New Cockpit B50 watch is this year’s most notable novelty in the Breitling Professional collection. It is a men’s pilot’s timekeeper with a wide array of suitable functions, enabled by its new proprietary SuperQuartz movement. Breitling Cockipt 50 utilizes a combination of analog and digital display to indicate the multitude of its supported functions. Among them there are a chronograph, an alarm, a countdown timer, perpetual date, second time zone and others. It also has a very cool back-light display system which is activated when the wearer turns his wrist in order to see the current time. The new Breitling piece which is oriented towards pilots and flight enthusiasts comes in a mid-sized titanium housing and it is powered by a rechargeable battery.
Split-Time and Flyback Chronograph with a Central Chrono Hand
Along the lines of other timekeepers from the Breitling Professional series, new Cockpit B50 offers a lot of useful options that can be used during a flight. The watch has a pair of central hands which are used to indicate the time and which are accompanied with two digital displays (at the top and the bottom of the dial, respectively) for the other features. And the list of these supported options is quite extensive. For starters, there is its chrono feature with the accuracy of within 1/100th of a second and the prolonged elapsed time measurement period of 100 hours. The chronograph’s seconds are measured with the central hand which makes it look much cooler than the usual digital stop watches. The chrono function is also equipped with both flyback and split-time options. Next, there are indications for the second time zone, displays of its perpetual calendar, two independent alarms, as well as a countdown timer which can be transformed to a stopwatch with a single push. Its aviation background is further outlined with its capability to keep the track of departure and arrival times. There is also an electronic tachometer for easier calculations.
The advantages of numerous functions are strengthened with the user-friendly system which is used to operate them. Its crown is utilized for switching between them, while two pushers (which are set below and above it) are used for activation and termination. Interestingly, in the true aviator’s spirit, the base time zone of the watch is Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). It should also be said that it is possible to change the central time to the second time zone with a single push, while the date aligns automatically. Moreover, the wearer can also switch between the “pilot” mode of the watch which includes all the supported features and the “sport” mode which suspends some of them. If one wants better reading of the two digital displays, it is enough to double press the pusher integrated into the crown to move the central hands to the position which does not impair the view.
This is not the only feature dedicated to the improved legibility. The watch features a black, orange, blue or gray face, contrasting white hands and Arabic numerals (naturally with luminous coating), as well as the same color of indications on its dark LCD displays. Moreover, Cockpit B50 is designed with a very clever feature. Every time its wearer tilts its wrist more than 35 degrees (which is more or less every time one checks the time), the backlight is automatically turned on. This is especially useful for pilots, since they can check the information displayed on the watch far easier and without any additional operations.
All of this is enabled with the brand’s in-house Breitling B50 SuperQuartz caliber which is premiered in this model. The caliber is COSC certified as a chronometer. Interestingly, the movement is powered with a lithium-ion battery that can be recharged by the electric grid, or by computer via USB port, which is pretty uncommon for watches. Its depletion is indicated on several levels. Among them there are the end-of-life indication executed via stuttering and stopping of the central seconds hand, as well as a standby mode that allows the watch to hibernate and prevents the need for readjustment once it is finally charged again.
(Black) Titanium Case
Breitling Professional Cockpit B50 has its case made of titanium which can be expected of a pilot’s watch. There is also an option whose housing is treated with black-colored coating. The round case is 46 mm wide and 16.45 mm thick. Its bezel is divided to 360 degrees and made with indications for four major cardinal directions. It is ratcheted and can be moved to both directions. While the front side of the watch includes a sapphire crystal, the case-back is made of solid metal.
Supported water resistance is 100 meters. Finally, the choice of available attachments for Breitling Professional Cockpit B50 includes two options. The first of them is three-linked Professional III-type bracelet made of titanium, while the second one is Diver Pro III rubber band with the protruded inscription of the name of the brand. The rubber strap is available in blue and black color variants.