The Breitling Aviator Super 8 was inspired by the reference number 637, a stopwatch that Second World War bomber pilots wore strapped to their thighs.
In the 1930s, Breitling’s Huit Aviation department made its name inventing precision cockpit clocks. Two decades later, it introduced yet another novel flight instrument, this time in wearable form: the Ref. 765 AVI. That pioneering pilot’s watch provided the technical backdrop for today’s Super AVI, a collection inspired by the rugged spirit of famed early aircraft. The Super AVI Mosquito honors one of those legends. In an era when aluminum and steel shortages were common, the engineers behind the de Havilland Mosquito made use of a still plentiful material: wood. The “Wooden Wonder” caused shockwaves when it outperformed its metal contemporaries to become one of the fastest planes built between 1940 and 1950. Its superior maneuverability allowed it to multitask in roles as far ranging as light bomber, night-fighter, transport and photographic reconnaissance aircraft. As a true pilot’s watch designed to withstand the rigors of a vintage cockpit.
|Breitling B04 (Manufacture)
|approx. 70 hrs
|1/4 second, 30 minutes
|Screw-locked, two gaskets
|Cambered sapphire, glareproofed both sides
|Weight (without strap)