This year marks the 30th birthday of a staple in Breitling’s stable, the Chronomat.
This version of the Breitling Chronomat started life in 1983 and was designed especially for the Italian airforce’s acrobatics team, the ‘Tricolori’. Since then the watch has become a reference point for aeronautical chronographs, and a masculine, utilitarian icon. It could also be claimed to be the “watch that saved Breitling”, as it was the first model new owner Ernest Schneider chose to release, five years after he bought the company off Willy Breitling at the height of the so-called ‘Quartz Crisis’. The unfashionable at the time mechanical (and oversized) watch was a smash hit. With pilots and the general public. Breitling was back, baby. Trivia buffs may also be aware that the Chronomat had a previous life as a military model – in fact only the second watch designed with a slide rule function – that was released in 1941. However the likeness is in name only; the original iteration of the Chronomat more resembled a Breitling Navitimer Montbrilliant replica watch UK.
This Baselworld, to celebrate the second coming of the Chronomat turning dirty thirty, Breitling have released a very handsome tribute to the original design. In the years since ’83 Breitling have changed some details and updated a few features. The new Breitling Chronomat Airborne series copy watches pares the Chronomat back, giving the icon a welcome refresh.
The most notable update is the bezel – gone are the stylized Arabic numerals, and back are the more military feeling hash marks. This totally changes the look of the watch, it’s still very Breilting (the raised rider tabs don’t let you forget that), but it’s also less brash. Another nice feature is that the hash marks on the brushed bezel are actually rubber inserts, which are injected into the bezel, so that the bezel can be banged up, repolished and generally used and abused without falling out. All told this new Chronomat has a very cool looking bezel.
Breitling stainless steel case replica watches have managed to walk quite a delicate line with this watch –it nods its head to heritage, without feeling like a full on heritage watch. The end result is a very pleasing, and eminently wearable chronograph, that I suspect will appeal to a broader demographic than previous versions of the Chronomat.
I don’t love all Breitling cheap replica watches UK – far from it. Though I have always been a fan of the “new” Superocean watch collection, which for me ironically started with the Superocean Heritage watch collection. Be it the three-hand or the chronograph, those are awesome watches. Vintage watches tend to be smaller, but the vintage inspired Superocean Heritage was 46mm wide. Oddly enough, the futuristic looking new Superocean for 2010 watch is 42mm wide. Hmm…. At 42mm wide it is a very wearable watch. Doesn’t have that wrist jarring visual “pop” that many larger Breitling watches have, but these aren’t small timepieces. Oh, and some people call these new watches the “Superocean II,” but it seems better to just say 2010 Superocean watches (as it is more common to do so).
At the same time, they don’t wear big due to the thickness of the bezel and the large sized hands and hour markers. They are so big, that they act to dwarf the size of the watch a bit. See what I mean? Drastically different than the outgoing Superocean watches, they show a new way of looking at Breitling diving watches. I was pretty drawn to them when I first learned about them many months ago, but didn’t want to write about them until I got my hands on the watches. Well I did, and now that I have annoyed Breitling enough with my watch nerdery, I wanted to share my impressions (it is funny when you meet with a brand as a journalist/blogger – whatever, that actually is really into watches. They are sometimes weirded out when you actually look at the watch in details, ask questions, etc…).
The case is really nice. Very solid, high quality steel, with good polish and soft edges. Save for a few watches, Breitling follows the “feels good in the hand” philosophy when it comes to watch case design – which means few to no sharp edges. You can (most) always count on Breitling to have watches that are fully polished as well. None of this “brushed steel” nonsense for them. I really can’t think of too many other luxury dive watches that are all polished like this.
As a pro dive watch, the new watch will perform well. Now water resistant Breitling fake watches to 1,500 meters (5,000 feet), the cases are highly durable and water resistant. The case also has an automatic helium escape valve. The hands and hour markers are very easy to see, and I love the action of the rotating diver’s bezel. Notice that the style of the bezel is like a modern version of what the Superocean Heritage has. Here with those techie looking numerals (while the Heritage was just indicators). The black sections on the bezel are actually vulcanized rubber. Though the lack of the lume dot at the 60 minute marker might be a problem for some.
Before I review the Breitling SuperOcean Heritage Chrono 46 series fake watches UK I’d like to discuss my own personal history with aviation and the brand. When I received my pilot’s license many, many years ago, I invested in a couple of aircraft. In each of these airplanes was a box called an ELT or Emergency Locator Transmitter. This box was designed to detect a crash and send out a signal to SARsats orbiting the earth so that search and rescue teams could react. The ELT was about the size of a long battery and weighed about as much. It was, in a sense, mostly a battery with some electronics and an antenna thrown in.
I recall reading a pilot magazine and seeing an advertisement for a Breitling Emergency cheap replica watch. What caught my eye at the time was the good looking case and the masculine presence of the watch. Then, I was aghast at learning that this wristwatch contained a fully functioning, water resistant ELT. I couldn’t believe that they were able to reproduce that functionality in a package that fit under the cuff of a shirt!
Ever since then, I’ve been enamored with the brand. However, it’s only recently that I’ve been able to spend time and money on beefing up my collection with other than a preponderance of fashion watches.
My first real luxury Breitling luminous fake watches purchase was a Breitling SuperOcean Steelfish. Again, Breitling’s technical prowess impressed the hell out of me. This watch was good for over 6000 feet of water pressure. Who needs that? Apparently I did!