Equipped with many features that are particularly useful for pilots and travelers, Breitling Professional Aerospace timepiece has a reputation for being exceptionally functional and easy to use, as it is somewhat a rule for the timepiece from the Professional series by the Swiss watchmaker. It combines analog and digital display in such way that the classic hour and minute central hands are utilized for the basic timekeeping function, while two digital displays can be used for many of its additional features. Aerospace runs on the Breitling’s patented SuperQuartz movement that is much superior to the regular quartz models in both terms of precision and resilience to temperatures. Besides, its body is constructed from light-weight and strong titanium or from red gold.
The current Aerospace model by Breitling comes as a result of a relatively long process of evolution. It first came out as a new pilot’s timepiece back in 1985, and even though it was immediately named Aerospace, the timekeepers was, like all the aviation watches by Breitling in that period, categorized in the Navitimer series, and even bore “Navitimer” inscriptions on its dial and case back. During the period of almost three decades, Aerospace naturally went through a lot of changes (with the transition from the original ETA 988 quartz movement to newly developed technology being probably the most significant), but kept its basic intention, the titanium case (although titanium is no longer the only option) and the analog-digital display, even to this day.
Each of the Functions Controlled by the Crown
As it has been underlined, the positive trait of the model is the presence of many useful additional functions which include a chronograph of high accuracy (1/100th of a second), a countdown timer, an alarm, the 2nd time zone, as well as a time indication that can be expressed in audible form (a minute repeater). To be fair, most of these features are common and expected in a non-mechanical timekeeper. However, the neat detail (which is commonly used in the Professional series by Breitling) is that all of these features are controlled by the different positioning of its crown (by pushing, pressing and rotating the crown) which is non-screw locked and made with an integrated push-piece.
Since the watch is intended to be a professional instrument for pilots, a lot of attention was turned into making the timepiece as legible as possible. Therefore, Aerospace has oversized hands with luminous coating, while two digital LCD displays include a backlight system that is made to be compatible with night vision goggles often used by aviators.
The model from the Professional collection by the watchmaker from Grenchen runs on Breitling B79 SuperQuartz caliber that is resistant to temperature variations. It is powered by a battery that can last up to four years, and it is also commendable that the watch also has an end-of-life indicator that warns the wearer when the battery needs to be replaced. Aerospace timekeeper has a round case which, as it has been mentioned, can be made either from aviator’s favorite titanium, or more flashy and luxurious 18K red gold. The housing of the watch has the width of 42 mm and the thickness of 10.4 mm. Its dial is protected with a sapphire crystal with double glare-proof coating, while the bezel is unidirectional and ratcheted. Supported water resistance equals to 100 meters below the surface.
Six Variations of Aerospace
There are six variations of the model that are currently available. The first three of them are paired with the professional bracelets in titanium, and are different among themselves only in dial colors which can be Stratus silver, Copperhead bronze or Volcano black. There is one more version with a Volcano black face which includes a Co-pilot module on its three-row Professional bracelet.
The final variation with titanium looks quite refreshing and slightly different from other less inconspicuous ones, and it has an Air Force blue face which is combined with a blue leather strap with contrasting stitching and a tang-type buckle.
The final option, the only one with a red gold housing, once again has a Volcano black dial. However, unlike in titanium models, the gold model has a matching gold bezel and hour markers and hands. As for the wristlet, it is made with a Diver Pro rubber strap that fastens with a safety folding clasp, which is, unsurprisingly, also forged from red gold.