The new Breitling Avenger Bandit, with its gray “stealth” look said to be inspired by naval aviation, is a new chronograph watch that would look right at home on the deck of an aircraft carrier as well as in the cockpit of a fighter jet.
Its aviator-friendly case is suitably large — 45 mm in diameter — but also comfortably lightweight, made from ultra-sturdy titanium, a metal used extensively in aviation. The case is entirely satin-brushed rather than polished, to eliminate any glinting light reflections that could jeopardize a mission. The gray-toned dial features applied, military-look stencil hour numerals with luminescent coating and three tone-on-tone subdials, with subtly raised snailed patterns, for chronograph hours (6 o’clock) and minutes (12 o’clock) and running seconds (9 o’clock). The central chronograph hand has a distinctive red tip. The curved sapphire crystal over the dial is treated on both surfaces with an anti-glare treatment for enhanced legibility — and stealth.
The unidirectional, ratcheted rotating bezel, etched with stencil numerals for the minutes, has the four rider tabs that have become a hallmark of Breitling’s pilot watches. The grooved checkerboard motif on the screw-locked crown and chronograph pushers have been designed for non-slip grip and easy operation even for gloved fingers. The solid titanium caseback is engraved with a conversion scale for the major measuring units and a relief Breitling logo in the center.
Behind the caseback, and powering the timekeeping and chronograph functions, is Breitling’s Caliber 13, an automatic, COSC-certified chronometer movement with 25 jewels and a frequency of 28,800 vph. The case, which is water-resistant to 300 meters, is attached to an all-new strap that combines a rubber-tread interior with a highly resistant, military-grade textile exterior and features a titanium folding buckle.
The Breitling Avenger Bandit is available at retail now, priced at $6,015 for the pictured version with “military rubber” strap. Another version, on a more traditional, anthracite-colored military strap with tang buckle, retails for $5,405.