The new model, made by the high end watchmaker from the Swiss town of Grenchen, is a seriously unique piece. It is the very first ever chronograph that is resistant to pressure and fully operational even at the mind-boggling depth of 2 kilometers under the surface. It means that its chronograph feature may be used without any problems, even when you dive down to nearly 6,600 feet under the sea. Of course, it is possible only in the hypothetical situation in which the diver would find a way to dive so low, to survive and tell stories about it (the deepest recorded dive with the use of the special suit called Atmospheric Diving System or ADS is “just” 2,000 feet, more than three times less than this watch is able to go).
This amazing water resistance obviously makes this chronograph from the Superocean series a champion of abyssal depths. In order to enable such unparalleled strength, integrity and functionality, Breitling had to equip this chrono timepiece with the new proprietary magnetic push-piece system which is used to control the chronograph function. This patented technology allows the chronograph controls to be operated via the metal of its case. Additionally, it required some reinforcement to the glass at the face of the watch. The cambered and double anti-reflective sapphire crystal is much more massive than it is usual – it is 4 mm thick.
For better visibility in harsh condition, this Breitling product is quite large, with the stainless steel case with the diameter of 46 mm. Another move in this direction is the use of a black dial with luminous hands and hour markers. The touch of style that supplements amazing technical capabilities is that chrono sub-dials on the face of the watch are surrounded by red, blue, red, green or black rings. As it is usual for a diving watch, the rotating bezel is ratcheted and unidirectional.
As it is quite obvious, no mechanical timepiece would be able to withstand such depths, so Breitling used its trademark Superquarz thermo-compensated movement that is much more punctual and resistant to temperature shifts than regular quartz. In this instance, it is Breitling B 73 (base movement ETA Thermoline 251.232). It includes a chronograph feature with the accuracy of 1/10 of second. Thanks to its fly-back hand, it also allows the measurement of split times. It runs on a battery which lasts somewhere between two and three years, depending on the use.
There is a myriad of available options for bracelets of this amazing diving chronograph by Breitling. Leather straps that are possible to pick are Barenia and Superocean. Two choices for rubber straps are Ocean Racer with round perforations and Diver Pro with central ridge that is raised and stands higher from the rest of the band. A single steel bracelet that can be paired with Superocean Chronograoh M2000 is Professional III which had its premier especially for this model. It is a 3-row steel bracelet which utilizes slash-cut links that are different even in the same row (for two outer rows), while the middle row is the widest.