While the superstar for Breitling at Baselworld 2019 was the Navitimer 1959 Re-Edition (for clear reasons, clarified in our survey here ), there was something beyond this restricted release in the features. Indeed, Breitling additionally returned to its center assortment, specifically, present day jump watches. The brand introduced an updated adaptation of its strong section level, non-vintage-motivated Superocean. What’s more, here is our interpretation of it, with a more intensive glance at the 2019 Breitling Superocean Automatic 44.
An updated Superocean collection
Saying that Breitling is a pilots’ watch brand would undercut it. The brand has a long practice of instrument watches and if the Navitimer best addresses what the brand has accomplished, other assortments shouldn’t be ignored. During the 1950s, the brand built up a scope of jump watches under the name “Superocean”, a line-up that is still today a tremendous piece of Breitling’s portfolio. The vast majority of you will think about the Superocean Heritage, a vintage-propelled piece fueled by a Tudor-based automatic development (or some chronograph types as well). However, there is another part in the family, a more current and more open plunge watch, a powerful piece that has been refreshed and overhauled this year.
The Breitling Superocean (without Heritage) has been in the assortment for quite a long time as of now and is one of the brand’s best-adored and best watch families. It addresses the cutting edge, instrument apparatus watch of the brand. However, since Kern and his group took over in 2017, this assortment stayed immaculate – and without a doubt, it required a facelift. In reality, the dials of the past Superocean II were not the most current or the most alluring you can consider. The design was occupied with a twofold 24 hour scale, various lines of text and enormous Arabic numerals. The old dial has proceeded to be supplanted by a sleeker, more current plan – see beneath for a comparison between the 2019 Superocean Automatic 44 and the old Superocean II 44.
The thought of Breitling’s new group was to offer a plunge watch for each wrist. Thus, the 2019 Superocean Automatic assortment comprises 5 models, remembering a hearty 46mm release for dark DLC (in dark or blue) and a talking piece with a weighty 48mm case. The center assortment remembers three exemplary watches for 36mm, 42mm and 44mm (the one introduced here), what share a similar plan, a steel case and a similar automatic Caliber 17. A similar visual treatment has been applied to the dial of these three measurements with various tones accessible, contingent upon the models. To comprehend what has been done, we took the case of the Breitling Superocean Automatic 44, the watch that likely best addresses the collection.
The 2019 Breitling Superocean Automatic 44
This new 2019 Superocean Automatic ought to be seen as an update, not an altogether new watch. The advancements just touch on the plan of the dials and bezel, as the case and mechanics stay indistinguishable. Notwithstanding, this “simple evolution” definitely changes the watch.
The fundamental thought with this 2019 variant was to offer a cleaner, less bustling dial with greater refinement, better clarity and more rationality with the remainder of the assortments. Thus, the Breitling Superocean Automatic 44 depends on a considerably more straightforward dial, with applied trapezoidal markers all around – except for the 6-9-12 records, which are treated with Arabic numerals. Every one of them are loaded up with Super-LumiNova. Additionally, the inside hour track with 13-to-24 markers has gone, just as the painted Arabic numerals and one line of text at 6 o’clock. Altogether, the dial is substantially more wonderful outwardly and more refined – yet additionally better as far as usefulness, as the signs are clearer.
Several other subtleties have changed as well, like the resized hands with a refreshed shape, the updated inward rib with improved clarity and a more attentive date window. At long last, all the dials are currently matte with a delicately grained finish. The seconds hand includes a larger than average red bolt at its tip. All the components have some way or another been kept yet completely upgraded, reshaped and redimensioned for a more rational and alluring look.
Available in dark or blue, with a coordinating bezel embed, the 2019 Breitling Superocean Automatic 44, nonetheless, holds its case and particulars. The 44mm hardened steel case is very much ensured with conspicuous crown monitors, a strong bezel in steel with raised numerals and a more than bounty 1,000m water-obstruction – note that each model in the assortment has various degrees of water-opposition, contingent upon its width: 200m for the 36mm, 500m for the 42mm, 1000m for the 44mm, 2000m for the 46mm and shockingly, just 300m for the 48mm.
On this Superocean Automatic 44, similar to the remainder of the assortment, the caseback is plain steel and shrouds a re-appropriated development, the Breitling Caliber 17, in view of the 2824 engineering. It has, nonetheless, been correctly acclimated to fulfill with the COSC guideline, and is chronometer-ensured. This development beats at 28,800 vibrations each hours and has a 38-hour power reserve.
The Breitling Superocean Automatic 44 will be accessible on the exemplary Diver Pro II elastic lash with a steel pin clasp (collapsing catch on solicitation) just as with a 3-interface brushed hardened steel bracelet.
While the visual update obviously benefits the assortment, the cost is equivalent to past models. The Breitling Superocean Automatic 44 will be accessible from EUR 3,400 on an elastic tie and EUR 3,850 on a steel arm band. More subtleties at breitling.com .