Breitling Superocean Heritage II
The collection is celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2017. For that, Breitling has redesigned its Superocean Heritage line.
First launched in 1957, the Superocean professional diving watch maintain the spirit of the original model in a line named Superocean Heritage.
To mark the 60th anniversary, Breitling had reinvigorated its iconic design while maintaining its unique character. The main development took the form of a new steel bezel with an ultra-hard high-tech ceramic ring that is scratchproof and extremely shock-resistant. The elimination of the metal ring surrounding the minute circle means the bezel appears to form a seamless whole with the dial in a matching color, adorned with the original Superocean logo. The unusual shape of the hands (triangular for the hours and lozenge-like for the minutes), along with the slightly cone-shaped hour-markers, reinforces ties with the 1957 model, while ensuring optimal legibility enhanced by luminescent markers.
The Superocean Heritage II is interpreted in two watch sizes (42 and 46 mm) and as a 46 mm chronograph, all available in three colors: black, blue and bronze. The latter versions are available with an exclusive brand-new rubber-leather strap in the same color and enhanced by contrasting stitching. In addition to the leather, crocodile or rubber straps, all the models may be fitted with a steel mesh bracelet echoing the legendary 1957 version.
The Superocean Heritage II Chronographe 46 houses a selfwinding chronograph movement chronometer-certified by the COSC (Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute). The movement for the Superocean Heritage Chronographe 46 is the Breitling Caliber 13, that has 25 jewels and runs at 28,800 vibrations/hour.
The Manufacture Caliber B20 powering the Superocean Heritage II 42 and 46 models, also COSC-certified, is a high-precision, reliably robust selfwinding movement endowed with a 70-hour power reserve. Derived from the Tudor Caliber MT5612( the movement on the Black Bay watches) and flaunting exclusive finishing, it represents one aspect of the recent cooperation between the two brands that are now pooling their expertise in the development and production of certain mechanical movements. The Caliber B20 has 28 jewels and a frequency of 28,800 vibrations/hour.
The sturdy steel case with its screw-locked crown is water-resistant to 200 m (660 ft). The fluted unidirectional rotating bezel, bearing a luminescent dot at 12 o'clock, is fitted with a 120-tooth system enabling extremely accurate adjustment and very smooth rotation - whether it comes to checking a dive time or marking off various time measurements, notably in aviation.
The prices for the Breitling Superocean Heritage II starts at $4,075 for the 42mm and $4,375 for 46mm. For the Superocean Heritage II Chronographe 46 starts at $5,415.