Breitling has established a tradition of providing adventurous professionals as well as those who have an interest in flying or diving with timepieces that serve as tools of the trade for enhancing safety of their passions. In addition to being known for their magnificent and highly functional pilot’s watches, Breitling also designs and produces some of the finest diver’s watches available today. For your enjoyment and consideration, here are the five most outstanding models of all time.
5. Breitling Avenger Automatic 45 Seawolf Night Mission
The 45 Seawolf Night Mission is a member of the Avenger series. This particular example is popular because of its water-resistance which allows safety up to 3,000 meters for deep water diving. This is thanks to the screw-locked crown featuring two gaskets, firmly sealed with a convex sapphire crystal with anti-glare coating on the inside and the outsid.mThe case is made of high quality stainless steal, treated with black DLC coating, measuring 45 mm in diameter and 18.40 mm in thickness. The large lume treated hour markers offer tremendous visibility in low light conditions with a red tipped seconds hand for further contrast. The timepiece is powered with a self-winding mechanical Breitling 17 in-house movement. It beats at 28,800 vph with 25 jewels, calendar function and, hours, minutes and seconds, and a power reserve of 38 hours.
4. Breitling Superocean II 44Stainless Steel – Black
The Superocean II is one of the best selling Breitling diver watches with its comfortable 44 mm stainless steel case with a satin brushed finish. The water resistance is quite remarkable at a rating for diving to 3,300 ft depths. The dial is available in a choice of blue or black, with oversized hour indicators that stand out with excellent contrast against the darker background. The hands and indices are all treated with a coating of luminescent material for superior legibility in darker environments. Pressure within the watch is equalized by a security valve that is placed between the inside and the outside of the case to preserve the integrity at high-pressure depths, or heights for that matter. The movement is a COSC certified chronometer, self-winding Breitling 17 caliber with 25 jewels and a power reserve of 38 hours.
3. Breitling Endurance Pro Chronograph B82
The Endurance Pro chronograph is among the more affordable diver watches in the Breitling lineup. This watch is a superior value for the cost with the case made of the brand’s own Breitlight material that is several times the hardness of stainless steel, and 3 times lighter than titanium. Its made for to be comfortable on the wrist, with a 44 mm width. For diving adventures, the Endurance Pro Chronograph is water-resistant up to 330 feet, with high legibility in low light environments. This is thanks to the luminescent coating on the markers and hands. The flat sapphire crystal is treated with anti-glare coating on both sides.
2. Breitling Superocean Heritage B20 46
The Superocean Heritage B20 46 is a popular choice for divers with a water-resistant rating up to 660 feet. The case is made of stainless steel with a width of 46 mm and a thickness of 15 mm with a polished finish. The bezel is a uni-directional rotating type made of blue ceramic, and the crown is a screw-in type. The dial is a gun blue color featuring a “B” emblem in gold tone, to signify the brand of the watch. The hands are made of steel and filled with luminescent material for enhanced viewing in low light conditions. The index hour markers and and luminescent dots are applied and feature a silver tone. A date window is situated on the dial in the 6 o’clock position.
This diver’s watch is power by a Breitling caliber B20 automatic chronometer movement with COSC certification. The power plant beats at 28,800 vph with 28 jewels and a power reserve of 70 hours. The dial and movement beneath are protected by a sapphire crystal that is resistant to scratches, scuffs, and shattering. The lug width is 24 mm and the watch securely attaches to the wrist with an Aero Classic band, made of blue rubber. It fastens with a push button deployant buckle clasp with push- button quick micro adjustment features.
1. Breitling Superocean Automatic 48
The Superocean Automatic 48 is one of the most popular Swiss made diver’s watches. It offers a balance of reasonable pricing with the functionality divers look for in a high quality watch. This example features a titanium case with a width of 48 mm for ample size and readability. The case back is solid, and the crown is a screw-in type to augment the water-resistance of the watch which is rated for up to 990 feet. The bezel is a bi-directional rotating type.
The dial is a bright yellow color which stands out nicely against the black and silver-tone bezel. The hands are grey which also provide a nice contrast with luminescent filling. The index hour markers are on the dial with the stick style minute markers placed around the outer rim. Luminous coating applied to the hour markers cause them to show up brilliantly in low lighting conditions, for amazing legibility in all kinds of light levels.
This watch is powered by an automatic self-winding Breitling, in-house, caliber 17 movement with a power reserve of approximately 38 hours, and hour, minute, and seconds functions. The dial and movement beneath are protected with a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal. The watch fastens to the wrist via a black rubber band with a secure tang type clasp. The Superocean Automatic 48 is a more basic Breitling Diver that does not offer the complications we’ve seen in the chronograph models, but it is highly functional as one of the more affordable options without sacrificing quality or performance.