Breitling’s offer of diving watches has become richer for a new model dubbed Breitling Superocean Chronograph Steelfish. The new men’s timekeeper stands out from the rest of the brand’s products for its use of a distinctive broad bezel with rubber inlays on numerals, as well as for its oversized day of the week and date calendar displays. Since it is envisioned as a diving instrument, the steel watch with an automatic mechanical movement includes all the appropriate features, alongside with prominent water resistance of 500 meters. The newest addition to the Supeocean series comes with three different classic dial colors (black, silver or blue) and can be paired with a steel or a rubber attachment.
Black Rubber Inlayed Numerals on the Bezel
One of the most distinctive and at the same time controversial traits of the model is its bezel. The broad diving bezel is ratcheted and unidirectional. However, the fact that makes it different is the presence of black rubber inserts in the present numerals. The decision to make them black with these inserts instead of simply with paint is a bit dubious. It is not quite clear whether this improves their resistance to elements or complicates the maintenance and makes it more costly.
The bezel is just a sole component in the sturdy construction of the watch which is necessary for such high water resistance of half a kilometer. Brieling Superocean Chronograph Steelfish is placed in a round and 44 mm wide stainless steel housing with satin-finish on the front and polished sides. Moreover, it includes features such as a screwed case back of solid metal, a screw-locked crown with protection, as well as chrono pushers that can be used only upon activations which provides additional security. There is also a pretty thick cambered sapphire crystal with glare-proof coating on both sides.
Apart from the use of anti-reflective coatings, the visibility of the timepiece is enhanced with the addition of substantial Arabic numerals which are, just like the central hands, coated with SuperLuminova. There are seven numerals on the face, due to the lack of the space which is caused with the presence of three chrono counters (as usually, these are small seconds, as well as 12-hour and 30-minute sub-dials) and an oversized calendar display which includes indications for day of the week and date. As for the color of the dial, Breitling has provided three options. There are a Volcano Black dial with silver chrono counters, a contrasting Stratus Silver face with black counters and finally, a Marine Blue dial with black sub-dials.
The functioning of the watch is based on its self-winding mechanical Breitling Caliber 13 with 25 jewels. The movement that ticks at the beat of 28,800 vph and stores 42 hours in its power reserve is unfortunately not among the brand’s proprietary calibers. Instead, it has ETA Valjoux 7750 as its base. Just like all of the other calibers Brielting utilizes in its watches, this one also has COSC chronometric certification.
When it comes to the supported attachments, Breitling has selected two types of rubber straps and a single steel bracelet. The only one available in steel is of Professional three-link type, while the rubber ones are Diver Pro (with round perforations) and Ocean Racer III (with the protruded inscription of the brand’s name). Both rubber straps are in black or blue color.