Breitling Colt Chronograph
Breitling Colt Chronograph Automatic Colt Chronograph Stainless Steel – Black Equipped with a Breitling SuperQuartz
Breitling Men’s Colt Chronograph Stainless steel case with a polished finish. Mariner Blue dial with a very fine concentric circle pattern texture. Stepped-down silver sub-dials with thin polished steel rims & with a fine concentric circle pattern texture. Applied polished steel-rimmed index hour markers with luminous fill.
The Breitling 13 caliber, based on the Valjoux 7750, ticks away inside this watch. The balance wheel vibrates at a frequency of 28,800 A/h, making it possible to accurately time to within 1/8 of a second. The power reserve lasts at least 42 hours. The chronograph resembles the Colt Automatic. movement, ten times more accurate than standard quartz, the Colt Chronograph asserts itself as the epitome of sturdiness, functionality and readability. Developed in the 1980s for the armed forces, the instantly-recognizable Breitling Colt became a popular favorite thanks to its sturdiness, functionality, and readability, along with an attractive price point.
Equipped with a Breitling SuperQuartz movement, ten times more accurate than standard quartz, the Colt Chronograph asserts itself as the epitome of sturdiness, functionality and readability. These are qualities derived from its military roots. The four rider tabs adorning the unidirectional bezel with its engraved hour-markers ensure optimally smooth handling.
Breitling’s all-purpose watch for your every pursuit, at home both on the red carpet and at the beach. Introduced in 1984, the Chronomat celebrated Breitling’s centenary in style and marked the return of the mechanical chronograph. Nearly forty years later, the Chronomat is set to appeal to men and women of purpose, action and style.
Breitling is a tough one for me. I have for long appreciated the engineering that goes into their watches and the overall quality all that results in – I have, however, just never fallen in that deep, relentless love with any of their designs thus far. That may be over now, as I saw the Breitling Colt Chronograph Automatic hands-on this year at Baselworld, and at last I could say: this may be it.
The devil is in the details, and the situation is no different this time around either. Pieces like those from the SuperAvenger or the Bentley collab’ collections always overwhelmed me (not in the most positive way) with their designs and, from the beginning, steered me away from being able to appreciate them on a finer level. The Breitling Colt may share a very similar case design as the Avenger, yet the former, with its 44mm case and, to my eyes much more fortunate proportions, somehow allowed me to approach it as a watch, and not as a flashy saucer that happens to tell the time. Sorry.
The Breitling Colt is nevertheless unmistakably Breitling, don’t get me wrong – and that is an extremely important element to it. The chunky bezel, even chunkier case, masculine proportions, and busy dial fail to drop a single link from the Breitling DNA. I just feel it’s Breitling toned down to a level where it is easier to appreciate – as opposed to when it is turned up to 11.
Inside the Breitling Colt Chronograph Automatic is the caliber B13, which is a COSC certified version of the ETA 7750. Twelve-hour chronograph, date, and running seconds is the ever-green feature set it offers, and that added guarantee of accuracy (somewhere between -4/+6 seconds per day) is a most welcome addition. It’s nice to have brains to go with the beauty.
Speaking of beauty, let’s see where that is stemming from. The size is nothing to write home about; at 44mm wide, it will be considered rather big by most – unless you have larger wrists, of course. And indeed, the Breitling Colt wears big, and yet it feels comfortable on this blue rubber strap, that offers subdued, non-branded looks paired with decent wearing comfort. I will say that the strap may nonetheless be the weakest link for the Breitling Colt Chronograph Automatic, as its raised rectangular area and the overall color both feel a bit off, upon closer inspection.
The better news is that the Breitling Colt Chronograph can be purchased on a number of other straps – and with a 22mm lug-to-lug width, there’s an infinite number of aftermarket alternatives. The strap options from Breitling include leather straps in five different colors, a steel bracelet, or three different rubber straps. More importantly, it can come with a black or blue dial with white sub-dials, or a panda dial with black sub-dials on white. Blue is very much “in,” and I personally could only be tempted by the panda option.
I promised to, but have not yet addressed where the real appeal of this piece is coming from: the details. I would recommend scrutinizing these two pictures above, and you’ll likely see what I mean. For starters, the even, circular pattern across the dial serves as a great backdrop: it is not a very usual design element and yet one that, for some reason, lends a fine, albeit also rather tool-like aesthetic.
The hands, as you’ll see further above, are also of high quality, as they are long and wide enough – which helps a great deal in creating the overall, proportionate appearance of the watch. The main hands carry a substantial amount of off-white lume. Last but not certainly not least – as far as the respectable nuances of the dial are concerned – the print on the dial is super sharp and defined, down to the finest details. There may be some arguably superfluous elements, but the overall tool-watch nature remains perfectly intact, nonetheless.
The counterpoint to all these small details is a case that offers an interesting blend of angular and curved design elements. The lugs are curved, and this soft look is carried on by the crown, circular pushers with circular frames, and the curved case back. On the other hand, the crown guards, the four larger segments, and the smaller stick markings of the uni-directional diver’s bezel (a slightly more unusual but cool match with the chronograph function) bring in some angular design elements, just so as to save the Breitling Colt Chronograph Automatic from looking like it’s melting away with all those curves around it.
Beyond the details of the dial itself, the case is also of very high quality: it just feels super solid from step one, and what helps a great deal in achieving that is that it has a certain depth to both its polished and brushed surfaces that (while, of course, not exclusive to this piece) I wish I could see more often on other watches.