Breitling Redesigns its Colt Military Watch Collection

Breitling Colt Automatic, Colt Chronograph and Colt QuartzThe Breitling Colt collection — introduced in the 1980s and intended, as were its predecessors, the Breitling Navitimer and Breitling Chronomat, as military watches — has been revamped this year. The new Breitling Colt watches include models for men and ladies, with both quartz and automatic movements, including a quartz chronograph.

Colt was born in the 1980s and initially intended for the armed forces – like other Breitling watches such as the Navitimer and the Chronomat – before winning over a broad audience through its sturdiness, its reliability and its readability. It has since established itself as the most accessible Breitling model. The newly revamped Colt features a design that reinterprets all the essential assets on which it has built its success. The broad unidirectional rotating bezel with a satin-brushed finish and engraved hour-markers is adorned with four rider tabs – a Breitling signature feature – ensuring excellent handling as well as enhanced protection of the sapphire crystal which is glareproofed on both sides. The polished steel case, water-resistant to 200 meters (660 ft), is equipped with a large screw-locked crown with protective reinforcements. The black, blue or silver dials are enlivened by a fine circular raised motif and their readability is enhanced by oversized hands and hour-markers, accentuated by a luminescent coating. The satin-brushed steel bracelet may be replaced by a rubber or leather strap. The new Colt comes in a range of four models: a 44 mm watch with a mechanical selfwinding movement certified by the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC) – the highest official benchmark in terms of reliability and precision; a watch and chronograph equipped with SuperQuartz movements, ten times more accurate than standard quartz; and a Lady watch with a smaller diameter and an optionally gemset bezel. All of which brings fresh momentum to this collection with a youthful, dynamic and winsome attitude.

Breitling Colt Automatic, Colt Chronograph and Colt Quartz

COLT CHRONOGRAPH

Movement: Breitling Caliber 73, officially chronometer-certified by the COSC, thermocompensated SuperQuartz, fast timezone adjustment. 1/10th of a second chronograph, 60-minute and 12-hour totalizers with split times (split-second hand): Calendar. Case: steel. Water-resistant to 200 m (660 ft). Screw-locked crown. Unidirectional ratcheted rotating bezel. Sapphire crystal, glareproofed on both sides. Diameter: 44 mm. Dials: Volcano black, Mariner blue, Stratus silver. Straps/bracelet: leather, rubber Ocean Racer, rubber Diver Pro/Professional.

Breitling Colt Chronograph - Black Dial, Steel-Bracelet

COLT AUTOMATIC

Movement: Breitling Caliber 17, officially chronometer-certified by the COSC, selfwinding, high-frequency (28,800 vph), 25 jewels. Calendar. Case: steel. Water- resistant to 200 m (660 ft). Screw-locked crown. Unidirectional ratcheted rotating bezel. Sapphire crystal, glareproofed on both sides. Diameter: 44 mm. Dials: Volcano black, Mariner blue, Stratus silver. Straps/bracelet: leather, rubber Ocean Racer, rubber Diver Pro/Professional.

Breitling Colt Automatic - Silver Dial, Steel Bracelet

COLT QUARTZ

Movement: Breitling Caliber 74, officially chronometer-certified by the COSC, thermocompensated SuperQuartz, battery end-of-life indicator. Calendar. Case: steel. Water-resistant to 200 m (660 ft). Screw-locked crown. Unidirectional ratcheted rotating bezel. Sapphire crystal, glareproofed on both sides. Diameter: 44 mm. Dials: Volcano black, Mariner blue, Stratus silver. Straps/bracelet:leather, rubber Ocean Racer, rubber Diver Pro/Professional.

Breitling Colt Quartz - Blue Dial, Steel Bracelet

COLT LADY

Movement: Breitling Caliber 77, officially chronometer-certified by the COSC, thermocompensated SuperQuartz, battery end-of-life indicator. Calendar. Case: steel. Water-resistant to 200 m (660 ft). Screw-locked crown. Unidirectional ratcheted rotating bezel. Sapphire crystal, glareproofed on both sides. Diameter: 33 mm. Dials: Volcano black, Mariner blue, Stratus silver. Strap/bracelet: leather/Professional.

Breitling Colt Lady - Black Dial, Steel Bracelet; Diamondworks Dial and Strap

This article was originally published on September 3, 2014, and has been updated.