Small pips at the top of each hour marker are lumed with the exception of those opposite the 3 o’clock and 9 o’clock markers. The 12 o’clock position contains a lumed triangle. But, the bezel indicators are not lumed so that more-or-less eliminates this watch from timing deeper dives (where visibility is poorer) using the bezel. Since we’re on the subject, this watch is good for 20 ATM – 200 meters or 660 feet of underwater exploration.
Around the edge of the bezel are tiny screws whose purpose I cannot fathom. They may serve to hold the bezel against a track or perhaps used to adjust friction. More likely, they are decorative only. The pushers are a joy to use and engage with a nice solid feeling. The watch, of course, contains a screw-down crown which is signed with the usual “B.” It’s angled enough that it is quite easy to operate.
As I mentioned before, I love the bracelet which contains a friction clasp….the only part of the watch I don’t like. The flip-up friction overclasp is difficult to grasp and I often need a small metal object to open it up. Why Breitling continues to use this design is beyond me. A pushbutton clasp would be much more luxury oriented and be a valuable commodity to the bracelet.
The watch measures a nice (for me anyway) 46mm in diameter not including the pushers. It’s a bit thick at 15mm but the convex base plate fits nicely into the wrist and it wears thinner than you would think. I can wear this watch with all my dress shirts including those with tighter French cuffs and links. The lug width is a pretty standard 24mm so finding other straps/bracelets to change up the look will be an easy task.
As I’ve been wearing the watch fairly often, the photos do show my Breitling with a few signs of wear, especially on the clasp.
Have you ever bought something and then been upset because it doesn’t live up to your expectations? This purchase was a bit like that for me. Let me explain. As I started wearing the watch all day at the office, I noticed that the time seemed a bit off after about four to six hours.
As a COSC certified watch, I really didn’t expect to notice any rate issues without going to the trouble of testing the accuracy. So, I decided to test my casual observation of the lack of accuracy by performing some measurements. I found that the watch was fast by about fifteen to thirty seconds per day. Outside the accuracy limits of the COSC standard. I was disappointed, but it’s something that can be regulated by a watchmaker. During transit or wear, watches can become de-regulated or slightly magnetized which can cause this to occur.
As many of you know, sending a watch like this in for repair is a royal PITA. You have to find the repair depot, prepare the watch for shipping, cart the whole thing over to a courier, pay for the shipping, pay for the insurance and then wait, and wait and wait.
Well, I lucked out. I happened to be on Catherine Street in Montreal one day and found a boutique called La Swiss featuring Breitling and a few other brands. They took care of everything for me and about three weeks later I got the call saying the watch was ready.
Happy to report that it’s now my most rate accurate automatic, keeping excellent time. How the watch became so badly adjusted in the first place I’ll never know.
From an attire perspective, the watch works great for just about every occasion. It looks good with jeans and a t-shirt, suit and tie and I guess, with scuba gear.
This model can be had for around $4,500.00 to $5,000.00 USD and comes in a variety of dial and bezel colors. Bezels can be had in black, blue and gold, the dials in blue and silver and a there’s a huge variety of straps and bracelets. More info can be had here at breitling.com.
>Model: SuperOcean Heritage Chrono 46 Special Edition
>Would reviewer personally wear it: Yes
>Friend we’d recommend it to first: Guy who wants one luxury watch that can do it all
>Best characteristic of watch: Looks very classy
>Worst characteristic of watch: Fold-over clasp on the bracelet