Swiss luxury watchmaker Breitling is much known for its opulent appeal. But there’s more to this company than meets the eye. For one, Breitling is the world’s biggest supplier of aviator watches. They also happen to be the only watch manufacturer to have chronometer certification for all its movements. That might not be a sell for some, but it certainly exemplifies Breitling’s commitment to excellence and quality. If you’ve ever worn a Breitling watch on your wrist before, you’d know exactly the kind of quality it brings. Breitling has some outstanding timepieces. If you happen to be in the market for one, check out these 5 best black Breitling watches of all time.
1. Breitling Avenger Blackbird 48mm
Attractive, stylish, and functional, the Breitling Avenger Blackbird has the makings of a great watch. The black titanium case and black dial almost gives this watch a mysterious feel. However, it’s revitalized by its luminous indices and hands, giving its wearer excellent vision even in the dimmest light. The Breitling Caliber 17 mechanical movement makes the Avenger a powerful watch, and it even features power reserve of 38 hours. Although it gives more of a utility feel rather than a luxury vibe, the Avenger Blackbird is the kind of timepiece you can wear on a daily basis. The watch is protected by an anti-glare sapphire crystal that can surely withstand force if needed. The watch also has waterproof capabilities of up to 1,000 meters. It’s an aviator watch that can handle depths as well. You’d have to be willing to part with at least $5k in order to own this watch.
2. Breitling Avenger Seawolf Blacksteel
If you’re in need of a more professional diver’s watch, the Seawolf Blacksteel is a remarkable option. This Breitling watch is completely made out of steel, so durability is no question. The steel is blackened by means of highly resistant carbon-based treatment, so strength is no question either. In fact, the Seawolf is water resistant up to 3,000 meters. This means that this particular Breitling can withstand an incredible amount of pressure—hence the carburized steel build. The design is simple enough. The volcano black dial reflects the all-black framing of the watch. However, the white indices and hands will give the diver excellent vision even in deep ocean. You’ll have the option to wear one of two straps. The first is the perforated “Ocean Racer” style and the other is a professional diving rubber strap. The Breitling Avenger Seawolf Blacksteel is a limited edition production with only 1,000 watches ever made. Prices for the watch start at $4,700 and can cost more—depending on quality and function.
3. Breitling for Bentley 6.75 Midnight Carbon
When you see Breitling and Bentley together in one name, you can rest assure that quality is at hand. You can also imagine that the price would reflect that quality. Starting at roughly $11k per watch, this Midnight Carbon Breitling is a work of art. It’s a tribute to Bentley’s largest engine—the 6.75-liter motors that powers Bentley’s Mulsanne limousines. The watch has an interesting motif that allows you a look into the movements. This Breitling has a satin-brushed steel case that’s as durable as it is stunning. The knurled bezel is definitely unique, and it outlines the watch’s large aperture calendar feature, something that we rarely see at all. The Midnight Carbon is powered by Breitling’s automatic Caliber 44B, being the cherry on the top of this masterpiece. As a limited edition watch, you’ll only find 1,000 of these Breitling for Bentley 6.75 Midnight Carbon.
4. Breitling Navitimer Cosmonaute Blacksteel
Going by looks alone, there’s no watch more unique as this Breitling timepiece. Its Cosmonaute name is the perfect representation for the watch, which looks like it’s from out of this world. The black dial on the black case and strap mimic deep space, and the multiple luminescent details of the various indices provide gorgeous and intricate contrast. This Navitimer has an important place in history. Its predecessor was the one worn by famous astronaut Scott Carpenter, who happened to be the second American to orbit the Earth in 1962. The bezel works as a circular slide rule, which allows various calculations that no layperson might ever need to do. Utilizing the company’s manufacture Caliber B02, the Breitling Navitimer Cosmonaute Blacksteel is the ultimate aviator watch. And as a final touch of brilliant detail, the caseback of the Cosmonaute happens to bear the Aurora mission insignia. There are 1,000 Cosmonautes in the world, and you can own one for roughly $9,500 a piece.
5. Breitling Superocean Heritage II B20
Although it may look more like a dress watch than anything, the Superocean is the Navitimer of the sea. It’s an extremely capable dive watch that can handle depths of up to 200 meters. The black case, black straps, and black dial is slightly accented by silver lugs. The bezel has a satin finish to it and mirrors the indices on the dial itself—giving the diver more visibility under water. The luminous white indices themselves have an elegant finish, making this Breitling possibly the fanciest dive watch you can ever find. The texturized rubber strap is probably the closest characteristic this watch has to the typical dive watch, but this strap alone will keep your watch in place like no other. The Breitling Superocean Heritage II B20 is a vision of elegance and performance; it’s surprising that the watch only costs roughly $5,700. It’s certainly a steal at that price point. If you’re a Breitling fan or a watch aficionado in general, the Superocean should definitely be in your collection. The Superocean also has a limited edition counterpart that sells for even less. You might even have two Superoceans in your collection.