Breitling's new Pan Am watch is a retro blast from flying days past

By David Flynn, January 16 2019

You don't need to have flown on Pan Am for the mention of those two words to conjure up impressions of jetsetting in The Era of Cool, when air travel still oozed romance and occasion.

Ah, the days when air travel was a special event.... The Pan Am Experience
Ah, the days when air travel was a special event...
The Pan Am Experience

Breitling is now celebrating the iconic airline with the latest release in its Navitimer 1 Airline Editions series.

The 43mm face of the Breitling Navitimer Pan Am Edition proudly waves blue and red accents, which are based more on Pam Am's US heritage than the pure blue of its logo and livery.

Pan Am's instantly-recognisable logo is stamped onto the watch's transparent sapphire caseback, through which you can view the B01 Chronograph movement in action.

The steel case can be paired with a vintage-inspired brown leather strap, a Breitling Air Racer bracelet, or a stainless-steel mesh bracelet.

The Pan Am Edition is the second member of what Breitling calls a 'capsule collection', which it describes as un-numbered limited editions "aiming to tell specific stories rooted in the history of our core collections." 

It sits alongside a Swissair version – fitting, given that Breitling is a Swiss brand...

... and a TWA Edition, inspired by US carrier Trans World Airlines, which was a familiar sight at the world’s major airports throughout most of the twentieth century.

Breitling's Navitimer 1 B01 Chronograph 43 Pan Am Edition should reach Australian stores by March, although local pricing is yet to be set.

Also read: The Pan-Am Experience lets you relive the glory days of flying


David Flynn is the Editor-in-Chief of Executive Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.

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