Thursday, May 17, 2012

Breitling Superocean Chronograph II Now In Vivid Red

The latest model of Breitling's chronograph version of its highly successful Superocean Collection is now available in Abyss red. Available but limited. to 2000 pieces. The unidirectional ratcheted rotating bezel in striking red rubber enables a diver crucial knowledge of dive time.

As with all good diving watches, Breilting has added critical safety features  to the bezel:
  •  Unidirectional or one-way rotating bezel, which ensures the diver will not turn the bezel the wrong way and confuse diving time. 
  • The rotating bezel is highly prominent due to its red color with bold white numerals and indices making read out in murky conditions a breeze.
  • The bezel is created with internal indents allowing the bezel to ratchet when turning enabling it to catch thereby,  aligning the pointer precisely to  where the minute hand is pointing. 
  • The outer edges of the bezel is notched allowing a diver to turn the bezel even while wearing gloves or underwater.
  • The bezel is easy to turn. 
Now here is where I can use those pesky syllogisms  ,ancient as Aristotle himself ,  one has to  learn in college wondering when one will ever have the chance to actually put it to good use.  Here it goes:

All Breitlings are Chronometers.
All Superocean Chronographs are Breitlings
All Superocean Chronographs are Chronometers

What I am getting at is - when one buys a Breitling one is assured the movement has undergone all the rigorous testing criteria required by the Contrôle Officiel Suisse des Chronomètres or COSC to be deemed a Chroneometer.  Read more info about Chronometers.

The dial of the watch is highly suited for diving.  The sapphire crystal is extra thick; the hour markers and over sized hands are coated in luminescence (glow-in-the-dark); the crystal is treated on both sides with a glare proof substance; the crown is screw-locked with two gaskets (increasing water resistance); back is screwed in and safety push pieces are only activated when unlocked.  I don't see any mention of an Helium valve which is a good idea when scuba diving.

The movement is a highly efficient automatic Caliber 13, which utilizes an ETA Valjoux 7750 base movement housed in a 44 mm steel case and capable of a 42 hour power reserve.

1/4th second chronograph, as well as a 30-minute and 12-hour totalizers are distinctly placed on the dial.  A date aperture is located at the 3 'o'clock position. The watch is also available with various rubber and leather straps. The watch weighs in at 136.50 grams, which may be a tad heavy for some, but no surprise there, Breitling watches are known for their heftiness, which some people find quite appealing.  (I know! I've asked!).

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