Replica Breitling Premier B01 Chronograph 42 Green

The Premier collection stands out and apart from Breitling’s classic pilot and dive watches, while still leaving all its distinctive Breitling features intact. We review the flagship model of this recently launched line, with original photos by Olaf Köster. In marked contrast to the Navitimer 1 with its instrument-like tracks around the dial, or the […]

Breitling Endurance Pro Ironman World Championship

Breitling and IRONMAN have signed a long-term partnership and teamed up to co-design the Breitling Endurance Pro Ironman watches, a special series of Breitling’s ultimate athleisure watch. The result is a set of perfectly lightweight and lighthearted luxury sports watches combining high precision, innovative technology, and vibrant, colorful design. The launch features two exciting new […]

Breitling Navitimer B01 Chronograph 46

For 2022, Breitling has redesigned its iconic Breitling Navitimer Chronograph watch, which for decades has been a staple of high-end tool timepieces originally designed for commercial airline pilots in the early 1950s. The Navitimer has seen countless iterations over the years and is one of the world’s most recognized luxury sports watches. It has not, […]

Breitling Navitimer B01 Chronograph 41

It’s iconic. It’s complicated. It’s the Breitling Navitimer. Without a doubt, the Navitimer is Breitling’s flagship model. When you think of Breitling, an image of the circular slide rule bezel surrounding three subdials is the first thing likely to pop into your head. My dad and I always talk about space and aviation. It’s been […]

Breitling Navitimer B01 Chronograph 43

For 2022, Breitling has redesigned its iconic Breitling Navitimer Chronograph watch, which for decades has been a staple of high-end tool timepieces originally designed for commercial airline pilots in the early 1950s. The Navitimer has seen countless iterations over the years and is one of the world’s most recognized luxury sports watches. It has not, […]

Breitling Chronomat B01 42

This week Breitling updated one of its most iconic watches and by doing so harnessed its previous glory. Welcome to the new Breitling Chronomat B01 42. This re-release was inspired by the original Chronomat design that put Breitling on the map with the watch community. I’ll admit, over the last 5 years my interest in […]

Breitling Premier Top Time Triumph

Breitling announced a new partnership today with another British motorcycle manufacturer, Triumph. Following a collaboration in 2019 with Norton Motorcycles — a company that closed down in 2020 but recently reopened under new management — Breitling presumably moved on to a brand that was more stable. Breitling has one of its largest customer bases in […]

Breitling Superocean Heritage II 42 Replica

The 1950s were a watershed decade for dive watches, if you’ll forgive the pun. Within a few years of each other, three different companies released three of the most enduring classics of the modern dive watch idiom: the Rolex Submariner, the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms, and the Omega Seamaster 300. All had certain essential features in […]

Breitling Superocean Heritage ’57

Breitling has had a truly strong showing this year. Just look at the Breitling Top Time Limited Edition released a few weeks back, and you can see that they really have the vintage-inspired aesthetic nailed down. With the new  Breitling Superocean Heritage ’57  Capsule Collection, Breitling has taken the Superocean into some gnarly waves with a throwback design tailor-made for the beach or The Beach Boys. With this watch,  Breitling Superocean Heritage ’57  has maintained the general design from the existing Heritage Superocean line, but infused some real 1950s and ’60s heritage into it. One of the first things that popped out to me was the concave bezel. This may sound crazy, but it almost gives off a 50s B-movie flying saucer vibe and adds a real flair to the retro design. On top of that is the completely re-designed marker set on the dial. Gone are the sticks and small lume pips. Here, rather, we have some very groovy overlaid stick and lume-filled circular markers at 12, three, six, and nine o’clock. The hash marks on the minute track have been elongated which I think really brings the whole design together. Always a sucker for typography, the numerals have also been given a more throwback styling, including the much-beloved flat four. Something that a lot of brands do when looking to the past for inspiration is rely too heavily on exactitude of execution. What I mean is that many times, the reproductions will utilize the same materials as their inspiration, which can prove to be a hindrance in modern application. Breitling has managed to combine vintage design and style with modern mechanics and materials. There is no clearer example of this than on the bezel. The concave design is in true vintage form, but it is made in ceramic which makes it robust and scratch-resistant for today’s world. One of the more welcome design choices on this watch is the lack of a date window. I have nothing against them personally, but when it comes to dive watches, there is a certain symmetry that shines on a no-date watch. The watch comes in a black dial or blue dial variant, both in steel with an either blue or black ceramic bezel. There is also a black dial version done in two-tone steel and red gold. While these are not limited editions, or numbered, they are only offered for a limited time and in a limited volume. But wait, there’s more.  Breitling Superocean Heritage ’57  is also releasing a special limited edition variant of the watch. This version will have a black dial, steel case, and oh so much more. The hour markers on this LE are done in a rainbow graduation and, unlike the other pieces in the collection, this watch will be limited to a number of 250 watches (with a special caseback engraving) and will be a boutique exclusive. Each of these watches is equipped with the Breitling Caliber 10 movement which is a modified version of the ETA 2892, and each has chronometer certification, as is expected from the brand. The watches are paired on either leather straps or the Superocean signature mesh bracelet. For the Superocean Heritage ’57 Capsule LE, you will be able to separately purchase special Outerknown ECONYL  yarn NATO straps in a variety of color combinations.  These watches may be limited in one sense or another, but they really show a recognition, on the part of the brand, of what consumers are looking for in a no-nonsense dive watch with vintage appeal, built like a modern watch. The rainbow graduations on the limited edition may seem like a lot, and they probably are, but what’s wrong with having a little fun? In a world where dive watches, bezels, and dials have become quite homogenous, Breitling has delivered a very unique offering. The watches themselves have nailed the mid-century design motif, and in doing so, are quite compelling in more ways than one.