Old School Gem

A new limited edition model that Breitling will launch soon is the Superocean GMT with a green bezel.  The 41mm model houses the Breitling Caliber 32 movement and is available on either a rubber strap or a stainless steel bracelet.  I have seen the standard production version with a black bezel in person and think it is pretty nice.  The price tag is reasonable at $4,105 too.  GMT models from some other brands go for twice as much.

While I think the Superocean GMT looks like it will be pretty cool, it is definitely not my favorite Breitling with a colored bezel.  I am still currently in the midst of my vintage obsession, and I cannot stop looking at the blue dial Brietling 2016 Sprint Chronograph.  This bad boy looks like it has some serious pop to it!  I absolutely love the blue bezel, and the red hands and white hour markers go together with it perfectly.

The 1970s model uses the manual-winding Valjoux 7730 chronograph movement and is 40mm in size.  The watch was originally designed for runners and is extremely light; it was named the Sprint for that reason.  While this Breitling does not have the brand’s signature slide rule, the bezel on the watch is calibrated to read your pulse.  Not too shabby of a watch, huh?

Ebay… To Save The Day?

While I was in Vegas last week, I overheard a guy say, “I wish I had just put all of my expendable income into watches over the last five years instead of the stock market.  I’d be a lot better off today if I had.”

With all of these crazy price increases from the various brands taking place, there is no question that the value of previously-owned timepieces is going to go up.  Breitling is joining the company of Audemars Piguet, Hublot and Ulysse Nardin by having their second price increase of the year tomorrow.  Patek Philippe just announced that they will be following suit as well in a little over a month on July 15.

Earlier this week, I read an article about a guy in California looking for a way to raise enough money to send his son to UCLA.  What better way to do so than to sell his used watches?  In order to help send his kid to school, he listed his collection of 19 Rolexes on eBay to be sold in entirety.  The auction started at $100 and was at $70,200 with over nine days left.

I have tried to track the auction over the last couple of days to see if we could witness another incredible eBay watch transaction, and I now see the auction has been terminated.  Rumor has it that the auction was canceling for violating the TOS.  Does anyone know the particulars?  I would love to find out!

Either way, look for a big boost in the pre-owned watch market over the next six months.  Believe it or not, new watches are becoming more expensive and less available!!!  I would not be surprised to see or hear about more large vintage-watch transactions over the rest of the year.

Jetman Takes Flight

History was made last weekend when Yves “Jetman” Rossy completed a historic flight through the Grand Canyon West.  Jumping from a helicopter at 8,000 feet with a jet-propelled wing pack attached to his back, Jetman soared amongst the eagles and rockscapes.  Moving at 190mph and steering only by the movement of his body, Rossy remained in flight for over eight minutes!

When I saw the video this morning I was blown away.  There was the Breitling logo flying high above the Grand Canyon!  Sick!

Apparently, Saturday’s flight was meant to just be training, but it was the only time Jetman could fit in between the 46mph winds that were circling all weekend.  Video from helicopters is the only proof of Rossy’s flight.

Jetman had already accomplished worldwide acclaim for successful jet-powered flights across Lake Geneva and the English Chanel, however, flying through the Cayman was his ultimate dream.  “My first flight in the U.S. is sure to be one of the most memorable experiences in my life, not only for the sheer beauty of the Grand Canyon but the honor to fly in sacred Native American lands,” he stated. Rossy made sure to thank both Mother Nature and the Hualapai Tribe for making his dream come true.

As we all know, Breitling has long been associated with the world of aviation. Jetman’s incredible flight is just another example of their serious accomplishments in the realm of air travel!

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

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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

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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?

Basel Breitlings

I told one of my buddies who is in Basel to try and get me some pictures of Breitling’s newest releases, and he came through for me with flying colors!  Well played!  I was wondering what the brand was going to release in smaller casesizes, and I am pretty impressed with what I am seeing.

Apparently the brand representatives told my friend they will no longer have families of watches.  The Navitimer, Windrider, Professional and Aeromarine classifications will no longer be used.  Meanwhile, the new Navitimer will be using the B01 movment and have a solid caseback, as opposed to the limited edition Navitimer 01 which has the transparent back.

The watches pictured are two new Chrono Superoceans, two Transoceans and a 44mm Superocean.  I am a fan of all of them.  I cannot help but compare the 44mm Superocean to my Abyss Black Superocean II.  I personally prefer the Arabic numerals to the stick markers on this model as I believe it gives the dial more substance, but the new 44mm version definitely is pretty sweet.

I also love how the Chrono Superocens are now using the same bezel as the regular Superoceans.  I always thought of the Chrono Superocean as a day and date chrono, however, which I can no longer do.  That model was one of the best values in the line with all of the features it offered in my mind.

The Transocean looks super classy.  I have yet to see the Transocean 01 in person and cannot wait.  I think the model is a great compliment to all of the new sporty watches the brand has released.  I also say cheers to the Superocean GMT, the limited edition Navitimer 1461 the “Flying Fish” that my friend was not able to get pictures of.  Overall, I definitely give Breitling two thumbs up.

Baselworld Has Arrived

With Baselworld less than 24 hours away, it is always entertaining listening to and reading about all of the rumors concerning new releases from the various brands.  One Breitling watch that will be launched is the Chronomat B01 GMT.  The watch is supposedly going to powered by what will be referred to as the 04 Breitling movement and will feature a 47mm case.  I am very interested in this 04 movement I am hearing about.  Is it really manufactured in house?  If so, will it soon be used in the Navitimer World?  Time will tell…

Another Breitling model set to be released in Basel is the Chronospace Automatic. This watch will have a 46mm stainless steel case, just like the digital display version, and will be available in four different dial colors – Volcano Black, Tungsten Gray, Mariner Blue and Stratus Silver. All the dials will be enhanced by black totalizers, and the sapphire crystal will have an anti-reflective coating. The movement used will be the COSC-certified Swiss automatic Breitling Caliber 23.

I am shocked by how many models Breitling is set to launch with casesizes larger than 44mm.  They are supposedly announcing a 49mm Bentley Barnato Racing watch as well.  I thought watches were starting to get smaller again, but maybe I am wrong.  Bell & Ross is set to announce a 45mm Vintage model with a big date and a power reserve indicator that is supposed to be sick.  Maybe the larger size watch craze is still in full effect.

A watch that is surely going to be tough to beat in terms of aesthetics and complications is the Patek Philippe 5270G.  The model is set to be the brand’s first ever perpetual calendar non split-second wrist chrongraph employing a Patek Philippe manufactured movement.  What a beast of a watch!  I love the lugs on it.  Too bad it will definitely have a six-figure price tag!  I cannot wait to see what will follow…  Enjoy following everything with me!

Limited Edition Airwolf to Celebrate Naval Aviation Anniversary

In celebration of the 100th anniversary of naval aviation, Breitling has announced the Naval Centennial Limited Edition Airwolf as its commemorative timepiece. This unique watch features pilot functions such as a 1/100th of a second chronograph, a countdown timer, an alarm, a second timezone with a separate alarm, a UTC and a perpetual calendar.  The watch also offers a nighttime reading function, thanks to the NVG compatible display backlighting system.

What are your chances of getting one of these watches? Only 500 pieces will be produced and 50 of them will be given to the Naval Aviation Foundation; Breitling is a Silver National Sponsor of the organization.  If you do manage to get your hands on the watch, Breitling will donate $100 back to the Foundation thanks to your purchase.

Perhaps the most interesting part of this story surrounds the first piece that will be produced. This innagural watch will journey about the globe with naval aviators only to return to Washington D.C. on Decemeber 3, 2011, just in time for the closing event. The watch and it’s documented adventures will be presented at the December ceremony.

Aside from this watch, Breitling has a ton of events planned to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the naval aviation!

The SuperSporty Release

Over the past few weeks, several people have asked for me what Breitling is planning on releasing at this year’s Baselworld.   I have several predictions, but one model I am now sure they will be unveiling is the Bentley Supersports Light Body watch.

A few weeks ago, in northern Finland, a special version of this watch was worn to set a new world record speed on ice.  Juha Kankkunen, the record-setting driver, used a special version Bentley Continental GTC Supersport to reach an impressive speed of 205.48 mph (330.695 km/h) over the frozen waters of the Baltic Sea.  The temperature of the water fluctuated between 30% and 20% Celcius while he was driving.  The new world record shattered the previous 2007 record, which was also set by Bentley with a Continental GT.

The limited edition Bentley Supersports Light Body watch boasts an ultra-light titanium case, speculated to be at least 45mm in size, with an automatic COSC Chronometer certified chronograph movement inside. The red and black dial with the black rubber strap gives the watch a unique and sporty look. Like many Breitlings, the Supersports Light Body has a rotating slide rule bezel, which is capable of many a calculation, as I hope many of you now know!