Breitling Chronospace Watches Hands-On

Breitling Chronospace Watches Hands-On

Breitling Chronospace Watches Hands On   hands on

First thing I thought of when I saw these new watches from Breitling was "wow, these are pretty big." They even wear larger than their 'mere' 45mm wide steel case would suggest. Probably because the case is on the flatter, broader side of things. This is Breitling's newest watch to bear the ETA SuperQuartz COSC Chronometer certified movement - in the wonderful lineage of the Breitling Aerospace. The Chronospace is larger, has more going on, and is arguably easier to use than the watch it is distantly based on. The movement is the Breitling Calibre 78 (base ETA), and has lots of cool functions. These include time, 1/100 of  second chronograph (with actually pushers as opposed to having to dig in the menu with the scrolling crown pusher), alarm, calendar, countdown timer, GMT time, and second timezone display. All in a really nice quality, dial LCD screen display in addition to the time and chronograph hand on the main time. Having that chronograph hand there makes it possible to use some of the more traditional chronograph functions, and I believe perhaps some of the slide-rule functions.

Breitling Chronospace Watches Hands On   hands on

Breitling Chronospace Watches Hands On   hands on

Breitling Chronospace Watches Hands On   hands on

A slide rule it does have,  and also "night vision compatibility." Something about the backlighting system of the watch and LCD screens make them viewable through night vision goggles (NVG) - which apparently was something in demand...? Breitling says that the watch has a double sectioned caseback that works to amplify the alarm sound to about 90 decibels. They call this the "resonance chamber." Which actually is useful if you need the alarm in anywhere but the quietest place - an environment an airplane cockpit is not.

At first the large 3 and 9 o'clock indicators on the dial are a bit much. The watch feels like a toy. This is one area where I wonder if Breitling could have done better. But you do eventually get over that, and if you do, you'll notice lots of other good qualities about the watch. Any timepiece with a thermocompensated quartz movement is rewarding, as they are super accurate (like 5-10 seconds a year). The hour indicators are large, and covered in a long of lume, and the hour and minute hand are highly distinct. This is because the minute hand is longer in two directions. The crystal is domed sapphire with lots of AR coating, so legibility overall is excellent.

Breitling Chronospace Watches Hands On   hands on

Breitling Chronospace Watches Hands On   hands on

Breitling Chronospace Watches Hands On   hands on

The watch comes with four dial colors and three strap options. You have Volcano Black, Mariner Blue, Tungsten Gray, and Stratus Silver. They are available with a mesh metal bracelet, pilot leather strap, and diver style rubber strap. A very useful watch from Breitling with an odd looking fitting its functional forward attitude. Its utility will likely make it beautiful. Look out for the new Breitling Chronospace watches soon.

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18 comments
shirer
shirer

I bought this watch 6 months ago.  Here's my thoughts.  First, it's 48mm wide.  It's big.  Very big.  And it's a beautiful watch.  The case, the dial, the strap are all fabulous.  Here's the downside.  The digital/quartz aspects of the watch are hard to see and read and therefore to use.  I have the smaller titanium Aerospace, and the digital is much, much clearer.  For the Chronospace, you need to have a light shining almost directly on it to see the digital.  With the smaller Aerospace (one of my favorite watches), it's quite clear in most light conditions.  Also the "winding stem" usedl to locate the various semi invisible functions on the Chronospace is not as precise as the Aerospace.  You have to spin much more to get the functions to move.    

All things said and done, I wish I'd not bought the Chronospace.  I'm selling the Chronospace.  Breitling didn't really improve the watch.  They just made it bigger.  Think of large breast implants.  Attractive from a distance, but up close and personal, it's not as good as the original.     

ian jones
ian jones

sorry btw the watch in question is the chronospace (quartz)

ian joness
ian joness

I purchased the above watch a month or so a go..Looks great and love it...thats the good news. I have noticed a rattle. Vertical movement (shake!) creates what appears to be a rattle noise like something is loose. The retailer have been great opting to replace it..HOWEVER the replacement had the same rattle. So off to Breitling service UK. 5 watches tested all had this anoying rattle.....My question is should such a high end watch rattle liek this..The feedback from breitling was something along the lines of due to the size of the watch the turtable dial has some spring mechanism in the watch which is the culpret. My question is has anyone else got this watch and if so ..have you a rattle!..

john steppling
john steppling

I admit I like Breitling. And I like this alot. I have an older B1......a very cool watch in my opinion. They can be had for good price on ebay among other places. These new ones I cant decide about. Breitling have a military pimp vibe. They are always polished and look very practical.....its that top gun thing they market so well. These seem to lack that bit, but maybe they will grow on me. One thing about Breitling, they are durable.

Frank
Frank

Breitlings depreciate a lot the minute you walk out the AD with your new watch. I would say, insist in no less than 30% off if buying new. Also, plan to keep it a very long time to justify the depreciation as flipping it immediately will cost your shirt and more.

I have found that these watches in the second hand market are very well priced.....

Paddy
Paddy

I have had my chronospace for four months and I love it

Jetstar Crew
Jetstar Crew

Hi all I'm about to purchase a Chronospace this week but I'm reading all sorts of comments...is S$5500 too expensive for it? Pls help...many tks...really !!!

Scott
Scott

Hi, i have just purchase the Chronospace for £3500 GBP, i own many watches from Cartier, Mont Blanc through to Frank Muller. I have to say this is probably the best made out of them all! I love it....i've never had some many comments on one watch..

I am not a pilot i just like expensive watches and extremley glad i purchased this one!!!

Stephen Warren
Stephen Warren

I have the B-1 which as most here are aware is the precurser to the Chronospace. I think all watches have their strengths and weaknesses and I refuse to label as one better than the other. What we all like and value in terms of stuff like this is relative. I have owned Breitlings, Citizens, Casios etc... and in defense of the Breitling, and speaking as an airline pilot, I like the basic functions which are extremely easy to use. Yes there are things on the B-1 I really don't need in the modern cockpit, but the ease at which I can operate it's various functions using the crown is practical. I cannot speak for the more expensive Citizens that are probably Japan domestic only, but other than Rolex I cannot find anything on anything that comes close to the heft and quality of these Breitlings. Radio synchronization is good, accurate and practical; and I have watches that do that; but to me it's just a radio receiver. What do I personally enjoy putting on when leaving the house? The Breitlings hands down. Which watches do I get more complements on? (Especially from cute flight attendants). The Breitlings.

Frank
Frank

However, there is a big difference between US market Citizens and Japan domestic market Citizens. My Attesa Direct Flight ATD53-3011 is constructed in high grade titanium + Duratect and has an incredible level of finish and attention to detail that is not found in Us market Citizens. The watch retails at 105,000 JPY or USD $1,300 at today's exchange rates.

When you get to handle a JDM Citizen Attesa, Exceed, etc, then we'll talk. :)

Breitling Source
Breitling Source

I absolutely love the new Chronospace.

The styling and the attention to detail on Breitling's watches has always be exceptional. I've owned many Citizens in the sub $1000 range, and while they are well-made watches, I do not feel that they have the same level of finish as the multi-thousand dollar Breitling watches.

I've owned several Citizen Skyhawks, and while I like them for their multi-function capabilities and myriad of features, they just don't compare to Breitling watches in terms of fit and finish.

Now whether the price justifies it.. well, just let the buying public decide.

Frank
Frank

I have always liked these High Accuracy ETA Breitlings with their thermoline super quartz movements. However at -/+ 15 secs per year, they don't shatter any records (And this is true in light of the upcoming Bulova Precisionist watches rated at -/+ 10 secs per year with no thermo compensation, 256MHz oscillating 3 prong quartz crystal and smooth sweeping seconds hand).

I also agree with the previous poster than in light of the excellent quartz-solar Citizen Radio Controlled watches with world time fuctionality, these Swiss offerings are falling behind the times. As nice and fancy looking as this Breitling may be, it just can't hold a candle to my 2 Japan market radio controlled Citizen Attesas (ATV53-3022 & ATD53-3011) for around $1,500 less. The fit and finish of these Citizens is right on par with the Breitlings I have had the oppty to handle.

The Swiss are falling behind in high end quartz and, to the best of my knowledge, none offer radio controlled solar quartz timepieces. Outside of Germany's Junghans, no one else in Europe is going to be able to contain the raising tide of excellent radio controlled-solar multi function quartz watches coming out of Japan.

Dean Grant Baker
Dean Grant Baker

And if you really want to get watch snobby, the AT has a true manufacture movement, the Breitling not so much

Dean Grant Baker
Dean Grant Baker

umm, the night vision compatibility has nothing to do with night vision goggles, it has everything to do with the orange led colour, which does not damage night vision [red and oranges are night vision safe], the Citizen Skyhawk AT uses and has been using this for years.

With no radio control that means the watch must be set manually every time you change time zones.

Sorry but in comparison to the AT the Breitling is a fail.

An environment in a cockpit is very quiet as one wears noise cancelling headsets that allow one to hear a pin drop.

Water resistance to 40 metres [5 bar], means that you can't even shower with it on, conmpared to 200 metres on the AT.

1 bar is equal to one atmosphere or 10 meters of water (therefore 1 bar at the surface and one more each 10 meters). to be approximately equal to the rating based on meters. Therefore, a 5 bar watch is equivalent to a 40 meter watch

A soild titanium case and bravelet with dlc [duratect], solar powered, ie no battery running out mid flight; another fail, cost 750 CDN retail. the Breitling?

BIG CHRONO
BIG CHRONO

I truly enjoy these multi-task Breitlings. Although, I'm slight of wrist, so their Leviathan sizes require I put my 2 wrists side by side to
obtain a reasonably comfortable & realistic fit.
Sadly, Breitling cannot produce these models in
smaller sizes due to the caliber, & not
without compromising the various functions.

TELEKOMING
TELEKOMING

I really want to tell you that I bought 1 Breitling colt quartz from the authorized shop

it is a big fake that the breitling are 10 times more accurate than other quartz watches

as the watch is running fast and recorded 2 seconds within 40 days

Breitling is just double crossing the customer and are really low level watches

TELEKOMING
TELEKOMING

Dear Breitling is no more than a big Fake as They just announced that they enjoy a high accuracy

movement which is superquartz , I bought 1 of the COLT QUARTZ A74 caliber that is chronometer

certified , it runs 2 seconds within 40 days , I just bought it 40 days ago , I am a Telecom Engineer

In the GSM filed and need very high time keeping accuracy , Some kind of German Brands which are

half price of Breitling are keeping more accurate time

So Breitling is just double crossing the customer

admin
admin

Thanks for the thoughts. I agree with you. While Citizen makes very competent watches, in terms of build quality and materials, Breitling is in a different league.