Breitling just announced a new model, the Breitling Super Avenger Military. The watch has a 48mm x 17.75mm black-coated steel case (Breitling refers to it is “ultra-resistant carbon-based” coating) that is water resistant to 1,000 feet; the chrono-pushers have screwed-in guards
are screw-down, with rough texturing for no-slip operation (same with the crown). The matching black dial has luminous stenciled numerals which display a not-oft-seen 24-hour time display. The watch is appropriately paired with a black fabric strap to complete the military look.
Although the size is a bit much for my tastes, this is a solid looking issue for the Breitling enthusiast. List price on the regular Super Avenger II is around $5,100, so expect this one a decent bit higher than this given that it is a limited edition run of 500 pieces.
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Breitling is auctioning off a one of a kind timepiece created to pay tribute to World War II veterans. Proceeds from the winning bid on the limited edition watch will support Honor Flight‘s mission of delivering U.S. Military veterans to our nation’s capital in order for them to visit the World War II memorial. Assuming, of course, that they are able to bypass the National Park Service which has been denying entry to our Veterans on account of the partial Government shutdown. But I digress.
The watch is based on the iconic Breitling Navitimer 01 and features the Honor Flight logo on the dial. The case back is specially decorated with wreath and bracket engravings by WWII memorial creator and artist Raymond Kasky, with the phrase “Honor Flight – One Last Mission”. The auction also includes commemorative box signed by veterans featured in the film Honor Flight: One Last Mission, among others.
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Breitling introduces the “Blacksteel” version of its Navitimer Cosmonaute which also features the in-house B02 movement. Breitling’s Blacksteel watches – those with black DLC finished steel cases — are quite popular and among my favorite versions of many of Breitling’s models. Incidentally, this is the high end of what I would consider a “limited edition” watch, and while it is still a decently sized production number it is a meaningful restriction for a large, global brand such as Breitling. The Blacksteel Navitimer Cosmonaute features the Navitimer’s trademark 24-hour dial and circular slide rule bezel. It is limited to 1000 pieces and will price at a (rather hefty) $9,590.
43mm black DLC-coated steel case (brushed finish), automatic mechanical Breitling B02 caliber (COSC)
Did You Know?
On May 24th 1962, Lt Commander Scott Carpenter orbited the earth three times aboard the Aurora 7 capsule. On his wrist was a Navitimer featuring a 24-hour graduation serving to distinguish day from a night – an absolute necessity in space. This space conquest pioneer joined the Breitling collections under the name Cosmonaute.
This special piece of James Bond history, a Breitling Top Time Ref 2002 made in 1962 and subsequently modified for 007, just sold for a whopping $160,383. This price far surpassed the pre-auction estimate of $60,000 – $90,000 set by Christie’s, who sold the watch in its June 26, 2013 “Pop Culture” sale today in London. Of note, besides the Rolex Submariner, the Breitling Top Time is the only other model of watch that Sean Connery wears as James Bond.