A relatively young series by Breitling, Galactic, which has been around for four years, is now richer for a new atypical model. The new watch called Galactic 44 is the first in said collection to be equipped with a calendar feature that includes both day and date indications. Moreover, it features a bigger diameter of 44 mm and a new type of bezel. The sporty watch in a steel housing is available with three different dial colors and various types of attachments.
Galactic series by Breitling was established in 2010 as a separate lineage which originated from the Windrider series by the manufacturer. Unlike all of the previously released models, new Galactic 44 is made with a different type of bezel. The uni-directional rotating and ratcheted bezel is now treated with satin-brushed finish and it features rubber inlayed black numerals. It can be seen as a turning point in the series which was until now characterized with a slightly different general appearance than the rest of the manufacturer’s offer. Likewise, the watch has an atypical set of features. Unfortunately, it does not come with a chronograph which is probably the first association for Breitling known for its capacity for producing high quality self-winding chronographs. On the other hand, the new model is supplied with a calendar feature with displays for day of the week and date. While the latter one is placed on the traditional three o’clock position, the former is placed in a curved aperture placed on the top of the watch’s face, between 11 and one o’clock places.
These features are enabled with Breitling 45 caliber used in the watch. This is a movement which uses ETA 2834-2 as its base and which the Grenchen-based manufacturer used previously only twice. Some of the brand’s aficionados might be deterred by this fact, since this caliber is clearly not one of the Breitling’s proprietary ones that are definitely more demanding and respected, albeit also more expensive. Breitling B 45 integrates 25 jewels in its construction, it operates at the frequency of 28,800 vph and it has a power reserve of approximately 42 hours.
Atypical Galactic Model
The atypical nature (at least when it comes to the models from the Galactic series) of the new model is mostly seen in its appearance. The watch is larger than a usual Galactic model and has the diameter of 44 mm. To be fair, the size was used for two of the models which are no longer in the brand’s offer. However, both of these models were with a chronograph feature. Others that do not come with a stop watch are usually made smaller. Currently, there is another men’s model with the width of 41 mm and two additional ladies’ watches which are naturally even smaller. The larger sized housing is in the accordance with the brand’s tradition made in a circular shape and has the thickness of 14.3 mm. It possesses a solid metal case-back, while the crown is screw-locked and protected with two gaskets. Thanks to this construction, the watch has respectable waterproofness of 200 meters.
The trait that is not that radically different, but still sets this watch apart from all of the previous models from the series is the appearance of its bezel. Though it is not confirmed, some even consider that the name of the entire collection derives from the looks of the bezel that were previously used. Be that as it may, new Galactic 44 model is the initial one that features black rubber inlays for the numerals on the bezel which can be turned to one side and which features cardinal points, as well as 1/100th of an hour graduations on its inner side. Lately, Bretling has been using this type of bezel almost exclusively for its newcomers.
Wide Choice of Colors and Materials
Beneath the newcomer’s sapphire crystal with glare-proof coatings on both sides lays a legible dial with oversized hands and hour markers which are all treated with luminescent coating. The dial is available in three different colors: Trophy Black, Metallica Blue and Sierra Silver.
There is much wider choice when it comes to the selection of the watch’s wristlet which can be made in four different materials and several colors. For starters, there is a five-link metal Professional II bracelet. Next, Galactic watch can be matched with a plain leather strap with contrasting white stitching or with a croco leather strap. While the available colors for the former include black, brown, blue, green and gold, the latter is even more diverse since it adds camel and burgundy as available shades. Next, there are two types of obtainable rubber bands: plainer looking Diver Pro II, as well as Diver Pro III with the brand’s name in protruding letters. Both of these are available in black and blue colors. Finally, there is also the fourth available material for the attachment – canvas. The choice of colors for this Military-type strap includes black and khaki green.