Breitling Avenger B01 Chronograph 44 Replica
Compared to historic Breitling models such as the Chronomat and Navitimer, the Avenger is a more recent addition, as it was only introduced to the brand’s catalog in 2001. When the Avenger was relaunched in 2019, Breitling positioned it as a rugged military-oriented range of pilot’s watches that are equally at home inside the cockpit as they are deep below the surface of the ocean, and in many ways, the Breitling Avenger could be seen as a replacement for the Colt, which was discontinued the following year in 2020. However, several Breitling collections have recently received major updates that have introduced a more refined and mature design language, and it only seemed like a matter of time before we would see a new generation of the Avenger. Now as its latest new release of 2023, Breitling has given the entire Avenger collection a major overhaul, and the new lineup consists of more than twenty different references that are available in the form of chronographs, GMT watches, and standard time-and-date models.
In terms of their overall aesthetics, the new 2023 Breitling Avenger collection very much follows in the footsteps of the previous generation, although a quick look at the collection will confirm that the new watches are all noticeably more refined than their immediate predecessors. Across the updated collection, the cases now feature stepped bevels running down their lugs, which significantly decrease the blocky presence that characterized models from the previous generation. While there are small polished accents on the bezels, crowns, and chronograph pushers, the actual middle cases are all entirely brushed, which further helps promote their more restrained overall appearance. Additionally, despite the fact that the standard time-and-date watches have 42mm cases, while the GMT models and chronographs are larger at 44mm, all of the new Breitling Avenger watches have lugs that are set 22mm apart, and they also all offer the same 300 meters of water resistance.
Breitling has introduced an updated Avenger collection of pilot-inspired watches. Dating to the early 2000s, the Avenger collection has been scaled down and simplifed to make for a sleek update. The collection includes the Automatic 42, GMT 44, and the B01 Chronograph 44 – the chronograph uses Breitling’s manufacture caliber 01. While the new collection maintains the aviation inspiration and rugged profile of the Avenger, the updates align the Avenger with other updates we’ve seen across Breitling’s catalog.
Younger than many of Breitling’s other collections, the Avenger is a bit of a modern mash-up of everything that makes Breitling Breitling. The adjectives practically write themselves: big, bold, rugged, aviation-inspired, tool.
Unlike the standard stainless steel chronograph models, dial options for the new black ceramic Breitling Avenger B01 Chronograph 44 Night Mission watches include bright yellow with contrasting black chronograph registers or a stealthy all-black option that is constructed from forged carbon fiber and showcases the material’s natural dark gray asymmetric pattern throughout its surface. Additionally, unlike the stainless steel versions of the 2023 Avenger Chronograph that are available with either metal bracelets or “military leather” straps, there aren’t any bracelet options available for the new Avenger Night Mission models, and they are exclusively offered on either black or yellow straps that are completed by folding clasps made from titanium to match their accenting case components.