Breitling Presents New Iconic Pilot Watches

Lindsay Judge   |   20-02-2019


Breitling adds to its pilot watch offering with three new models inspired by the iconic Curtiss Warhawk that celebrates two legends of the skies.


Breitling presents three new watches that will commemorate an aviation legend: The Curtiss P-40 Warhawk, the most famous plan built by American aircraft manufacturer Curtiss Wright, known for its iconic sharks teeth. These two new Chronographs and three-hand watch fit seamlessly into the brand’s offering of pilot watches and reiterate the importance of aviation watches to the brand. Two chronographs – one featuring a Breitling Manufacture Caliber 01 movement – have been introduced along with a three-hand model.

Breitling has an incredible reputation for its pilot watches and it’s through that these huge new launches will build on that as well as introducing a partnership between two aviation pioneers. The watch offerings will appeal to those who are interested in aviation and hold a background in pilot watch collecting, while it’s stylish appeal will widen the market reach and attract a new generation of customers.

Breitling CEO Georges Kern said of the launch; “Curtiss Wright produced the P-40 Warhawk at the same time Breitling and its Huit Aviation Department were making onboard instruments for planes used by the RAF and other air forces. With this partnership and these great new watches, we are reaffirming the importance of Breitling’s aviation heritage to the brand.”


The Breitling Aviator 8 B01 Chronograph 43 Curtiss Warhawk

The first watch features a military green dial with a matte finish and military green strap. The contrasting silver sub-dials signify the Breitling Manufacture Caliber 01 – the brand’s in-house mechanical movement, which offers a power reserve of 70 hours. This striking watch is equipped with a bi-directional rotating bezel with Arabic numerals and a red pointer. The numerals are coated with Super-Lumi-Nova ensuring they are easy to read in all lighting conditions. The 43-milimeter stainless-steel case is water resistant up to 100 metres. The caseback has a transparent sapphire crystal printed with a Curtiss inscription and an image of an airborne P-40 Warhawk complete with the iconic shark’s mouth that was associated with the plane when it was piloted by the American Volunteer Group in the Chinese Air Force’s famed Flying Tigers unit.


The Breitling Aviator 8 Chronograph 43 Curtiss Warhawk

The second watch is in the same colour combination but the main diffenece is  the mechanical movement. This watch featured the Breitling Caliber 13, a mechanical movement renowned for its stability and performance. It has a power reserve of 42 hours.


The Breitling Aviator 8 Automatic 41 Curtiss Warhawk

Inside the DLC coated stainless-steel case of this watch is a Breitling Caliber 17 movement, which offers a power reserve of around 40 hour. The precision of this model is confirmed by its status as a COSC chronometer. The watch again features the iconic image of the Curtiss Warhawk complete with shark teeth.




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