Posted on May 27 2015
Breitling is one of the last fully independent Swiss watch companies. The brand is committed to creating truly innovative, technical and precise watches and while the aviation industry has been a core focus for Breitling for generations, its timepieces are crucial instruments for professionals across a range of elite sports.
The calibre of Breitling watches allows it to compete with the Rolexes and Omegas while providing a more affordable offering across the range.
Breitling has numerous outstanding models but if we had to whittle it down to just five then these would be our picks…
Breitling Chronomat 44
The Breitling Chronomat 44 is a true aviator’s watch. This is Breitling’s leading model and for good reason.
Its strong and sleek design looks superb on the wrist and it’s highly readable, functional and reliable.
The Chronomat 44 is available in two sizes – the 41mm and the 44mm – and features Breitling’s high performance in-house chronograph movement, the Manufacture Breitling Caliber 01. Only a select few watchmakers have their own chronograph movement. In fact, Breitling was the first to develop the self-winding chronograph movement in 1969.
It’s water resistant to a depth of 500m (1,650 ft) and comes in a choice of four versions: all-steel, steel with a bezel bearing four solid gold markers, steel with gold bezel or all-gold.
Breitling Navitimer 01
The Navitimer is the most iconic of all Breitling’s timepieces. Available in 41mm or 46mm diameter with either a timezone display or complete calendar, it is legendary in the aviation industry. Its very recognisable and super technical look has earned it classic status.
The Navitimer 01 is characterised by its steel case and its black dial with a red seconds hands, silver chronograph counters and applied hour-markers or numerals. It is also available in a red gold version.
It also features the officially chronometer-certified high-performance selfwinding chronograph movement, Manufacture Breitling Caliber 01.
Breitling Transocean Chronograph
The Transocean Chronograph epitomises the luxury and prestige of long distance travel with a sleek, refined design and meticulous detail.
This very stylish self-winding chronograph, equipped with the Manufacture Breitling Caliber 01 is available with a steel, steel & gold or 18ct red gold case and black or white dial.
The strap is a choice of leather, Military (woven) or Ocean Classic (steel mesh).
This is a great watch for those with less technical requirements.
Breitling Superocean 42
Having conquered the skies, Breitling set itself a challenge to conquer the seas. In 1957 it released the Superocean - its first diver's watch for professional and military divers - and its appeal quickly rose amongst leisure divers too.
The latest Superocean 42 features a bold, striking design for ultimate readability, an ultra-sturdy case and rubber strap. It's water resistant to 1,500 metres.
The fun element of this watch is the various inner bezel colours available: red, blue, yellow and limited edition blue on blue and orange.
This is a great watch for divers of any level and all water sports enthusiasts!
Breitling Superocean Heritage
As its name suggests the Breitling Superocean Heritage commemorates the famous 1957 model with its vintage touches.
The dial bears Breitling’s 1950s logo and the steel mesh bracelet version was also inspired by the original model.
The rest, however, demonstrates Breitling’s technological innovations with its uni-directional 120-toothed bezel, water resistance to 200 metres, scratch-resistance sapphire crystal and selfwinding chronometer-certified movement.
Superocean Heritage is available in two sizes – measuring 46 and 42 mm in diameter – and comes with a black, blue or green bezel matching the various dial colours; it may also be lit up by a red gold ring. A perforated sporty rubber strap is the alternative to the steel mesh bracelet.