Breitling's Superocean Héritage line of watches has been around for some years now, since 2007, though the original Superocean dates back to 1957. At that time, it was a professional diver's watch that became popular amongst the first amateur scuba divers. This year, the brand has issued a limited edition series of this classic model, celebrating the 125th anniversary of the House. The Superocean Héritage Chronograph has some of the historical features, such as the stylised letter B, though on this model it is in 18 carat gold, right above the name on the dial.
The hour hand has the same triangular-tipped design that was originally created to ensure easy reading even in the darkness of the ocean depths. The two dials of the chronograph are at 9 and 3 o'clock. Unlike the previous chronograph version, the limited edition has a Breitling Caliber 23, a Valjoux 7753 automatic 30-minute totalizer chronograph (fourth of a second) mechanical movement. Like all Breitling movements, this has been chronometer-certified by the COSC. The date is in a small window at 6 o'clock position.
The limited edition is made in three dial colours, Volcano Black, Stratus Silver and Gun Blue. Each watch will be limited to a thousand pieces. The Superocean Héritage Chronograph Limited Edition watches are 46mm in diameter and 200 metres water resistant. There is a choice of wristbands, between the woven steel that reflects the original bracelet, and the rubber Ocean Racer strap which has a more contemporary and sporty style. The prices are about €4,120 for the model with rubber strap, and €4300 for the version with the Ocean Classic steel bracelet.
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