Breitling Super Avenger Military Limited Series Watch With 24 Hour Time

Breitling Super Avenger Military Limited Series Watch With 24 Hour Time

Breitling Super Avenger Military Limited Series Watch With 24 Hour Time   hands on

All-black and delightfully "mean," the Breitling Super Avenger Military is a rare example of a 24 hour watch. In the United States we refer to 24-hour-format time as military time. That is because here, it is primarily the military that uses this format while civilians use a 12 hour format. We are partial to our AMs and PMs. Many who live or travel outside of the US know the the 24 hour format is used heavily all over the world for a range of purposes from television schedules to movie times. Having said that, if you want an analog watch (mechanical or otherwise) that indicates the time in a 24 hour format you have precious few options. Though, you are in luck if you want to wear a digital watch full time.

This new Super Avenger Military Limited Series timepiece takes the excellent looks of the Breitling Avenger and combines them with the brand's Calibre 22 automatic movement that displays 24-hour-versus-12-hour format time. We last saw use of this movement in the Breitling Navitimer Cosmonaute watch (hands-on here). Also a limited edition watch, the Navitimer Cosmonaute was much more retro in style, and clearly a Navitimer in design. It was also just 41.5mm wide, and this Super Avenger is much more modern (and larger).

Breitling Super Avenger Military Limited Series Watch With 24 Hour Time   hands on

At 48mm wide in black-coated steel, the Super Avenger Military is a pretty solid looking timepiece. Do you like the stencil style font on the dial? The case is also water-resistant to 300 meters and comes on a military-style canvas strap. It also has a diver-style rotating bezel. The Calibre 22 automatic chronograph movement has a 12 hour chronograph and the date, in addition to offering the time in a 24 hour format (that I imagine takes some getting used to in terms of reading it at a glance). The movement is also COSC Chronometer certified.

I don't know how much use I would get from a 24-hour-format dial, but then again I am not in the military. These types of watches are in demand from select groups - which is probably why this is a limited edition. Though I do really like the Super Avenger collection of watches. If you are looking for something modern and masculine and really want a mechanical watch with the time displayed in a 24 hour format, then one of your few choices is the Super Avenger Military. As a limited edition, Breitling will produce just 500 pieces with a retail price of $7,400. breitling.com

9 comments
D S Vilhena
D S Vilhena

Is there any Breitling around with a non-cluttered dial?

BIGCHRONO
BIGCHRONO

For these ample prices, these watches should employ steel bracelets as standard equipment.

Shephild
Shephild

Poker players like myself would do well with a 24 hour dial such as this Breitling.  Playing poker for hours on end in a windowless casino one loses track of whether it is morning or evening.

EphraimGerstein
EphraimGerstein

I much prefer the 24 hour format. I became accustomed to it during my military service and carried it over to my civilian life (it helps that my wife is also a veteran). It makes logical sense and avoids confusion, which is why the military like it. One of the reasons I like GMT watches is that you may use the 24 hour hand as your primary if you wish. I also like models that have 24 hour subdials like the Sinn EZM-10 and the new Casio Metal Twisted G-Shock. True, you can't really read the time precisely on the small subdial, but it at least indicates what part of the day you're in, from which you can figure the precise hour and minute using the main dial.

Lesthepom
Lesthepom

I have a shiny steel Super Avenger and I love wearing it even though my small wrist makes it look 58mm not 48mm this one in black i will definitely have a look at as a fun kind of watch the 24hr will make it a bit different and I don't mind the stencil look it is in keeping with the military look the band would have to go though having a small wrist i have never got a band to sit well on it especially with such a large watch its may  not be the one to wear to the company black tie ball but as an impressive desk diver watch i think it ticks the boxes  

I have even found a use for the 100 increment scale on the Breitling just another excuse to buy it as if we need an excuse  

Ulysses31
Ulysses31

But who will avenge my eyes?  I like the apparent heft of the watch, the black coating etc.  It's that dial that kills it.  It's crowded; the sub-dials are trying to flee those stencilled eyesores that are 24-hour markers but there's nowhere for them to go.  Legibility suffers.  As for the bezel, it's typical Breitling.  Do they have an "ugly font" research department?

MID
MID

Yuck.

Fraser Petrick
Fraser Petrick

I may look like a retired teacher with an artificial knee and fallen arches, but I'm really a Special Ops Paratrooper/Operative/Mercenary. That's why, on my hush-hush operations, I wear a Breitling Super Avenger watch ($7400) on my left wrist and a Timex Expedition ($65) on my right (so I can tell what the hell the time is as I jump out of the back of the unmarked Hercules.) [Don't tell anyone; I have a special contract with Timex].