Why does Breitling need to continually tease me? I have really liked the Superocean Heritage line of watch every since they came out a few years ago, and they just keep upping the ante with watches that I want. Well here are the second line of chronograph watches for the collection. The first were simply the Superocean Heritage Chronograph watches with Valjoux 7750 movements, but these limited edition models have a sweet bi-compax subdial array which is infinitely more classic and “heritage” in style. Instead of using a Valjoux 7750 automatic movement, the watches uses a Breitling Caliber 23, which is a Valjoux 7753 automatic mechanical movement. Instead of a 12 hour chronograph, it is a 30 minute chronograph, and the date is placed in a nice little window at 6 o’clock. The movement has also been certified as a COSC Chronometer.
This limited edition comes in three dial colors, each with a funny name, “Black Volcano, Silver” (ok not such a funny name), and “Gun Stratus Blue.” That last one probably yielded a product name marketing specialist employee of the month award right? Each watch will be limited to just 1000 pieces in each color. The black and silver dial models make total sense with the contrasting subdials and red hands for the chronograph dial and look good. Things get a little iffy with the blue dial version – that while nice, seems like an after-thought as matched to the black. I think that it would have looked better with a matching blue bezel, and maybe something else for the subdials. Say a lighter colored of metallic blue? Or something. It isn’t a bad look, but it doesn’t really look refined enough. Just my initial thoughts, you can feel free to disagree.
As a limited edition the three watches in the Superocean Heritage Chronograph Limited Edition collection are meant to celebrate the 125th anniversary of Breitling. A small touch that is hard to notice in the images is that the Breitling “B” is done in 18k gold, located above the name at 12 o’clock. The watch is still 46mm wide and 200 meters water resistant, and the crystal is double AR coated and sapphire. I still like the minimalist rotating bezel. Lastly, nothing new for the bracelet or strap. Still the “port hole” rubber strap of the vintage style mesh metal bracelet. Both look pretty good here. Not sure about cost yet, likely $5,000 – $6,000 retail.See Breitling watches on Amazon here. [phpbay]breitling superocean, num, “14324”, “”[/phpbay]