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Finding a Breitling for under €5,000 should not be too hard. The brand offers a number of great timepieces in this price range. Whether you are into modern-looking pieces or prefer classic lines, Breitling has something for you. For this special Breitling Week Editor’s Picks, I chose one of the most popular Héritage models: the 42-mm Breitling Superocean Héritage II. This watch looks as modern as any Breitling gets while maintaining a certain vintage feel.
Inspired by the 1960s Superocean, the Héritage II has similar sword-shaped hands, large indices, and the same “Superocean” inscription at 6 o’clock as its vintage counterpart. However, it is larger, its case is a bit bulkier, and the overall feel of the watch is, of course, much more modern and sturdy. If you go for the version with a shark mesh bracelet, you’re getting a great and functional sports (diving) watch. Pair it with a nice leather strap, and suddenly you have an all-around timepiece.
What do you think of when you hear the term “bullhead”? Surely not watches. Yet the term is widely used in the watch community to refer to a number of models. Take the Breitling Chrono-Matic Pupitre ref. 7101 a.k.a. the “Bullhead” as an example. It’s a crazy looking watch, I’ll give you that. Breitling’s 1970s DNA is clearly there with the large steel case, loud colors, and unusual case shape.
Bullhead watches get their nickname from the chronograph pushers on the top of their cases 1 and 11 o’clock, which look like a bull’s horns. Unlike many Bullhead timepieces, the Breitling Pupitre’s crown is sunken into the case at 6 o’clock. Despite its odd looks, the Breitling Bullhead was – and to some degree still is – a very usable watch. The position of the pushers allows the wearer to operate the chronograph function more easily. The large dial and distinct colors make the watch easier to read. Today the Breitling Bullhead is clearly more of a collector’s item than a functional tool. Still, its charm and place in the brand’s history are appreciated by fans the world over.
I think we can all agree that when you think of Breitling, one model pops into most everyone’s head: the Breitling Navitimer. I’m not saying the brand relies on only this one model. I also do not wish to degrade the other model lines, such as the Superocean and the Chronomat. However, the truth is that the Navitimer is not only a legendary Breitling but also one of the most recognizable watches of all time. Period.
Breitling’s release of the first Navitimer model in 1952 was way ahead of its time. Keep in mind, Omega only announced their iconic Speedmaster in 1957 and Rolex the Daytona in 1963. While every brand was already producing other chronographs beforehand, the Navitimer (as well as the Speedmaster and Daytona) continues to draw upon the design and technical features of its original model. The history of the Navitimer is so rich that this article is barely enough to even scratch the surface. From historical flights to space missions and beyond, the Breitling Navitimer lived up to its name as a navigation tool for pilots around the globe.
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