Airfwolf Raven timepiece is the embodiment of Breitling’s stride to utilize electronics in order to create a new generation of instruments for pilots. It can serve as a very useful tool due to inclusion of a vast multitude of functions that are very useful in the world of aeronautics. The selection of functions includes 1/100th of a second accurate chronograph with split times, second time zone, UTC and a perpetual calendar, as well as a recognizable slide rule bezel. All in all, it is a very impressive list of useful features that are handled in a direct and simple matter, and with a backlight system of display to increase the readability even in night time. The precise chronograph and a long list of functions which are possible due to the inclusion of a Superquartz movement will not be too appealing to the people with more traditional preferences and who prefer mechanical timepieces. On the other hand, people with passion for flying and for modern style of watches will certainly take this product into the consideration. Though it is very functional and contemporary watch, it still includes a fair amount of the brand’s elegance and high-end appearance.
The many features of the pilot instrument by Breitling named Professional Airwolf Raven are enabled by the inclusion of a chronometer certified Breitling B 78 SuperQuatz movement (base movement ETA Thermoline E20.341). This caliber provides a very precise chronograph with split times with maximum measurement just one second shy of 100 days, a perpetual calendar with a digital display, a countdown timer, an alarm, UTC universal time, as well as 2nd time zone with a whole separate alarm. The model combines classic analog display of time with three hands with an LCD digital display that can tell the time in 12 or 24 hour mode. The visibility is undoubtedly improved with the inclusion of a backlight system that is NVG (night vision) compatible. This sort of movement comes with CR2320 battery that has the expected life of two to three years. The necessary change of battery will not surprise its wearer, since the timepiece has EOL (end of life) indication warning.
With or without Co-Pilot Module
Another contribution to the pilot instrument appearance of this watch is the inclusion of a bidirectional rotating bezel with a pinion mechanism. The rubber-molded bezel of the watch has a compass scale with 360 degrees. A sense of high class is achieved through the inclusion of sapphire crystal with a double glare-proof treatment. This model by the Swiss watchmaker has a round stainless steel case that is 44 mm wide and 16.7 mm thick. The screwed in case back has a specific turbine-like sound signal resonance chamber, designed in order to improve the quality of alarm sound and other audible signals.
The textured face of the watch has large Roman numerals at the three and nine o’clock positions and with a partially visible numeral six, supplemented with a two digital display segment that sit on the top and bottom of the dial. The dial of this model is always in a dark nuance, with only two dial colors being black and slate grey. The selection of available straps includes two rubber bands. The first one that fastens with a pushbutton folding clasp is Ocean Racer (with circular perforations), and the second one is Diver Pro band (with the raised central segment) which fastens with a tang-type buckle. It is also possible to buy this item with a metal bracelet, and the type in question is Professional bracelet made from stainless steel. Undoubtedly the coolest version of all has a Professional strap with a built-in Co-Pilot module that includes a chrono feature and the recordings for takeoff and landing times that can be displayed in local or UTC times, in both 12 and 24 hour formats.