Avenger and Super Avenger timepieces from Bretling are two great self-winding mechanical chronographs that have the capability to withstand substantial water pressures, up to 300 meters. These diving timepieces come from the series that includes exceptional products for divers, both mechanical and with Superquartz movements. Conveniently, or confusingly, the series is named Avenger, just like one of those models. These two models share almost all the basic characteristic and technical features, whereas the only differences are in the size (and thus in the weight as well) and the slight different appearances of their dials and bezels.
The main discrepancy in the traits of Avenger and Super Avenger is the diameter, thickness and weight. As expected, the one that shares the name with the collection is slightly smaller and lighter. Even Breitling Avenger is a pretty chunky timepiece with the diameter of 45 mm, the thickness of 17.4 mm and the weight of 144.3 g (approximately 5 oz.). The bigger version that adequately bears the name Super Avenger is even chunkier. It has the impressive width of 48 mm, the thickness of 18.6 mm and the weight of 153.3 g which is approximately 5.4 oz. The difference that is noticeable on their dials is that the dial of Avenger features Arabic numerals, whereas Super Avenger has hour markers. The third thing that is not the same in these two Avenger chrono timepieces is that the bezel of Avenger has engraved numbers in increments of 5 and the rest of places are engraved with bars, while Super Avenger has only numbers in positions for 15, 30 and 45. The final difference is in available dial colors. The choice of colors available for Avenger is Tungsten grey, Volcano black, Air Force blue and Stratus silver. All of the dials, except one, have the chrono counters only in the same color, while the Tungsten grey can be bought with silver sub-dials. Super Avenger, on the other hand, offers black and white dials (with the sub dials in the same color), as well as Air Force blue and Volcano black styles that are paired up with white subsidiary counters.
Common Movements and Technical Capabilities
After underlining what is not the same in these two chronographs (though the differences seem numerous, they are only superficial) we will move on to the traits that are shared in both models. Both of them include cases made of stainless steel in a round shape, and bezels, though visually different are both unidirectional rotating and ratcheted. The dials have identical placement of chrono sub dials, luminous hands and sweeping second hands that are finished with a luminous circle with extension at the tip. Besides, there is also a date aperture at the three o’clock position in both cases.
Certainly the most prominent shared characteristic is the use of Breitling B 13 mechanical self-winding movement (base movement ETA Valjoux 7750) which is, to be fair, also used in numerous other models made by the Swiss watchmaking company. The number of vibrations per hour for this mechanism is 28,800 (the frequency of 4 Hz). It has 25 jewels and a power reserve that lasts for minimum 42 hours. This movement also involves a chrono complication with the accuracy of 1/4th of second.
As it is expected for a diving timepieces that are water proof to 300 meters, the case backs are screwed in, and the crowns are screw-locked and with two gaskets. Unsurprisingly, since it is the case for the entire palette of Breitling’s products, the faces of Avenger and Super Avenger are guarded with cambered sapphire crystals that were treated to be anti-reflective on both sides. The famous Swiss watchmaker from Grenchen is offering the same possibilities for bracelets for both Avenger and Super Avenger: a leather strap, two rubber bands – Diver Pro and Ocean Racer and Professional steel bracelet with three rows.