The year 1957 was an important one in Breitling’s history, as this was when the brand first released the Superocean collection. In fact, the decade of 1950 saw some prestigious brands such as Rolex and Omega release dive watches (Submariner, Seamaster 300), with Breitling following suit in the latter years. Breitling released the Superocean model in two variants; chronograph and non-chronograph. Some of the originals from 1957 are much sought after today by Breitling replica and watch enthusiasts.
Replica Breitling Superocean 42 Stainless Steel Black Japan Watch A17366D71B2A1
In celebration of the 60th anniversary of the Superocean, in 2017 Breitling redesigned the Superocean Heritage line and released anniversary editions which come in both chronograph and non-chronograph versions, much like the originals from 1957. Both these editions were made by Breitling to resemble original versions in terms of design, with only the movement update being the significant change in the watches. The watch models came in 42mm and 46mm sizes with the chronograph version available in 46mm. All three size variants came in 3 different dial colour variations; black, blue and brown.
In 2018, Breitling re-vamped the Superocean Heritage line once again by introducing the chronograph and non-chronograph versions in 44mm, along with a 42mm gold and stainless steel version. The three different sizes (42mm, 44mm, 46mm) offer a whole lot of flexibility to the general public to be able to match almost any wrist size. What we have on our hands today is the Superocean Héritage II B20 Automatic 42 in the blue dial and Ocean Classic stainless-steel bracelet.
The Superocean Héritage II B20 Automatic comes in a 42mm sturdy stainless steel casing which has a screw lock-down crown. This allows the water-resistance of the watch to be roughly 200m. Not overall great for a divers watch, however, will function more than enough for everyday wear and of course the Superoacean range will take you to 500 meters of water resistance ( See our Breitling Superocean review here). The gun blue dial is undoubtedly something that catches your eye, however. The sunburst effect gives the dial some depth and variety while looking very aesthetically pleasing from all angles.
Breitling has done well to keep all the minute details of the dial the same as the original 1957 Superocean version. The triangular hour hand, lazenge like for minute hand along with the cone-shaped hour markers have all been made to reflect the original Superocean model. Compared to the chronograph version, the Superocean Héritage II B20 Automatic 42 is more easily legible as, without the counters, the dial is less cluttered. If used for underwater exploration, this is ideal due to the easy readability.
Superluminova has been applied to the hour and minute hands along with eight of the hour markers. While this may seem enough, the only downside is that the hour marker lume is quite small and may not give off the lume required for underwater exploration. For everyday wear, however, the lume visibility shouldn’t be a problem.
The bezel on the Superocean Héritage II B20 Automatic 42 is a key innovative feature of the watch, and it’s practical as it is stunning to look at. The uni-directional bezel is made fitted with a 120-tooth system which allows easy adjustment regardless of the conditions. The bezel is made of stainless steel and has an ultra-hard high-tech ceramic ring which is exceptionally shock-resistant and scratchproof. Seemless integration between the dial and the bezel is cleverly done by removing the metal ring surrounding the minute circle. There is also a luminescent pip at the 12 o’clock mark for diving visibility. Overall it makes it seem as if the bezel is part of the dial itself.
The “Ocean Classic” mesh bracelet is iconic to dive watches in Breitling’s collection and has been used once again for the Superocean Héritage II B20 Automatic 42. Most mesh bracelets can be uncomfortable to wear if you have a lot of arm hair, however, with Breitling’s Ocean Classic it isn’t a problem due to the mesh links being spaced very close together. Micro adjusting for the bracelet can also be done via the clasp. While there are different strap options available for the Superocean Héritage II B20 Automatic 42, the Ocean Classic mesh bracelet is easily the best fit as it looks beautiful and has a shine that is equally matched by the casing of the watch.
Powering the Superocean Héritage II B20 Automatic 42 is the COSC Breitling Manufacture Calibre B20. This robust 4Hz automatic movement has a very modest power reserve of 70 hours. It has to be stated though that this calibre, however, is not an ETA movement nor is it produced in house by Breitling.
The B20 calibre movement is actually based on Tudor’s Calibre MT5612 movement, bar finishing touches and use of silicon balance spring. In what is almost like a movement exchange program, Breitling has used Tudor’s movement for their B20 calibre, and Tudor uses a variant of Breitling’s B01 movement for their Heritage Black Bay Chronograph. Regardless of the origins of the B20 movement, its reliable, tough and has enough power reserve to suit almost any condition.
How does it wear?
The 42mm sits well on a 6.5-inch wrist, making the watch quite comfortable to wear, especially with the mesh bracelet. As we mentioned earlier, the polish from the casing on the bracelet gives off an irresistible shine that’s synonymous with Breitling and their dive watches with the Ocean Bracelet.
The watch can feel a bit bulky (Case thickness of 14.35mm and lug to lug approximately 50mm), however, the majority of the Breitling’s dive watches are like that, giving the sense that its more of a tool watch rather than a dress piece. Having said that you can easily wear this around the office and to formal events and because the watch comes in a variety of case sizing this will accommodate all wrist sizes ( almost!). If you are a fan of blue dials, it would be hard to look past this model as the gun-blue sunburst dial gets quite a lot of attention!
The water resistance for this piece, however, is quite low for dive watches, but that could be more down to Breitling trying to keep it like the original 1957 Superocean. The Superocean Heritage II B20 Automatic 42 certainly packs quite a package for the money spent; coming with a trusted Tudor movement, a robust ceramic bezel, Ocean Classic bracelet, a beautiful sunburst gun blue dial and ties back to Breitling’s original dive watch history. There are certainly other dive watches out there, but not many that would offer this much value for money.
Breitling as a brand is famously known for its aviation timepieces, with the likes of the Navitimer and Aviator models being very popular. The brand however, has so much more to offer. With watches to suit sport professionals and adventurers, to the more elegant and urban watches such as the Premier collection, Breitling has a wide variety of timepieces to suit everyone.
Breitling has a rich history in the diving sector as well thanks to their SuperOcean and SuperOcean Heritage collections. These two diving collections are different from each other as the Heritage has a more chronograph and sporty appearance, whereas the SuperOcean has a more clean and simple look. Two different styles of diving watches to suit two different audiences.
What we have on our hands today is a piece from Breitling’s 2019 Baselworld SuperOcean collection release; the SuperOcean 42mm Automatic. When the Breitling SuperOcean was first released in 1957, it was released to make it clear that there was a new player in the diver’s watch market. Since its first release over 60 years ago, the Breitling SuperOcean collection has stayed true to the quality, pure Breitling style and exceptional performance. The 2019 update brings a new facelift with two dial colour choices (black and blue), while keeping the internal mechanics that the SuperOcean is known for the same.
The 2019 update for the Breitling SuperOcean was a much needed fresh look for the collection. Since Goerges Kern took over, most of the brand’s watch families (Navitimer, Premier, Avenger etc.) have fresh new looks or complete updates altogether, so it was only in due time that the SuperOcean collection would get theirs. Georges Kern’s new Breitling team wanted to create a SuperOcean collection that would fit almost any wrist size. This is why the new collection comes with five models that have different case sizes; 36mm, 42mm, 44mm, 46mm and 48mm.
The previous SuperOcean models had a busier dial, which included an internal hour track (13-24 hour markers), inner minute track and more lines of text throughout the dial. While showing more information is not a bad thing, it may provide issues in terms of readability, especially during low visibility scenarios such as deep-sea dives.
The 2019 update for the Breitling SuperOcean Automatic 42 gives the watch a much simpler look while going big on its core dive features. The bezel is stainless steel like the 42mm casing and gets a black varnish inlay. Breitling has opted to keep the bezel ratcheted, which comes in very handy in those deep-sea underwater explorations where gloves are worn. The design of the bezel has remained relatively unchanged from the previous version, which is fine as the bezel was clean and simple to begin with.
The dial is where a lot of the changes from the 2019 update have been carried out. As stated earlier, Breitling has gone from a more busier dial to a more simplistic look. The trapezoidal hour markers are much larger than the hour markers in the previous version, with Breitling also opting to use Arabic numbers for the 6-9-12 indexes. The hour and minute hands are shaped similar to the hour indexes as well. All of these markers, along with the hands, have been filled with SuperLuminova, which provides exceptional nighttime readability. A simple date window has also been positioned at the 3 o’clock position.
Another notable feature on the dial is the second hand. This second hand has been given a red arrow tip, which adds a nice touch of colour and is still noticeable against the large SuperLuminova filled hour markers.
At the heart of Breitling’s SuperOcean is the Calibre 17 movement. This movement is based on the ETA 2824-2 automatic movement which has a quick set date complication. The Calibre 17 movement is known to be one of the most robust movements in Breitling’s line up. Quite rightly so as it needs to perform during high-pressure scenarios such as deep-sea diving.
The ETA 2824-2 automatic movement has been taken by Breitling and modified in their headquarters in Switzerland. Unlike most mechanical watches, when the bi-directional rotor winds it produces minimal noise, making the Calibre 17 movement is relatively quiet. The Calibre 17 movement has also been COSC chronometer-certified, ensuring that the watch is very accurate and performs to roughly -4 and +6 seconds in a 24 hour period. Calibre 17 comes with approximately a 38 hour power reserve and a water rating of 50Bar (500 meters) for this particular 42mm model.
Overall, the Breitling SuperOcean 42mm Automatic is a sturdy sports watch with excellent diving capabilities. On a 7 inch wrist, this watch fits almost perfectly, with its a 42mm case size.
The black and white contrast with the large white hour markers and hands against the black dial, provide excellent readability no matter the situation. This is further helped along by the large usage of SuperLuminova giving the dial a stunning at night.
The watch doesn’t feel too bulky. However, it is certainly noticeable when worn. As you rotate the bezel around the dial, it gives the feedback of a robust and reassuring click with each turn. This can be especially helpful when wearing gloves and being underwater. The thickness of the Breitling SuperOcean 42mm automatic is roughly 14.2mm, which is great for diving. This watch is also suitable for day to day activities. However, some may struggle to fit the watch under a formal shirt due to its thickness. The watch comes with a choice of a stainless-steel bracelet or a dial colour-matching rubber strap (black or blue).
Breitling has done a great job in updating the SuperOcean models by retaining a classic strong movement while giving it a more simplistic look on the dial. This piece will be sure to attract those that are after a fresh, sporty watch that’s up to any challenge, whether it be swimming, surfing or diving!