After conquering the skies, in 1957 Breitling set course for the sea with the launch of the original Superocean, equipped with a highly readable dial, armored glass, and a monohull case watertight to 200 meters or 660 feet – quite a feat for the time. Originally designed for professional and military divers, the watch soon developed a following among enthusiasts and leisure divers. At Baselworld, Breitling launched the latest Superocean with an entirely new design.
The 42mm stainless steel case is water resistant to 1500 meters or 5000 feet. Dive-specific features include a screw lock crown, helium escape valve, unidirectional rubber-molded ratcheted bezel, and a thick, cambered sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating on both sides. Oversized numbers, hour markers and hands with Superluminova assure excellent legibility even in low light. The movement is Breitling Caliber 17 with date display at 3 o’clock. It is officially chronometer certified by COSC. It offers automatic winding and runs in 25 jewels at 28,800 vph.
Colored inner bezel rings add a touch of style. The rings are available in black, white, red, blue and yellow. The ring’s color is also picked up in the arrow-shaped tip of the seconds hand. The new Superocean is available on either a Diver Pro or Ocean Racer rubber straps with either a tang or deployant buckle, the latter offering fine size adjustment and a diver’s extension. The watch is also available on a steel Professional bracelet. The entry point on rubber strap with tang buckle is $2695. The deployant takes the price to $2995, and on the steel Professional bracelet the MSRP is $3085.
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