When Breitling Digital launched the collection a few months ago, it was primarily a safe choice. A couple of fascinating new voyagers, and a full collection in Chronomat form, all beautiful, vaguely interesting watches. And then there’s the watch I wanted at first glance: the Breitling Superocean Heritage ’57 limited edition 42mm watch replica A103701A1B1A.
As the name suggests, this watch is part of a limited time capsule collection inspired by the very specific Superocean of the 1950s.The watch in question is an odd little number, defined by an odd concave bezel and unusual hour markers, both of which are reinterpreted in the Heritage ’57.
One of the most playful timepieces Breitling has ever produced (assuming the ridiculous Breitlite-cased monstrosities weren’t pure satire), the magnificent dial of the Heritage ’57 LE replica is defined by a rainbow of bright colour across the indexes. It’s not subtle either; against the black background the varicoloured indexes it pops more than a Warhol exhibition, helped along by the crossed-out circles of lume at 12, 3, 6 and 9 o’clock.
Don’t worry about it looking ridiculous on the wrist though. Sure it’s bright and it will get noticed plenty, but it’s not garish like a rainbow-set bezel. It’s definitely more t-shirtand- shorts than suit-and-tie, and definitely geared towards summer than winter, but it’s cool enough to pass muster however you want to wear it.
The signature concave ceramic bezel on the other hand is actually just as eye-catching as the dial. Oversized so that it hangs over the edge of the 42mm stainless steel case, its bowl-like shape takes some getting used to; it felt like my eyes were being tricked at first. In a good way. It does make the watch wear slightly bigger, but the effect it has on the silhouette of the watch is well worth it.
The dial being as bold as it is, I like that the bezel is about as restrained as an aquatic-inspired timepiece can be. There’s no countdown scale, just hour markers and a 12 o’clock triangle with a dot of yellow lume. That’s in part aesthetic, but also because it’s not a diving bezel – it’s bi-directional, so underwater would risk getting knocked the wrong way. That’s matched by the 100m water resistance, hammering home that this is a watch that likes to be near the water, not necessarily in it.
Behind the scenes is the Breitling calibre 10 automatic movement, a COSC-certified variation on the Sellita SW 300-1, complete with a 42-hour power reserve. It’s solid, reliable and uncomplicated, just what the Breitling Superocean Heritage ’57 watch imation needs.
Model Name: Superocean Heritage ’57 Limited Edition replica
Case/Dial: 42mm diameter x 9.99mm height, stainless steel
Water resistance: 100m (10 bar)
Movement: Breitling Caliber 10, automatic, COSC-certified
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds
Frequency: 28,800 vph (4 Hz)
Power reserve: 42h
Price: £3,990, limited edition of 250 pieces
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