As Victor noted in a recent discussion he and I were having (talking about Baselworld releases), this really seems to be the year of the anniversary. Â Quite a few brands are celebrating milestones for various watches, and Breitling is another one to join that particular party. Â For me, I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with Breitlingâ€™s watches. Â For most of 2their aviation watches (and particularly the chronographs) I simply find the dials to be way too busy, and just not all that good looking. Â Then thereâ€™s the love side of the coin, where they have classic lines and clean looks, all in a well-sorted package. Â Thatâ€™s where the recently announcedÂ Breitling Superocean HÃ©ritage II line up falls for me.
For this release, there are two sizes (42mm and 46mm), three colors (black, blue, bronze), and a chronograph option as well (only in 46mm). Â For me, the one that really just suits me down to the ground (to borrow a phrase from Karl Pilkington) is theÂ Breitling Superocean HÃ©ritage II 42 – in blue, of course.
This, plainly put, is just a good-looking watch. Â The 42mm steel case is a relatively compact one (for a diver) at 14.35mm thick, while still giving a good bit of wrist presence. Â Then again, there is just something I (and I presume many of you) find attractive about a dive watch, particularly one with some classic lines to it. Â Though, for a dive watch, this is one that definitely seems to be more for looks than functionality.
Yes, there is the 200m WR rating that theÂ Breitling Superocean HÃ©ritage II carries, and there is also the fact that no modern diver would rely on a mechanical watch solely when they dive. Â That said, we tend to expect a lot of lume on diver dials – but that is not the case on this Breitling. Â All of the applied indices are polished (no lume fill). Â This is why I think this is really more of a desk diver (still a good thing in my book, though Neal might disagree). Â For nighttime (or underwater visibility), there are pips on the outer track at the hours, and the hands are lume-filled. Â The marketing materials also call out the luminous pip on the bezel, so itâ€™s unclear if any of the other markers on that lovely ceramic bezel glow or not (guessing not).
While there is a rubber strap option for theÂ Breitling Superocean HÃ©ritage II line, I think that the mesh strap theyâ€™re offering really completes the look of the watch. Â Aside from honing in on that original Superocean from 60 years ago, it just plain looks right with the watch. Â Sure, rubber straps have their place, but I find that bracelets (when theyâ€™re available) are the more flexible option, going from conference room to cabana to cabinÂ without an issue.
And, frankly, if youâ€™re putting down the $4,700Â that theÂ Breitling Superocean HÃ©ritage II 42 commands, I would be expecting a bracelet, not a rubber strap. Â Are there more affordable vintage-look divers out there with a date window? Â Sure, there are, I wonâ€™t argue that. Â When youâ€™re getting into the realm of watches like theÂ Breitling Superocean HÃ©ritage II 42, though, youâ€™re searching for something else other than the best price. Â Youâ€™re going for some of the cachet a brand carries, yeah, but youâ€™re also going for the technical knowhow that lives on in that movement, and in what was assembled into the watch that is on your wrist. Â While there are many a Breitling I would not give a second look to, I think theÂ Breitling Superocean HÃ©ritage II line is deserving of all the looks. Â breitling.com
- Brand & Model: Â Breitling Superocean HÃ©ritage II 42
- Price: $4,700
- Who we think it might be for: You want a classic (heritage) look in your next desk diver
- Would I buy one for myself based on what Iâ€™ve seen?Â Price aside, yes, this is a particularly lovely watch
- If I could make one design suggestion, it would be: Color match that date wheel!
- What spoke to me the most about this watch: The overall look and feel of the watch, particularly in blue
- Movement: Â B20 automatic; 28,800 VPH; 70 hour power reserve; 28 jewels
- Case: Â 42mm, steel; screw-down crown
- Bezel: Â unidirectional, ceramic insert
- WR: Â 200m
- Crystal: Â sapphire with anti-reflective coating