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Maker: Breitling
Year: 1960s
Model: 1960s Rare First Generation Cosmonaute Navitimer Ref 809 with AOPA Logo on Black Dial with Small Sub-Dials All Steel Extra Large Case on Breitling Crocodile Strap and Deployment Buckle. Beautiful Vintage Dial. Comes with 1960's Instruction Booklet
Movement: Breitling Venus 178 with 24hr Gearing Mechanism
Case: Breitling Ref 809
Dial: Very Rare AOPA Black and Gilt Vintage Dial
Band: Breitling Deployment Stitched Strap with Breitling Deployment Buckle
Our Ref: 809 Breitling Cosmonaute with Original Instruction Booklet
Diameter: 43.5 (with crown) mm
Height: 14 mm
Lug to Lug: 48 mm
Band Width: 22 mm

Rare first ever model of Breitling Navitimer Cosmonaute produced for the A.O.P.A. (Aircraft Owners & Pilot's Association) Navitimer "Cosmonaute" Chronograph. Breitling and the AOPA developed this revolutionary watch and navigational computer (slide-rule bezel) in conjunction after suggestions by Lt Cmdr. Scott Carpenter of the Mercury NASA Space Programme in the 1960s. In 1959 Lt Cmdr Scott Carpenter was selected as one of seven astronauts for the NASA Mercury program. Carpenter was a US Navy test pilot who had flown in combat in the Korean war and who wore a Breitling Navitimer (12-hour version) during the 1950's. After selection he contacted Breitling and suggested they make a 24-hour version of the Navitimer pilot's watch specially for astronauts. This watch is in great condition having Just been serviced and is working perfectly. Comes on 400 Breitling Crocodile skin deployment strap and buckle. This watch can be seen here on the highly respected Breitling reference web-site:- http://www.lesmala.net/jean-michel/navitimer/index2.htm

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