The Orient CFA05001B vs. The Breitling Navitimer: There’s Only Room For One Brand in This Town

February 16th, 2010 Posted in Watch Comparisons | 7 Comments


Here’s a riddle. What goes on your wrist, tells the time, is made of stainless steel and sapphire crystal and has an in-house movement?

Answer: the Orient CFA05001B and the Breitling Navitimer. So, what’s different about them? Read on to find out.

This article will discuss:

The Orient CFA05001B

The Orient Automatic CFA05001B is part of the Executive Collection. With its world time indicator, this watch is designed specifically for people who travel a lot.

orient nav

The following lists some features of the CFA05001B and how the watch could be improved.

The features:

  • Approx. 40 hr Power Reserve and indicator
  • In-house movement
  • Sapphire crystal
  • Skeleton case back with sapphire crystal
  • Stainless steel case and band
  • Bi-directional bezel rotation
  • World time indicator
  • Date calendar
  • $600 price tag

What this watch could use:

  • Better water resistance (100m)
  • Chronograph function

orient skeleton

Customers have noted that the CFA05001B functions much like a higher-end Swiss-made watch, but is more refined in appearance. Ordinarily, customers are impressed by the low prices and excellent quality and accuracy of Orient Watches compared to pricier brands like Breitling.

The Breitling Navitimer

There are several Breitling Navitimer models that vary slightly. The average price is around $4,000, but the price largely depends on whether or not the model is used, vintage and so on.

breitling navitimer

Breitling began designing watches mainly for aviation, but the brand is now more widely recognized as a luxury watchmaker.

The following lists outline the watch features and what this watch could use.

The features:

  • Approx. 42 hr Power Reserve
  • In-house movement
  • Sapphire crystal
  • Stainless steel case
  • Genuine leather or stainless steel band
  • Bi-directional bezel rotation
  • Date calendar
  • Chronograph function with hour, minute and second dials

What this watch could use:

  • Better water resistance (30m)
  • World time indicator
  • Power Reserve indicator

Customers choose the Breitling Navitimer because it is part of a legendary watch company dating back to 1884. The company developed watch complications such as double chronograph, flyback and moon phase functions.

moon phase

While these functions are not exactly practical these days, especially if you’re not an aviator, they do add to the luxury of the watch.

Choosing the best navigator for you

Planes and other aircraft are now fully equipped with technology greater than that which can be found on any wristwatch. So, choosing the best navigator for you depends, mainly, on the cost and the luxury functions that you want.

The Orient CFA05001B would be a great choice for someone who travels a lot, wants a good quality luxury timepiece without breaking $1,000 and, of course, likes a very gadget-y, large watch.

On the other hand, a Breitling Navitimer is a great choice for someone who also travels, likes gadget-y, large watches, can afford a $3,000-$4,000 watch and has an appreciation of the brand and its history.

Either watch would be a great addition to any watch collection; just be sure that the watch you choose is real and authentic, not a knock-off.

Which watch should win? Comment below.

  1. 7 Comments | Tell us what you think!

  2. By Steve Poorman on Feb 16, 2010

    Having seen the Breitling live I can say it is more impressive in person than in pictures. I’ve only seen pics of the CFA05001B online and it looks good but would love to get it in my hand to really check it out.

  3. By Greg cygnor on Feb 16, 2010

    Breitling no doubt has the cache and name, but it also has the high price. Ever since I found about about Orient watches have been very intrigued about the brand. Can’t believe automatics with in-house movements, at these prices. Awesome!!!

  4. By Sergey on Feb 17, 2010

    The best of the best!

  5. By BaiBai on Feb 17, 2010

    This is an excellent and informative article. I almost purchased the Orient CFA05001B.

  6. By James Walley on Feb 18, 2010

    Nice try…but the pick is the Breitling, no question about it.

  7. By J.M. on Feb 24, 2010

    Well if they were free I would pick the Breitling, sell it, buy TEN Orients buy a nice suit then take out some lovely ladies to fancy restaurants with the rest. Seriously. This is the next watch I will be getting. I have the CFM00001b and love it. After having a watch with power reserve im not sure I could go back. And the world time info will be very useful when I travel. I did a bit of research and Orient watches are very well known and respected all over the world. Even my local czech watchmaker kept commenting how nice mine is. Also they have been around for 60 years so all watchmakers are familiar with them and their inner workings. Eventually Ill start looking into the Orientstar series but for now im very pleased with the quality of my CFM00001b.

  8. By Mike Campbell on Feb 28, 2010

    Hmm, I like the price of the Orient, but as a pilot – I’d have to go the Breitling (if only I could afford one!

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