Coming from the Breitling’s collection of Chronomats, Blackbird watch is a neat mechanical automatic with a matching cool name. It is distinguished by the exceptional readability of its good-looking dial and with the impressive water resistance of 300 meters that allows it to be suitable for serious underwater escapades. Another interesting fact about this product by the Swiss watchmaker is that it is possible to choose among three different finishes for its stainless steel case. The choice is even further expanded with the addition of two limited series with slightly different dials.
As it is previously said, this timepiece can pride itself on the enhanced legibility that is achieved with the use of extra large hands and oversized hour markers that are treated with luminous coating. Besides, the effortless readability is present in its date indication which sits at the top of the dial. This date indication is oversized in accordance with the general theme, and it consists of two separate windows of which one shows the tens and the other displays units. In spite of its name, not all of the existing models are made with black dials, because it is also possible to buy one in blue color. But to be fair, even the ones with blue dials include the design with black sub-dials (which the watchmaker calls blackeye blue dials). Two limited editions of Breitling Blackbird, named Red Strike and Blacksteel are made with black dials that are decorated with red accents. Each of the models includes a tachymetric scale on its flange.
Let us address the possibility to choose various finishes for cases again. The buyer can pick among a satin, polished and black Diamond Like Carbon (DLC) finish that is executed with the use of Physycal Vapor Deposition (PVD). This treatment brings to an improved smoothness, resistance and hardness, and is available only for the limited edition, appropriately named Blacksteel. Just like the other limited edition (Red Strike), there are 2000 available pieces in the series.
After addressing the distinctive features of the limited edition, let us get back on the common traits that are present in each of the variations of Chronomat Blacksteel. These watches are made with circular shaped cases that have the substantial diameters of 43.7 mm and the thicknesses of 17.2 mm. Breitling Chronomat Blackbird timepiece is constructed with a screwed in case back and includes a crown that is screw-locked and with two gaskets, as it is expected for a divers timepiece that can be submerged to great depths. Its ratcheted bezel, with 360 degrees scale etched on it, is rotatable in both directions, while its cambered sapphire crystal includes anti-reflective treatment on both sides.
Inside its steel housing, Blackbird holds a self-winding mechanical movement with the designation B 44 (base movement is ETA 2892). This mechanism is made with 38 jewels and has the frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour and offers a power reserve of minimally 42 hours. It is a C.O.S.C. certified chronometer movement that includes ¼ of second chronometer. Available bracelets are Pilot bracelet (made of polished stainless steel), two types of leather straps (regular and crocodile) in various colors, and two types of rubber bands (Ocean Racer with round perforations and Diver Pro II) that are also made in different colors to appeal to broader range of preferences.