Breitling Superocean Heritage Red Gold Watches Hands-On

Breitling Superocean Heritage Red Gold Watches Hands-On

Breitling Superocean Heritage Red Gold Watches Hands On   hands on

I’ve lost count of the number of sizes and variations Breitling has released in the Superocean Heritage collection. The great looking diver range remains one of my favorites in the Breitling line-up, but there are so many versions I have a feeling the top brass at Breitling can’t even name them all. So let’s see what I know. The Superocean Heritage is/was available in 38mm, 42mm, 44mm, and 46mm wide sizes. It comes/came as a three-hander, three-hander with subsidiary seconds dial, and two chronograph versions. Then there are the oodles of dial and bezel color variations, and right there is where it gets really murky. For example you can get an all black version. A black dial with a green bezel. A green bezel with a green dial, and the list goes on. I guess Breitling just wants to make sure there is a Superocean Heritage for just about everybody.

So here is one more reason to check out the popular dive watch range. Seen here are two versions of the “Red Gold” collection. These versions of the Superocean Heritage (and regular Superocean) come with 18k red gold bezels and matching hands. What I like is that you get the two-tone watch treatment, but the prices aren’t that much higher than the all steel models. Look pretty nice to boot.

Breitling Superocean Heritage Red Gold Watches Hands On   hands on

Breitling Superocean Heritage Red Gold Watches Hands On   hands on

What you see here are 42 and 44mm wide versions of the Superocean Heritage. The 42mm wide version is a three-hander with a Breitling Caliber 17 (base Swiss ETA) automatic movement, while the 44mm wide version is the bi-compax chronograph version of the watch. A full three-counter version of the Superocean Heritage is available in the 46mm wide size (which also has a three-hand version). The Chronograph has the Breitling Caliber 22 automatic movement inside (which is a base Swiss ETA 7750).

The bezel insert is impressively made and fits in with the tool watch demeanor of the piece. At the same time it does have a slightly more blingy look to it that I think enough people will enjoy. The 18k red gold insert is polished all around, while satinized sections are cut in at the five minute markers. Of course, as the piece is a diver, the bezel rotates. All Breitling Superocean Heritage models are water resistant to 200 meters. For a more “serious” dive watch experience they have plenty of other options.

Breitling Superocean Heritage Red Gold Watches Hands On   hands on

Breitling Superocean Heritage Red Gold Watches Hands On   hands on

If the 46mm wide size is too large for you and the older 38mm wide size was too small, either the 42 or 44mm wide versions are probably just right. I so like the fit of them both, and agree with Breitling in offering a slightly different version of the chronograph in the 44 and 46mm wide sizes. While it might seem like an unnecessary addition, the 18k red gold bezel options are quite nice if you are looking for a more sophisticated look with the minimalist design that marks the Superocean Heritage line. The best part is that it still looks very much like a diver. It goes without saying that Breitling offers these on a range of straps from rubber, to leather, and of course the Classic Ocean bracelet which is an interesting and acquired taste. The Breitling Superocean Heritage Red Gold Chronograph retails for about $7,000 – $7,500 depending on the strap/bracelet. breitling.com

11 comments
mlopicic
mlopicic

I have bought a Breitling Watch AB0110 – Chronomat 01. From the very beginning once the clock was winded and adjusted it was running fast. Every 15 days it was running fast some 5 minutes. The watch was returned to the local Breitling retailer in Montenegro (Monte Jewelry and Watches)and the watch wassent for calibration to the main Service in Belgrade. After calibration the watch was fully winded and adjusted and it was also running 5 minutes ahead for the period of 15 days. After the second calibration and service the watch is now running some 4 minutes slow for the period of 20 days.
I urge everyone not to buy Breitling watches as they are not good value for money and if the watch is faulty like in my case you will not get the right customer treatment. I have to sue the local retailer in order to get a replacement. I cant believe that I could have all these problems with a “renowned” watch manufacturer such as Breitling. My advice is - stay away from Breitling. Please feel free to contact me about my ordeal +38269234565.

DanielPatrick35
DanielPatrick35

My only problem with the Superocean Heritage line is the lack of a Pro II bracelet or, if not that, then a contemporary bracelet of any kind. I understand that this is supposed to be a throwback diver of sorts but what sets Breitling apart is choice - when you buy one, you choose between a rainbow of heads, several strap colors in rubber and leather, bracelets and even between tang and deployment buckles. This gorgeous watch? The only bracelet is that awful metallic mesh. I know they're going for a chain mail look but how many divers actually "dive"? That bracelet is the ony thing that's stopped me from adding a green/black Superocean Heritage to the watch box.

hobycook
hobycook

I love my two Breitlings; a nicely aging steel Chronomat with rolleaux bracelet and a RG Montrbrillant Olympus R19350, but I don't get these Breitling divers at all.  The mesh bracelet (which I would normally love) is especially strange in the way it mounts to the lugs via a cheap-looking tube that makes it looks like a 3rd party add-on.  Even two separate Breitling dealers I have visited have agreed that many customers make this comment on the bracelet.  But aesthetics aside, why would you spend this kind of money on an aging ETA 7750 movement in a 200m / 600' rated closed back case, when for roughly the same $$ you can have your choice of a 42mm or 45.5mm Omega PO (232.30.42.21.01.001 or  232.30.46.21.01.001) ceramic bezel with the new twin-barrel 8500, 60 hour reserve movement - exquisitely finished and visible through its sapphire case back in a case rated for 600m / 2000 feet?  

Neil C
Neil C

The return of the Leather Band, let us all rejoice!

These are my favorite current Breitlings, in Steel.   Historically the Breitling 1806 Chronomatic(?) is my fav.

SuperStrapper
SuperStrapper

Not for me, but I understand why these versions exist. What I don't understand, is the last version shown, with the rubber strap. I know that strap well, it is very nice. I also get that this is a 'dive' watch, and the rubber is a 'dive' strap. But a worse combo I've not seen yet this week (I spend way too much time considering watch/strap combos, so I'm actually saying something there). The rubber just totally cheapens the red gold look: makes me think more about red gold PVD treatment than actual commodity materials.

The mesh on the other hand, is delicious. That's right, I tasted it. Tastes like awesome.

Ryan B
Ryan B

This is one of the few by Breitling that I could wear, it's not too busy.

Panagiotis
Panagiotis

The ONLY thing i would add is a lume pip on the bezel... apart from that, the 42mm offers submariner-level versatility and weability in a fantastic package! And the mesh bracelet is my favorite--if only they would make them less expensive--you could buy another watch with the prices of Breitling bracelets...

MarkCarson
MarkCarson

I'm guessing the rose gold bezel is hard to photograph. It does not have much chromatic contrast  in the photos. But I'll bet it looks pretty sweet in person on the black rubber strap.

I like the clean look of the bezel (without the typical minute marks up to 15 or 20 minutes), but strictly speaking that is not required for an ISO 6425 dive watch, so no problem there! Too pretty and  costly to actually take into the ocean, but what a nice looking desk diver and sport watch. I like the bi-compax chrono, but both are nice.

Ulysses31
Ulysses31

I've always loved this particular Breitling; it's just so un-Breitling-like it's actually attractive.  Red gold... I think it works on a watch like this as it isn't as blingy and showy as yellow gold.

hobycook
hobycook

@mlopicic Ouch! That's terrible.  Maybe the bad old days of Breitlings with ETA 7750's weren't so bad after all!