Breitling Cosmonaute Automatic Chronograph Limited Edition Watch

Breitling Cosmonaute Automatic Chronograph Limited Edition Watch

Breitling Cosmonaute Automatic Chronograph Limited Edition Watch   watch releases

Another retro themed watch from Breitling? Who'd have thought it? The brand we love to love, but that itself hates the Internet (just visit their website and you'll know what I mean) brings us a new watch with the Breitling Cosmonaute Automatic Chronograph. Sort of an overly simplistic name if you ask me, but I like the whole connection with space travel. Interestingly enough, the watch has the word "cosmonaute" (cosmonaut) in it that I at least associate with Russian astronauts, but the watch is meant to celebrate an American feat. So what exactly is going on here in the Breitling marketing department? It used to be that watch companies mostly focused on the American space industry, but now you have an incredible shift in focusing on the Russian - and to smaller extent Japanese - space programs. I believe it is because Omega has the US market cornered with the Speedmaster Moonwatch, and Russians are buying watches like mad (and will again as soon as the economy  rounds itself out a bit). Just some speculation though.

Going back to what the watch is meant to celebrate. Breitling says that for its (Breitling's) 125th anniversary, and they are making this watch to celebrate Scott Carpenter's 1962 mission aboard the Aurora 7 capsule where he first tested out a chronograph watch in space. It was basically an orbital flight around the Earth. I  believe he was wearing a Breitling at the time. OK, so that is cool, but what about the watch itself?

Breitling Cosmonaute Automatic Chronograph Limited Edition Watch   watch releases

The watch does something interesting that you won't easily be able to decipher just from looking at it. See how the dial has 24 hours and not 12? Well the watch goes slower that your normal watch. Actually half as fast only. The hour hand makes its way once around the dial each 24 hours. Why? Cause this is Breitling's way of having a day/night watch. Making it possible to know if it is day or night, especially important in space where it is hard to know whether it is day or night. I like that instead of just redressing another watch, Breitling actually did something different with the Cosmonaute Automatic Chronograph watch.

The 41.50mm wide steel case has a Breitling Caliber 22 automatic chronograph movement that has been COSC Chronometer certified. It is a flyback chronograph and it has a date complication as well. The dial is attractive with plenty of lume, and you get Beitling's signature sliderule bezel for the 3 people on the planet that actually use it. Its value is far more steeped in looking cool than anything else these days. You also have the newer "Steel Air Racer" bracelet that is rigid metal and perforated as you can see. I've never worn this type of bracelet and have no idea if it just looks cool, or maybe actually is cool. Good news is that if you don't like it, Breitling has a universe of other straps and bracelets to choose from.

Like all good Breitling watches, the case is water resistant to 300 meters and the sapphire crystal has been AR coated on both sides. If Breitling is able to achieve 300 meters of water resistant on a chronograph without screwed down pushers, why aren't other companies able to more often? Breitling is further known for having highly polished watch cases, which is no exception here. Putting a little bling back into orbital flight right? The Cosmonaute Automatic Chronograph watch will be limited to just 1000 pieces.

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4 comments
Charles
Charles

Oh - and I do use the slide rule on the watches I have with one - I especially like ones like this one, where the Naut and Stat (etc.) are right on the dial, so you don't need the conversion factors for converting between nautical miles, statutory miles, or kilometers. Though I would like a few more conversion factors on the dial - my Citizen manages to add conversions for oil pounds, imperial gallons, us gallons, fuel pounds and litres (another set of conversions I often have trouble remembering). Though it doesn't really matter for flying, I would also love pounds/kilograms on there...

Charles
Charles

Couple of comments here...

What are your thoughts on a 24 hour dial ONLY? To me, this seems like it would be a difficult watch to read the time on. I suppose you'd get used to it if it was the only watch you wore, but I suspect that the majority of Breitling owners rotate watches on a regular basis - you'll never really get used to the 24 hour dial. It would be different if there were two hands, one for 12 hour the second for 24, but I guess that would take away from the Breitling "instrument" esthetic. Guess there's no easy answer.

As to the bracelet, I have a very similar one on a Seiko 5 from the 70s. It's actually very comfortable on my wrist, but the problem with it is that, since it's rigid, I can imagine that it might not be comfortable on everyone's (the curve of the bracelet can't be adjusted). If your wrist is too small or too big, it might look wierd at the lugs. But it looks great on my wrist. I really like the look - it's quite different, with the big holes. I don't get any hair pulling or pinching, if that's what you're worried about.

As to the water resistance, my breitling is only 50m resistant (I believe - it's an older Aerospace) and is currently in the shop with salt water damage, so I now appreciate the need for better water resistance...

admin
admin

Thanks for the input. I agree a quirky watch, but interesting nonetheless. I would find it hard to get used to telling the time no doubt.