Breitling released the world's first slide-rule chronograph in the 1940s. This watch was the Chronomat, and it was extremely popular. About a decade later Breitling decided to capitalize on this success by releasing a second slide-rule chronograph, the Navitimer. The name Navitimer comes from the combination of the two words, Navigation and Timer. The watch was intended as a navigation tool for pilots. The slide-rule allowed them to calculate remaining distances as well as fuel consumption and other vital measurements. The logo of the AOPA (Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association) appeared on the model's dial, but the watch had no reference number. In 1952 the Navitimer finally got a reference number and became the official watch of the AOPA. Since then the Navitimer has represented the Breitling brand as the world's oldest continuously produced chronograph.
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