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Breitling Chronoliner Watch

Breitling Chronoliner Watch Watch Releases

I wouldn’t have believed it unless I saw it with my own eyes, but would you guess that Breitling – the company with its own jet team (and jet man) – is releasing a new pilot watch for 2015? I know, amazing and totally unexpected! All jesting aside, the new Breitling Chronoliner is a really decent-looking and not top-of-the-line-priced aviator watch that harkens back to the beauty and grace of Breitling’s 1950s and 1960s design. It even comes complete with a “panda dial,” so I think the Breitling Chronoliner is going to be a hit for the brand this year.

At “just” 46mm wide, the polished steel-cased Breitling Chronoliner is a typical size for the brand these days. In my opinion, with its modestly-sized lugs and lack of crown guard, the Breitling Chronoliner ought to wear boldly but comfortably. Given Breitling’s current style and demographic, 46mm in case diameter seems to be their sweet spot. And here, it is mixed with a vintage-style case complete with plunger chronograph pushers. What might be more exciting for Breitling fans is the rotating bezel material.

Breitling Chronoliner Watch Watch Releases

Breitling Chronoliner Watch Watch Releases

For what I believe is the first time (or it’s a rare occasion) Breitling uses black ceramic for the bezel on the Breitling Chronoliner. I am pretty sure there have been some black-cased Breitling models, but I don’t recall any that have had steel cases mixed with black ceramic. This follows a trend set forth by many other brands. In this instance, it makes a lot of sense, because this black bezel on steel case combo is something borrowed from Breitling’s history. Though in the past, the black bezels were merely painted metal and prone to wear. Black ceramic does not wear off, so the color and shine remain forever, so long as the bezel is not physically broken.

This same vintage look extends to the dial which offers remarkable composure and design abstinence compared to some modern Breitling watches, which, according to some people, go a bit far in terms of textures, fonts, and colors. The only real color breaking up the mostly monochromatic dial of the Breitling Chronoliner is the red-tipped GMT hand. The slightly recessed contrast-colored subdials are slick-looking as well. Also note that in addition to the 24-hour scale on the rotating bezel, there is a fixed 24-hour scale on the dial – allowing skilled users to track three separate time zones with the Breitling Chronoliner.

Breitling Chronoliner Watch Watch Releases

Breitling Chronoliner Watch Watch Releases

Attached to the Breitling Chronoliner case is either the Breitling “Ocean Classic” mesh metal steel bracelet or the standard Navitimer bracelet. I would probably prefer the latter, because try as I might, I can’t seem to find “Milanese” mesh metal bracelets all that amazing for daily wear. The Breitling Chronoliner will also likely look fantastic on the right straps. Think of how cool this would look on the right color and textured brown strap.


The Breitling Chronoliner is water resistant to 100 meters and fitted with an AR-coated sapphire crystal. Inside the watch is the Breitling calibre 24, which is a Swiss ETA Valjoux 7754. This is a Valjoux 7750 automatic chronograph with a GMT hand. Operating at 4Hz, the 7754 has about two days of power reserve. The movements in the Breitling Chronoliner watches are further all COSC Chronometer certified. The movement offers the time with a 12-hour chronograph and the date. I am actually happy to see that Breitling chose to use an ETA movement for the Breitling Chronoliner versus one of their in-house made movements. Not that their in-house movements are bad – but rather that they make for a very expensive watch. In addition to their $8,000 plus watches, I think Breitling needs more options in the $4,000 – $6,000 range – which is hopefully where the 2015 Breitling Chronoliner is going to be priced.



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  • Ulysses31

    I too am surprised at how decent-looking this is – just not $8000 decent.  Does it signal a new design direction for Breitling?  I sure hope so.  The only thing is, I don’t like Milanese bracelets on watches with standard lugs, because of the gaps it creates.  They only get away with it on a Super Ocean Heritage because that is such a handsome watch and those lugs are beefier than here.

  • phb

    Looks sweet but you lost me at 46mm! Now just need to wait for an ‘asian wrist size’ version in 42mm or less then we can talk!

  • thebalancecock

    Very nice looking but 46mm?  I mean come on.

  • petachr

    love it.  46mm is a little larger than I had hoped.. 42 or 44 in the wheelhouse but we’ll have to see what it looks like in person.  Hope it’s priced like a SOH.

  • I’ll wait for the women’s edition at 40mm and have a great watch. Just gotta get used to a MOP dial with diamond hour markers…

  • The polished Milanese bracelet looks out of place with the black bezel and dial to my eye. A black DLC or PVD case with a black strap or bracelet would be fine. Or if the dial was silver then the black bezel might be OK with the current Milanese bracelet. And while I like panda dials, this one only serves to highlight the 775x movement’s 6, 9, 12 subdial layout which I sort of tired of (with its lack of symmetry). If the running seconds subdial at 9 was in black then it would not bother me as much. Or they could have used an ETA 7753 which has a 3, 6, 9 set of subdials – but then they would have lost the pilot oriented GMT hand. Outside of the bracelet (and minor subdial) issue, I really like that this is so clean looking for a Breitling (especially compared to the overwhelming dials on Navitimers).

  • MisterDeal

    This is a beautiful watch. I want to add a highbrow chrono that uses one of the 7750 family movements: I tried the wonderful Vulcain Aviation Instrument earlier this year, & was thinking about IWC Aquatimer 3719 or maybe a Speedmaster as well. This, however, proves quite a contender! The Chronoliner really does embody/distill the kind of expressive design ethos that makes vintage Breitlings both so iconic, surprising, & distinctive. In a very different way than the manufacture’s current models, this embodies the Breitling aesthetic where, when successful, marries the maximal & minimal beautifully. Less is definitely more, baby… I actually love the Milanese strap as well, although MarkCarson makes very good & cogent points to the contrary.

  • MisterDeal

    MarkCarson I think this might be a watch that really comes alive on the right NATO strap. It would be nice if there was a Breitling-signed NATO option for a piece like this the way, say, Omega has done of late… (Although jeez, they are expensive for what they are!)

  • MisterDeal MarkCarson I don’t dislike the Milanese bracelet, only the color contrast issue. Cheers.

  • 5803822

    This could have been built anytime in the last 40 years – so whats new ? too big too boring.

  • iamcalledryan

    Did Rolex tell Breitling they would beat them up if they used a large GMT arrow-head? It’s so tiny, the anti-Master II.
    And what on earth are those chrono minute markers up to?

  • iamcalledryan

    I say go with a Milanese NATO strap and accept that the scratches are the price of cool.

  • Jimxxx

    trying to please everybody, yet pleasing no one fully…

  • Waltermaximus

    That’s very good looking, but im with everybody here, a 42mm one would be the hot ticket

  • MarkCarson I may have liked this more had it been 40-42mm and used their B01 movement either in manual or auto (but that would have jacked the price upwards). Could go either way with second time zone…with or without.

  • 5803822

    It seems that while the Japanese keep their watch sizes within the realm of common sense – i.e within 38mm to 43mm – the Swiss don’t seem to give a stuff as regards the comments that appear with monotonous regualarity on this (and other ) websites

    • Fester Fuchs

      Just buy a Rolex. Btw, have you seen how many people are on the Rolex forums begging them to make their watches bigger? Surely it ok for people with large wrists to have one company who makes watches that fit?

  • marbstiu

    The bezel is shate.

  • marbstiu

    MarkCarson MisterDeal 50 shades of white

  • MikeinFrankfurt

    I like the colors and contrast but 46mm…just too darn big.  And the price for a movement that everyone is using is tough to swallow.  Anyhow, this plus the recent monopusher announcement does make me look forward to what else is planned from Breitling.

    As an option, I do realize that the Breitling name carries more prestige than Sinn, but one can grab a 103 with the same GMT complication movement (not COSC certified) in a more human 41mm case for A LOT less.  So much less, in fact, that a luxury vacation to a second time zone with your new watch could likely be afforded.

  • Like Jimxxx mentions below, it’s trying to please everybody but fails in really “speaking” to anyone. And yes the diapal Sinn chrono is more attractive and at half the price.

    Btw, I love mesh/milanese. If it were up to me, I would put it on EVERYTHING (including my dog)

  • Lkcons


  • Lkcons

    5803822 For some of us (built like sh…brickhouses, in this case an old and overweight sh..brickhouse) 43-45 and sometimes even larger is fine
    with smaller watches well..looking ridiculous. All depends on who you
    are & how you are put together and that has nothing to do with
    “common sense”. There is no such thing as “ideal” watch sizes. As I have noted regularly on this (and other) websites. Yawn.

  • Love that buzzsaw bezel, but I bet it would look better on a Pro bracelet.

  • hatster

    Panagiotis I am with you on the mesh/milanese.

  • dahcd

    Nice looking watch, but at 46mm it would be in place for a mountain gorilla.
    Have not the Swiss heard of 42-43mm watches in this style.

  • shinytoys

    dahcd you crack me up:)

  • shinytoys

    Lkcons 5803822 I love looking ridiculous, and I have a small wrist:) Bring on the 50’s and the 52’mm.

  • shinytoys

    I love this watch. It’s a Breitling, it’s supposed to be  huge 🙂 I have a smaller wrist and wear watches that are 50-52 mm in circumference. The watches clearly get noticed, but I like that. At the same time, depending on where I am going, bigger is not better, and attention is not what I seek. Admittedly, a 42-44 mm circumference watch with roughly a 12-14 mm thickness looks “correct” on my arm. I simply am not correct all the time. In fact, it’s a 50-50 coin tosses what I’m going to do. Half the time I don’t even know, lol. 

    Have a most awesome day all you crazy watch people at ABTW…

  • bichondaddy

    dahcd Hey, hey, hey!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  I resemble that remark!!!!!!!!!!   Us Silverback sized guys need watches that look normal on us too ya know!!!!!!!  There’s plenty of Hamilton pilot style watches for you guys who like smaller watches!!  LOL….

  • bichondaddy

    Chaz_Hen I’m sure Invicta will come out with one with plenty of bling !!!!

  • Shawnnny

    At first glance, I thought this watch was a diver. But that’s ok, because this watch is pure beauty, class and sofistication all rolled into one. I think it might be my new favorite watch! Why doesn’t Ferrari make Breitling it’s official watch instead of that H Blow crap?

  • joblow

    I like this watch.  While 46mm is larger than I am used to, the diameter is surmountable.

     The watch comes with a choice of Ocean Classic or Navitimer bracelets per Breitling’s website.

  • egznyc

    I’m right with you with regard to the lack of symmetry, although I actually really do like the overall look of the dial. I just wish it were a few mm smaller (and these Valjouxs are always a little thicker than I like). As for the SS mesh, I could go either way. The case – other than bezel – is polished SS, after all 😉

  • flaviothepage

    46 mm? No, thanks.

  • somethingnottaken

    Probably too big for me at 46mm; however, with it’s (relatively) simple dial this is one of the few modern Breitling designs I like (along with the Transocean and one or two of their analog + digital superquartz models).

  • bnabod

    It  looks nice not the usual Breitling bling but 46mm is too big in my view.
    ETA 7754 is nice yes not jaw dropping and I am the guy that always b%tches about price and this one is no exemption. is it at 8K or between 4 and 6? not exactly the same thing. At 4K it would still be pricey in my book yet reasonablishish.

  • sigp226

    One of the few Breitlings I would consider to be attractive and pleasing to the eye and if priced right i.e. less than 5 k I would consider purchasing. It has a few flaws (that everyone seems to already have pointed out) and I agree with most of them but I would still walk across the room to the case to take a look at it. I am intrigued by the Milanese strap, and I would have to wear it for several days to see if it could put up with me and my abuse.

  • Jimxxx

    coz Bentley got there first.

  • Jimxxx

    Dion’t you mean ‘resent’ instead of ‘resemble’…? Or is that Silverback lingo ?:)

  • Jimxxx No, he meant “resemble” – its a standard variation on “resent”( which is the normal reaction to an unflattering inference). Cheers

  • bichondaddy

    MarkCarson Jimxxx Mark is right Jimxxx…when you are 6’6″ and weigh in at about 350 lbs…..well….you get the picture!!!!  LOL

  • Josh Crockett

    Love the opening sarcasm!

  • Josh Crockett

    catherin Thank you for your beautiful comment to share it with all of us.

  • Chronic

    Panagiotis I envy your dog. BTW, what is the canine’s wrist size?

  • Fester Fuchs

    The watch is gorgeous but $9300 RRP in Australia for Valjoux is too hard to swallow. Put in the B04 and I’ll give you the money tomorrow.

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