Breitling has redesigned its Superocean Heritage line, a collection dedicated to modern-day explorers, to coincide with its 60th anniversary.
First launched in 1957, the Superocean professional diving watch has since spawned several generations of instruments boasting peerless aquatic performance. Yet Breitling has also preserved the spirit of the original model in a line named Superocean Heritage that has become one of the brand’s stellar collections, thanks to its unique and timeless look combined with cutting-edge technology.
To mark the 60th anniversary of this pioneer of wide-open spaces, Breitling had reinvigorated its iconic design, with the addition of a new face as original, pure and dynamic as ever, as well as a new steel bezel with an ultra-hard high-tech ceramic ring that’s scratchproof and shock proof.
The elimination of the metal ring surrounding the minute circle means the bezel appears to form a seamless whole with the dial in a matching color. The unusual shape of the hands (triangular for the hours and lozenge-like for the minutes), along with the slightly cone-shaped hour-markers, reinforces ties with the 1957 model, while ensuring optimal legibility enhanced by luminescent markers.
The sturdy steel case with its screw-locked crown is water-resistant to 200m, while the fluted unidirectional rotating bezel, bearing a luminescent dot at 12 o’clock, is fitted with a 120-tooth system enabling extremely accurate adjustment and very smooth rotation – whether it comes to checking a dive time or marking off various time measurements, notably in aviation.
The Superocean Heritage II is interpreted in two watch sizes, 42mm and 46mm, each powered by a Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute-certified Manufacture Caliber B20 movement, while a 46mm chronograph houses a self-winding chronograph movement. All models are available in three colors (black, blue and bronze) and can be fitted with leather, crocodile or rubber straps, or a steel mesh bracelet echoing the legendary 1957 version.
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