Breitling has expanded its Avenger series with a new model inspired by naval aviation called Bandit. This is reflected in the type of used stencil type of numerals, its exceptional water resistance, as well as by the engravings on the case-back that facilitate conversions that are useful for pilots. Its novelty features a titanium housing, gray dial and it comes with a new type of Military strap made of textile and rubber. Breitling Avenger Bandit is supplied with self-winding chronograph movement B 13. The typical Breitling timepeice will be sold at the rice of around $4,500.
As the manufacturer stated, the appearance and workings of the new model was influenced with the functioning of an aircraft carrier. Its functioning is adapted to pilots who serve on these vessels, as it is reflected in several design details. The first one of these is the choice of titanium for the housing, since this material is ubiquitously used in the world of aviation. The typical round case with satin finish is 45 mm wide and made with a solid metal case-back. The fact that the model does not include a transparent rear section is compensated with the fact it has extraordinary high waterproofness to 300 meters.
Moreover, the construction includes a recognizable Breiling-styled uni-directional rotating bezel with four rider tabs. Due to the purpose of the timekeeper, its screw-locked crown with protection and its chrono pushers are all designed for optimal handling, even when the wearer has gloves which pilots commonly wear. The solid metal case-back features a scale for conversion of main units, such as liter to gallon, or pounds to kilograms. Due to the use of titanium, the watch is weighs just over 100 grams which makes it additionally ergonomic.
Breitling Avenger Bandit is made with a thick and cambered sapphire crystal which has glare-proof coatings on both of its sides for enhanced legibility. Underneath it, lays a Titanium Gray dial which is sort of a bluish gray shade. The dial includes three sub-dials in the same tone which are slightly raised and embellished with a snailed decorative pattern. Apart from three chrono sub-dials (in a 6,9,12 outlay), there is also a date display aperture which is set at the three o’clock position.
As it has been mentioned, the choice of stencil-type numerals on the dial is caused by the origin of the watch which is envisioned as a wrist instrument for pilots. The same type of numerals that are seen on the dial are also present on the bezel of the model.
Breitling Avenger Bandit runs on Breitling B 13 self-winding mechanical movement with 25 jewels. The caliber runs at the frequency of 28,800 vph which makes its stop watch feature accurate to within 1/4th of a second. Its power storage measures to around 42 hours. This COSC-certified movement is not among the in-house made calibers of the brand. Instead, it uses old and reliable ETA Valjoux 7750 movement as its base. Breitling B 13 is used in a host of the brand’s model, both the discontinued and the ones that are still in use.
For the attachment, the manufacturer selected two options which are both in accordance with the naval aviation origin of the piece. The first one is a Miltary textile fiber starp in anthracite shade. The other one called Military Rubber combines textile with rubber on the inner side for more comfortable wear. This new type of wristlet is available in gray and anthracite shades.
All in all it is a typical Breitling model which is more suited to those people who have inclination towards more reserved and subdued design.