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Breitiling Watches Superocean 44 Take Two

Mens Breitling Superocean II Watch
The Breitling SuperOcean II (44mm) watch comes in 2 versions. A chronograph and a standard 3-hand.

Breitling watches came out with a new Superocean model last year sporting a modern design in a 42mm size. Some people wanted a smaller case diameter, but more people liked it bigger and so the Superocean II was born. The Superocean 44, as it is known, comes in two versions, the three-hand and the chronograph. There is a GMT version for those who like the 42mm size.

The Superocean 44 is easier to read than its predecessor, the dial has the core look of the design but there is more space between the hour markers. Applied baton hour markers are used more than stylized Arabic numerals which can be found at 6 and 9 o’clock. The three-hand model has increased water-resistance from 1,500 to 2,000 meters this year. The GMT and the chronograph are water-resistant to 500 meters. There is a rubberized bezel insert with minute markers from 0 to 15. It comes in a variety of color options giving the model a sporty and fun feel and look. Swiss automatic movement drives the models and they are COSC certified.

Leon Breitling founded Breitling watches in 1884; his chronographs were extraordinary even then. The company’s motto is “Instruments for Professionals” which has always been the philosophy, vocation and spirit of the brand. Leon’s passion was to make instruments for science, sports and industry and that is just what he did. He had many patents and inventions improving the reliability of his instruments. In 1914, son Gaston took over and, taking after his father, he invented the wrist chronograph push piece independent from the crown handling all three functions. In 1923 he separated the start and stop functions. Grandson Willy took the reins and in 1934 created the second independent push piece at 4 o’clock that was copied by many competitors. Breitling was named the official supplier to world aviation in 1934; the Navitimer with its circular slide rule was a favorite among pilots and aeronautical enthusiasts and still is to this day. Breitling is the only major watch brand that submits all of their timepieces to the COSC for certification. And five generations later, they have maintained their independence.

Breitling Chrono Superocean

The divers watch since 1957, the Breitling Superocean has meet industry professional’s high standards and continues to be a favorite in the field. The Breitling Chrono Superocean meets the same expectations today as a Breitling Superocean would have in the 1950’s.

One of the most important parts of a diver’s watch is water resistance technology. The Breitling Chrono Superocean is resistant to water for at least 1,650 feet or 50 bars. The pushpin is the secret (which is an important part of making sure a watch is water resistant) because it ensures resistance and protection against shocks. The Breitling Chrono Superocean’s pushpin can only be activated after unscrewing and removing the restraining ring that holds the push pieces in place. The next most important attribute of a divers watch is the ability to see important features in the dark of the deep. The Breitling Superocean has oversized and luminescent hands and hour markers as well as glareproofed sapphire crystal on the case front and back.

Other attributes are important to a diver’s watch also…the Brielting Chrono Superocean watch includes a great caliber (Breilting 13), a self-winding mechanical movement, 42 hour power reserve, 28,800 vibrations per hour, 25 jewels, 1/4th second chronograph (30 minutes, 12 hours), day and date calendar, steel case, unidirectional and ratcheted bezel, screw locked crown with two gaskets, screwed in case back, and a 42 mm diameter case.

The Breitling Avenger Skyland

The Breitling Avenger Skyland is a mean and lean Breitling timepiece.  It’s rugged and sleek incorporating a screw-locked crown that is protected by crown guards, push piece reinforcements, and thick glareproofed sapphire crystal. Not only is this Breitling watch water resistance to 300 meters, but it is also shockproof!  However, watch enthusiast love this watch for its unorthodox look that helps it stand out from other Breitling watches.  This bad boy has stenciled dial numerals that date back to the Breitling Avenger’s original model.

However, let us look even closer into the Breitling Avenger Skyland.  Underneath the hood you’ll find a Breitling 13 Caliber with a self winding mechanical movement and a 42 hour power reserve.  The movement of this Breitling watch also does 28,800 vibrations per hour with 25 jewels and a powerful Breitling chronograph (1/4th second, 30 minutes, 12 hours). With a steel case and dial aperture calendar, the 45.40 mm diameter Breitling Avenger Skyland has a unidirectional yet ratched bezel, a screw locked crown with two gaskets, and a screwed in caseback.

There are numerous versions of the Breitling Avenger Skyland including steel with a black dial and professional bracelet in steel, steel with a black dial with a diver pro strap and tang-type buckle, steel with a blue dial and leather strap with tang-type buckle, steel with a slate gray dial and professional bracelet in steel, steel with a blue dial and professional bracelet in steel, steel with a slate gray dial and a leather strap with a tang-type buckle… well you get the picture, lots and lots of versions and possibilities for ultimate color customization.

To leave you, here is an image of a happy customer unlocking their Breilting Avenger Skylander… at one point in the video, after no talking, he states “its my dream come true man”:

The Rarest Breitling Navitimer Watch

Image from Navitimer.net

According to Breitling Navitimer “rules” every Breitling Navitimer watch has to have a standard movement, however the Navitimer 806 with Valjoux 72 movement has a non-standard movement. Why has Breitling decided to create this watch? Maybe it’s to make collectors lose their minds with envy with just the mention of it.

This mysterious and elusive Breitling watch was created in the early 1950’s. It was named the Navitimer 806 because it’s identical to an earlier Navitimer 806 with a standard movement. However, collectors and enthusiast were surprised to open it and find a Valjoux 72 movement.

According to Jean-Micheal, creator of www.navitimer.net:

We even do not know that if the watch had the reference 806 ! Some of the pictures I have of this watch do not show the “806″ engraving on the back. The only country where I have regularly seen some Valjoux 72 806 is Japan. Japanese are very well informed collectors and the prices of vintage pieces are very high, that perhaps explain why it is possible to find some there….No idea of the number produced, but this was not limited to few pieces, some thousands might have been produced.”

Definitely an interesting story of the Breitling Navitimer!

Breitling Navitimer Montbrillant Legende

The Breitling Navitimer is known for its rich history, everlasting style, notorious durability, and industry wide trust. All of these attributes are multiplied with Breitling’s Largest Navitimer in history, The Montbrillant Legende.

At 47 mm in diameter, this monster Breitling Navitimer watch is the largest model in the collection while being dedicated to aviation, shown through the flowing lines and spatial elegance of its design.

The Montbrilliant Legende brings all the style and grace of the Navitimer collection to a collision with spectacular technical specifications including a Breitling 23 caliber, self winding and mechanical movement, 42 hour power reserve, an exceptional Breitling chronograph (1/4th second, 30 minutes), 28,800 vibrations per hour, and a dial aperture calendar.

The Montbrilliant Legende case is made of steel and gold and is adorned with 25 jewels and a non screw-locked crown with two gaskets. Additional technical specifications include 3 bars of water resistance, a bidirectional and slide rule bezel, screwed in caseback, and cambered sapphire and glareproofed crystal on both sides.

The Breitling Montbrillant Datora Watch

Did you know that the Breitling Montbrillant Datora watch today was actually created to celebrate the Datora bestseller in the 1940s? I stumbled upon this interesting on the Breitling website and it sparked my interest in this unique Breitling watch with the unusual name.

The Breitling Montbrillant Datora is special because it shows its date in a very distinctive way. The day and the month appear side by side exactly underneath the 12 o’clock marker with a half moon pointer marking the date. Accompanying this exclusive feature is a tachometer of 1/100th of an hour indication and a caseback engraved with time zones of major cities.

Other technical specifications:

  • Famous Breitling 21 caliber
  • Self-winding mechanical movement
  • Minimum power reserve of 42 hours
  • Powerful Breitling chronograph at 1/5th second, 30 minutes, and 12 hours
  • 25 quality jewels
  • Appealing case in 18k red gold or steel
  • 3 bars of water resistance
  • Bidirectional bezel with slide rule
  • Non screw locked crown with two gaskets
  • Screwed in caseback for maximum durability
  • Sapphire and glare proofed crystal

Below is a video from the Breitling Source on YouTube that gives us an up close and personal look at the Breitling Montbrillant Datora in all its glory.

Breitling for Bentley Watch: The Mark VI

The Breitling for Bentley watch, The Mark VI is an amazing watch… according the Breitling for Bentley website…

In 1946, the legendary Bentley Mark VI emerged from the company factories in Crewe. It was the first Bentley ever produced in these workshops, where the world’s most prestigious automobiles are still assembled to this day. Sixty years later, Breitling has revived the legend by presenting the Mark VI special series, a chronograph conceived in the spirit of tradition and performance characteristic of the entire Breitling for Bentley collection. In tribute to the heritage of excellence embodied by the famous limousine, this timepiece incorporates all the signature design features of the British manufacturer, such as the knurled finishing on the bezel, inspired by the Bentley controls. Merging know-how and elegance, it is graced with hour-markers cut from mother-of-pearl – a delicate work of fine craftsmanship – and the caseback is decorated with the Bentley emblem of the era, shown in relief. Created for individuals who are passionate about fine mechanical engineering, it is equipped with an exclusive Breitling for Bentley movement, selfwinding Calibre 26B with a 60-minute totalizer in the centre. This sophisticated mechanism is assembled in keeping with an extreme concern for reliability and precision, vouched for by the much-coveted COSC chronometer certification. The Mark VI comes in a steel version with platinum bezel as well as in a limited series in red gold.

How about the technical parts of this Breitling For Bentley watch? You can expect a Breitling Calibre 26B with a certified chronometer, mechanical self winding movement, 28,800 vibrations per hours, 38 jewels, 1/4th second chronograph, 60 minute totalizer and 12 hour counter. The case is steel with different bezels, water resistant of up to 100 meters, screw locked crown, convex and glareproofed sapphire crystal on both sides, and 42 m diameter. The dials and straps of this Breitling for Bentley model can come in an arrangement of colors and materials. The dials of this Breitling watch can be Peacock Blue, Silver Storm, or Burnt Oak. The Breitling watchstraps can be barencia leather or crocodile leather/Speed bracelet.

Breitling Montbrillant Olympus

The Montbrilliant Olympus Breitling Watch towers above other watches like Zeus. It’s made of the finest products and made by arguably the best brand of watches in history. Just look around the watch face, the beaded bezel adds a hard elegance that would be hard to duplicate.

The caliber on this Breitling watch, the Montbrilliant Olympus, is a Breitling Caliber 19 and is complex with 250 components enabling it to measure short times as well as date, day, month, and even moon phases. The Breitling Caliber 19 is so advanced in this Breitling Watch, the Montbrilliant Olympus, that you don’t even have to adjust it for the leap year, it does it by itself.

So what other features can you expect from this Breitling watch? Many features including a self-winding mechanical movement, 42 hour power reserve, and amazing chronograph (1/4th second, 30 minutes, 12 hours), 28,8000 vibrations per hour, 38 jewels, bissextile calendar with pointer, a steel or 18k red gold case, 3 bars of water resistance, bidirectional bezel wit slide rule, non screw-locked crown with two gaskets, screwed in back, cambered sapphire crystal glareproofed both sides, 42.10 mm diameter, 15.10 mm thickness, 84.60 gr weight, and 22/20 mm interhorn width.

Baby Boomers for Breitling

A stumbled across a beautiful and well written article about Breitling entitled Baby Boomer Men, Branding & Breitling from the Boomers: A Trip into The Heart of the Baby Boomer Generation blog.

The author, Brent Green, slowly begins his discussion talking about Leon Breitling’s beginnings in America in 1884. He describes the company….

Breitling has contributed to a meticulous industry by engineering chronograph technology onto the wrists of intrepid pilots, giving them measurement capacities needed to propel aviation into the stratosphere and beyond.

…and describes Breitling watches as tools for mankind not just instruments for professionals.

The article then takes an exciting turn and begins to delve into the marketing genius that is Breitling by taking an aesthetic eye to the Breitling website using images and commentary while through in common Baby Boomer characteristics and anecdotes.

Great article… check it out.

Breitling For Bentley Flying B Diamond Watches

Today I ran across two beautiful Breitling for Bentley Flying B diamond watches. The Breitling for Bentley’s Flying B watch is dedicated to the “winged B”, the mascot for British cars. All watches in the collection have a rectangular case and sophisticated design with an original display mode. Luxury is the main component of these two Breitling watches as the hour markers are sculpted from mother of pearl.

These two watches have been crafted in a red gold and white gold series with the best materials the watch industry has to offer. Both of these Breitling For Bentley Flying B watches have beveled sapphire crystal glareproofed sides and a chronometer certified by the COSC. The casebacks each have the legendary Bentley “Flying B” engraved on them. Each is water resistance of up to 100 meters with a screw-locked crown, 27 jewels, 28,800 vibrations per hour, and a Breitling Calibre 28B with jumping-hour mechanism.

Breitling For Bentley White Gold Flying B Diamond Watch

Breitling For Bentley Red Gold Flying B Diamond Watch

Absolutely beautiful!