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John Travolta’s Watch of Choice The Breitling Navitimer- Watch Repair

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We have covered the interesting history behind Breitling‘s Navitimer in the past. This amazing timepiece with its unique sliding rule bezel was released in 1952. It became an immediate hit with pilots and aviation enthusiasts, so much so that the International Aircraft Owners’ and Pilots’ Association chose it as their official timepiece. It was famously worn by Raquel Welch as a skydiving spy in the film Fathom (1967) and by Sean Connery as James Bond in Thunderball (1965). This watch has become a favorite of many pilots who have turned to Breitling for their watch needs. Watch Repair.

With this in mind it is no wonder why John Travolta eagerly agreed to become the official Breitling brand ambassador and is featured in many of their advertisements. John Travolta is a well known and experienced pilot, he has spent more than 5,000 hours in the air and is certified to fly several types of planes. He owns five plans: a customized Boeing 707, three Gulfstream jets and a Lear jet and even has his own 1.4 mile  runway at his home in Florida. Mr. Travolta famously flew his Boeing 707 to Haiti in 2010 with disaster relief supplies, volunteers and doctors. The actor/pilot has been a Breitling ambassador since 2005 and often wears these watches on a daily basis.

Raymond Lee Jewelers has many Breitling watches on sale for amazingly low prices.

-Carlos at Raymond Lee Jewelers

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James Bond Watches Part 1: Rolex- Watch Sell

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The character James Bond 007 was created in 1953 by writer Ian Fleming. A suave and sophisticated secret agent with a penchant for woman, danger and gadgets. James Bond had a classic sense of style that many have come to admire and emulate over the years. Perhaps the most revered aspect of Bond’s style are the watches he wears on his wrist. Many of which Raymond Lee Jewelers has for sale.

The first watch sell to be worn by James Bond on the big screen was the Rolex Submariner 6538A. Worn by Sean Connery in the film Dr. No, this watch would become the signature Bond watch for the next decade and considered by many collectors to be the only true James Bond Submariner. Nine films would put Rolex in the spotlight, with different variations of the Submariner being used throughout filming. The 6200 with its larger winding crown and non-crown guard case is also considered a collectors item.

Sean Connery played the role of James Bond for five films and then George Lazenby took over the role for the sixth film, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. Sean Connery returned to the role of Bond in Diamonds Are Forever in which Bond had a Submariner Date. Roger Moore who played Bond for the 8th film Live and Let Die (1973) wore a slightly different Rolex, the 5513.

For more then a decade the Rolex would not be featured in a Bond film, instead the secret agent was sporting Seiko digital or digital/analogue hybrids. This move to digitization like many of the trends that swept the 80’s was soon forgotten and hopefully will never be reprised. Bond was back to sporting the beautiful and timeless Submariner in The Living Daylights (1987) and License to Kill (1989).

Stay tuned for Part 2!

Carlos at Raymond Lee Jewelers

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Breitling Navitimer: A History

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The Navitimer wrist watch was launched by Breitling in 1952 and to this day has accumulated a worldwide following for both the newer and older models.

How did this particular model become so popular as to be worn by Raquel Welch as a skydiving spy in the film Fathom (1967) and by Sean Connery as James Bond in Thunderball (1965)? It all started in 1884 when Leon Breitling established a factory in the watchmaking town of Saint-Imier in the Swiss Jura mountains. Breitling at the time had the intention of turning out timepieces that would be equipped to perform functions well beyond merely imparting the time of day. To start with, he made pocket chronographs – event stopwatches for all kinds of occasions – and they were robust in their manufacture.

As World War I broke out Leon’s son Gaston took over the running of the company. To meet wartime requirements, Breitling manufactured wristwatches with luminous dials and hands, and a chronograph mechanism. After Gaston’s death, it wasn’t until 1932 that his son Willy assumed control over the company. Not long after, Willy was overseeing the production of over forty chronograph models, as well as the first one with two buttons. By this time Breitling had identified the aviation industry as a major growth area. This notion was correct as it was confirmed with a large contract from Britain’s Royal Air Force in 1936 for the supply of chronographs and cockpit clocks.

In 1952 when Breitling launched its Navitimer model, it was quickly adopted by the international Aircraft Owners’ and Pilots’ Association as its official timepiece. The Navitimer was favored for its chronograph timing in hours, minutes, and seconds, and also a slide rule around the outside of the face. This consisted of a mobile outer scale, engraved with numeric scales, actioned by rotating the bezel, for use with a fixed scale marked around the rim.  Such a feature allowed pilots to make in-flight calculations to gauge how much fuel remained in relation to miles already travelled, or at what speed, related to the total journey time, the plane should be flying.

During this period in the 1950s, Breitling was also supplying cockpit clocks to aeroplane manufacturers such as Boeing, Douglas and Lockheed.  At this time, the first civilian jet aircraft  (De Havilland Comet) flew from London to Johannesburg with a Breitling clock on board for guidance.

Eventually, Breitling created a spacegoing version of the Navitimer, the Cosmonaute, which featured 24-hour markers because notions of day and night off the Earth were meaningless. This particular model was used by astronaut Scott Carpenter.

In 1969 Breitling released the first-ever automatic chronograph (the Calibre II, renamed to Calibre 12). This chronograph was the inspiration for the Navitimer Chrono-Matic. In 1976 an LED version of the Navitimer appeared, and this was eventually followed by an LCD model. Both are now collector’s pieces.

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