September 17, 2014
by Ariel Adams
It is nice to see a “smaller” version of the case that Breitling debuted for the Emergency II. Smaller is a relative term because the Cockpit B50 is not a small watch, at 46m wide – and it ain’t thin either. With those wide lugs, the Breitling Cockpit B50 is going to wear quite large. Recall that the Breitling Emergency II watch is 51mm wide (and feels it). As you know, I am not against large watches, but in this instance, the watches will quite literally be too large for some people’s wrists.
Most of the Breitling Cockpit B50 watches will come with titanium cases, however, there is also a PVD black steel case option. We don’t have pictures of the black version yet, but it is worth noting that it does exist. You can also see that Breitling will offer a few dial colors, including gray, blue, and black. I think most people will opt for the watch in a titanium case, given that it doesn’t really cost more in titanium (actually less than the steel version), and will be much less heavy on the wrist.
Attached to the Breitling Cockpit B50 watch, Breitling will offer a matching titanium bracelet, or a rubber strap for both the titanium and steel version. The case will be water resistant to 100 meters (which isn’t bad), and over the crystal is an AR-coated sapphire crystal. The rotating bezel can be used for navigational purposes. Overall, the Breitling Cockpit B50 is a pretty cool watch, and does up the ante of what you get with a high-end quartz watch. Personally, I don’t care if parts of it are made in-house at Breitling or not, but the exclusive new movement is nevertheless cool. Further, being a quartz watch, people know that it is going to be much more accurate than anything mechanical – hence why Breitling still continues to produce watches in their “Professional” collection.
The Breitling Cockpit B50 in titanium on the rubber strap is priced at $6,595, and $7,200 on the. titanium bracelet. The Breitling Cockpit B50 in black PVD-coated steel is priced at $8,500 on rubber. All versions should be available now. breitling.com