When a watchmaker has a proud tradition and a rich history, it is not surprising that it has a tendency to draw the inspiration from the previous successful models. This is exactly the case with Breitling’s timepiece Montbrillant Datora which was a very sought-after model and one of the bestselling watches made by the Swiss company during the 1940s. Montbrillant Datora demonstrates the mechanical expertise of the manufacturer. It is a chronograph that offers a host of information on its dial. One of the most notable features is the inclusion of a full calendar with month and day apertures placed next to each other, supplemented with a hand which circles around the dial and indicates current date. Other notable features are the presence of the aviation slide-rule bezel and alternative hour displays.
As it has been explained, the face of the watch includes a lot of information and might seem a bit too overcrowded, depending on the taste. The watch has a bidirectional rotating slide rule bezel, convenient for aviators. Apart from this scale, the flange of the dial includes 24-hour scale that displays the time in a military manner, and there is also a scale that shows the date (indicated by a central pointer that ends with a half-moon. Its dial includes three subsidiary dials, and the one placed at the top (30-minute chrono counter) has day and month apertures inside it which gives this watch an original and unusual appearance. The dial with luminous hour and minute hands and a sweeping seconds hand is rounded with a 1/100th of an hour display at the center that overlaps with its sub-dial. All in all, even though there are a lot of functions and indications, this chronograph has an overall vintage look of the aviator’s instrument that makes it appealing, despite the multitude of information on it.
Montbrillant Datora timepiece runs on a self-winding Breitling B 21 mechanical movement and it includes a chrono feature with the accuracy of 1/5th of a second. The high-frequency caliber (28,800 v.p.h.) integrates 25 jewels and is made with a power reserve that lasts for at least 42 hours. Its automatic movement is fitted in a round case, made either form a stainless steel or 18K red gold. The case with a screwed in back is 43 mm wide and 14.1 mm thick. Without the strap, this timepiece weights 86.3 g (approximately 3 oz.). As it is quite expected for a product by the famous Swiss watch manufacturer, its face is safeguarded by a cambered sapphire glass with double glare-proof treatment.
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The steel version of the timepiece is available with more options for the dial. Its buyer can pick among the all white, all black, black with white counters and date scale, and a similar dial like the last one that has a basic Panamerican bronze color instead of black. The limited edition of the watch (the red gold version) is available with all black face, or with a black dial encircled with white. Besides, it is important to note that these watches are made with hands and hour markers that match the material of the case.
It is similar situation with the choice of available bracelets. The variation made of steel can be paired up with a 7-link Navitimer steel bracelet (which is not surprising, considering that Montbrillant watches originated from the Navitimer collection), Air Racer steel bracelet with round perforations (this is in a way a metal version of Ocean Racer band) and with brown or black leather strap with contrasting stitching (fastens with a tang-type buckle). For the limited edition there is only a single type of bracelet for each of two bracelets. The variation with a gold case and all white dial is made with a brown leather strap, while the other version comes with Air Racer bracelet (which is, in this instance, made from 18 K red gold, to match its case).