The element that truly won me over wasn’t one I was anticipating: the rubber strap. At 20 g, it matches the lightness of this case and reinforces the feeling of not even wearing a watch, something I deeply appreciated in steamy New York. The tang buckle is also manufactured in Breitlight, using an imprinted logo, always a nice touch. However, it is really the embossed scales that made me smile, in remembrance of this supercool Breitling Compass mention 80940, made between 1984 and 1986. Both watches feature useful scales imprinted on the rubber — an inches/centimeters conversion at the lower portion of the Skyracer strap, while the top one shows that a centimeters to kilometers conversion scale for maps. The all-black appearance of the Skyracer also evokes the PVD instances of the aforementioned 1980s Compass, Maritime, and Colt models. Nostalgia is the key component that made me appreciate this watch so much. As a Breitling enthusiast, you have to pay attention to the 1980s, a decade after Breitling not just managed to survive, but found some of the most popular watches of the moment. In Paris at the moment, for instance, the recently released Chronomat abruptly became a must-have, also singer Serge Gainsbourg was wearing his stainless steel Navitimer 81600, which marked the relaunch of this Navitimer in a more classic 41mm round case, with a manual-wound Lemania chronograph quality to boot.
Each unit, 36 minutes long, is known as an “industrial” moment. This type of time dimension has various industrial uses, such as denoting operating hours. Three hours and 15 minutes, for example, would be expressed as 3.25 hours as opposed to as 3:15. Minutes and seconds are signaled on a railroad-style track. The slim seconds hand, with an arrowhead suggestion, is the same length as the straight, faceted moments hand. The trick of the hour goes just far enough to reach the inner edges of the hour indexes in 6 and 9 o’clock, that can be bigger than the remainder. The hour and minutes hands, indicators and orientation stage on the bezel all shine brightly green in the dark. The arrowhead tip on the seconds hand is skeletonized to permit this green glow to shine through if it sweeps over the luminous hour indexes.The time is clearly legible thanks to this watch’s clear, minimalist styling and also the nonreflective coating on both sides of the crystal. The pale hour markers and hands comparison boldly against the background of the dialup, which on our tested model was blue (the view is also available with a silver or black dial). The dial is decorated with all the newest logo, model name and information about water resistance. The date is shown in a window at 3 o’clock. To adapt this window and its framework, the numeral 15 on the 24-hour scale has been changed toward the middle, and there is no hour indicator at the 3 o’clock position. Neither of those adjustments affects daytime or nighttime legibility. A similar format has been used on the Colt Superocean in the 1990s. The Colt has appealed to a wide audience for the past two decades using its robustness, performance and excellent legibility. By replicating these attributes on the newest Colt Automatic, Breitling will undoubtedly perpetuate its popularity.
The element that truly won me over was not one I was anticipating: the rubber strap. At 20 g, it matches with the lightness of this case and strengthens the feeling of not even wearing a watch, something that I deeply enjoyed in steamy New York. The tang buckle is also manufactured in Breitlight, using an imprinted logo, always a nice touch. But, it’s really the embossed scales which made me smile, in remembrance of the supercool Breitling Compass mention 80940, made between 1984 and 1986. Both watches feature useful scales printed on the rubber — an inches/centimeters conversion at the lower portion of this Skyracer strap, while the top one shows that a centimeters to kilometers conversion scale for maps. The all-black appearance of this Skyracer also evokes the PVD cases of the aforementioned 1980s Compass, Maritime, and Colt versions. Nostalgia is the key element that made me enjoy this view so much. As a Breitling enthusiast, you have to look closely at the 1980s, a decade after Breitling not only managed to endure, but found some of the hottest watches of the time. In Paris at that time, for example, the recently released Chronomat suddenly became a must-have, also singer Serge Gainsbourg was prominently wearing his stainless steel Navitimer 81600, which marked the relaunch of the Navitimer in a more classic 41mm round case, using a manual-wound Lemania chronograph caliber to boot.
Stainless steel case with a stainless steel bracelet. Uni-directional rotating stainless steel bezel. Blue dial with luminous hands and index hour markers. Arabic numerals mark the 6, 9 and 12 o’clock positions. 24 hour markers. minute markers. 1/100th markers around the outer rim. Dial Type: Analog. Luminescent hands and markers. Date display at the 3 o’clock position. Breitling Calibre 74 SuperQuartz movement. Scratch resistant sapphire crystal. Screw down crown. Solid case back. Case size: 44 mm. Case thickness: 11.9 mm. Round case shape. Band width: 22 mm. Band length: 8.5 inches. Deployment clasp. Water resistant at 100 meters / 330 feet. Functions: date, hour, minute, second. Dress watch style. Watch label: Swiss Made. Breitling Colt Replacement Bracelet Replica Blue Dial Stainless Steel Men’s Watch A7438811-C907SS.
Breitling Calibre 74
Scratch Resistant Sapphire
Arabic Numerals mark the 6, 9 and 12 o’clock positions. 24 Hour Markers. Minute Markers. 1/100th Markers around the outer rim
Hands and Markers
Uni-directional Rotating Stainless Steel
100 meters / 330 feet
Date display at the 3 o’clock position
Date, Hour, Minute, Second, Chronometer, Battery End Of Life Indicator