I inherited this one from my Dad, who had bought it years ago and never got it fixed. The really interesting thing is the dial with the French Air Force pilot crest.
I seem to recall that a long time ago there was a watch, I believe also a Breitling, possibly a Navitimer, that had numbers written on the dial. I can be mistaken, but I think some of those numbers were the same. They looked like they had been added by hand. This was quite extensively discussed on the Breitling forum, and if I recall correctly, a conclusive answer was not found.That would make two of us, because I have no idea! :-S
You must be talking about this picture (taken from Jean-Michel's Navitimer website)...I seem to recall that a long time ago there was a watch, I believe also a Breitling, possibly a Navitimer, that had numbers written on the dial. I can be mistaken, but I think some of those numbers were the same. They looked like they had been added by hand.
I am definitely hanging on to mine, and yours is equally interesting. :-!I dont know what to do with it... Maybe I'll hang it on a wall as a decoration
If they offered me full exchange (1 vs 1) for any watch I would accept... I searched for prices of B1 and it is too much for student like me... Average monthly salary in Serbia is a bit more then 200 euros...I am definitely hanging on to mine, and yours is equally interesting. :-!
Mine made a short trip to Breitling's French service center, where I was told that they could not do anything to fix it. They also wanted to keep the watch and give me a discount on a new B1 as a compensation. I refused and thankfully got my watch back. I suspect that given the poor reliability of this model, Breitling is trying to sweep it under the carpet as much as possible in order to preserve its new found reputation. That's a pity, really...
Thanks a lot for this explanation. It definitely makes sense, and the silly thing is that after years of flying VFR, I should have thought about it myself!IMHO there is no doubt at all that the numbers on this 806 dial are flight levels (altitudes used to seperate aircraft flying in different directions whether under VFR or IFR).
Thank you for the explanation, Alan.
Are the numbers on the dial just reminders of the FL-numbers, or is there a connection with using the hands of the watch and/or the bezel?