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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 Superocean Steelfish

We discussed yesterday, and many times before, that in 1950 Breitling made the bold decision to start focusing on the maritime industry as well as the aviation industry. As a result, The Breitling Superocean watches were born. Out of all the Superocean watches discussed here, the Breitling Superocean Steelfish has my favorite dial design. I love the luminescent dots as hour markers which are complemented by Arabic second numerals, I love the Superocean signature, I love the Arabic numerals for the 12, 6, and 9 o’clock markers, and I love the different versions and variations of materials and colors.

However, the most important attribute of a diver’s watch is its water resistance and the Breitling Superocean Steelfish series of watches are watcher resistance of up to depths of not 500, not 1,500, not 2,000, but 6,000 feet! That’s an amazing level of water resistance and its possible because of the workmanship used to seal the watch. Sealing a watch is an art form and Breitling pulled out all the stops with the Breitling Superocean Steelfish watch. Each watch in the Breitling Steelfish series has a security valve that is used to balance out and difference of pressure in and outside the case. Breitling gives a great description of this technology:

“…as soon as the internal overpressure reaches approximately 3 bars, this valve automatically vents the helium accumulated during the time spent at great depths and thus prevents the case from exploding…”

Other technical specifications of this watch include a Breitling 17 caliber and self-winding mechanical movement, a minimum 40 hour power reserve, 28,800 vibrations per hour, 25 jewels, dial aperture calendar at the 3 o’clock marker, ratcheted and unidirectional bezel, crew locked crown with 2 gaskets, and a screwed in caseback that is glare proofed with sapphire crystal; as is the case front.

The Breitling Superocean Steelfish is available in a number of bracelets and straps as well as dial colors. Here is a quick look at a video that show the Breitling Superocean Steelfish with blue dial and leather strap:

Here is a quick look at two divers glowing in the dark, the watch on the left is a Breitling Superocean Steelfish:

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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”:

Breitling Co-Pilot Watch

Breitling watches began with an obsession with aviation, that’s why aviation industry professionals all wear Breitling watches. That’s also why receiving a Breitling watch in the aviation industry is not only pledging your passion, but marks a time in your life where you dreams have come true. One watch that embodies those ideals is the Breitling Co-Pilot watch by providing aviation professionals and Breitling watch enthusiast an electronical watch that seamlessly juggles local time and flight times in one easy motion. The Breitling Co-Pilot is able to do this because it is designed with four separate display modes in order to allow pilots and professionals the option of switching easily between important timing statistics; the four modes on the Breitling watch include local time, chronograph, take-off time, and landing time.

When looking at the technical specifications of the Breitling co-pilot, it’s no wonder that the timing technology is possible.  The Breitling Co-Pilot watch has a Breitling 80 caliber and a Quartz electronic movement with a min. and sec (59min.59sec, then hrs/min., max) chronograph.  The Breitling watch case, depending on the wearer’s preference, comes in steel or titanium with a screwed in back allowing the Breitling Co-Pilot to sustain 100 m under water.

At 22 by 27.10 mm in diameter, the Breitling Co-Pilot also has sapphire glareproofed crystal on both sides to increase readability while flying on a clear and sunny day.

Breilting for Bentley Mark VI Complications 29 Watch

In the past we have discussed two watches in Breitling for Bentley Serie Mark VI collections; Breitling for Bentley Mark VI Watch and the Breitling for Bentley Mark VI Complications 19 Watch. Today we will take a closer look at the Mark VI Complications 29.

Breitling for Bentley’s Mark VI Complications 29 watch comes in either rose gold or platinum and is made up of approximately 500 parts. The calendar on this Breitling watch is its best feature and it is programmed to feature the date, day, week, month, season, and moon phases while being sensitive to the various leap years. Measuring at 1/4th of a second it is certified by the COSC and includes limited edition pieces only. Only 250 watches were made of the Breitling for Bentley Mark VI Complication 29 Rose Gold Watches and only 100 were made of the platinum.

Besides looks and materials, technically, there is no difference between the different variations of the Breitling for Bentley Mark VI Complications 29. All Breitling watches in the collection have a Breitling Calibre 29B, mechanical self-winding movement, 28,800 vibrations per second, 38 jewels, and 30min and 12 min totalizers.

The case of this Breitling watch can come in rose gold or platinum and feature 100 meters of water resistance, screw-locked crown, glareproofed and convex sapphire crystal on both sides, and a 42 mm diameter. The Breitling dials are available in Silver Storm and Burnt Oak, and the straps are available in Barenia leather or crocodile leather.

Breitling World Time Application

As discussed last week, Breitling launched a Breitling World Time Application with their new website design. The Breitling World Time application is a “computing instrument that measures units or currencies that easily solve time-related calculation”.

Here is a detailed account of my adventures with the Breitling World Time Application.

Last week the Breitling World Time application caught my eye so I downloaded it from the web site to see exactly what it was and how I could use it.

After downloading I extracted the Breitling World Time application to my desktop.

After extracting I located the setup file and installed the applications to my hard rive.

Next I opened up the application and started exploring! Here’s a breakdown of the features (click on image for larger view):

Here’s an even closer look at some of the features:

Calendar

Time Zone Select

World Time Selector

Currency Converter

Time Arithmetic Calculator

Units Converter

Introducing Breitling Watches New Website

I ran into a pleasant surprise today, Breitling has a new website, totally redesigned from yesterday. Here are a few features that I like:

1. The Landing Page
Breitling new website’s landing page includes some links that were kind of hidden on the old site. In the top right corner you can quickly change the site language. In the top left corner there are quick links to Models, Retailers, Air Time, Technology, History, and Breitling For Bentley collection. At the bottom right corner the choices include Portfolio, Breitling World Time (more about this tomorrow), News, Contact, and the Breitling Copyright information.

2. Breitling Watch Model Display
On the old website the Breitling Models were displayed in the bottom and sometimes froze up and took up screen realestate. Now you can hover over the ‘All Models’ button and the Breitling models easily fade in and when you move the mouse it easily fades out of the interface.

3. Breitling Model Info More User Friendly
Breitling has also changed the way it gives you details about each of its models. Instead of a sometimes difficult flash interface, when you click on a model it you can easily look at the models Presentation, Versions, Technical Data, Bracelets, and the 360 degree view. Each click opens up a new menu with additional features.

Okay those are my three favorite features of the new site. However, there are two things that I wish they would have fixed:

1. The News Feature
You have to subscribe to Breitling to get upcoming news, however, you hardly ever get anything in your inbox. Breitling should feature news, products, and events on the website for easy access and to keep everyone updated.

2. Mozilla Firefox Functionality
One of my pet peeves with the Breitling website is that when using Mozilla Firefox somethings get cut off including words and pictures. That seems to have not been fixed, especially when a menu reaches out to the edges of the right, left, or bottom screen.

The Breitling Chronomat Watch

The Breitling Chronomat is considered a “leader model” by Breitling. Of course, Breitling enthusiast would argue and say the leader model should be the Navitimer, however by “leader model” I think Breitling means a model that is used to base its designs off of. Maybe every watch in Breitling’s collections started off as a Breitling Chronomat watch? It’s been given the nickname “The Reference” by Breitling and its design hints that historically it has a great significance to the brand.

The Breitling Chronomat was originally created for the Frecce Tricolori Flight Team and just like aviation, has evolved and changed over the years. The heart of the watch is the Breitling Caliber 13, an accurate selfwinding chronograph. Other technical specifications of the Breitling Chronomat include:

42 hour power reserve
28,800 vibrations per hour
25 jewels
dial aperture calender
6 case version (steel, two tone, steel and gold, 18 k yellow gold, rose gold, white gold)
1,000 foot water resistance
unidirectional and ratcheted bezel
screw-locked crown with 2 gaskets
screwed in back
sapphire crystal glareproofed on each side
43.70 mm case diameter

Breitling Emergency Watch Versus Breitling Emergency Mission Watch

Someone on Twitter asked me today what’s the difference between the Breitling Emergency and the Breitling Emergency Mission besides the obvious dial differences. Well in order to understand the difference you have to look at each watches technical specifications:

Calibers: The Breitling Emergency has a Breitling 76 Caliber and the Breitling Emergency Mission has a Breitling 73 Caliber

Movement: Both watches a have SuperQuartz(tm), thermocompenstated quartz electronic movement however, the Breitling Emergency has a 12/24 hour LCD digital display with EOL indicator and the Breitling Emergency Mission has fast time zone change capabilities

Chronograph: The Breitling Emergency has a 1/100th second, max 23 hours 59 minutes 59,999 second chronograph. The Breitling Emergency Mission has a 1/10th second, 60 minutes, 12 hour chronograph with split times

Calendar: The Breitling Emergency has a digital calendar with programmed day and date for 4 years. The Breitling Emergency Mission has a dial aperture calendar.

Case: The Breitling Emergency has a Titanium case but is also available in 18 K yellow or white gold. The Breitling Emergency Mission has a steel case.

Water Resistance: The Breitling Emergency has 3 bars of water resistance including a working transmitter while under water. The Breitling Emergency Mission has 330 feet of water resistance.

Bezel: Both Breitling watches have a bidirectional bezel but the Breitling Emergency has a compass scale bezel and the Breitling Emergency Mission has a countdown bezel.

Crown: Both watches have two gasket crowns but the Breitling Emergency has a non screw-locked crown with a integrated push piece and the Breitling Emergency Mission has a screw-locked crown.

And that’s the major differences between the Breitling Emergency Watch and the Breitling Emergency Mission Watch.

Breitling for Bentley Watch The Bentley 6.75

Bentley’s largest engine, the 6.75, powers the exclusive collection of Arnage limousines and was produced in Crew, England in the Bentley workshop. So when Bentley and Breitling decided to team up and make the Breitling for Bentley line of watches, there was no question that the Breitling For Bentley watch the, Bentley 6.75, would be created.

Large is the idea behind the Bentley 6.75 watch which includes a large aperture calendar. Hand assembled by Breitling, the Bentley 6.75 has received the COSC chronometer certification which guaranties is class, accuracy, and dependability.

In a choice of steel or yellow gold, the Bentley 6.75 Breitling chronograph is also available in a limited edition rose gold. Other technical specifications include a Breitling Calibre 44 B and self-winding movement. The movement of the Breitling fro Bentley watch, the Bentley 6.75, also includes a high frequency vibration (28,800 vibrations per hour) and 1/4th of a second chronograph, 30-minute and 12-hour totalizers.

Adorned with 38 jewels, the Breitling for Bentley, Bentley 6.75, comes in many case colors but all cases include a special decorated back and up to 100 meters of water resistance. The screw locked crown is not the only feature of the case, the Bentley 6.75 case has a rotating in pinion bezel with variable tachometer or circular slide-rule. The cases of each Breitling watch also boast cambered sapphire crystal which is glareproofed on both sides.

The color options for the Bentley 6.75 are immense. You can get the Breitling watch dials in Royal Ebony, Anthracite, Neptune, Silver Storm, Laurel Green, Bronze, and Grey Violet. A yellow gold version or rose gold version is also available for the dials for the Royal Ebony and Silver Storm watches. The strap is also versatile available in berenia leather, crocodile leather, or the Breitling rubber/Speed bracelet.