Cool or not cool? The new Breitling Navitimer Cosmonaute Blacksteel versus its classical edition

Breitling Navitimer Cosmonaute Blacksteel

Breitling just unveiled this totally black Navitimer Cosmonaute called Blacksteel that is limited to 1000 pieces. I am not sure if I should like it or not. What do you think?

The Breitling Navitimer Cosmonaute has a long tradition at Breitling. In case you don´t remember the story here in brief what should be said:

On May 24th 1962, Lt Commander Scott Carpenter orbited the earth three times aboard the Aurora 7 capsule. On his wrist was a Navitimer featuring a 24-hour graduation serving to distinguish day from a night – an absolute necessity in space. This space conquest pioneer joined the Breitling collections under the name Cosmonaute.

Now this is what Breitling told me today about the Cosmonaute Blacksteel:

50 years after its first flight in 2012, the Navitimer Cosmonaute is pursuing its odyssey in a new and highly original version featuring a case in black steel created using a highly resistant carbon-based coating. The dial and counters of this high-performance chronograph are in the same black color, enhanced by luminescent indications and small red hands.

The in-house manufacture Caliber B02, chronometer-certified by the COSC (Contrôle Officiel Suisse des Chronomètres = Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute) features two key characteristics true to the original model: a manual winding system and a 24-hour display.

The famous Navitimer circular slide rule enables pilots to perform the entire range of calculations relating to airborne navigation directly on the wrist. The engraved case back bears the official Aurora 7 mission insignia.

Issued in a numbered 1000-piece limited series, the new Navitimer Cosmonaute Blacksteel is fitted with a black rubber strap further enhancing its tech-savvy, masculine appearance.


Have a look at the new Blacksteel-edition…

Breitling Navitimer Cosmonaute Blacksteel
Breitling Navitimer Cosmonaute Blacksteel
Breitling Navitimer Cosmonaute Blacksteel
Breitling Navitimer Cosmonaute Blacksteel
Breitling Navitimer Cosmonaute Blacksteel
Breitling Navitimer Cosmonaute Blacksteel


And now compare it with the classical Navitimer Cosmonaute that of course will stay in the Breitling collection…

Breitling Navitimer Cosmonaute
Breitling Navitimer Cosmonaute
Breitling Navitimer Cosmonaute
Breitling Navitimer Cosmonaute


Guys, let me know what YOU think. Cool or not cool? Looking forward reading your comments…






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28 replies on “Cool or not cool? The new Breitling Navitimer Cosmonaute Blacksteel versus its classical edition”
  1. says: Stevie

    I have the older model for circa 1995 with manual movement and display back. My absolute favourite. Especially now as I (finally) sent it back to Breitling to freshen it up. It’s stunning and a joy to wear. Always a conversation starter. Lots of fun.

  2. says: LeeB

    I purchased one for my son for high school graduation and I loved it so much, I got one for myself. It makes me think about him every time and I absolutely love the professional grade feel and yet it is not gold bling so quite understated. People who know watches notice it and it doesn’t bring unnecessary attention. Pure awesomeness esp given only 1000 are made. Well done Breitling.

  3. says: Ooi Chew Wah

    Watches design with 3 rings in the middle are too common , although the quality may be excellent.

  4. says: DMJ

    Cool, very cool. I understand that it may look less expensive, but the combination of the classic look from Navitimer’s with the black visual is brutal. and I saw it on my wrist.

  5. says: Steve Cseplo


    But it would be even better if it had a matching black bracelet as opposed to rubber strap.

  6. says: Stephen

    I think for this type of money there are other options as it seems that black watches are becoming a Fashion statement rather that a collectable item of value.Cheap brands are making Black watches therefore creating the demand for a black watch.Not a fan of coating and would rather have DLC or ceramic as long as you don’t drop either especially ceramic as this damages the case.

  7. says: Jim

    I prefer the older version. This is a “busy” complicated dial and having it all black gives the appearance everything runs together. It’s hard to see the subdials. The older version has more contrast with the silver outer ring and subdials which breaks up the busy look and is easier to read.

  8. says: Remo

    Too much index for me – and I don’t like the cut at 10…
    The place for the date isn’t perfect.

  9. says: Edwin Tschopp

    Imho: too many numbers, too much information on the dial. But for sure, the watch will find its addicts.

  10. says: Pt950nomad

    I’d rather have an Omega Speedmaster ‘Dark Side of the Moon’. DLC(and coatings in general)are great as a thin coating to reduce friction on movement components, but with the technology these days….it’s just feels likes a cheap cop-out executed for marketing/trend/hype.

    At least with the DSotM, Omega made the entire watch (case/dial/pushers/crown/Bezel/clasp) in black ceramic.

  11. says: Norm Plotkin

    I definitely prefer the new dial to the old dial. What I don’t like is the rubber/urethane strap.I like the Navitimer bracelet or if it’s necessary to have a black strap, then black leather.

  12. says: Eddie

    It is more than a watch, it is a statement and a bold one. Crew of the USS Enterprise should be wearing it. Love it.

  13. says: Amir

    Put me down for “cool”. They’ve taken a classic watch and infused it with a contemporary trend to add interest. The original is a classic by all means, but the Blacksteel watches force us to take a second look at Breitling. Cool military aesthetic for all of us “desk generals”.

  14. says: Charles Marshall

    Sorry, guys! I just don’t like it. I’m not a sliderule geek, and I don’t like overly busy/complicated dials and bezels. I’ll pass on this one.

  15. says: Marcus J.

    Cool as hell!
    I love the black coating. Seems trendy these days. Breitling keeps the number of units low, though. For me, that makes the Cosmonaute even more interesting.

  16. says: alex ioancio

    Absolutely cool! It looks pretty awesome . If I won’t be in a financial marasm right now I would be running to swiss to order one. According to my taste lately I am fooled completely for black ceramic or PVD coated watch cases-so in this case it looks absolutely fantastic. A little bit needed to correct the technical features of the original space watch but generally it is ok!

  17. says: Tom A.

    I think that it looks a bit Japanese, like an overly detailed quartz chrono Seiko. Of course at a high finish level, but that is the impression I got.

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