Breitling Navitimer B01 Chronograph 43

What’s cooler than being cool? ICE BLUE! The people have spoken and made it clear that Ice Blue dials are in. When Breitling announced the ice blue Chronomat in Summer 2021, the watch world went nuts. Since then, the clamor for light blue dial watches has only increased in ferocity with the Tiffany Nautilus, Omega x Swatch Mission to Uranus, and even Breitling’s own Top Time Triumph LE lighting up the internet. So, watch fans should rejoice at the news of the all-new Breitling B01 Navitimer Chronographs which include two all-new references featuring the iciest dials around.

Situated in a thinner case than previous versions, the new Ice Blue 2022 Navitimers are available in a 43mm size on either strap or bracelet. Black subdials and a bidirectional slide rule bezel ensure a high-contrast look while the date feature has been moved from the controversial 4:30 spot and newly integrated as part of the 6 o’clock subdial. Additionally, the Breitling logo has been updated from Brietling’s cursive “B”, to the famous Breitling wings and the second-hand has also been cleaned up with a more streamlined shape. Finally, the crown and pushers have undergone a slight adjustment, with a slightly more onion-shaped crown and smaller, flatter pushers.

All-in, the Ice Breitling B01 Navitimer Chronographs might be the answer to watch fans prayers for a high-end, non-limited edition light blue dial option.
For 2022, Breitling has redesigned its iconic 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, however, experienced a recent makeover under Breitling’s current stewardship by Georges Kern. The updated Breitling Navitimer for 2022 is known officially as the Navitimer B01 Chronograph and comes in three case sizes with a variety of different dial options, many of which have never been offered in a Navitimer watch before. The aBlogtoWatch team was able to go hands-on with all of the new Breitling Navitimer B01 Chronograph watches and below is our take on this modern version of a timeless classic.
The new for 2022 Breitling B01 Navitimer Chronographs comes just in time for the 70th anniversary of the original Navitimer from 1952. The collection is as dazzling and handsome as ever, while Breilting hopes the invigorated new colors and styling will help the thinking person’s tool watch appeal to a more general luxury audience. There are no fewer than 15 new versions available at launch, and the full pricing for all of the latest Breitling B01 Chronograph watches is below:

Breitling Endurance Pro Ironman 70.3 World Championship

Top professional and age-group triathletes from around the world will test their mettle in the shadows of the stunning red rock canyons in St. George, Utah, at the 2022 Intermountain Healthcare IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship presented by Utah Sports Commission. The challenging course with breathtaking views of American Southwest scenery is an athlete-favorite that attracts the best in the sport and electrifying spectator support.

In this desert of extremes, a land carved by ancient seas, a challenge lies waiting. Rise to it.

This marks the second time the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship will be held in St. George, the home of IRONMAN St. George and IRONMAN 70.3 St. George and host of the 2021 IRONMAN World Championship.
Breitling continues its partnership with the Ironman franchise with one of the most striking Endurance Pro models to date. The new Breitling Endurance Pro Ironman 70.3 World Championship X823101A1M1S1 pairs the signature ‘Breitlight’ case wit a gradient grey dial with colorful accents, and orange rubber on both the crown and the strap.
Breitling’s IRONMAN World Championship edition lightweight Endurance Pro watch. Designed for men and women whose active lives blend a professional mindset with a sporty lifestyle, the Endurance Pro is equal to the challenges of a rigorous workout but fashionable enough for everyday wear. The Endurance Pro IRONMAN World Championship watch features a lightweight case in titanium – a durable and robust material 2.2 times lighter than stainless steel. It displays the distinctive IRONMAN World Championship design and color theme and is fitted with a branded dial and rubber strap. The Endurance Pro is powered by the Breitling Caliber 82, a COSC-certified SuperQuartz chronograph delivering exceptional precision. The Endurance Pro IRONMAN World Championship watch is limited to 200 pieces.
Breitling is all about casual, conscious luxury with purpose and a touch of fun—but what makes every watch a true individual is the personality you bring to it. Share how you wear your watch by tagging a wrist-shot with the hashtag #MyBreitling

Breitling Endurance Pro Green

I wasn’t particularly kind to the new Breitling Endurance Pro in our New Watch Alert. Like all the watches in the NWA, I passed judgement sight unseen. But I am nothing if not a fair man. So I hightailed it down to a local dealer to spend some quality time with a Pro. (Thanks Ben!) My conclusion: it’s a really expensive quartz watch. But it’s also . . .
Thanks to its thermo-compensated COSC-certified Caliber 82 SuperQuartz movement, the Breitling Endurance Pro will keep time to the tune of ±10 seconds-per-year. That puts it ahead of the pack, but behind the ±5 seconds-per-year $1350 Longines V.H.P. and $3800 Grand Seiko 60th Anniversary Quartz.

Close enough for rock and roll? Yes! Unless you’re looking for temporal bragging rights. For a $3k watch, I’m thinking that’s a thing. Fortunately, the Breitling has a few other tricks up its horological sleeve. Specifically, its weight. Or lack thereof.
The Breitling Endurance Pro is not for those who worry about the unbearable lightness of being – it weighs just 65 grams dripping wet.

The 65g carbon fiber Formex Leggera and 55 gram titanium OMEGA Seamaster Aqua Terra Ultra-Light are “proper” mechanical watches that are as light or lighter than the Endurance Pro. The OMEGA costs $48,600. The Formex clocks in at $1650. So there is that.

Credit the 44mm Endurance’s quartz movement and Breitlight case for the watch’s lack of heavy. Breitling’s carbon composite is 3.3 times lighter than titanium, 5.8 times lighter than stainless steel, non-magnetic, thermally stable, hypoallergenic and “highly resistant” to scratches, traction and corrosion.
And it makes the watch feel like a plastic toy. The Endurance Pro’s orange strap, second hand, crown guard, pusher tips and interior bezel do nothing to counter that impression, and much to enhance it.

Running the chrono dispels at least some of the frivolity. Press the Endurance Pro’s pusher – the action is sharp and precise. The orange second hand slams through the seconds, the right hand subdial goes nuts, spinning once a second, and the top left subdial counts the minutes.
The bottom subdial also counts the seconds. Blame the redundancy on the bright orange pulsometer chapter ring, included to position the Endurance Pro as “the ultimate athleisure watch.”

In other words, Breitling’s marketing mavens are targeting well-heeled exercise junkies who don’t measure their heart rate with a smartwatch. Both of them.
C’mon man! We all know the BREITLING Endurance Pro is a fashion statement. Thirty minute timer? Crayola colors? If that doesn’t identify the Pro as a tool watch for pulse-quickening S&M (standing and modelling), what about the bezel compass?

The Endurance Pro’s bi-directional bezel compass is beautifully rendered; it glides around the dial like a curling stone on fresh ice. That said, if you’re lost in the northern hemisphere in a non-tropical wilderness and need to head in a particular direction, any watch will do.

To use your watch as an approximate compass outside of the tropics in the northern hemisphere, hold the watch horizontal and point the hour hand at the sun. Half way between that point and the twelve o’clock mark on your watch points to the south.

The Truth About Sundials! Anyway, the Breitling Endurance Pro’s dial is a dog’s breakfast.
Some bright spark decreed that the 12, 3, 6 and 9 indices had to be REALLY BIG and decided “we don’t need no stinkin’ 12! Put the Breitling logo there.”

Then the subdial monsters took a big bite out of the 3 and 6 (rendering them semi-legible) and pretty much devoured the 6. The same creatures all but eliminated the 2 and 10. Only six numerals made it through the attack.

Just for fun, there’s “ENDURANCE” below the dial’s midpoint on the left, bang opposite “CHRONOMETER.” It’s no surprise the date window’s retreated to a relatively quiet corner between the 4 and 5.

Breitling Navitimer B01 Chronograph 41

Coming on the heels of the success of Singapore Airlines (SIA)-themed lifestyle products such as The Upcycling Project‘s fashion and homeware items made from retired parts of SIA aircraft, as well as the Batik Flora reed diffuser and eau de toilette spray perfume, SIA introduces something new that is sure to excite aviation enthusiasts: three limited edition pilot’s watches made in collaboration with esteemed Swiss watch brand Breitling as it marks the 70th anniversary of its iconic Navitimer timepiece.
The final product design of the limited-edition watches was a collaborative effort by Breitling together with valuable input from SIA pilots alongside the KrisShop team.

Both the Breitling Navitimer B01 Chronograph 41 Singapore Airlines Limited Edition and the Navitimer Automatic 38 Singapore Airlines Limited Edition feature Breitling’s legendary pilot’s watch in SIA’s distinct shade of blue, but where the former has an open-caseback view, the latter has an eye-catching batik print caseback design that pays homage to the airline’s rich heritage.

The Navitimer – short for navigation and timer – is beloved by pilots who use it to plan their flights using the circular slide rule located on the watch’s rotating bezel, and by collectors who like its sophisticated mechanism. Here’s what you need to know about the exciting collaboration between Breitling and SIA – two icons in the aviation industry.
While all Navitimer watches have a circular slide rule, baton indexes, a trio of chronograph counters and a notched bezel for easy grip, the three limited-edition SIA watches feature a flattened side rule and a domed sapphire crystal that creates the illusion of a more compact profile.

What distinguishes the Breitling Navitimer B01 Chronograph 41 from the Navitimer Automatic 38, apart from its 41mm diameter, is a slimmer silhouette on the oscillating weight that enhances the open-caseback view of the watch’s mechanism – the Breitling Manufacture Caliber 01, which is certified by the Official Swiss Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC). This movement is backed by a five-year warranty, provides approximately 70 hours of power reserve and allows the wearer to change the date – now visible through a discreet window in the subdial at 6 o’clock – at any time.

The Breitling Navitimer B01 Chronograph 41 comes in a distinctive shade of blue that is representative of both Breitling and SIA. It is further enhanced with rose gold indexes and hands that add a touch of elegance and luxury. The quintessential mark of aviation distinction, the Singapore Airlines logo is etched on the crown and on the caseback with “One of 100″.
The Navitimer Automatic 38 Singapore Airlines Limited Edition has many of the same features as the Navitimer B01 Chronograph 41, but unique to this timepiece is its eye-catching batik print caseback that pays homage to the Singapore Airline’s rich heritage. While the Navitimer Automatic 38 omits the subdials, it retains a date window at the six o’clock position for a cleaner look. The watch’s Breitling 17 movement offers a 38-hour power reserve, with a two-year warranty. Like the B01 Chronograph, it comes in a distinctive shade of blue representative of both brands, and is further enhanced by rose gold indices and hands for a touch of elegance.
Breitling’s final offering in the collection is the Breitling x SIA Pilot’s Edition Navitimer that will be available exclusively to pilots of the Singapore Airlines Group. It features the same movement, colour scheme and etched crown logo as the Navitimer B01 Chronograph 41, as well as a flattened side rule and a domed sapphire crystal that creates the illusion of a more compact profile. It distinguishes itself with a larger 43mm case, which lends the watch an impressive wrist presence, and also increases the legibility of the dial, making it indispensable to professional pilots. The watch’s open-caseback is also engraved with its unique number and attitude indicator – an instrument all professional pilots will be familiar with.
The Navitimer Singapore Airlines Limited Edition will retail exclusively on KrisShop, under the Batik Label concept store, which spotlights one-of-a-kind collaborations featuring Singapore Airlines’ Batik Motif.

Breitling Superocean Automatic 42

Let’s get one thing out in the open: I don’t generally like Breitling watches. I think their dials are usually too busy, their cases too thick and the prices are often too high compared to brands like Tudor that share the same space in the market. On the other hand, I have always had a soft spot for the SuperOcean heritage line. The standard SuperOcean line seemed a bit out of place, with neither the clean looks of the heritage range nor the ultra-business of, say, the Navitimer. The 2019 refresh put the standard Breitling SuperOcean firmly on my wishlist. The minute I saw this model I fell in love: it has removed almost all of the text and other “fussiness” from the dial, has a bold, modern look. It’s just 13mm thick and can be had for around £3k – which is not exactly cheap but is about right for the specifications given the brand cachet.
Presentation, for a luxury brand, is spartan, to say the least. The watch comes in a leather case that closes with a simple push-through stud. That case comes in a simple, two-part cardboard box. If I am honest, lower-end brands like Christopher Ward offer a significantly better unboxing experience. I know boxes end up in storage, but when you’ve dropped more than a month’s wages on a watch it’s within your rights to expect better.
This 42mm model is just the right size for me, with the just-over-13mm thickness making it wear wonderfully. The case finishing is as good as you would expect from a top Swiss brand, and little things like the way the crown feels as it screws in are just right. It’s not dissimilar from the daily-wearer I am replacing – a TAG Heuer Aquaracer WAK2110 – but everything feels that bit better. Like the TAG is is good for 500 metres of water resistance but there’s no helium escape valve on the SuperOcean which keeps the case cleaner. Inside, behind the solid case back, is a Breitling Calibre 17 (basically an ETA 2824) regulated to chronometer standard. The steel-inset bezel has a great feel with positive clicks and no back play. What Breitling has managed to do is make a chunky, solid watch that wears like a dress watch. The balance is perfect: I can offer no higher compliment.
It’s the Breitling SuperOcean dial that persuaded me to part with my cash. This model has a white dial with the markers and hands surrounded in a matt blue that matches the bezel colour. An orangey-red tip to the second hand adds a splash of colour. The lume is superb, lighting up in a cool green after only a short exposure to daylight. n a word, the dial is brilliant. There is hardly any reflection from the crystal and just the right amount of depth. The way the chapter ring curves into the dial reminds me of the best Seiko offerings; the silver-coloured applied Breitling logo adds just enough sparkle and – for once – Breitling has not ruined the look by writing all over the dial. There are just three lines of text and oversized numerals at 6, 9 and 12. If I must pick fault, I wish the date text was a matching blue instead of black.
The slanted Breitling bracelet is divisive but I personally love it. Some people prefer a rubber strap for Breitling watches but I think the steel option adds character to the watch. The construction and finish are superb, everything feeling as smooth as silk. Adjustment is via a very fiddly system of tiny, tiny screws. I took mine to the AD for resizing after it became apparent even my mid-range tools would soon destroy the shallow screw heads if I attempted it myself. If you are larger-wristed, beware: usually I need to take three links out a watch bracelet to get it to fit. The Breitling SuperOcean bracelet was just one link too big for my 7.5 inch wrist, and even before it was taken out it was only one micro-adjustment shy of a perfect fit. The clasp, however, is very disappointing. Unlike the sliding clasps of several competitors, it is a basic, foldover clasp with a click secure that is almost identical to the one I always criticise when it is fitted to a Spinnaker or similar lower-end brand. I understand the 2020 models have a much-improved clasp design, but it is a real weak point of my watch.
Overall, despite the price, despite that clasp, the Breitling SuperOcean is one of my favourite watches. It pulls all the things I like in a watch into the same package and makes a perfect daily wearer. It looks modern without going over-the-top and there’s nothing else quite like it in the mainstream Swiss watch world. I love it, and that’s why I bought it – try one on, I think you might love it too. The right place to buy a Breitling is from an authorised dealer. You can buy Breitling Watches online, for example from Jura Watches. For used Breitlings, you could try Bob’s watches.

Breitling Superocean Automatic 44

Breitling’s new SuperOcean Automatic collection for 2022 is as vast and varied as the many seas and oceans of the world that they’re designed to dive in. There are 16 individual references in total, which is a lot but thankfully I only have two in front of me, which is much easier to review. Specifically, I have Breitling’s 2022 SuperOcean Automatic 42mm dark blue and 44mm turquoise.When they first arrived at Oracle Time HQ, I was initially quite dismissive of them. I struggled to think of them as anything other than Breitling’s take on a Doxa, especially as bright colours are practically a Doxa signature these days. But having spent time with them, I can’t deny that they’ve grown on me. 

Breitling’s new SuperOcean Automatic collection for 2022 is as vast and varied as the many seas and oceans of the world that they’re designed to dive in. There are 16 individual references in total, which is a lot but thankfully I only have two in front of me, which is much easier to review. Specifically, I have Breitling’s 2022 SuperOcean Automatic 42mm dark blue and 44mm turquoise.When they first arrived at Oracle Time HQ, I was initially quite dismissive of them. I struggled to think of them as anything other than Breitling’s take on a Doxa, especially as bright colours are practically a Doxa signature these days. But having spent time with them, I can’t deny that they’ve grown on me.

The first aspect that started to win me over was their cases. Both versions here are stainless steel, although several of the 16 references are bronze or steel and gold bi-colour. To me, steel is the most natural material for a dive watch. It’s sporty without sacrificing on the satisfying heft of weight that more advanced materials like titanium lack. Plus, the durability means scratches are less of an issue than on a gold model. But the real killer aspect of the cases is the way they sit on the wrist. The 42mm is a dream and the 44mm (a size I usually wouldn’t consider) feels perfectly reasonable. That’s largely because their heights are such that they slip easily under a cuff, the 44mm is only 12.6mm high. 

Breitling’s new SuperOcean Automatic collection for 2022 is as vast and varied as the many seas and oceans of the world that they’re designed to dive in. There are 16 individual references in total, which is a lot but thankfully I only have two in front of me, which is much easier to review. Specifically, I have Breitling’s 2022  Breitling Superocean Automatic 44  dark blue and 44mm turquoise.When they first arrived at Oracle Time HQ, I was initially quite dismissive of them. I struggled to think of them as anything other than Breitling’s take on a Doxa, especially as bright colours are practically a Doxa signature these days. But having spent time with them, I can’t deny that they’ve grown on me.

The first aspect that started to win me over was their cases. Both versions here are stainless steel, although several of the 16 references are bronze or steel and gold bi-colour. To me, steel is the most natural material for a dive watch. It’s sporty without sacrificing on the satisfying heft of weight that more advanced materials like titanium lack. Plus, the durability means scratches are less of an issue than on a gold model.

But the real killer aspect of the cases is the way they sit on the wrist. The 42mm is a dream and the 44mm (a size I usually wouldn’t consider) feels perfectly reasonable. That’s largely because their heights are such that they slip easily under a cuff, the 44mm is only 12.6mm high.

The crown guards are shapely and satisfying rather than bulky. I’d still advise caution for the 46mm versions though, unless you’re built like a tank, because they have an additional bezel locking mechanism on the left of the case that makes the bigger diameter even more pronounced. But that’s not an issue with the two here. With the case starting to win me around, I took a moment to re-evaluate my thoughts on the dials. The 42mm has a deep blue colour for the central area and hour scale (which matches the colour of the ceramic inlay unidirectional rotating bezel) and a white minutes scale around the outside. The 44mm is slightly more complex as the centre portion and bezel aren’t colour matched, the dial being turquoise and the bezel black.
The contrast between the minute scale and hour scale reminds me of the tachymeter on the recent Breitling Navitimer Chronograph Collection. However, the chunky baton indexes coated with SuperLuminova give the SuperOcean 42mm and 44mm strong retro dive watch aesthetics.

In fact, the display was inspired by a 1960s v nicknamed the ‘Slow Motion’, a fact best seen in the modern watches’ square minutes hand. That hand is definitely the hardest part of the design to swallow – almost as if Breitling is trying too hard to create a “signature” hand design. But let’s be honest with ourselves, it’s no more outlandish than Tudor’s Snowflake or Rolex’s Mercedes hand.Unfortunately, the one element of the Breitling SuperOcean 42mm and 44mm that I find tricky to reconcile is the movement inside. It’s the Breitling Calibre 17, an automatic calibre based on the ETA 2824-2 with a 38-hour power reserve. In a microbrand dive watch I can take that, for Breitling it’s subpar. It also feels a tad lazy to use a single calibre for a collection of watches with such diverse case sizes from 36mm to 46mm, surely there were more options available at the larger sizes.
While the star of the show for Breitling at Baselworld 2022 was the Navitimer 1959 Re-Edition (for obvious reasons, explained in our review here), there was more than just this limited edition in the showcases. In fact, Breitling also revisited its core collection, in particular, modern dive watches. The brand presented a revised version of its robust entry-level, non-vintage-inspired Superocean. And here is our take on it, with a closer look at the 2022 Breitling Superocean Automatic 44.

Breitling SuperOcean Automatic 36 Stainless Steel

Last but certainly not least, we have a trio of smaller sized diving watches for those with daintier wrists. The Breitling Superocean Automatic 36 watches are all engineered from stainless steel and are equipped with matching silver-coloured ceramic inserts on their unidirectional bezels and metal sloped flanges for the minutes scale. The 36mm cases offer the familiar screw down case backs, screw in crowns, sapphire crystal glass and a 300 metre water resistance. They are also yet again powered by the Breitling 17 automatic winding movement.
The three Breitling Superocean Automatic 36 watches come in three dial colours: white, turquoise or orange. All ensure easy legibility with large applied indexes and hands dressed in Superluminova. The seconds hand is outlined in white on the turquoise and orange models while the white dial opts for a subtle touch of orange. The cases are secured by rubber straps in the corresponding dial colour or by a three-row link bracelet. Both straps close by a folding buckle with micro-adjustment.
Breitling Superocean Automatic 36 watches has just launched a redesign of its sporty sea watch. The new collection retraces the pared-down aesthetic of the original SuperOcean Slow Motion from the 1960s and 1970s, while adding modern features and a bright palette of colours. Plus, it’s no longer strictly a dive watch—surf with it, swim with it, hit the beach bar with it.
Founded in 1884, Breitling is a leading Swiss watchmaker. The innovative company invented the modern chronograph and pioneered the navigational tool watch. Today, it’s still breaking new ground as a casual, inclusive, and sustainable luxury brand with more than 150 industrial loft-inspired retail locations around the world. Breitling’s collections centre around air, land, and sea pursuits, all captured in the brand’s unmistakable modern-retro style. The exceptional quality of every watch movement is confirmed by its status as a COSC-certified chronometer, and the brand remains one of only a handful of independent watchmakers to produce its own manufacture calibers. Combining classic watchmaking with the latest innovations, Breitling is both a company with history and one that’s ahead of its time.

Replica Breitling SuperOcean Automatic 46

Breitling’s legendary sea watch is reinvented in the new Breitling Superocean 2022 watch collection as it debuts a pared-down aesthetic reminiscent of the original Superocean Slow Motion from the 1960’s and 70’s. The release offers an abundance of choice, with four case sizes (46mm, 44mm, 42mm and 36mm), three case metals and two strap options to choose from.
The history of the Breitling Superocean 46 began in the 1950’s when the demand for high-performance dive watches was at an all time high. In 1957, the Swiss watch manufacturer launched two diving watches, a time-only piece and a chronograph, both named the Breitling Superocean. Their 200m water resistant cases, concave bezels and oversized markers offered everything professional and amateur divers needed for underwater exploration. By the mid 1960’s, Willy Breitling decided he wanted to improve the performance of the Superocean, focusing on the easy and safe reading of diving duration. The minute recorder is typically small for effortless reading under the water and so instead, Breitling developed a calibre where the main chronograph hand would indicate the elapsed dive time. Housing this calibre was the Breitling Superocean Slow Motion watch. With its instantly legible dial, thick minutes track and ratcheted bezel, it became an essential tool for divers.
It is the original Breitling Superocean Slow Motion watch that inspires the new 2022 collection launched today. It revives the statement minutes track and thin ceramic bezel inlay complemented by a new metal rehaut and similar shaped hands and indexes for easy legibility. Adding to the retro aesthetic is several modern features including a bright palette of colour found on the dials, a choice of three case metals and a newly designed black rubber strap with two-toned texture. There’s also the introduction of a new folding buckle with micro-adjustment and a special Breitling Superocean 2022 Limited Edition designed in collaboration with brand ambassador Kelly Slater. To help you find which new Breitling Superocean watch is for you, here’s a full run down of the 2022 collection…
Starting the line-up of Breitling Superocean 2022 watches is a duo of 46mm models. These are both engineered from stainless steel and debut the thin ceramic bezel inlay in a choice of black or blue, both outlined with by a metal rehaut and paired with a large sloping white flange which displays the minute scale. At the centre, a matching black or blue dial makes room for distinctive box-shaped indexes and large hands, the minute hand in particular paying homage to the original Superocean Slow Motion with a square-shaped lollipop tip. Meanwhile the seconds hand is coloured in contrasting red.
The Breitling Superocean Automatic 46 watches are the only pair in the entire new collection to feature a patented Breitling bezel lock which you can see on the left hand side of the case. This is a brand new technology from the Swiss brand and ensures the bezel is firmly secured in place so you can maintain accurate time of your dive. The cases also feature screw in case backs, screw down crowns, sapphire crystal glass and a 300 metre water resistance. Powering the new Breitling Superocean 2022 watches in 46mm is the Breitling 17 calibre which is automatic winding, COSC-certified and promises a power reserve of 42 hours.

Breitling Superocean 44 Stainless Steel

Breitling has released a new model, which isn’t really new. More like an option on a previous released model from last year, the Breitling Superocean 44 Special. Its a nice option for those of us that don’t like the blacksteel cases like myself. I don’t mind the look of blacksteel I just don’t like how it ages after its been bumped and scratched a few times. Overall, not a particularly interesting release from Breitling, but a release nonetheless.
A diver with a steely temperament
With its sturdy steel case, its ultra-legible dial and its rotating high-tech ceramic bezel, the new Superocean 44 Special plunges securely to a depth of 1,000 m (3,300 ft). This special series with its technical and original style is available in black or blue versions.
The Breitling Superocean 44 Special made its debut just over a year ago to relatively little fanfare, which is somewhat of a shame, as it remains one of the brand’s more cohesive, pure dive watches to come around in a few release cycles. But despite largely appearing as though a footnote in Breitling’s 2016 releases, the 44 Special apparently did well enough to justify two more editions. Previously available exclusively in Breitling’s stealthy Blacksteel PVD finish, these new models have a matte stainless steel case with black or blue dial options.
Diving slightly (ok, five times) deeper than Breitling’s entry-level automatic Colt sport watches, the 1000m-rated Superocean II watches deliver the full suite of modern features that many luxury tool watch fans crave (insane depth ratings, a knurled unidirectional bezel, blinding luminosity, and even a helium release valve), while dialing back the ultra-macho, military-inspired aesthetic that defines the Avenger range of aviation watches.

Breitling Navitimer B02 Chronograph 41 Cosmonaute

One of the watches synonymous with the pioneer era of spaceflight is the Breitling Cosmonaute, which was worn by Scott Carpenter on the 1962 Mercury-Atlas 7 mission, making him the second American to orbit the Earth and the Cosmonaute the first Swiss-made wristwatch to make it into space.

The Cosmonaute has been part of the Breitling catalogue in various forms in the decades since, but now for the 60th anniversary of Carpenter’s journey to space on board the Aurora 7 spacecraft, Breitling has unveiled a remake, the Breitling Navitimer B02 Chronograph 41 Cosmonaute Limited Edition. The 362-piece edition is faithful to the original in terms of design, but upgraded with the in-house Caliber B02 and a bit of luxe in the form of a platinum bezel.
I’ve always liked the distinctive aesthetic of the Navitimer – it is actually an aviation instrument – and the Cosmonaute is essentially a more complex version of the same thing, making it even more of an instrument. Granted all of that functionality has very limited use in the modern world, but it is still an appealing watch that possesses significant history.

That in turn makes the Cosmonaute remake an appealing watch, especially since Breitling did a good job reproducing the original. The diameter remains the same but the modern-day version is necessarily thicker due to the in-house B02 movement, which is definitely the most important upgrade of the entire watch. Derived from Breitling’s flagship B01, it’s a smartly constructed movement that’s amongst the best industrially-produced chronographs calibres at its price point.
But the remake does try a bit too hard to look like a vintage original, as Breitling Navitimer B02 Chronograph 41 Cosmonaute remakes often do (which was the case for the AVI and Navitimer remakes).

It could have gone without the faux-vintage Super-Luminova that is now too common, having been overexploited by the watch industry. That’s a minor quibble that doesn’t take away from the appeal of the overall package.

And then there’s the date, which usually doesn’t work well on a remake but in this case is pretty well done. The date window sits within the hour register, leaving it discreet enough that it doesn’t get in the way of the design.
According to Breitling, the Cosmonaute was created at Carpenter’s request in the early 1960s. As the story goes, the astronaut had been a naval aviator in the US military, during which he has encountered the Navitimer ref. 806, one of the leading aviator’s watches of the period.

Carpenter was then selected to be one of the “Mercury Seven”, the seven naval aviators selected for Project Mercury, the first American spaceflight programme, where he approached Breitling Navitimer B02 Chronograph 41 Cosmonaute for a watch to wear into space. His requirements were simple: a Navitimer that could indicate whether it was day or night back on Earth, leading to the 24-hour display that is now the defining feature of the Cosmonaute.
The remake retains all the key ingredients of the vintage original, including the black sub-dials and condensed slide-rule bezel that does without the hours-and-minutes scale that’s found on the standard Navitimer. This was another the changes requested by Carpenter since the hours-and-minutes scale calculates distance travelled over time, which wasn’t needed in space.

Another detail is more subtle: the bezel is slightly wider than that on the Navitimer in order to make it easier to rotate while wearing a spacesuit.

But it is not a one-for-one remake. Amongst the differences are the recessed, textured registers (the original had a flat dial) as well as the addition of the Breitling logo on the dial.
The tweak that really matters, however, is the movement. It’s the B02, which is a hand-wind version of the B01 automatic that’s been modified to have a 24-hour display.

Equipped with both a column wheel and vertical clutch, the movement is visible through the open back, which reveals it has slightly fancier finishing than the typical Breitling calibre.