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?

Family Series: The Aeromarine

The fourth 2010-2011 Breitling family, the Aeromarine series, is the most extensive one with 17 different models.  All of the watches in the family are sporty, sturdy and reliable.  Deep breath, here goes…

The Avenger is a 45mm chronograph known for easy readability and user friendliness.  The model features a screw-down crown and is water resistant to 300 meters.  The model is available with Arabic numerals or baton markers in either a black, blue, gray or silver dial.

The Super Avenger boasts a whopping 48.4mm case with large sized hands and either Arabic numerals or baton markers.  It is available in either a silver, black or blue dial and was made in a limited edition blacksteel version, which was super hot.

The Avenger Seawolf is a 45.4mm diver’s watch that is water resistant to 3,000 meters.  The watch has a safety valve allowing it to balance pressure and release helium when needed.  The watch is extremely legible either in the dark or under water with Super-LumiNova luminescent hourmarkers, Arabic numerals and hands.  The model features a brushed case and is available in either a black, blue, gray or yellow dial.

The Avenger Seawolf Chrono is a quartz chronograph that is water resistant to 1000 meters thanks to Breitling’s patented magnetic pushpiece.  The watch is also equipped with a “Yachting” feature to count down the ten minutes prior to the start of a Regatta.  The model was just made in a blacksteel limited edition version.

The Superocean was initially launched in 1957 to be compatible with maritime depths.  The original Superocean was water resistant to 200 meters.  The latest Superocean is compatible to 1500 meters.  Like the other watches in this family, the model is extremely legible with its oversized hands and triangular hour hand inspired from the 1950s.

The Supreocean II has the same great functionally of the Superocean but with a new and unique appearance.  Breitling decided to give a fresh look to this model with a rubberized bezel and a colorized ring around the exterior of the dial.  As my avid readers know, I own an Abyss Black Superocean II and couldn’t be happier with it.

The Chrono Superocean is a diving watch with a 1/4th second chronograph.  The model features the day and the date as well as contrasting subdials.  The watch is also water resistant to 500 meters.  Talk about a great bang for your buck!  The model was made in a black dial with silver subdials, a blue dial with silver subdials and a silver dial with blue subdials.

The Superocean Steelfish is a combination of technical and aesthetic refinement.  The model features a brushed finish and is water resistant to 2000 meters with a security valve to balance the pressure at great depths.  The dial has the date at three o’clock and luminescent hourmarkers.  It was made in a silver, blue or black dial.

The Superocean Heritage was made in a 46mm case size as well as a 38mm case size.  The 38mm case size is going to be replaced by the 42mm case size by the end of the year.  The 46mm version features the date at 6 o’clock and a center sweeping seconds hand.  The 38mm SOH features the date at three o’clock and a seconds subdial at six o’clock.  Each version was made in a black, blue, bronze or silver dial.

The Superocean Heritage Chronograph features a 46mm case with the date at three o’clock.  The watch is water resistant to 200 meters and is available in a black, blue, bronze or silver dial.

The Chrono Colt is the most complicated Colt model in the Aeromarine line.   It is superquartz and has the highest level of finishing.  The chronograph watch is able to measure time within the nearsest 1/10th of a second.  The model was made in a silver dial with blue subdials, a black dial with silver subdials and a silver dial with blue subdials.

The Colt GMT is a 40.5mm watch featuring Arabic numerals and a second timezone.  The second timezone is indicated by an extra hand with a red arrow at the end of it pointing to the military time hours listed in a circle around the interior of the dial.  It is automatic and available in a black, blue or silver dial.

The Colt GMT+ is a 41.3mm watch with a stainless steel integrated bracelet.  The military hours on the GMT+ aree listed in between the home-time hours and the bezel, as opposed to the Colt GMT which shows the military hours on the interior of the home-time hours.  The model was made in a blue, black, gray and silver dial.

The Colt Automatic is a 41.1mm watch that was made in a black, blue or silver dial with stick hour markers and the date at three o’clock.  The model is water resistant to 1,650 feet and equipped with a screw-down crown.

The Colt Quartz is the same size as the automatic version, but features luminescent Arabic numerals as opposed to stick markers.  It also features the date at three o’clock and a screw-down crown.

The Colt Oceane is an extremely popular ladies model in a 33.2mm casesize.  The model features the date at three o’clock and luminescent hands.  The battery-operated model was made in a black, blue or silver dial.

So, which Aeromarine does it the most for you?

Family Series: The Professional

Thanks so much again to those who have voted and commented thus far!  I think the results are extremely interesting to look at.  I hope that people find the watch descriptions interesting and informative.  Let’s keep her going!  It is never too late to vote if you have missed a day.

Breitling’s third family from the 2010-2011 era, the Professional series, features chronographs specifically designed for aviators.  The functionality that the watches in this family have is both practical and specialized.  These bad boys truly are instruments for professionals.

The Emergency is a 43mm watch with a built-in micro-transmitter broadcasting on the 121.5MHz aircraft emergency frequency.  I will never forget the story one of my friends told me when he had to activate his transmitter.  It definitely works!  The transmitter is activated by unscrewing a protective cap on the bottom right-hand side of the case and pulling the antenna fully out.  It will broadcast for two full days and has a range of approximately 100 miles.  Rescuers will hopefully be able to hone in on the signal in the event of a crash or accident.  The watch was made in a variety of cool dial colors and is actually the only watch from the Professional series that will no longer be made.


The Aerospace is a 42mm titanium watch housing a Breitling Caliber 79 quartz movement.  The model features a 1/100th of a second chronograph, a countdown timer, a second timezone and an alarm.  All of these functions are operated by the crown.  The dial is extremely legible and available in a black, blue, silver or bronze color.

The Airwolf Raven is a 43.5mm watch featuring a 1/100th of a chronograph, an alarm, a countdown timer, a second timezone with an independent alarm, a UTC and a perpetual calendar.  The model features a bidirectional rotating rubber bezel and is available with a black, gray or silver dial.

The Skyracer Raven is a 43.5mm automatic watch featuring a 60-minute totalizer that enables users to measure any event under an hour in duration.  The chronograph model also features a bidirectional rubber bezel and is available with a black, blue, gray or silver dial.

The Chronospace is a 48mm battery-operated model with great readability and functionality.  The watch features a 1/100th of a second chronograph, an alarm, a countdown timer, a second timezone with an independent alarm, a UTC and a perpetual calendar.  The double-caseback construction is designed to help amplify the audible signals of the watch.

So, which model is your favorite Professional instrument?

Family Series: The Windrider

*I have added a copy of Breitling The Book to the giveaway to keep people interested in voting and posting a quick comment over the next several days.  I greatly appreciate everyone doing so!  It only helps the results be a more accurate portrayal of the general public’s overall opinion.

The second group of watches Breitling has categorized over the last several years has been the Windrider family.  The models in the Windrider line all stem from the Chronomat, a signature Breitling watch that was developed in conjunction with the Frecce Tricolori, the Italian air force.

The Chronomat is a 43.7mm chronograph featuring a rotating rider-tab bezel.  It was made in a variety of different dial colors, but all variations featured the Breitling 13 COSC certified movement.

The Chronomat 01 is a 43.5mm watch that was a huge release for the brand.  The model is powered by Breitling’s first ever movement produced entirely in-house.  The dial is available with stick markers or Roman numerals in a wide variety of colors, while the unidirectional rotating bezel features engraved Arabic numerals.

The Blackbird is a 43.7 mm watch that has a double-window date display at 12 o’clock.  The model was made in a satin finish as well as a polished finish with either a black dial or a blue dial featuring black subdials known as the “blackeye blue” dial.  The watch was also made in a limited edition blacksteel version.

The Breitling Galactic models are produced in 41mm, 39mm, 36mm, 32mm and 30mm cases.  All of the Galactic watches feature a “cosmopolitan” design with a subtle pop.  The Galactic 41 is a watch designed for those who do not need a chronograph function.  It features a double-window date displace at three o’clock and stick hour markers.  The model is powered by the COSC certified Breitling 49 movement.

The Chrono Galactic is a 39mm chronograph with a single-window date display featuring a dial of carefully calculated proportions.  The black, blue and silver dials all alternate shades as you move across the dial.


The Galactic 36, Galactic 32 and Galactic 30 are all catered to ladies.  The Galactic 36 is automatic and features a seconds subdials at 6 o’clock.  The Galactic 32 and Galactic 30 are battery operated and available in stainless steel or two-tone with either 18kt yellow gold or 18kt rose gold.

The Cockpit was a 41mm watch that is eerily similar in design to the Galactic 41.  The only main differences between the Breitling Cockpit models and the Breitling Galactic models are the bezel and the shape of the textured center portion of the dial.  The Cockpit, Chrono Cockpit and Cockpit Lady all use the same movements as their respective replacements, the Galactic 41, the Chrono Galactic and the Galactic 32.

The last model labeled in the Breitling Windrider line over the last year has been the Starliner.  The 30mm ladies piece features a quartz movement and an integrated bracelet in either stainless steel, stainless steel and 18kt rose gold, stainless steel and 18kt yellow gold or solely 18kt rose gold.

So, which Breitling is your favorite from last year’s Windrider collection?

Book & Winder GIVEAWAY!

I have received several emails over the last couple weeks from people who have told me that they really enjoy reading my blog and appreciate me keeping up with it.  I cannot tell you how happy that makes me!  I love blogging and hope that The Breitling Report continues to be interesting and informative for my readers.

In hopes of keeping people entertained, I am asking for some recommendations on what people would like to read about.  Next Monday, I am going to see an authorized watchmaker working with some complicated timepieces.  He is authorized to work on watches from an extensive amount of brands that includes Rolex, Breitling and Patek Philippe.  I am definitely going to share that experience as I think it is going to be really cool to see in person.  I will be sure to provide lots of pictures and even a video of him in action.  I am also going to be sure to keep people informed on the newest releases and the latest news in the industry, with a special focus on Breitling obviously.

What else would people like to read about?  In order to find out, I am offering another free giveaway!  If you are willing to follow me on twitter and either email me or comment on this blog with a quick idea of what you would like to read about on The Breitling Report, you will be entered into a raffle to win both a brand new copy of Breitling The Book and an Underwood single module coated watch winder.

Breitling The Book is a gorgeous hardback book on Breitling’s history and the evolution of their signature models.  Meanwhile, the Underwood single module coated winder is a perfect way to keep an automatic watch in its best working condition.  The winder can be operated either by battery or an AC adapter.

Help me keep you guys entertained!  I really appreciate your help and hope to make The Breitling Report one of the best watch blogs on the web.  The winner will be announced next Friday, meaning people have a week to make some thoughtful suggestions.  THANKS!!!

Announcing Breitling SWAG Recipients….round 2!

The Breitling Report announces the recipients of our second successful SWAG offer.  There were many Breitling collectors and enthusiasts who shared pictures of their wristwatches with the Breitling Report community – thank you!   Please continue to share your collections with us, and help us to grow the Breitling Report.

GERALD FINN • CAMANO ISLAND, WASHINGTON

PETER DEROSA • KEARNY, NEW YORK

CRAIG TAYLOR • SEATTLE, WASHINGTON

We hope you enjoy your new Breitling pen and complimentary subscription to iW Magazine.  Anyone else who wishes to receive monthly editions of the magazine can easily subscribe here!

And please check back regularly…another SWAG offer will be posted soon!

A Special Offer from the Breitling Report!

We want to see YOUR favorite Breitling timepieces!

Email photos of the watches in your collection to breitlingreport@gmail.com, or follow the instructions below to post directly to our Breitling Gallery, and be entered to win an official Breitling pen, PLUS a complimentary subscription to iW Magazine.

In addition to pictures, please send us the following specs:

• Name

• Email Address + Mailing Address

• Complete name of model / Collection

• Case size / Material / Functions

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1. Go to http://www.photobucket.com and create an account.

2. Upload your images.

3. Copy the HTML  link code from Photo Bucket’s “Share this Image” screen, and paste it into your comment box (along with the specs above!) in The Breitling Report Gallery.  Your photo will appear!

Announcing the Breitling Hat Recipients!

The Breitling Report happily announces the recipients of the first Breitling SWAG offer. We are really psyched to see that there are Breitling Report readers across the country, and we look forward to expanding our readership. Enjoy your hats!

LARRY GUPTON • Skagway, Alaska
STAN SYPIEN • Downers Grove, Illinois
MICHAEL VAWTER • Louisville, Kentucky
ERIC WIND • Alexandria, Virginia
JAY BUTAN • Lake Worth, Florida

Not to worry – for those of you who entered our drawing, but were not selected – we have another Breitling offer right around the corner….stay tuned!