As its name and the headline suggest, Breitling Superocean Seelfish is a timepiece with extraordinary resilience, able to withstand extreme water pressures. It can endure much more than any of the readers, regardless of how tough you consider yourself to be, because its construction allows it to be submerged to surreal 2,000 meters which is equivalent to 6,600 ft!
This rugged dive wristwatch has another quality, appealing to watch aficionados, since it is a watch with a mechanical self-winding movement. It does not possess any of the treasured complications, but its apparent simplicity is caused by its intent and by desire to make it as resistant as possible. The heart of the watch is Breitling Caliber 17 movement with 28,800 vibrations per hour. The automatic movement has a power reserve of minimum 40 hours, and 25 jewels. The movement is based on ETA 2824-2 movement. The ébauche (meaning, incomplete or unassembled) ETA movement is, however, totally rebuilt and supplied with the top-quality parts, such as Glycodur balance (made of an alloy of higher resistance to temperature shifts) and Nivarex mainspring to fit the highest of standards. Once the modifications are over, the movements are sent to test, in order to receive a chronometer certification.
Breitling 17 (or B17) movements are fitted in a round steel case (once again, as suggested by its name) that is 44 mm wide and 16.1 mm thick. Without the strap, they weigh precisely 122.5 g. The crown is screw locked and with two gaskets for extra protection from leakage into the Superocean Steelfish while diving.
The timepiece has a unidirectional ratcheted bezel, another characteristic typical for dive watches. This sort of bezel is very useful when calculating elapsed time spent under water. Basically, a diver aligns the zero on the bezel with a minute hand, so he could be aware of the starting point of the dive, without the need to memorize it. Since the bezel turns in a single direction, it is only possibly to shorten the allowed period underwater. If it was possible to turn the bezel in the opposite direction, the diver would be in danger of false reading of the elapsed time spent underwater, which could be very dangerous and possibly fatal.
Breitling Superocean Steelfish timepiece has a fairly simple dial with three Roman numerals (at twelve, nine and six o’clock positions), a date aperture (at the three o’clock position) and with luminous dot-shaped hour markers on the rest of positions.
There are four available versions of the watch. The first one has a black dial and a Professional bracelet in steel. The next variation is almost the same, with the exception of a blue dial. The third version has a silver dial, complemented with a brown leather strap, while the final model has a black dial and a Diver Pro rubber band.