Breitling SuperOcean Heritage Chrono 46 Watch Review

Breitling SuperOcean Heritage Chrono 46 Watch Review

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Before I review the Breitling SuperOcean Heritage Chrono 46 I'd like to discuss my own personal history with aviation and the brand. When I received my pilot's license many, many years ago, I invested in a couple of aircraft. In each of these airplanes was a box called an ELT or Emergency Locator Transmitter. This box was designed to detect a crash and send out a signal to SARsats orbiting the earth so that search and rescue teams could react. The ELT was about the size of a long battery and weighed about as much. It was, in a sense, mostly a battery with some electronics and an antenna thrown in.

I recall reading a pilot magazine and seeing an advertisement for a Breitling Emergency. What caught my eye at the time was the good looking case and the masculine presence of the watch. Then, I was aghast at learning that this wristwatch contained a fully functioning, water resistant ELT. I couldn't believe that they were able to reproduce that functionality in a package that fit under the cuff of a shirt!

Ever since then, I've been enamored with the brand. However, it's only recently that I've been able to spend time and money on beefing up my collection with other than a preponderance of fashion watches.

My first real luxury purchase was a Breitling SuperOcean Steelfish. Again, Breitling's technical prowess impressed the hell out of me. This watch was good for over 6000 feet of water pressure. Who needs that? Apparently I did!

I've always wanted to add a chronograph version of the brand to my collection and about six months ago, I fell in love with the look of the Breitling SuperOcean Special Edition Heritage model with a beautiful blue dial and black bezel.

Breitling SuperOcean Heritage Chrono 46 Watch Review   wrist time watch reviews

The Breitling mesh bracelet is the nicest looking, well made piece of hardware that I own. Although the watch came with a blue leather strap, I doubt I'll ever use it. The bracelet is just that nice.

Breitling SuperOcean Heritage Chrono 46 Watch Review   wrist time watch reviews

Breitling SuperOcean Heritage Chrono 46 Watch Review   wrist time watch reviews

I love the homage to vintage Breitlings and the larger, more modern case size. The rich blue dial changes hues under different lighting. At times a deep blue and at other times, a reflective patina that adds a bit of bling to an otherwise mostly understated dial.

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The date window is black numerals on a white disc at the 3 o'clock position and there are applied hour markers around the edge. There's a lovely little Breitling "B" in polished gold above the text on the right side of the watch.

There are sub dials for the small seconds, chrono minutes and chrono hours. I'm happy to report that the chronograph functions like you would expect from a Valjoux 7750. The minutes counter only advances as the seconds hand comes around to the top position. For some reason, I detest chronographs where the minute indicator starts moving before a complete minute has been attained. Are you listening Citizen?

Speaking of seconds, the chronograph seconds hand on this Breitling is in polished silver and is a little hard to see at times. There's no lume on the seconds hand. The hour and minutes hands are nicely sized and all it takes is a very quick glance to read the time. more »

15 comments
aleximd2000
aleximd2000

About Mark's article!

Next time write a little more about the calibre , about the precision adjustment and the new daily deviation rate after fixing!

I think the article in a nutshell needs a little more technical details too! Not only your personal feelings!

By the way the watch on hand looks very classy you can figure out that it is a Breitling, it feels very confortable on the wrist , the metal bracelet is very good in heavy wearing conditions namely you can go bathing or simply washing your hand with soap and so! The folding clasp looks a little bit obsolete but it is bullet proof! I think it is a calibre 13 which is pretty good ! You can easily take out a chronometer from it!

Cheers amigos

droo
droo

Hi there

Definitely the most elegant line of chronograph (as well as watches) that Breitling is manufacturing. I personnaly love blue dials but in this case I prefer the black version. The watch is big but the 46mm are fitting my wrist OK and, furthermore, the watch is sitting great with perfect balance (I love mesh but it does not fit every watch). The friction clasp that many seem to dislike is aethetically great but a bit cumbersome to open. Lisibility is PERFECT, I would like to have the day and I miss it badly, I also like to have chronometry in the dark (not so useful to the majority but I work in film industry so I need it). To end, I would love to have this Breitling Superocean  FOREVER then die and get burried with it (to watch the chrono in my coffin)...

Cheers !

Frauss
Frauss

The operative word is shiny.

DanielPatrick35
DanielPatrick35

I love ABTW and read it religiously but this is quite literally the first time I've ever opened up the email only to see the EXACT watch I was wearing - well, except mine has a black crocodile strap with white stitching rather than the mesh bracelet. Nevertheless, I've never geeked out over this blog more than this particular review. As for my impressions, I second the writer's dislike for the friction clasp. A pusher would've been much better.

CG
CG

Nice... bought a Helson with the same attributes. Great mesh band and a bright blue on this. Breitling has of late seemed to emphasize the jewelry aspect of their watches; diamonds, contrasting gold etc hence the Bling of It All! Turn off for me but this line is quite handsome in a very masculine way.

SuperStrapper
SuperStrapper

I'm a fan of this line of watches from Breitling. Not much to say on it - I like, but not lust. I actually don;t have a Breitling in my home lineup for some reason, although I think I'm leaning more towards something with B1. 

Ulysses31
Ulysses31

Love the Super Oceans but I think the dial is too light in colour here.  That's fine though, since they already make one with a darker blue dial and matching bezel which i've been ogling for some years.

Panagiotis
Panagiotis

Love the whole SOH line!!! The 42mm blue 3 hander with mesh is close to perfection IMO.

MarkCarson
MarkCarson

The SuperOcean Heritage is about the only Brietling line that don't blind me with bling. Great looking watch. Glad that you are overall happy with it. I love the blue sunray dial. The lack of lumed pips at 3, 6, and 9 seems odd to me as there certainly is room for it and the 12 is differently shaped so the pattern is not needed for orientation.

WatchGuru
WatchGuru

@aleximd2000 Hi there. The movement is the ubiquitous 7750, no need to say much about that one. The rate difference after the adjustment was amazing. It went from being out about 1-2 min every 24 hours to less than a few seconds in that same period of time. Thanks!

MarkCarson
MarkCarson

@droo But is a12 hour chrono counter enough when timing eternity?

WatchGuru
WatchGuru

@CG I agree with you. I also can't bring myself to get used to the new bezel numerals on the new SuperOceans.

WatchGuru
WatchGuru

@Ulysses31 The pics were taken in pretty bright sunlight but yeah, the dial is lighter than my Steelfish.

WatchGuru
WatchGuru

@MarkCarson You know, I never even realized there was a sunray pattern to the dial until you mentioned it and I looked more closely at the photos I took! Good catch.