Since 1884, Breitling has been producing high-quality, aesthetically pleasing watches. It’s best known for its technologically sophisticated, incredibly precise chronographs, such as the Aviator 8 and the Transocean Ultimate Pilot, which had simultaneous readings in all 24 time zones. It has a longstanding experience with aviation, dating back to the 1930s.
The alliance saw it manufacture cockpit clocks, promote aviation clubs, and have its aerobatics team compete internationally. It is also the only luxury watch company that can highlight the Red Arrows insignia on its watches, leading to a 25-year relationship with the Royal Air Force.
The Breitling Influence
Breitling began to innovate in the 1950s with its clever use of advertisements and ambassadors, anything that continues to do today. It devised a campaign that targeted minority people of pilots to obtain an interest in its chronographs. Breitling also became the official supplier for several major airlines; for example, the dashboard instruments on a Boeing 707 were made by Breitling.
With either the launch of its iconic Superocean line in 1957, it gained authority in other areas as well, including driving and diving. It was in space five years later. Lt. Commander Scott Carpenter, an American astronaut, orbited the Earth three times while wearing a modified Breitling: the Navitimer Cosmonaute.
AVI Ref. 765 1953
The AVI 765 1953 seems to have become a fast favorite among watch journalists, reviving a revered design from Breitling’s rich archives and providing collectors a one-of-a-kind model among Breitling’s current lineup.
The new AVI 765 1953 is only available in limited editions and is available in three different materials and colorways. Steel, platinum, and rose gold cases will be open, all with a diameter of 41.1 mm. The case features sharp lugs reminiscent of pilot watches from the 1950s, as well as vintage-style (read: small) pump pushers and a push/pull crown.
A metal bidirectional rotating bezel surrounds the dial, which is marked with Arabic numerals for each hour. A domed hesalite crystal protects it, hesalite being a more period-accurate material than sapphire, which is more widely used on watch crystals today.
Transocean Chronograph Automatic U4131053/Q600
The Transocean Chronograph Automatic U4131053/Q600 has a brown crocodile leather strap with a stainless steel deployment buckle, and a stainless steel round 38 mm frame with a fixed bezel made of 18k rose gold with diamonds. The chronometer does indeed have a COSC-certified self-winding automatic movement.
The bronze dial has a chronograph and date function, and the sapphire crystal should be used for the glass. The three watch hands are rose gold, and the markers are luminescent and provide comprehensive index divisions. This timepiece lives up to other Transocean Breitling watches’ maritime legacy, with a tachymeter scale and a water-resistance rating of 100 meters.
Superocean Heritage II B20
The Superocean Heritage, inspired by the original Superocean from the 1950s, blends classic design elements with a modern twist. The Superocean Heritage is an objectification of seafaring elegance, simultaneously sporty and sophisticated. The Superocean Heritage collection is a classic line based on Breitling’s first Superocean collection, which was launched in 1957 and combined versatility and elegance.
This Superocean Heritage watch features a robust 46mm stainless steel case with a striking blue ceramic bezel and is presented on an eye-catching blue rubber band. The Breitling B20 self-winding movement powers this high-performance timepiece, water-resistant to 200 meters, and has a 70-hour power reserve that is also featured to cover most light outdoor adventures.
Superocean Heritage 42mm U10370121B1A1
The Superocean Heritage, ’57 Capsule series, pays homage to the original 1957 SuperOcean and the 1960s’ chic, laid-back surfing lifestyle. The 42 mm case, which is available in stainless steel and 18k red gold, has two significant elements of the original SuperOcean: a concave bidirectional ceramic bezel and a dial with oversized indices.
The Superocean Heritage ’57 is operated by the Breitling Caliber 10, a COSC-certified chronometer. It comes with a mesh bracelet or a black, brown, or gold calfskin leather band that matches both a stainless-steel pin and a folding buckle.
Premier B01 Chronograph 42 Bentley AB0118A11L1X1
The Premier collection is committed to beauty and was first launched in the 1940s. It is now an icon amongst luxury brands and is coveted by many enthusiasts. The latest collection is breathtaking, with a subtle elegance that echoes the original models’ exquisitely crafted theme.
This Premier timepiece is presented on a striking green nubuck leather strap and boasts a matching British racing green dial housed in a durable 42mm stainless steel case. The high-performance 42 Bentley watch is powered by a 01 Calibre self-winding movement with an equally admirable 70-hour power reserve.
It shouldn’t be a surprise if Breitling continues to innovate and lead the industry as one of the prestigious watchmaking households for another generation or two. Time will only tell if the brand will elevate watch complications even further and present enthusiasts and fans with breakthroughs in chronograph specifications.