Breitling Transocean Watch Hands-On

Breitling Transocean Watch Hands-On

Breitling Transocean Watch Hands On   hands on

While I am not the type of guy who is that interested in vintage style watches, there are a lot of excellent exceptions such as the newer Breitling Transocean. When Breitling shared this piece with me I immediately liked it. Sure it is a retro-type piece, but ti is not a watch that is overtly "retro." I would rather suggest it is a traditionally styled watch - something that has a more timeless quality than looking as though it is stuck in a past era.

Breitling Transocean Watch Hands On   hands on

Breitling Transocean Watch Hands On   hands on

Breitling Transocean Watch Hands On   hands on

Last year Breitling introduced the chronograph version of the Transocean called that Transocean Chronograph. This piece does feel a bit more retro than the newer three-hand model. A lot of that has to do with the design of the pushers, style of tachymetre scale on the dial, as well as the chronograph subdials. Both the Transocean Chronograph and more simple Transocean are great looking watches and you don't need to think of yourself as being at all retro when wearing them.

Breitling Transocean Watch Hands On   hands on

Breitling Transocean Watch Hands On   hands on

Breitling Transocean Watch Hands On   hands on

The watches come in 43mm wide steel or 18k red gold cases that are water resistant to 100 meters. Breitling's typical high level of polish and case finishing are of course present. The high-quality manner in which Breitling presents their watches is really one of their major selling points. With aggressively sized lugs the watch wears large but still has a tasteful look on the wrist. Typical for Breitling, the Transocean models are offered with a number of dial colors. Each looks good in my regard be it light or dark in tone. The applied hour markers and long strips of white lume through the hands ensure that legibility is high - that and the AR coated sapphire crystal (that is domed like older acrylic crystals).

Breitling Transocean Watch Hands On   hands on

Breitling Transocean Watch Hands On   hands on

Breitling Transocean Watch Hands On   hands on

Lots of little things keep the watches looking classy. In addition to the high-level of fit and finish, the dials have nice applied date windows that those cool cross-hairs that always make dials look somehow better. Overall the Transocean is just a very well proportioned watch that is easy to read and easy on the eyes. Breitling also is able to have this watch pull of a mesh metal bracelet (which is hard to do). Though most people I imagine will opt for the padded leather strap.

Last year's Transocean Chronograph came with Breitling's in-house Calibre 01 automatic movement. The three-hand Transocean from this year has their Calibre 01 automatic movement which I believe is a base ETA 2892. Prices for the Transocean watches range from about $5,000 - $8,000 and make for a very satisfying wearing experience.

17 comments
andmurph
andmurph

So, the saga continues. Fraser Hart Newbury returned my Transocean rose gold with a new movement from Breitling... Engineered with the original serial number to match the case. It kept time well for three days and then stopped after 24hours in its case. Again the watch is back at Breitling UK for a full technical assessment. In 15 months of ownership this £15000 paperweight has spent more than 10 months back at Breitling UK. My dealer at Fraser Hart, Newbury seems to be losing interest and I am going to start legal proceedings for a replacement.

If only they saved the money on Beckham and spent some on customer service!

andmurph
andmurph

Hi, my dealer says it will be back sometime after Christmas with a new movement.... same serial numbers. I suspect it is just sat in a cupboard for another six weeks!  

I am pleased to hear you have better experience. My dealer says he has spoken almost daily to Breitling UK Service Director and this is the best he can do. They also offered a winding box and a leather jacket.

andmurph
andmurph

Breitling make great watches but beware their customer service is worse than most rip off market stalls! at least, this in my experience in the UK. I bought a Transocean Rose Gold Chronograph on November 25th 2012 and since then I have been in possession of it for five months whilst Breitling Service Center UK have had it for eight months. For sure it is a beautiful watch but after a few months it started keeping poor time and stopping at weekends. My dealer in Newbury convinced me to send it back as this is not right on a £15K watch. It was away for 5 months and came back with a new crystal and an additional croc strap. Two days later it stopped three times during the same day. I returned it to the dealer and back to Breitling where it has been ever since. Through the dealer in Newbury Breitling have offered me leather jackets and watch winding boxes - An insult as I originally went in to buy a top quality watch!!! Currently I am told Breitling are building a new movement and that this will take some time as they have to use the same serial number to match the case. For real??? the same serial number?? Replacing the watch with a new one was mentioned by my dealer but considered too expensive. 

In may 2013 I also bought a limited edition SuperOcean that has been very good - My advice steer well clear of the B01 movement and seriously consider other brands that value quality and customer service. May be I'll have a watch back in my possession by February 2014. I will never buy Breitling again or recommend them to anyone for due to this experience. My worst ever shopping mistake!! Be informed and beware.

cl73
cl73

Sorry, but I'm pretty sure it is an inhouse movement... I had sort of thought that was the whole point of these new Breitlings with the higher price tages

dbakiva
dbakiva

I understand Breitling makes a fine watch with excellent fit-and-finish, but their dials have always seemed much too busy for me. Too much stuff that I don't need and would find distracting. But this is a different story. In particular, the 3-hand model you showed is really very classic (and classy) looking. The clean simplicity of the dial, the crosshair design that reminds me of the older Omega Constellations of the 50s and 60s; it's a beauty.

carolyn
carolyn

I never had much feeling for Breitling one way or the other but I love the stainless strap. Very nice.

Bradd
Bradd

Very nice I can’t see paying more than $5K for a time only model with an ETA movement.

Rich B
Rich B

I hate Breitling but this one isn't so bad.

Neil
Neil

Gorgeous watch, but that price is pretty expensive for just a ETA movement. I would rather go with Omega who is atleast making in house movements for alot of their newer pieces.

Jim
Jim

I have to say, I truly love the look of the white/ silver model. At $2K Breitling would have a willing buyer. However, I just can't justify this price when very similar models are available from Tissot (Visodate for 10% of the cost) or Marvin (for 20%). Though the movement in the Breitling may be of a higher grade, I can't see paying more than $5K for a time only model with an ETA movement.

Patrick
Patrick

It's interesting. I dig the black dial on the "simple" model, but the white/silver dial on the chrono.

Ulysses
Ulysses

Handsome watches that don't scream out for attention. I really like that "cross-hair" design on the dial. I reckon the leather-strapped version might have looked nicer with the strap curved at the ends to meet with the case; I don't suppose that's a traditional look but I don't like seeing the gap between the lugs, because it makes it look like you're just using any old after-market strap. I'd still prefer a similar-looking Marvin though.

kris c
kris c

Very nice, espcially, the black-faced chrono on mesh, but they are just so... unBreitling? Scrape the logo off these and I might not guess the right brand with a dozen tries. Weird.

TMS
TMS

Great photos - especially of the chrono, i hadnt seen close ups of these before. I am looking forward to seeing these in the flesh!

ScreenAngel
ScreenAngel

@andmurph I'm sorry to hear of your problems with your Transocean and with Breitling customer service.  My experience with my Transocean Chrono has been the opposite.  The watch is extremely accurate, has never faltered or stopped and the long power reserve proven very reliable.  Everything I have heard and read about the B01 movement has been very positive, and I believe it is one of the best new manufacture movements on the market.  Clearly, you got a bad one, and if it were mine, I wouldn't hesitate to call and write Breitling until I got satisfaction or a refund.  I once had a Blancpain with similar issues, and my dealer insisted on replacing it with a new watch.  That's what your dealer should be arranging with Breitling.


In the past, I've had good experiences with Breitling service in the US, so when the time comes to have this watch serviced, I will keep your poor experience in mind.  

ScreenAngel
ScreenAngel

The TO chrono uses the new Breitling B01 inhouse movement, with 70 hour reserve and 47 jewels.  Great watch.  I know, I own one.

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