Family Series: Breitling for Bentley

Cheers once more to all of those people who have taken the time to vote and comment this week!  We have gotten some great results this week!  I am pumped about it.  I will announce the winner of the giveaway next week.

The fifth and final family Breitling has labeled some of their watches under over the last few years is the Bentley series.  Breitling has a partnership with the prestigious Bentley car manufacturer, and all of the watches in the Breitling for Bentley line show that link between the two manufacturers in some form.

The Bentley Motors features a whopping 48.7mm case and a knurled bezel inspired by the Bentley control buttons.  The model uses the Bretiling Calbier 25B movement and has a “30 second chronograph” with a center sweeping hand that circulates the dial every 30 seconds as opposed to every 60 seconds like a typical chronograph center hand does.  The model shows the date in between 4 and 5 o’clock and was made in a variety of dial colors.  The Bentley Motors was eventually replaced by the Bentley Motors Speed, which has an every so slightly different dial.

The Bentley Motors T and the Bentley Motors T Speed both have the same 48.7mm casesize that the Bentley Motors has but feature a bezel with an engine-turned motif reminiscent of the Bentley dashboards.  The Motors T models uses the same movement as the regular Motors with the Breitling Caliber 25B.  Once again, the dials are different between the speed and the non-speed versions.

 

The Bentley Supersports, another 48.7mm model, is a limited edition of 1,000 pieces.  The ultra-sporty watch features a 1/4th of a second chronograph and the date at six o’clock.  The model has a 12-hour counter at nine o’clock and a seconds subdial at three o’clock.

The Bentley 6.75 does not differentiate from any of the aforementioned Bentleys in casesize, but stands out from the bunch due to its large two-window date display at 12 o’clock.  The chronograph model is produced in a variety of different dial colors.

The Bentley GT is a 44.8mm watch featuring the day and date at three o’clock.  The dial of the model is adorned with a “diamond quilt” motif and was produced in black, gray, silver and bronze.  Pictured is the new “Ice” version.

The Bentley GMT is a 49mm dual timezone watch with a hand featuring a large red arrow pointing to one of the world’s 24 different timezones represented by a particular city around the interior of the bezel.

Only a few dozen pieces of the Bentley Mulliner Tourbillon model were ever produced, and each individual watch was customized by its owner.  The collector had his choice of the type of case, the dial color and the exact shade of the crocodile leather strap.

The Flying B models feature a unique rectangular case for the Breitling line.  The standard Flying B is 57.3mm x 38.5mm, while the Flying B Chronograph is 58.2mm by 38.5mm.  The time-only version has a very detailed dial and jumping hour mechanism at 12 o’clock.  The minutes are then read in a conventional fashion with a single central hand.  The chronograph version features the date at 12 o’clock and has conventional hour and minute hands.

The Mark VI models are all 42mm.  The standard Mark VI has a center 60-minute totalizer, a chronograph function and the date at 12 o’clock.  The Mark VI Complications 19 features the day, date, month and moon phases, while the Mark VI Complications 29 features a perpetual calendar taking into account the leap-year variations.  The Mark VI consists of almost 500 parts.

So, what is your favorite Breitling for Bentley watch?

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17 thoughts on “Family Series: Breitling for Bentley

  1. These are awesome and exude lots of character !! The GMT is my fav, but any would make a fab addition to a collection, as well as look great for a night out having pasta !!!

  2. The Bentley Motors T was the first Breitling I ever remember seeing. It was ❤ at first sight. I almost did something ridiculous like buy one the next week. But cooler heads prevailed and waited patiently for the time to come when one would be mine.

  3. i’ve had the gt, awesome watch.

    somehow i really dislike the bezel of the bentley series, bit to flashy…

    but when you look close to it you should like them…

    the only one i really think is ugly that is the flying b…

  4. I voted for the Mark VI. I find it to be the most tasteful of the line, and the most reasonably sized – there are still some of us, however rare, that don’t go for crazy big watches.

  5. I went back and forth between the GT and Mark VI. The problem with the Mark VI is the platinum bezel makes it way too pricey but it still gets my vote as my favorite. The others are way too big for me.

  6. Never a fan of this line. The Mark VI, with it’s perpetual calendar is most impressive, and a nice departure for Breitling. The engine turned bezel on the Motors T is interesting. I dont believe I know of any other watchmaker that has tried that design cue.

  7. If I “had” to pick one, it’d be the 6.75, with the Motors 2nd choice. This series is just a little too “peacocky” for my taste.

  8. What?!?! No choice for the Le Mans? I know it was a LE, but it was my “first”, if you will…I have a couple more in my collection, but the 24 hr. Le Mans continues to be my fave!

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