Breitling is well known for producing some of the most coveted and most used professional pilot watches. Go to any airshow and you are sure to see pilot enthusiasts and ex- and current pilots themselves wearing the brand’s watches.
For their 100th anniversary in 1984, Breitling introduced what is now the flagship model of the Breitling collection: the Chronomat. The model has quickly grown into the brand’s most popular and mainstream model. The Chronomat is a sturdy and distinctive professional chronograph with a distinguishing tri-compax dial, with large lumed baton hands and markers, as well as screw-down pushers and distinctive domed screw-down crown. The watch is also water resistant to 500 meters.
To celebrate 30 years since the release of the Chronomat, Breitling introduces at Baselworld 2014 a new Chronomat model with vintage inspired touches, the Breitling Chronomat Airborne. Like the other Chronomat models, the new Airborne comes in two main sizes, 41 mm and 44 mm diameter. Like the earlier 1984 model, the Airborne’s unidirectional bezel is brushed stainless steel with black markers for the minutes and four raised tabs for the cardinal markers.
In addition to the twin size variations, the Airborne comes in two distinctive vintage dials: black with sierra silver subdials or sierra silver dial with black subdials. The lume on the hands and on the bezel’s 60 minutes marker is also in this pinkish vintage color that matches well with the sierra silver touches of the dial.
As with other Brietling Chronomat models, one can customize the Airborne by choosing either the Breitling pilot steel bracelet or the new military black fabric that completes the tool character of this watch while keeping the vintage inspired touches.
As with all Breitling watches, the new Chronomat Airborne is C.O.S.C. certified which is guaranteed by the in-house manufacture Caliber 01 automatic movement that also provides 70+ hours of power reserve. No word yet on pricing but we will be sure to provide the details as well as additional photos when we get our hands on this handsome addition to an already a superb profesional tool watch. breitling.com