Breitling is a watchmaker that has been in business since 1884. The brand has earned a solid reputation as a high-quality luxury provider that combines innovation in design and function with a variety of attractive options. The Chronoliner is a family within the brand that has served as a best seller for decades, from vintage examples to current models. The first examples were launched in the 1950s, picking up favor through the 1960s era forward. Some view them as collectibles while others are interested purely for the prestige of ownership and the high levels of functionality and fashion. Here are the five best Breitling Chronoliner watches that money can buy for your enjoyment and consideration.
5. Breitling Chronoliner Blue Watch - Price: $9,000
The Chronoliner Blue reference # &2431016/C970/277S was first released for sale to the general public in 2017. Although a recent model, this sample is an authentic Breitling with a vintage appeal, inspired by the 1950 through '60 era. This captain's watch features a bezel with a wide width that is made of premium ceramic that is hardened to resist scratching with a star-shaped cut out. The watch is powered with a Swiss made Breitling movement in a self-winding style and a chronograph function. The chronograph is COSC certified for accuracy. Functions include 1/4 seconds displayed by a large central seconds counter hand, and sub dials for the 12 hour counter and the 30 minute counter located on the main dial of the watch. It also includes two extra GMT/Time zones shown by large red tipped arrow head on the hand. The extra time zone indications are printed on the perimeter of the dial and the third, read by setting the rotating bidirectional bezel to the appropriate time zone. Other functions include date, and a power reserve of 42 ours. The caliber movement beats at a vibration of 28,800 vibrations per hour with 25 jewels.The case is made of stainless steel and measures 46 mm in width and 15.95 mm in depth. This watch is water-resistant up to 330 feet.
4. Breitling Chronoliner B04 - Price: $26,000
This is a very special edition within the Breitling Chronoliner line. It is a design that is strictly limited to just 250 pieces for distribution throughout the world. The reference number for this model is RB046116|C972|276S|R20D.3. The case is made of 18k red gold material. It is a large 46 mm in diameter with a depth of 15.95 mm. This collectible watch has a unique dial color of Aurora blue that contrasts wonderfully against the red gold case. The three time zones are displayed on the dial in a user-friendly manner that makes it easy to tell what time it is in any of the three. The bells is made of high-grade super hardened ceramic material in a rotating bi-directional style. The movement is a Swiss made automatic Caliber B04 with a power reserve of 70 hours and chronograph functions. The movement and dial are protected with an anti-glare double coated scratch-resistant sapphire crystal. The bracelet is a blue rubber strap with a tang buckle made of rose gold. The watch is water-resistant up to 330 feet.
3. Breitling Chronoliner Reference R24312 - Price: $17,990
This is another limited edition Breitling Chronoliner in red gold. The case is made of 18k rose gold and measures 46 mm in width and 15.95 mm in depth. The bezel is a bi-directional rotating type that is made of scratch-resistant hardened ceramic material. This timepiece is powered with a Swiss made self-winding automatic movement with a COSC certified chronometer function. The dial is black with button hour markers treated with Luminescent material for high visibility in low light environments. The crown is a screw down type with pushers made of the same material as the case. Functions include three chronograph subdials for 30 second, 60 minute and 12 hour features with GMT second time zone indicated on the bezel and the first time zone printed on the inner portion of the bezel on the dial. It is protected with a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal. The watch is water-resistant up to 100 meters and it attaches to the wrist via a Rubber Ocean Classic strap with a deployment buckle closure made of 18k rose gold.
2. Breitling Chronoliner Men's Steel and Blue Ceramic Watch - Price: $7,575
This Chronoliner is an authentic flight captain's watch that is distinguished by its blue ceramic bezel that complements the blue colored dial. The case is made of stainless steel and it measures 46 mm in diameter and 15.95 mm in depth. It's a large watch that is most suitable for men with large wrists. The crown is also made of stainless steel with a matching bracelet with a mesh design and a foldover clasp style closure. The watch is water resistant up to 100 meters or 330 feet. This timepiece is powered by a Swiss automatic chronograph movement featuring GMT and chronograph functions. The chronograph is COSC certified.
1. Breitling Chronoliner DLC Coated in Stainless Steel - Price: $8,150
The DLC Coated Stainless Steel was created with a vintage appeal to give a nod to the 1950s through 1960s era models. This authentic captain's watch is powered with a Breitling 24 caliber self winding mechanical movement with a 2nd timezone/34 hour. It beats at a rate of 28,800 vibrations per hour. The 25 jewels watch has a power reserve of 42 hours with a chronograph featuring 1/4 second, 30 minutes and 12 hours with windows represented on the dial. It also offers a calendar function. The case is made of stainless steel and offers a large diameter of 46 mm in width and a thickness of 15.95 mm. The case back is a screwed in type that enhances water resistance to 330 feet. The bezel is bidirectional and the crown is a non screw locked style with two gaskets. The black dial is protected with a convex sapphire crystal that has been treated with a coating of anti-glare solution on both sides.
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