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Breitling Aerospace Evo Watch E7936310/C869 Hands-On

Breitling Aerospace Evo Watch E7936310/C869 Hands-On Hands-On

There is a lot of similarity between the outgoing and new Aerospace Evo watches at first glance. The dial retains the polished 12, 3, 6, and 9 o'clock hour numerals and font. Gone is the flange ring, with Breitling opting instead for a flatter dial that includes both the minute markers and the hour markers. There are full Arabic numerals on the dial, with eight of them being painted in lume. Probably the most controversial change in the Aerospace Evo are the new hands. Breitling's Aerospace hands have been a hallmark of the collection for over 25 years. The new hands look a bit more modern, but have less lume than before and a different design. They aren't bad (perhaps a bit thin and small), but just very different. The old Aerospace hands were iconic but also modern looking and functional.

Color-wise there are at least three dial options to choose from at first. We've been able to photograph two of them including the blue and slate gray dials. There is also a lighter gray dial available. Expect probably more versions to come in the future. The bezel around the dial is slightly changed, but barely so. There is a larger lume pip at the 60 minute marker, but overall it is the same excellent Breitling style uni-directional rotating bezel that people so closely identify with the brand.

Breitling Aerospace Evo Watch E7936310/C869 Hands-On Hands-On

Breitling Aerospace Evo Watch E7936310/C869 Hands-On Hands-On

Breitling Aerospace Evo Watch E7936310/C869 Hands-On Hands-On

We don't know all of the bracelet and strap options, but there are bound to be a few choices. We expect most people to opt for the excellent three-link titanium bracelet, but Breitling will also offer the Aerospace Evo on their rubber straps. Overall, Breitling retains much of what people love about the Aerospace and just added a millimeter to the size, upping it to 43mm wide. The titanium case and bracelet are well-made, light, and look great. Overall, the Aerospace is as handsome as ever, and one of the tops picks for a good looking Swiss tool watch when accuracy and functionality are more useful than "horology." This is among the few quartz watches I'd proudly put next to my collection of mechanical watches.

Pricing for the 2013 Breitling Evo ref. E7936310/C869 watches is pretty much on par with the outgoing model save for a moderate price increase of under $200. Available now in Breitling retailers, the Aerospace Evo has a price of $4,225.

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  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

    • 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.

  • Kris C

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

  • 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 🙂

  • Ryan B

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

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

    • 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.

  • spoonr5702

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

    • koala_sy

      no, still not, and the minute hand can not align with the marker, they never fix these issue

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