Breitling Superocean Automatic Diver Watch Review: Chrono, Heritage, Steelfish
Breitling Superocean design differs strikingly from its Navitimer, Windrider, and Avenger cousins. The reason, of course, lies in its purpose: it is a diving watch, and it requires a completely different, visually almost opposite dial organization. Professional Diver timepieces must excel at visibility because it's dark underwater, and resist pressure to be able to function in aquatic depths. Various calculation tools and track become secondary, if not tertiary; extra special emphasis is given to build sturdiness.
Surprisingly, resulting designs often benefit aesthetically: from entry level Invictas, to high-end Blancpain Fifty Fathoms, dedicated diving watches display a streak of mystical independence – a touch of autonomy that seems to nourish the wearer's world. With the Superocean, Breitling developed its own aesthetic, which expresses these traits in a unique, stirring way.
All models contain automatic mechanical calibers (certified chronometers), and feature a steel case supported by a range of bands: steel bracelets, professional diver rubber straps, and leather straps. The combination of metal cases, outfitted with (rubber molded) unidirectional bezels and screw-locked crown enables the Swiss company to offer a wide range of water resistance specs: from 200 to 2000 meters.
We think that Superocean watches are the most beautiful timepieces Breitling make today.
Chrono Superocean defy almost everything said in the previous paragraph: closer to Chronomat in case and dial structure, and to Avenger in crown and push buttons shape, they bring the air to the water and inject the collection with aeronautics inspired features.
Water resistant up to 500 meters, this watch is second only to the Steelfish in this quintessential diving utility. Besides chronograph, complications include date and say of the week.
A vintage revival, Heritage is arguably the most elegant watch currently in the brand's selection. Massive arrow-type hour hand is offset by a slender minute hand; steel and aluminum bezel gives a soft, assured, and luxurious glow. Mesh bracelets in particular accentuate the visual appeal of this model. Chronographe versions include a chrono function.
Closer to Colt in character, Superocean Steelfish carries several track on the bezel and dial, and naturally isn't as polished as its Heritage or even regular kin. Still, this Breitling projects a youthful, more professional than dressy interpretation of the original. Water resistance reaches 2000 meters in the most advanced models.