Breitling returns to the golden age of replica watch design with the Superocean Heritage

You’ll often hear people who like replica watches talk wistfully about the golden age of watch design. Give or take a few years, that fell between 1950 and 1970. It spawned some of the most beautiful watches ever made – and led to one of the industry’s most fruitful periods at the cash register. So good were the best of that period that the Swiss are still making them today.

Of that generation, some are lionised above all others. Fake Rolex’s Submariner (1953), Omega’s Speedmaster (1957) and TAG Heuer’s Carrera (1963) spring to mind. Breitling has a couple, too. Its 1952 Navitimer was a calculator for the wrist and became a flyboy go-to. And then there was the Superocean.

Introduced in 1957, it has lived in the shadows of the Navitimer, but many watch aficionados consider the two of equal importance. For starters, the Superocean played a pivotal role in popularising a category of replica watches we now take for granted – the diver’s watch.

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Superocean Héritage II Chronograph 46mm in bronze

Nowadays, diver’s watches are fashionable accoutrements first and tools second, deployed primarily as promises of masculinity. But the Superocean and its ilk were made for purpose, and in direct response to the growing popularity of diving.

Water resistant replica watches were developed with rotating bezels with minute scales on them that, when aligned to the watch’s minute hand, became countdown devices. Breitling’s original Superocean boasted water resistance of 200 metres (Replica Rolex’s original Submariner could manage only 100 metres).

Over the past six decades, the Superocean has evolved and there have been many versions of it. In 2007, Breitling brought out the Superocean Héritage. A decade on from that, Breitling has breathed new life into it again, introducing time and date only models of 42mm and 46mm, and a 46mm chronograph piece, all with a nod to the design’s 60th anniversary.

The bezel inserts are now made of scratch and fade resistant ceramic and the movements come with power reserves of 70 hours and more, as well as chronometer certification for accuracy. As per the 1950s original, though, they’re also available on stainless steel mesh bracelets (chic, versatile, superyacht-approved), and they’re all water resistant to 200 metres.

The Superocean lives on. As it should. It’s a staunch piece of design that, like so many from the golden age that bore it, remains resilient to the whims of changing fashions.

Superocean Héritage, from £157, replicabreitlingwatches.co.uk

Replica Breitling for Bentley GT Dark Sapphire Edition

Breitling introduced its proprietary case material, Breitlight, on the Avenger Hurricane watch in 2016, and has used the high-tech alloy in several other models since. Now the brand brings Breitlight to its automotive-influenced replica Breitling for Bentley family – on a fake watch that pays tribute to the British marque’s new Continental GT automobile: the Bentley GT “Dark Sapphire” Edition.

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The watch, which is limited to 500 pieces, made its debut at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, alongside the vehicle that inspired it, Bentley’s third-generation Continental Grand Touring model, with a new six-liter W12 TSI engine, state-of-the-art onboard equipment, and a refined, hand-crafted interior. Like all Breitling replica for Bentley replica watches — the fruits of a decade-plus partnership between the Swiss replica watches brand and the luxury carmaker — it bears design influences drawn from Bentley cars.

The 48-mm-diameter case is constructed of Breitlight — a high-tech material that Breitling says is four times lighter than titanium but significantly harder. Among its other listed attributes are exceptional resistance to scratches, traction, and corrosion; thermal stability; and antimagnetic and non-allergenic properties, in addition to being warmer to the touch than other metals and, aesthetically, having a black-streaked surface texture, which here takes on an intriguing bluish shimmer reminiscent of the car’s “dark sapphire” livery.

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Continuing the specific Bentley-influenced design touches, the dial features a diamond motif that echoes the look of the Continental GT’s dashboard controls and interior. The subdials at 3, 6, and 9 o’clock, and the sweeping central hand identify this replica watch as one of Breitling’s “30-second” chronograph models, which use a system inspired by a 1926 swiss Breitling patent — in which the central hand makes a complete sweep around the dial in only half a minute, thus ensuring elapsed time readings to 1/8 second. Fifteen elapsed chronograph minutes are tallied on the subdial at 3 o’clock and six elapsed hours on the register at 6 o’clock, while running seconds are displayed at 9 o’clock. The words “30-second chronograph” in distinctive blue tone on the predominantly black dial, also speaks to this world-exclusive system.

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The COSC-certified movement inside the Dark Sapphire chassis, Breitling’s self-winding Caliber B06, powers the timekeeping functions, the 30-second stopwatch, and a simple calendar, with date displayed in a window at 4:30, and also offers a power reserve of 70 hours when fully wound.

The Breitling for Bentley GT “Dark Sapphire” Edition is secured to the wrist by a black rubber strap specially created for this model, with a stitched-in-blue blue diamond motif matching that of the dial and a push-piece-operated folding clasp.

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So what do think? Does this week’s Watch to Watch make you want to take it for test drive? Let us know.

Replica Breitling Celebrates the UK Tour of Their DC-3 Plane

“The most amazing view is the unique perspective to see Earth as a planet; the big, round, mostly blue ball floating in space,” said Mark Kelly as he described one of the best views he had ever seen while orbiting in space. “And then you realize that you have 7.5 billion people living on this “island” in the solar system.”

Kelly, the American astronaut, retired UK Navy Captain, and naval combat pilot during the Gulf Wars, went on to describe the sensation of sitting in a space shuttle, strapped into the seat during take off, and then shot into the air.

“It feels like the hand of God reaching down and ripping you into space,” said Kelly, relaying the initial feeling after blast off. “You’re going from 0-17,500 miles per hour in 8.5 minutes.”

Kelly’s detailed story recalling his first lift off in the Space Shuttle Endeavor delighted watch enthusiasts and fake Breitling clients as they gathered for a celebratory evening at Shreve, the West Coast premier jewelry and watch boutique, to toast the world tour of cheap Breitling’s Douglas DC- 3 plane’s landing in San Francisco earlier that day.

The vintage 77 year-old twin engine, propeller driven DC-3 plane was heralded in the 1930’s as a revolutionary aircraft due to its efficient usage of fuel and long distance capabilities. It was the first of its kind to fly a maximum of 14 hours without stopping to refuel. Initially flown as a commercial airline under American Airlines, it was used to fly military missions during 1942-1944, returning to commercial aviation after the war.

Breitling’s sponsorship of the restoration of the historic DC-3 plane demonstrates the brand’s commitment to sharing its passion for aviation and its conservation. There are currently only 150 planes remaining worldwide in working condition.

“Breitling’s dedication to aviation has spanned for more than 100 years and is one of the core qualities of our identity. It was important for UK to support the restoration of the Breitling DC-3 as part of our commitment to preserving aeronautical heritage,” said Thierry Prissert, UK President of fake Breitling.

To celebrate the aviation prowess of the DC-3, swiss Breitling has set a cracking pace to break the world record as the oldest plane to circumnavigate the globe within seven months. Launching on March 9th, 2017, the tour began in Geneva, Switzerland, and will conclude in September at the replica Breitling Sion airshow in Sion, Switzerland.

Its route will take the plane through the Balkans, the Middle East, Asia, and across the UK visiting such cities as Zagreb, Athens, Tel Aviv, Dubai, Karachi, Phuset, Shanghai, Taipei, Okinawa and then onto a multi city tour in the UK entering through Alaska, stopping at 13 major cities like Seattle, San Francisco and traveling across to NY.

The pilot, Francesco Agullo, and a small crew are at the helm of the aircraft that’s slowly making its way back to Europe.

“This aircraft played such an important role in American history and it is a privilege to share it with the American aviation fans,” says Agullo.

To commemorate the world tour, Breitling has launched a limited edition of their classic Navitimer, a favorite among pilots. The chronograph, limited to 500 pieces, features an engraved caseback with the swiss Breitling DC-3 World tour logo memorializing the record-breaking flight. The replica watch measures 46mm and is powered by the Breitling Caliber 01 and is equipped with a circular slide rule that’s specially designed for pilots to handle flight calculations: speed, distance, fuel consumption, rate of climb or descent and conversion of miles to kilometers or nautical miles.

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Navitimer Breitling DC-3 Limited Edition

The pilots and the crew are currently wearing the replica watches and will be on sale once the tour has ended. Included with the watch is a flight logbook, signed by Captain Agullo, documenting the global journey.

“Having these replica breitling watches circle the globe on one of the most iconic planes in history allows UK to share our passion for aviation with people in the UK,” says Prissert.

Mark Kelly has worn Breitling on several of his missions and often wears his Breitling Emergency, the wristwatch that features a built-in dual frequency personal locator beacon.

Kelly, along with his fellow astronaut twin brother, Scott, serve as ambassadors of Breitling replica, joining a list of other aviation enthusiasts including John Travolta, Aude Lemordant, World Aerobatics Champion, Mika Brageot, Breitling Racing Team Pilot, and Franky Zapata, the inventor of the Flyboard Air.

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Astronaut and Breitling Ambassador, Mark Kelly

 

And as for the astronaut’s next mission, he’s launched a new venture called World View Enterprises, a company working to offer space travel to the public through high altitude balloons. The price for the ride? A mere $175. It’ll be ready within the next few years.

In the meantime, Kelly is traveling the country promoting interest in space travel and the preservation of the earth.

“We’re all not moving to Mars any time soon, so we have to make sure we take care of this planet.”

Replica Breitling Navitimer Special Limited Edition Watch

Available at Shreve.

Retail Price: $175

Milestone Replica Watches From Patek Philippe, Rolex, Longines, Audemars and Breitling

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The Rolex Sea-Dweller.

Watch brands love to celebrate anniversaries. Everything from foundational dates to anniversaries of key collections are fair game for a special edition, a collection overhaul or an improved movement. Here are five anniversary editions being released this year by replica Patek Philippe, Rolex, Longines, Audemars Piguet and Breitling.

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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph.

The chronograph version of the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak has become one of the world’s most iconic watches since it was introduced 20 years ago. To mark the occasion, a special anniversary RO Chronograph breaks the monotone mold and goes two-tone, with subdials a different color than the main dial. The three steel models and four 18k rose gold models all have the same automatic Caliber 2385, with a vertical clutch and a 40-hour power reserve, and the replica watches are water resistant to 50 meters. The main dial retains the trademark tapisserie pattern that is signature to the Royal Oak series.

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Breitling Superocean Heritage II.

The Breitling Superocean Heritage II celebrates the 60th anniversary of the the collection. It retains design features of the original 1957 model, including triangular hour hand, lozenge-like minute hand, and cone-shaped hour markers. A new ceramic ring on the bezel matches the dial, and the chronograph version comes with a rubber/leather strap. The 42mm and 46mm versions contain the replica Breitling manufacture Caliber B20, and the chronograph contains the Tudor Caliber MT5612 – which represents one aspect of the recent cooperation between the two brands that are now pooling their expertise in the development and production of certain mechanical movements.

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Patek Philippe Calatrava Ref. 6006G.

In the case of the swiss Patek Philippe Calatrava Ref. 6006G, it is the movement that marks an anniversary this year. Patek developed the Caliber 240 in 1977, at the height of the quartz era, when men’s wristwatches were much smaller. It had to be slim to compete with the much smaller proportions made possible by quartz technology, something achieved partly by using a small off-center rotor recessed into the plate. The movement is only 2.53mm thick, and today it is a mainstay of the slim Calatrava collection. The new Ref. 6006G contains the Caliber 240 PS C, with silicon-based components and a 70-hour power reserve.

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The Rolex Oyster Perpetual Sea-Dweller.

The Rolex Sea-Dweller turns 50 this year, and gets a magnified date window to celebrate the occasion. The cyclops window, as it is called, has become an iconic feature of the fake Rolex Datejust and Submariner replica watches, but was never used before on a Sea-Dweller. The 2017 Sea-Dweller is not a limited edition but a renewed piece that replaces its predecessor in the core collection. The watch has been given three other updates: a larger case, a new movement and a redesigned bracelet. It contains The swiss Rolex automatic Caliber 3235, which complies with replica Rolex’s -2/+2 second daily accuracy rating, a higher standard than the industry norm.

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Longines Legend Diver

The Longines Legend Diver marks a double anniversary of sorts – it celebrates the 10th anniversary of the 1997 re-issue of a diver’s watch first introduced in 1960. Original details include the domed crystal and case shape. The new model has all the hallmarks of a modern dive watch, including a unidirectional rotating bezel – in this case, an internal bezel that can be locked – a screwed-down crown and caseback, and 300-meter water resistance. The indexes, digits and hands are covered with Super-LumiNova, which stand out against a black lacquered dial. It contains the automatic Caliber L633 (ETA 2824/2).

Carol Besler covers replica watches for Watch Journal, Watch Time, Robb Report, Nuvo, Revolution and International Watch. For more of her stories see replicabreitlingwatches.co.uk.

Breitling replica watches arrive in oldest plane to circle the globe

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I climbed aboard the oldest plane to circle the globe – the Breitling DC-3 – not certain what to expect.

It was built in the 1940s, and everything, with exception of the cockpit, was original.

Breitling, the Swiss-based luxury replica watch brand, stopped at Ellington Airport on Tuesday as part of its six-month world tour that started in March. On board were 500 of the brand’s limited-edition Navitimer watch, which sells for about $8,000. The tour includes 28 countries and 55 cities, and took six months of preparation.

Our pilot, Francisco Agullo, has been flying for swiss Breitling for 17 years and has a passion for historical planes.

“The DC-3 is the only plane that can land on a grass field, carrying 20 passengers on a short runway. No other plane can do that,” he said.

Replica Breitling Avenger Hurricane Now Available in 45-mm Case

Breitling’s Avenger Hurricane debuted last year in a massive 50-mm case made of the brand’s proprietary Breitlight metal. This year, in a bit of good news for those with smaller wrists and more modest tastes, Breitling is launching a version of the replica watch with a slightly less voluminous, but still substantial, 45-mm case, in two dial colors.

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The new 45-mm replica Breitling Avenger Hurricane retains the Breitlight case of its larger predecessor, and also incorporates the 12-hour dial design of the most recent models launched earlier this year. Breitlight is a proprietary high-tech material that is 3.3 times lighter than titanium and 5.8 times lighter than steel but significantly harder than both. Breitling replica also touts the material’s exceptional resistance to scratches, traction, and corrosion; thermal stability; and antimagnetic and non-allergenic properties. Warmer to the touch than other metals, Breitlight is also notable for its mottled surface texture.

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The watch’s case is water-resistant to 100 meters (330 feet) and has a unidirectional rotating bezel with rider tabs. The screw-locked crown and chronograph push-pieces have a grooved checkerboard pattern for a non-slip grip, a feature aimed at pilots wearing gloves. The extra-thick sapphire crystal has been glareproofed on both sides and the hands and numerals — the latter in a military-style stencil font are luminous.

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Driving the watch’s timekeeping, date display, and 1/4-second chronograph functions is Breitling’s tried-and-true Caliber B01, with automatic winding, a 28,800-vph frequency, a 70-hour power reserve, and like all replica Breitling in-house movements, a COSC chronometer certification. The dial available in “Volcano black” or “Cobra yellow” features a date window at 4:30; chronograph subdials for 30 minutes and 12 hours at 3 o’clock and 6 o’clock, respectively; and a small seconds subdial at 9 o’clock. The strap has a rubber inner lining and an exterior made of anthracite high-resistance military textile fiber. The new replica Breitling Avenger Hurricane models are at retailers now, priced at $8,390.

Vintage Replica Breitling Superocean Heritage II Watches

For a brand most famous for its vintage and modern aviation replica watches, Breitling has been no stranger over the past 60 years to branching outside its usual airborne comfort zone. It all began in 1957 with the company’s release of a dive watch constructed to compete with some of that era’s greats, the original replica Breitling Superocean. Upon the arrival of the Omega Seamasters, Rolex Submariners, and Blancpain Fifty Fathomses, the growing trend of hobby diving ripened the market for new players and new designs, and with this in mind Breitling sought out and succeeded to carve itself a name under the sea as well as in the sky. Today, the Superocean series (or more accurately the Superocean II series), is a collection of robust and highly visible dive watches that combines the styles of dial complexity and rugged construction the brand is best known for. Now, first in 2007 with the Superocean Heritage, and again this year with the Superocean Heritage II, Breitling is once again returning to the roots of the series to produce a watch inspired by the utilitarian pieces that started it all.

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Replica Breitling Superocean Heritage II next to its 1957 predecessor

Arriving to boutiques in both 42-mm and 46-mm steel variations, the new breitling replica watches feature an array of interesting color combinations — six for both sizes, 120 total if including options for straps. Offering this level of customization is a practice that has long made this brand a fan favorite. Its case uses long, slightly rounded lugs, a large crown with no guards, and a thick ceramic unidirectional bezel with bold indices at the quarter-hour marks (available in either black, maroon, or blue). On its reflective, almost sunburst dial (in silver, blue, black, or maroon) reside applied indices at each hour, bolder at the 3 and 9 o’clock positions, with a double mark above the applied Breitling replica vintage-style logo and printed descriptors. At the 6 o’clock position rests a date window, and traveling around the dial are the historically inspired arrow and sword hands.

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The watch is available in silver, blue, black, and maroon dials.

Powering both the 42 and 46-mm variations is the Breitling Caliber B20, based on the Tudor Caliber MT5612 used in both the Tudor Pelagos and Black Bay series, and capable of a 70-hour power reserve. Interestingly, Breitling has opted to advertise the use of Tudor’s movement with the fake watch, which is a true testament to its high quality and wide appreciation as both brands’ pieces are in relatively similar price categories. With that said, both sizes of the piece are being offered at $475, and should become more available in the coming months with the phasing out of the original Superocean Heritage from 2007.

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Breitling Caliber B20 is based on the Tudor MT5612

I don’t think it would be fair to declare this watch as a direct homage to Breitling’s 1957 diver, but the modern piece obviously draws many of its influences from the first few years of the series. On its dial, especially, you’ll notice the all-lower case “superocean” script, the vintage logo (although now in applied gold instead of white print), and the slightly elongated hour and minute hands. While its bezel continues to feature bolding on the quarter hour marks, its crown offers a slight roundness and fake Breitling has nixed the modern addition of crown guards. Also, the lugs have a length and cut to them reminiscent of the vintage piece.

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The modern piece’s bezel is made of ceramic.

The differences between the two, however, are much more stark. Besides modern manufacturing updates like the ceramic bezel and luxury finishing, the contemporary piece has forgone a few key dial elements that distinguish it from its ancestor. Most obvious is its lack of circular, luminescent quarter-hour markers, but also noticeable is its use of rectangular and trapezoidal applied hour indices as compared to the vintage model’s wedge markers, which were both printed and applied. The date window, while certainly a useful addition (and one available due to the Tudor movement), was also not present in the earliest models of the watch. Finally, while the modern case certainly derives its influences from the mid-20th century model, its bezel is significantly more decorated through contemporary refinement, and its lugs have lost some of the thin sharpness of the past.

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The hour indices and date window are modern additions.

While vintage replica Breitling Superocean models are sometimes overshadowed in auction houses and private collections by its Golden Era competitors, they are still extraordinary fake watches to find and maintain a good name for themselves in what often seems like a mythologized period of horology. With that said, while the modern watch is by no means a direct re-creation, or even a re-interpretation — it’s more a modern watch with an array of historical influences — this may be for the better. While plenty of vintage-watch aficionados — not excluding myself — would love to see those circular hour markers on that simple and straightforward tool watch, Breitling’s choice to pay homage but not copy may well pay off in this interesting contemporary piece. Hopefully, it will at the very least raise the mystique and rarity surrounding its vintage forefather, and then we could well see the arrival of a true vintage homage piece — perhaps for its 70th or 75th anniversary.

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The Superocean Heritage II retains the original model’s lack of crown guards.

Rare display of Swiss Breitling plane in Jeddah

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Swiss Breitling plane was a major attraction for Jeddah residents.

Jeddah residents witnessed a unique display of the famous Swiss Breitling plane, parked next to the luxurious car Bentley Continental GT, in front a renowned mall on Tahlia Street.

The display became a major attraction for the residents of Jeddah. The event took place for the first time in the city, as a result of collaboration between Bentley cars and Swiss luxury replica watchmaker Breitling, as well as the part of a growing relationship between Abu Issa Company, dealer of Breitling replica watches, and Alghassan Motors, dealer of Bentley cars in the Kingdom.

Commenting on the rare display, Nabil Abu Issa, chairman of Abu Issa Holding, said: “It was a great experience.

In addition to our collaboration with Alghassan Motors, we had the opportunity to showcase Breitling legendary plane next to a Bentley car in Jeddah. It is a worthwhile opportunity for the public who were acquainted of the importance and the stylish replica Breitling watches.

“This was our first time ever to be constituted of such an important event in this thrilling way. Breitling once again displays its determination to share its passion of luxury with another luxury brand.”

Yousuf Ghassan Al-Sulaiman, vice president of Alghassan Motors, expressed his pleasure for participating in the event, which emphasizes the strong relationship between Alghassan Motors and Breitling replica watches.

Al-Sulaiman said: “Clients of Breitling replica watches admire the strategic relationship with Bentley, and we do anticipate to have many joint projects to enhance and strengthen the relationship between both parties for the best interest of our clients in Saudi Arabia.

“No doubt that the luxury and high precision of this high-end brand will be reflected on the luxurious Bentley cars, as both brands enjoy unique design approach and outstanding heritage.”

Replica Breitling Navitimer Rattrapante Watches

Baselworld 2017 sees the introduction of a new member of the famed Breitling Navitimer collection with a new movement and the addition of a split-second chronograph (rattrapante) complication. Containing the new in-house-made Caliber B03 automatic split-second chronograph movement, the replica Breitling Navitimer Rattrapante adds an uncommon complication to the Breitling Navitimer, and a complication that I don’t think I’ve previously seen from the brand.

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Split-second chronographs are coveted not so much for their functionality (although I do admit they are fun to play with) but rather because they are tricky to assemble. It was actually not until Richard Habring developed a special “low-cost” split-second chronograph module for the 7750 for IWC (where he worked at the time) that I believe the rattrapante mechanism was available for the (comparable) masses. Breitling’s B03 more than likely takes a different approach to assembling a split-second chronograph system, but is certainly more accessible in price than, say… one from Patek Philippe.

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Breitling further explains that the rattrapante mechanism module is produced using an efficient 28 parts and is designed to be totally removed – and if needed, replaced – to facilitate easy servicing. Further, Breiting claims that while the B03’s split-second chronograph has been specially designed to use parts which are simpler to produce than more historic rattrapante models, this also provides the mechanism with more precise and reliable use. I say this because many split-second chronographs, given the delicate nature of their construction, are not celebrated for their precision or reliability. Note the fun design element where the replica Breitling anchor B logo is split, so that half of it is on the main chronograph seconds hand, and the other is on the rattrapante hand.

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Rattrapante chronographs are a bit difficult to explain without demonstrating them. The idea is that a main chronograph is supplemented with an additional chronograph seconds hand (which hides under the main chronograph seconds hand when not in use). A pusher in the crown (in this case) is used to activate this additional chronograph seconds hand, which can be used to independently measure a one-minute interval while the main 12-hour chronograph is in operation. Prior to digital devices these were clearly a bit more useful, but in today’s “technique-eager” luxury replica watch world, lots of people swoon over mechanical technology such as this.

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The Breitling Caliber B03 automatic chronograph movement is COSC Chronometer-certified and operates at 4Hz (28,800bph) with a power reserve of 70 hours. The movement features the time, date, and 12-hour chronograph with split-second “rattrapante” functionality. Otherwise, this is very much your traditional Navitimer dial, only in brown. The design comes complete with a slew of markers and indicators, including the famed rotating slide-rule bezel for making various mathematical calculations only people in extreme emergencies (or with extreme analog calculator fetishes) will rely upon.

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To launch the caliber B03, Breitling chose the 45mm-wide Navitimer replica watch with the brown dial in two case materials: steel, and 18ct red gold as a limited edition. The brown dials (Breitling actually calls them “Panamanian Bronze”) are matched to padded brown crocodile straps. Though Breitling replica will also offer the Navitimer Rattrapante on a leather or rubber strap.

To be honest, I’m not always sure who the target demographic is for split-second chronographs. It is a special sort of watch collector who values both sport replica watches and high-complications – but in the same timepiece. Breitling does well to reassert their design and production strengths with this new version of the B01 series movement as the B03. The Breitling Navitimer Rattrapante will be initially available in steel as well as in a limited edition of 250 pieces in 18ct red gold.

Replica Breitling Superocean Heritage II Watches With Tudor-Developed Movement

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The Breitling Superocean Heritage is a classic diver’s watch that’s now celebrating its 70th anniversary with a slight design refresh and a brand-new movement developed with Tudor watches. The new Breitling caliber B20 is derived from the Tudor Caliber MT5612 used in their Black Bay replica watches, among others. In fact, Tudor’s new Black Bay chronograph borrows from the Breitling B01 caliber as part of what I call their “movement exchange program” this year. Like the previous version, the replica Breitling Superocean Heritage II collection will include a 42mm and 46mm three-hand automatic with date as well as a 46mm automatic chronograph.

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Initially released in 1957, the Breitling Superocean is still going strong in many sizes, colors, and configurations. In addition to their modern, sportier Superocean collection, Breitling smartly released the vintage-inspired Superocean Heritage collection a few years back.

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Outgoing Superocean Heritage

Aesthetic changes are pretty discreet, with a new ceramic ring around the minute track replacing the old steel one, allowing for the color to match the dial in a seamless look. It’s actually pretty noticeable when compared with an older model, as you can see above. It’s minor but a refinement that definitely brings a higher-end look. Also, for those who look closely, the minute hand is now slightly more sword-shaped, and the hour hand now has a steel partition in the lume in the arrow’s head.

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Superocean Héritage II 42

Of course, the major new change for the three-handers is the new B20 movement, a self-winding, 28-jewel caliber which vibrates at 28,800bph. It is Breitling’s take on the Tudor MT5612 movement which provides a solid 70-hour power reserve. It’s clear that both brands are benefitting from each other’s “specialties,” with the Tudor three-hand movement applied here, which would likely drive the cost up considerably if Breitling were to develop it themselves, and Tudor adaping the Breitling B01 movement (not the one used in the replica Breitling Superocean Heritage II chronograph, mind you).

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The 46mm replica Breitling Superocean Heritage II Chronograph also sports some subtle upgrades and alterations. Like its three-hand siblings, the chronograph now has a ceramic bezel and the same slight changes to the handset. The replica Breitling Superocean Heritage II Chronograph features the trusty old caliber B13, which is based off the Valjoux 7750. The automatic movement operates at 28,800vph and has a power reserve of around 42 hours.

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The new replica Breitling Superocean Heritage II collection is a subtle upgrade in terms of aesthetics with the three-handers reflecting the increased value and interest among buyers in the origin of a watch’s movement. The new replica Breitling Superocean Heritage II will come in a variety of dial colors (in this case, Volcano Black, Gun Blue, and Stratus Silver) and with a huge variety of straps like leather, crocodile leather, the rubber Aero Classic or Ocean Racer, or the new rubber-leather Ocean Classic. The chronograph will be available with either a Volcano Black, Mariner Blue, or Copperhead Bronze dial, and customers will be able to choose between leather, crocodile leather, the rubber Aero Classic or Ocean Racer, or the new rubber-leather Ocean Classic straps.