Breitling Aerospace Evo Watch E7936310/C869 Hands-On

Breitling Aerospace Evo Watch E7936310/C869 Hands-On

Breitling Aerospace Evo Watch E7936310/C869 Hands On   hands on

Breitling has released a brand new version (available now) of the legendary Aerospace watch for 2013 called the Aerospace Evo. Breitling originally released the Aerospace in 1985 under the Navitimer collection to be a high-end quartz watch that contained an ETA-made analog-digital movement called the SuperQuartz. The idea was for the Aerospace to be a super accurate futuristic flight watch, and at the time it certainly was. For 2013 the Aerospace Evo undergoes a minor evolution from the last Aerospace with a new dial, and new case that is a bit larger than before.

If you like the idea of a high-performance tool watch that is Swiss then the Aerospace is an excellent option. In all titanium, the case is light and sits very comfortably on the wrist. It helps that it is relatively thin as well. The outgoing Aerospace watch was 42mm wide, and it is now up to 43mm wide. It is a little step up in size but it does help the Aerospace to feel more modern. Nevertheless, the comfort and feeling of versatility are still there.

Breitling Aerospace Evo Watch E7936310/C869 Hands On   hands on

Breitling Aerospace Evo Watch E7936310/C869 Hands On   hands on

We last covered the Aerospace some time ago in 2009 when Breitling refreshed the dials a bit. That was a while ago, but really not too much new has developed in this area as Breitling has only released a few new quartz watches each year. Nevertheless, Breitling is dedicated to its quartz customers and offers more SuperQuartz-based watches than any other Swiss brand that I know of. We've written about SuperQuartz in the past discussing the technology more. It is also known as a thermocompensated quartz movement. Why is it super? Well mostly because of accuracy. While a normal quartz movement is accurate to within about 15 seconds a month, SuperQuartz movements are accurate to within about 10 seconds a year.

They do this by being able to compensate for variations in timing that come with temperature changes in the movement. Many (but not all) SuperQuartz movements are multi-function movements with digital LCD screens offering more information. In the Aerospace is the Caliber 79 SuperQuartz with two LCD screens and all the functions being operated by the crown. There is also one called the Caliber 78 which has two additional chronograph-style pushers. Features in the watch include two time zones, an alarm, calendar, chronograph, and countdown timer. You can also set the watch to have both the screens blank for a cleaner look. Also, the movement's quality has been tested as a C.O.S.C certified chronometer (which have a different scale for quartz as opposed to the one for mechanical movements).

Breitling Aerospace Evo Watch E7936310/C869 Hands On   hands on

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11 comments
spoonr5702
spoonr5702

Does the new Aerospace Evo exhibit the floating minute hand problem?

dirkpitt_73
dirkpitt_73

Thanks for the write up Ariel, your site has just about the only info on this watch.  Breitling's website has *nothing* on the Evo, which is disappointing.  As someone who has admired the Aerospace for years, this minor refresh may be enough to push me to finally buy one.  I like the larger size, bigger pip, clean/flat dial (the circles and squares motif of the previous recent models never did it for me) and the seemingly larger display.  I don't mind the new hands, easy way to ID the new model too.  I think they'll have a winner, now I just need to find one at a dealer, so far no luck.

Spaceguitar
Spaceguitar

So...for under 1/4 of the price why not just get a Tissot T-Touch II in titanium? I am actually more impressed with the T-Touch's function list than this Breitling. For over $4K, you seem to simply be paying for the name. And maybe 5 seconds per year accuracy?

Now, I am in the minority that thinks this watch looks very nice. Yes, font choices too. But again, this is a pricey quartz bragging piece IMO.

Ryan B
Ryan B

Hideous dial design, I just don't see the beauty in them.

Panagiotis
Panagiotis

Love the watch, not crazy about the hour hand--it reduces visibility for no reason!

Also appreciate the bigger lume pip and (if my eyes don't deceive me) the bigger crown, which was my main gripe with the previous models. As a chronospace owner I would still love to add this little guy to my collection. You can't have too many nice quartz pieces :)

SuperStrapper
SuperStrapper

Not for me then, not for me now. I just can't get into this design.

dempseydunn
dempseydunn

The devil is in the details. Arial, other watch blogs are pushing stock reviews with little to any value. I could have gotten this by looking at the company's website myself. In the past you would give a better description and the changes from the out going model to the new. I have come to expect and enjoy a little insight in your writing but now...  Now this is the quality of your views...unfortunate. So, why is the new Aerospace different than the out going model other than the dial and case size?  You left a reader looking elsewhere for more in-depth coverage.

Ulysses31
Ulysses31

Looks good but somewhat stale, design wise.  I love the inky blue dial.  It's almost the same shade as a solar cell - for the price I think they could include an actual useful innovation like that.  Shouldn't they have skeletonised the longer minute hand instead of the hour, since that is more likely to obscure the LCD displays?  I've never liked that honking great logo - it looks intrusive.  Overall it's a high price to pay for an unexciting timepiece that I wouldn't consider buying unless I had a very specific need for it.  Breitling have nicer pieces than this.

Lesthepom
Lesthepom

Overall I think the watch looks newer and fresher but I agree about the hands if its not broken don't fix it I think the digital displayed are looking a bit dated may be one of the new technologies would have made an up to date looking model the clean lines of the liquid paper displayed would have given it a new look without changing it too radically I have come close to purchasing on on a few occasions as it was one of the best titanium watches I could find until I saw a chopard m/m I may have to have a new look at the Breitling it would be the only quartz in my collection at least with a 10 sec a year accuracy I wouldn't have to change it every time I took it on an outing

aBlogtoWatch
aBlogtoWatch moderator

@dirkpitt_73 My pleasure. I was excited about this piece as well. It is actually available in some Breitling dealers now - Westime in Los Angeles has them I know. Others will soon. Enjoy it.

aBlogtoWatch
aBlogtoWatch moderator

@dempseydunn First of all thank you for reading and taking the time to comment. I'd like to explain our editorial process behind some of the hands-on looks at watches such as this which are new to the market. As of now, information on the Breitling Aerospace Evo is not yet even on Breitling's website, nor have them officially provided information to us. As far as we know, this is the only real hands-on look at these new models available. So no, you can't just go to the brand's website to get this information at the time our article was published on aBlogtoWatch.

 In terms of differences from the outgoing model, we mentioned them. This is simply a slightly updates case and dial. The movement is the same. If there are other minor differences we have yet to learn about them. There are lots of times when the information offered to us from brands is scant and we have only our collective experience and power of observation to communicate details and insight based on a quick look. We encourage people to research the internet for more info where we cannot provide it, but we also do the same when writing up these posts. In this we've offered all the info there is. 

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