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Breitling Cosmonaute was born in 1961 to become one of the two
most famous 24 hour watches and after more than 40 years it's as alive
The first Cosmonaute was simply named Navitmer after it's 12-hour predecessor.
After Scott Carpenter became the first American to wear a wristwatch aboard
a spacecraft, it was named Cosmonaute (French
for cosmonaut) to commemorate this occasion.
Much has happened since.
We see a number of dial and bezel variation and movement changes over
In 1968 Breitling presents a totally new design for the Cosmonaute. First
with the Venus 178 movement but a year later with the new Breitling automatic Chrono-matic movement.
In 1979 Breitling was struggling with a number of problems, the quartz
wave from Japan but there also was no new generation to follow Willy Breitling
in his footsteps and the company was sold.
A turbulent time for the Cosmonaute. We even see Cosmolike watches appear
because copyrights, old Breitling parts and new old stock were sold to
We see the Sinn 809 watches but also the Aviation
watch line by Ollech&Wajs and last but not least the new old stock
that ended up at oldworldjewelers.com.
In the 1982 Breitling Montres S.A. settles down in Grenchen under guidance
of Ernst Schneider, new owner of the company name & trademarks. In
1986 we see a comeback of the Navitimer soon to be followed by the first
Cosmonaute with the Lémania movement. When in 2001 the Lémania
was no longer available for non Swatch group companies it changed to the
ETA 2892-A2 with a Dubois Depraz chronograph module. The
Cosmonaute Flyback was born.
These pages highlight the model history of the Cosmonaute. For a more
comprehensive history check: Breitling Cosmonaute, The history and development of a legend
by Alan Trott aka Altro