A surprising release comes our way in the new Breitling Superocean Heritage ’57 and we have all the details. Let’s plunge in…
Breitling has been doing great several years at this point. When looking at releases like the Premier , the various restricted edition reissues, or the reintroduction of the Top Time , it’s clear to us that the brand has returned to form.
Under the leadership of Georges Kern, Breitling has done what so many have us have been asking for so long. That means producing watches in human sizes and deferentially honoring its back catalog. With today’s Breitling Superocean Heritage ’57, the trend continues. Gracious, and let’s add a little zest to the soup because this could actually be my favorite of the year from any brand.
The Current Superocean Lineup
Let’s set the table a piece. The Superocean lineup is currently comprised of two distinct lines. There’s the “normal” Superocean arrangement of modern plunge watches spread more than four diameters and a litany of dial and strap combinations.
Then, there’s the Superocean Heritage that adds a chronograph along with three different diameters of three-hand jumper. These pieces combine some retro contacts with a more modern case. With the Breitling Superocean Heritage ’57, we have a third leg to the stool albeit in the type of a capsule collection. That’s “Breitling speak” for a non-numbered restricted arrangement that has no definitive expiry date.
The Breitling Superocean Heritage ’57 gets its name from the fact that the absolute first model was released back in 1957 as the reference 1004. Now, you know I love vintage, yet I can unequivocally reveal to you that the 1004 is one of the loveliest watches I’ve at any point had the pleasure of handling. The primary Superocean is a jumper at heart, however it’s so light and elegant. Regardless of whether you’re taking in the fiercely slanted bezel, the ludicrous case side profile, or the distinctive indices, the 38.5mm watch is a marvel for the eyes. What makes it even more forbidden-organic product like is that Breitling never really returned to this design.
A reference 807 chronograph two or three years later, however that was a short run as well. On the off chance that you’re looking for one or the other today, prepare to drop tens of thousands. We now have a modern answer.
The Breitling Superocean Heritage ’57
The Breitling Superocean Heritage ’57 comes to us in three unlimited variants. Black, blue, and a two-tone model with black dial and 18K red gold bidirectional rotating bezel are the decisions. The watches can be paired with a leather strap and pin clasp or butterfly clasp. Or on the other hand, a new Ocean network bracelet is available. As a bonus, this Swiss-made lattice vows to be thinner and more tapered than the current offering.
These watches measure at 42mm in diameter across the bezel. However, the greatest news is that the underlying case is simply 38mm. And the thickness? An incredible 9.99mm! In case you think this will be a lengthy watch, set those concerns aside. That 38mm case-center diameter means 46mm is your haul to-carry and the drag width is 20mm. Domed anti-intelligent sapphire sits next to that dramatically sloping matte ceramic bezel.
A chronometer-guaranteed B10 automatic caliber controls the Breitling Superocean Heritage ’57. That translates into either an ETA 2892 or Sellita SW300 sans date function! A twofold gasket crown and a strong screw-in case back assistance ensure 100 meters of water resistance. Finally, in a move that ought to please modernists, Breitling picked non-aged Super-LumiNova on those stunning round “oven dial” indices. Pricing for the stainless models is set at €4,120 on pin clasp, €4,350 on butterfly and €4,570 on network. The two-tone edition will retail for €4,950 on pin clasp, €5,180 on the butterfly, and €5,400 on the mesh.
A Funky Limited Edition
It’s 2020 and that means we also get a restricted edition version of the Breitling Superocean Heritage ’57. 250 numbered — not individually — bits of this rainbow version will be available. I’ve been looking at this model for several days at this point and while it assuredly wouldn’t be my decision, I applaud its semi-outlandishness. And again, with only 250 available, it’s a small danger to take. Pricing is only €180 more than the regular stainless versions. This means €4,300 on pin clasp, €4,530 on butterfly and €4,750 on mesh.
What a Great Release
Dive watches are all over the place and in the event that you take a gander at the scads of miniature brands out there, it is easy to come away thinking they’re easy to design and make. I think that’s wrong. There are a ton of great jump watches, yet the Breitling Superocean Heritage ’57 has the chance to be great. I love the restraint here and having seen some a lot larger, less faithful models early on, the final items are basically fantastic.
This isn’t window dressing using a current case with a new dial and bezel. This is a brand new case with tailored parts galore. Detractors will bemoan the utilization of an outsider movement, however here again, the utilization of other time-only movements at Breitling’s disposal would have added thickness to the case. Bravo on the decision. We’ll also hear concerns of only 100 meters of water resistance. Take that argument to confession where you come clean about being scared of swimming in the profound end of your clubhouse pool. Here again, I’ll take that elegant case over a heavy wrist beast each day.
On My List
I need another new watch like I need an opening in the head. I ran out of fake reasons years ago to add a watch to the stable, for example, “vacation watch”, or “beater watch”. For hell’s sake, I’ve probably even exhausted reasons, for example, “watch I wear to the supermarket on Wednesdays between 8:00 and 8:45pm”. That being said, I want the new Breitling Superocean Heritage ’57 when it hits shops in June. I want it in black on cross section. It’s perfect and resembles a fantastic daily watch that can do everything. I applaud this unexpected release. Now, let the hits continue!
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The 1957 Breitling Superocean (Photo Credit: Fred Mandelbaum)
The Breitling Superocean Chronograph Ref. 807 (Photo Credit: Fred Mandelbaum)
L to R: The new Breitling Superocean Heritage with an original Ref. 1004 Superocean from 1957 (Photo Credit: Fred Mandelbaum)