History Takes Flight With Breitling

by Isabella Lappe
Photos courtesy of Breitling
07 Jun 2017

Breitling celebrates the 77th anniversary of the DC-3 aircraft with an impressive world tour and limited edition watch collection

The legendary Breitling DC-3 aircraft is currently celebrating its 77th anniversary and aims to become the oldest airplane to circumnavigate the globe. The record-breaking aircraft recently set off for its tour around the globe on 9 March 2017, exactly 77 years after its maiden voyage. The Breitling DC-3 is also slated to travel to 55 cities in 28 countries within six months, before returning to its home in Switzerland for Breitling’s Sion Airshow 2017 in September.

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Singapore served as the 13th stop on the DC-3's extensive world tour and it descended at Seletar Airport on 3 April, welcomed by two fire engines performing a special water cannon salute. The next day, after all the pomp and pageantry, esteemed guests were able to enjoy a unique once-in-a-lifetime experience aboard the aircraft, and enjoyed a 20-minute flight at a low cruising altitude of 1,500 ft. over both Singapore and Malaysia.

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In addition to taking to the skies, Breitling also introduced a 500-piece limited edition model of its iconic Navitimer aviation chronograph, fitted with a caseback engraved with the Breitling DC-3 World Tour logo. To become a true symbol of this record breaking journey, all 500 timepieces are currently travelling aboard the Breitling DC-3, and thus, will only be available from fall of this year, with each watch accompanied by a certificate signed by the Breitling DC-3 World Tour's flight captain.

For more information on the Breitling DC-3 World Tour, click here