Breitling is a Swiss brand well known for their high quality luxury watch making in high end circles. Their Superocean Heritage Collection has been in need of an update and they’ve crafted the Superocean Heritage II B20 Automatic 42 as the new member of the family line of watches. The blue dial is a popular color that sells so well partly because of its soothing aesthetic along with a mimicry of the super blue ocean. It’s a diver’s watch so it’s only fitting that it be thematically in tune with its intended use, although it looks amazing in casual as well as dressy settings where a sporty appeal is in line.
The case of the Automatic 42 is made of steel and it is treated with a polished finish. The round shaped case measures 42 mm in diameter with a thickness of 13.30 mm and it is also offered in a 46 mm version for those who prefer a larger watch presence. The polishing of the metal has a different look that gives it a hint of bling without looking cheap and we can assure you that there is nothing cheap or inexpensive about a Breitling timepiece. The bezel of this piece is updated and it features a ceramic insert styling. It has a minimalist design with a polished finish that has a metallic value, but it’s not metal. The timing markers are also minimalist with a pip of lume which is located at the 60 minute indication.
The dial of this Breitling in the Superocean line is the first to receive new new and updated Breitling logo that is minus the aviator wings. The attractive dial is a lovely blue hue that is reminiscent of the depths of warm water oceans with a. symmetrical layout of applied hour markers which are also polished to make a connection with the outer case. The date window is placed at the 6 o’clock position. This is a refined dial with multiple polished elements that give it a classy and sophisticated appeal and these are safely enclosed within a sapphire crystal that is ever so slightly domed. The glass adds a value of high legibility with AR coating that diminishes any glare from bright overhead light. The overall assessment of the dial is easily summarized as a simple yet attractive. The legibility of the watch is excellent thanks to the contrasting color scheme and the application of lume for low light situations.
The movement of the Superocean Heritage II B20 Automatic 42 is an in-house model that is called the Breitling 17. It is a self winding mechanical type that beats at 28,800 vibrations per hour with 25 jewels and a power reserve of approximately 38 hours. The functions of the movement are calendar, hours, minutes and seconds.
A few other details about the Breitling Superocean Heritage II B20 Automatic 42 which are worth mentioning include the fact that the crown is a screw-locked type with two gaskets. The bezel is unidirectional and ratcheted. The case back is a screwed in type, also made of steel and the sapphire crystal is cambered and glare proofed on both sides of the glass. This watch is water resistant up to 500 meters or 1,650 feet. The weight of this timepiece without the strap is 93.50 grams. It affixes to the wrist via a metal bracelet which matches the case.
Availability and pricing of the new Superocean
The price of the Breitling Superocean Heritage II B20 Automatic 42 wristwatch is between $4,150 and $3,995, It is available through the watch maker directly or it can be found in authorized dealers and in a few different online venues. This is the updated piece that Breitling has added to their Superocean collection and after the anticipation, the new version is finally here. It’s a diver through and through but it’s much more than a sports watch. This luxury timepiece is the latest edition of a top selling line of divers that is offered in a luxury format yet at a price that is more affordable than many of its luxury counterparts on the market today.