Celebrating Breitling's Aviation Legacy: The Aerospace B70 Orbiter


Breitling, a brand synonymous with aviation, is celebrating its 140th anniversary in 2024. This milestone also coincides with the 25th anniversary of the historic Breitling Orbiter 3 voyage, the first nonstop balloon flight around the world. In honor of this achievement and Breitling's role as a sponsor, the Swiss manufacturer has unveiled a special anniversary edition of its iconic Aerospace watch, the Aerospace B70 Orbiter.

A Tribute to Aviation History

Crafted from titanium and featuring a striking orange dial, the Aerospace B70 Orbiter houses a new high-accuracy quartz movement and includes an actual piece of the famous Orbiter 3 balloon embedded in its caseback.

 

Design and Features

Modernized Aesthetic

While retaining the core Aerospace aesthetic, the Aerospace B70 Orbiter boasts a larger case size, measuring 43mm in diameter with 22mm lugs and a thickness of 12.95mm. The case is meticulously designed with carved-out sides for reduced weight and a contemporary look.

Enhanced Functionality

Notable upgrades include additional pushers flanking the crown for improved access to the watch's functions. The sapphire display window on the caseback showcases the historic balloon piece, adding a unique touch to the timepiece.

Vibrant Dial

The dial's vivid orange hue, inspired by the Orbiter 3 capsule, features a radial gradient effect and houses analog hands, Arabic numeral hour markers, and two LCD screens for advanced functionality.

 

Precision Movement

Powered by the Breitling Manufacture Caliber B70, a COSC-certified chronometer, the Aerospace B70 Orbiter offers unparalleled accuracy and a range of functions, including a 1/100th of a second chronograph, countdown timer, second timezone, alarms, lap timer, and perpetual calendar.

Versatile Options

Available with a rubber strap or a titanium bracelet, the Aerospace B70 Orbiter caters to diverse preferences. The bracelet features Breitling's signature design, while the rubber strap offers a sporty yet sophisticated look.

Pricing and Availability

The Aerospace B70 Orbiter is priced at $4,700 USD with a rubber strap and $4,900 USD with a titanium bracelet. While not explicitly stated as a limited edition, its unique features and modest price premium suggest a special offering in Breitling's lineup.

Future of Aerospace Watches

With its innovative features and homage to aviation history, the Aerospace B70 Orbiter hints at the direction of Breitling's future Aerospace models, promising continued excellence in both design and functionality.