Would I have enjoyed the Skyracer better if its diameter had been 41-42mm rather than 45mm? Probably, but only looking at the current watch, the Colt Skyracer constitutes yet a very interesting entry-level piece for Breitling. This is especially true when you take into account the use of Breitlight, that was previously reserved for the much more expensive Avenger Hurricane chronographs, and also the $2,000 price point, on which few leading Swiss brands can align now. With a slightly more subdued styling, the opinion could have spoken to me personally even more, outside the sentimental connection to the 1980s and its specialized miracles. Now, let’s see how Breitling under Georges Kern’s stewardship builds upon the Colt Skyracer, and whether Breitlight gets introduced into other Breitling households — maybe with some tweaks to the layout codes as well.If you reside in Australia and got your first ‘great’ watch at the late ’80s or ’90s — there’s a fairly decent chance that observe was a Breitling Colt. I don’t know if it was a combination of its Top Gun styling or its everyman charm that only seized the pilot watch zeitgeist. Either that or Breitling in Australia at the time had a really great sales manager. We do not know, what we do know is that every second wrist at Trinity or Ormond was saddled with a Colt.If you live in Australia and obtained your first ‘great’ watch at the late ’80s or ’90s — there is a pretty good chance that watch was a Breitling Colt. I don’t know if it was a combo of its Best Gun styling or its everyman charm that only captured the pilot watch zeitgeist. Either that or Breitling in Australia at that time had a really good sales manager. We do not know, what we do know is that each second wrist in Trinity or Ormond was saddled with a Colt.
The Colt Automatic’s 200-meter water immunity drops short of the earlier version’s 1,000-meter thickness evaluation, but still provides plenty of water resistance for a divers’ watch. A hardy, stainless-steel instance with a doubly insulated back helps keep the watch intact in deep dives. The Professional III stainless-steel bracelet is equipped with a safety catch and a folding clasp that pops on both sides. The bracelet, the Professional III, may be corrected in the grip or by eliminating screwed links at the end of the clasp. The watch can also be worn on a leather strap or on either an Ocean Racer or Diver Professional rubberized strap.Any of them would make the watch lighter compared to the 194 g it weighs on a stainless-steel necklace. (Despite being relatively thick, the watch is quite comfortable to wear) The leather strap is pleasantly supple, but its own buckle looks a bit rickety.In its guise as Breitling Caliber 17, the ETA 2824-2 from the new Colt is just moderately adorned, but has made chronometer certification. The Colt’s typical rate was almost completely free from deviations when tested on our electronic time machine with all the mainspring fully wound and after running for 24 hours. On the wrist, the watch conducted 1 second slow. This slight sluggishness persisted day following day, but the 1-second deviation falls within the chronometric tolerance variety. Especially, there was a massive gap between the rates with dial up and crown after the watch had run for 24 hours. We also noticed a difference in the amplitudes, which in the hanging places declined by almost 60 degrees within the length of one day. That is a sizable dip, but the typical rate remained untouched by the reduction and is commendable overall.The dial shows everything the ETA Caliber 2824-2 must offer, including hour, minute, sweep seconds hand and date, but the Colt can do extra functions. Just in the hour ring is just another scale, calibrated from 13 to 24, remembering Breitling’s legacy as a maker of aviator watches as well as their regular 24-hour scales. On the flange at the outside of the dial there is a scale that divides an hour to 100 units.
Breitling has produced timepieces since 1884 and today is among the most well recognized and widely known brands around the planet. With a rich history of aviation and pilot’s watches in the Navitimer and Chronomat collections, Breitling has become a favorite among military professionals and astronauts from all over the globe (you may remember our recent piece on astronaut Mark Kelly here). For obvious reasons, Breitling has been associated around the world as a military brand known because of their specialized chronographs with many tools required for elite pilots. While those watches have fascinating features that we can talk about for days (come see us at the shop and we will), today we will talk about the Breitling Colt family.The Colt household of Breitling watches has ever been their entry-level of timepieces. With models that embody a young power and dynamic design, the Colt household has a winning fashion. Hallmarks of the family are etched bezel indices (rather than painted or applied) coupled with four elevated “riders” on the bezel at 12, 6, 3, and 9. The idea here is that you can run the bezel without viewing it, approximating the positioning of the rider in 12 which features a lone lume-treated dot, utilizing the tactile sense to operate the bezel. Let’s look at some of the standouts at the Colt Family from Breitling.The Colt Skyracer premiered in February 2017 to make the Breitling brand more accessible to those looking for a good timepiece by a respected company. With a cost of $2,000 USD, the Skyracer is over one million dollars less than previous mechanical offerings.
Silver-tone stainless steel case with a blue leather strap. Uni-directional rotating stainless steel bezel. Mariner blue dial with luminous silver-tone hands and index hour markers. Minute markers. Tachymeter scale around the outer rim. Dial Type: Analog. Luminescent hands and markers. Date display between the 4 and 5 o’clock positions. Chronograph – three white sub-dials displaying: 60 second, 1/10th of a second and 12 hours. Breitling calibre 73 quartz movement. Scratch resistant sapphire crystal. Screw down crown. Round case shape. Case size: 44 mm. Case thickness: 11.9 mm. Band width: 22 mm. Deployment clasp. Water resistant at 200 meters / 660 feet. Functions: chronograph, date, hour, minute, second. Watch label: Swiss Made. Breitling Colt 2018 Replica Chronograph Mens Watch A7338811-C905BLLD.
Breitling Calibre 73
Scratch Resistant Sapphire
Minute Markers. Tachymeter Scale around the outer rim
Three – 60 Second, 1/10th of a Second and 12 Hours
Hands and Markers
200 meters / 660 feet
Date display between 4 and 5 o’clock position
Chronograph, Tachymeter, Date, Hour, Minute, Small Second, Chronometer
Calendar, Chronograph, Chronometer, Leather, Stainless Steel