Aviator 8 Curtiss Warhawk

Breitling’s New Watches Celebrate Its Military Aviation History


February 20, 2019 Watches By

While Breitling hasn’t stopped producing the larger, more modern designs they have become known for, the new Aviator 8 Curtiss Warhawk is more in line with the wider industry’s fervently vintage trend. The two chronographs and one time-only watch that comprise the collection are, in fact, part of the renamed Navitimer 8 collection (now “Aviator 8”) that introduced a more toned-down, retro look for the brand.

The Breitling Aviator 8 Curtiss Warhawk collection features green dials and is themed on the Curtiss P-40 Warhawk fighter aircraft from the early 1940s, with its distinctive shark-mouth paint job. The collection helps remind us of the brand’s history producing onboard instruments for fighter planes at that time. The three models in the collection include two 43mm-wide chronographs and a 41mm time-and-date-only model.

The highlighted model uses Breitling’s B01 in-house automatic chronograph movement and features an attractive triple-register subdial layout across the bottom of the dial, a generous power reserve of 70 hours, and has a price around $7,900. The second chronograph uses an ETA/Valjoux 7750 movement with its familiar dial layout, and it has a price around $5,700.

The three-hand Breitling Aviator 8 Automatic Curtiss Warhawk features a black DLC-coated steel case and an ETA 2824-2 automatic movement, with a price of about $4,100. All watches have clean, tastefully retro dials in a soothing tone of green, notched bezels, and a water-resistance of 100m. Each is COSC chronometer-certified, and features a Curtiss P-40 Warhawk plane motif on the case back, but only the B01 model offers a view of the movement through a display case back. The watches come on military-green straps, with bracelet options for the chronographs.

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