I saw a vintage Breitling this morning that really caught my eye. The evolution of every Breitling model is interesting to analyze, which I plan on doing in future blogs, but the original Datora from 1945 really stands out to me. What a sweet piece! The watch features the day, the date, the month, a chronograph function and the time, all displayed on a very clean and simple dial.
If you look at the current Montbrillant Datora, the dial is extremely busy. I would even argue that it is too busy! There is so much going on that I honestly have a hard time reading the time. I think the addition of the slide rule, enabling users to compute different airborne calculations, just does not fit with the other complications. Additionally, I believe the watch would be better suited with Arabic numerals as opposed to stick markers to indicate the hours. In my eyes, it would provide more structure to the dial and make it appear less chaotic.
Do my fellow Breitling enthusiasts agree with me that sometimes, less is more? I highly prefer the original Datora to the current version. Let me know your thoughts!