Breitling Navitimer & Orient Explorer: A look at GMT watches

October 16th, 2012 Posted in Orient Watch Reviews | 13 Comments

The Breitling Navitimer and the Orient Explorer represent 2 great-looking and high-functioning GMT watches. Similar in size, movement, and materials, these watches differ significantly when it comes to cost.

Let’s take a closer look at each watch and then you can tell us which watch you prefer. Read on!

Breitling Navitimer

Breitling is an exceptional producer of aviation-style watches today, and has been an active watch manufacturer since the late 1800s. The brand is certainly tried and true and has become a model for other watch companies’ aviation and GMT watch styles.

Boasting an in-house mechanical chronograph movement, the Navitimer, specifically, is one of Breitling’s finest watches, featuring the company’s caliber 24 movement with 25 jewels, sapphire crystal, and a 42-hour power reserve function.

The Navitimer also features some extra special traits like a slide rule function, a date indicator, and of course GMT, or World Time, function.

A large case (46mm) is paired with a sturdy band that’s either genuine leather or stainless steel, depending on the model.

It’s not easy to find a watch like this for cheap. Even through online watch retailers, the Breitling Navitimer is upwards from $5,000.

Let’s take a look at our other GMT watch.

Orient Explorer

An elegant yet sporty and feature-full timepiece to be sure, the Orient Explorer is an excellent example of Orient craftsmanship, quality, and affordability.

The Explorer matches essentially all of what the Navitimer has to offer: a GMT function, date and power reserve indicators, slide rule function, sapphire crystal, and hacking movement.

A slightly smaller case than the Navitimer (44.5mm), the Explorer is no less an effective and high-functioning watch with a significant presence on the wrist.

While it is difficult to find a watch this great at an affordable price, Orient makes it possible. At $650, the Explorer is a great and affordable alternative to the costly Navitimer. Furthermore, purchasing online watches directly from Orient are made even more affordable with discount codes on every watch.

Which watch do you prefer? Would you rather buy one of these watches online or in a store? Leave us a comment below!

  1. 13 Comments | Tell us what you think!

  2. By Henry Penna on Oct 16, 2012

    When it comes to luxury time pieces some folks like Rolex…..I love Breitling. Like the Rolls Royce vs. Bentley….I love Bentley. Having said that…..I will never own either! But I’d gladly pay up for the Orient. To me, it’s the affordable luxury watch. I like the fact that this one is easy to read….not too busy AND it’s a looker to boot!

  3. By Simon Dang on Oct 16, 2012

    For a fraction of the price, I’d take the Orient any day. I’d love to see the watch in person first, however I don’t know of any store in my area (PA, USA) that carries Orient Watches.

  4. By flooble on Oct 16, 2012

    this is like comparing apples to oranges or quartz to automatic. the breitling is a chronograph, the orient isn’t. if orient made an automatic chronograph (with a power reserve, GMT, handwinding and hacking), it would cost a lot more than $650.

  5. By ian smith on Oct 16, 2012

    i hope i win

  6. By Daniel on Oct 16, 2012

    How come Orient does not market their automatic chronographs in the Americas? They’d possibly be a big hit, like all Orients!


  7. By LMDM on Oct 17, 2012

    OK, both are GMT, but the Navitimer is also a chronograph which is a reason for the high price.

  8. By roger on Oct 17, 2012

    would get the explorer and several other orient watches for the price of the breitling!

  9. By Bhagav on Oct 18, 2012


  10. By Bhagav on Oct 18, 2012

    this is the best watches in the world

  11. By Bhagav on Oct 18, 2012

    For a fraction of the price, I’d take the Orient any day. I’d love to see the watch in person first, however I don’t know of any store in my area (PA, USA) that carries Orient Watches.

  12. By Stephen on May 4, 2013

    Remarkable… Stunning… Elegant. That best describes the Orient time piece.

  13. By Mark Weller on Apr 4, 2014

    I admire the Orient watches and this particular watch looks great. I currently own the Ray and wear it much more than others in my collection- efficient, elegant, reliable, and just plain good looking!

  14. By Jock Strap on Jan 6, 2015

    Real pilots wear inexpensive Japanese quartz watches.

    Wannabe pilots wear expensive Swiss mechanical watches.

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