The design of the Superocean Héritage Chronographe is matched by the quality of its performances
La Cote des Montres - February 3rd, 2008
In the late 1950s, having established its mastery of the skies, Breitling set off to conquer the maritime depths by launching the Superocean, a professional diver’s watch that also gained a following among the first leisure diving enthusiasts.
Ever since, successive generations of Superocean models have continued to excel on a technical level, boasting water resistance to depths of 500, 1500 and even 2000 meters. A glowing tribute to the original model, the Superocean “Héritage” line reflects both its spirit and its aesthetics, as in the new Chronographeversion.
As was the case 50 years ago, its dial carries the Breitling signature topped by the stylized letter B in 18-carat gold. The model also features another distinctive detail: the hour is displayed by the same luminescent triangular-tipped hand that already enabled unequivocal read-off even in the darkness at great depths.
The choice of wrist bands is equally exclusive – starting with the Ocean Classic woven steel bracelet, which mirrors the initial version that gave the watch its unusual visual appeal. The even more resolutely sporting Ocean Racer rubber strap comes in three colors matching those of the dial and bezel: black, blue and bronze.
The original design of the Superocean Héritage Chronographe is matched only by the quality of its performances. Its imposing steel case, measuring 46 mm in diameter and water-resistant to 200 meters (660 feet/20 bars), houses Breitling Caliber 13, a sturdy high-precision movement officially chronometer-certified by the COSC –as indeed are all Breitling movements.
Movement: Breitling Caliber 13, officially chronometer-certified by the COSC, selfwinding, high frequency (28,800 vibrations per hour), 25 jewels.
1/4th of a second chronograph, 30-minute and 12-hour totalizers.
Case: steel. Water-resistant to 200 meters (660 feet/20 bars).
Unidirectional ratcheted bezel.
Cambered sapphire crystal, glareproofed on both sides.
Strap/bracelet: Ocean Racer in rubber/Ocean Classic in woven steel.