of the bezel. And even if the bracelet starts to fade... we all know how well Navitimer goes with a leather strap. The two-tone model is even available on a leather strap (http://i74.photobucket.com/albums/i243/BT2112/gen_strap.gif) as a default.

I also feel this watch goes best with suits and white sleeves. So it's not exactly a watch to use with the casual sports clothes that I usually wear.


http://i.imgur.com/00zpTHv.jpg

Unlike the old 12-9-6 two-tone version, the Tricompax model SHOULD have silver subdial hands (which are correct on the rep). This particular model is available with blue and black dials (with or without big Arabic dial numerals).


Picture of the genuine blue version:
http://i.imgur.com/arp7Zm2.jpg

I owned and reviewed the old rep version of the Navitimer "Serie Speciale Fighter's Edition" (http://www.rwg.cc/members/index.php?showtopic=3392). You can also find the explanation of the "slide rule" from that writeup.

Instead of the natural 12-9-6 subdial layout my watch uses the "Tricompax" arrangement, which is used on the modern Navitimers. The old version was already excellent replica, but the new batch of Navitimers have better and improved subdials. This new watch has also improved luminosity on the hands, and of course the new high-beat movement. Other than that the "base watch" seems to be exactly the same. But why would they even change something that was already very well made?

Andreww has explained this model in detail in our Breitling Guide (http://www.rwg.cc/members/index.php?showtopic=12678), so I don't bother going there once again. Everything that Andrew says applies to this rep as well.

The rep of TT Navitimer is also available in the 12-9-6 version, which is an excellent option if you're planning to swap the movement to Swiss Valjoux at some point. But as mentioned before that watch should have black subdial hands (they're silver on the rep). Personally, I couldn't care less. But I felt this fact would be important for some... and thus worth mentioning here.


http://i.imgur.com/hQuupjK.jpg

My only minor complaint is the bracelet size. I have almost 8' wrist and it's very tight on me, with all links intact and the micro adjustment set to maximum. Actually I prefer my watches tight but this is a bit too much. It's wearable but a bit uncomfortable. So if you have big wrists I suggest you ask for an extra link from your dealer.

The fliplock clasp is the same as on the stainless steel models. It's highly polished and collects scratches very easily.


http://i.imgur.com/NP6bXHO.jpg

Conclusion: The replica is excellent, and this is probably the most beautiful watch I have owned. Personally, I'm not really looking to impress anyone with my watches, but if that's what you're after (and want to look like million dollars) I can't think of a better rep. The two-tone Navitimer is extremely impressive, and almost ridiculously beautiful.

I can recommend this rep for everyone who are looking forward to add a two-tone watch into their collections. But keep in mind: the genuine retails at $7000, so it might also be a bit "over the top" for some.

My biggest thanks goes once again to the legendary ***Eddie Lee*** and the RWG Admin team. Thanks also to my mate Pugwash for his "delivery help".


http://i.imgur.com/YcnLBrL.jpg

By-Tor
12-16-2007, 08:50 AM
Just a little note/addition to this old review from the archives:

I finally saw a genuine version of the TT Navitimer yesterday. I don't own the rep anymore (actually I haven't owned it for a year), but I remember the watch quite well.

While nothing beats the genuine and real gold, I must say I'm even more impressed of the rep now. It would survive a casual inspection by almost anyone. The rep bracelet is quite heavy, although it doesn't have the same smooth feel as the gen. It's probably a lubrication issue, mainly. The gold color on the rep is very close (which was quite surprising).

I'm almost considering to re-buy this beautiful Navitimer again. It's still hands down the best two-tone rep I have owned.

This would probably look most convincing with a black genuine leather strap. I'm curious to see pictures (if someone has it on that combo). Shame about that slide-rule (which is slightly off).

onzenuub
05-10-2008, 07:58 PM
Bump for an excellent review of a beuatiful watch

bmemm
05-10-2008, 08:26 PM
Hers's mine....

http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d100/barryemms/NaviTT2023.jpg

http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d100/barryemms/NAVITT-1.jpg

onzenuub
05-10-2008, 08:29 PM
This one is mine, however not with a leather band:
http://usera.imagecave.com/onzenuub/Horloges/Twotonenieuw2.jpg

jawo
05-13-2008, 03:34 AM
Here is mine with a gen leather strap. I had this watch fully serviced, double AR, eta datewheel swap and fully lumed.

http://www3.telus.net/public/drakos/newnavworld.gif
http://www3.telus.net/public/drakos/Ziggy/NTW1.jpg
http://www3.telus.net/public/drakos/Ziggy/NTW3.jpg

Edited by By-Tor: Thanks for the replies guys, very cool pics of beautiful watches. However I edited the img-tags off to reduce the loading time of the archived review. Sorry 'bout that.

QQQ
05-13-2008, 02:04 PM
^^ WOW ^^ Now that is what I call LUME! :)

kenr
05-22-2008, 03:02 AM
These look like very good reps but the white in all of the photos apears to be white. I have a gen in its not white it's a light metalic. Are the reps metalic or white?

Here is a gen of an older model
http://www.rosencentral.com/images/watch/1.jpg

http://www.rosencentral.com/images/watch/3.jpg

http://www.rosencentral.com/images/watch/6.jpg

Ken

By-Tor
05-22-2008, 02:28 PM
Beautiful gen ken.

You mean the subdials are more "metallic" on the gen? Are you sure this is the case with the newest models too?

I didn't notice that when I looked at the gen in a watch shop... but it could be the case. Quite difficult to find reference photos of the gen (new model).

kenr
05-22-2008, 03:31 PM
Beautiful gen ken.

You mean the subdials are more "metallic" on the gen? Are you sure this is the case with the newest models too?

I didn't notice that when I looked at the gen in a watch shop... but it could be the case. Quite difficult to find reference photos of the gen (new model).

It is difficult to photograph correctly. In addition to the subdials the sliderule is also the same material. The color looks similar to the back side of aluminum foil but a shade lighter. It is actually a light silver not wihite. Mine is a 93 or 94 model and I can't imagine B would change the color of their most famous watch. Do you still have yours to compare? The subdials should be metallic certainly different than the date.

By-Tor
05-23-2008, 02:38 AM
No, I don't have mine anymore. I owned this watch very briefly. I don't remember the exact tone of the subdials but I'm afraid they were white on the rep.

When I wrote this review I didn't find even one reference photo of the current two-tone Navi. Only factory photos, and the subdials look all white in those pics... I suspect the rep factories often use these same photos to replicate models, which can cause some flaws.

Good info, thanks. I learned something new again. ;)

naik
06-17-2008, 02:58 PM
By-Tor, I've read pretty much all of your reviews. They're all extremely informative and helpful. Thanks from a newbie for all your effort!

sollie
06-22-2008, 04:53 PM
I've decided to add pics of the Navitimer I just received from Josh.

http://i206.photobucket.com/albums/bb47/Solomon211/b1.jpg

http://i206.photobucket.com/albums/bb47/Solomon211/b4.jpg

http://i206.photobucket.com/albums/bb47/Solomon211/b3.jpg

My only complaint is that the clock face on the gen is white. It's more "off-white" on the rep.

bruce0
06-17-2010, 10:05 PM
Great watch and great review.
My next watch will be a navi, not sure which.
If I had to decide today it would be a datora.
quite excellent reps also out there



I've decided to add pics of the Navitimer I just received from Josh.

http://i206.photobucket.com/albums/bb47/Solomon211/b1.jpg

http://i206.photobucket.com/albums/bb47/Solomon211/b4.jpg

http://i206.photobucket.com/albums/bb47/Solomon211/b3.jpg

My only complaint is that the clock face on the gen is white. It's more "off-white" on the rep.

coldwin
06-24-2010, 06:29 AM
My Favorite Navi!
A gorgeous watch

GreenHornet
09-17-2010, 09:19 PM
Just ordered this one from Mary. Can't wait to receive it!

The Dude
09-17-2010, 09:31 PM
Great review, thanks for the info. I'm not much of a two tone guy, but this watch is stunning

blcoffee
01-27-2011, 05:50 PM
bling bling

chronoluvvv
01-28-2011, 10:42 PM
bling bling

only 95 more of those before you get to sell stuff, huh ?

zaq
01-31-2011, 03:22 PM
You who have been a owner (or still are) can't you give us a update!?

What's the general view of the quality?
Is the gold color still remaining to the watch?

...and so on!

//zaq

GreenHornet
01-31-2011, 03:31 PM
You who have been a owner (or still are) can't you give us a update!?

What's the general view of the quality?
Is the gold color still remaining to the watch?

...and so on!

//zaq

Only had mine about 4 months, but so far it has been perfect. I only wear it about once every couple weeks or so.

talvarez
03-17-2011, 08:12 PM
thank you for the review!

mikeyriz1024
02-11-2013, 04:20 PM
Looks great on wrist.