Truly, military time would phone 4 PM 1600 to take away any potential confusion (imagine a battalion on its own, beginning an attack at 4 AM instead of 4 PM because the surgery was declared for four o’clock). This explains the present dial is all but identical to this military-inspired 1980s Breitling, such as the Maritime reference 80180. It is also quite much like current watches with military origins such as some from Luminox and Victorinox, which admittedly stand at much lower cost points.Though somewhat cluttered, the dial is extremely legible night and day, as a result of the SuperLuminova applied to its indexes and handset (even though the second hand did not receive any lume, which might have been advantageous to let you know, in the dark, the watch is correctly running). The crown is molded rubberized, allowing for superior handling, especially if you’re wearing gloves. Not that that’s something you would do at summer time at New York, but Breitling does appeal to aviation enthusiasts, who might use them while flying (as an aside, the Skyracer name comes in the MXS-R aerobatics aircraft the Breitling Racing Team flies at the Red Bull Air Race World Championship). The water-resistance is “only” 100 meters (or 330 feet), a thickness you clearly hope never to achieve with your aircraft. Finally, the bezel is even accurate to Breitling DNA, with the characteristic rider tabs every 15 minutes; the layout of those has been patented by Ernest Schneider from the 1980s for the rebirth of the Chronomat. So overall, it’s obvious where this watch is coming from, but one might regret that its design did not go 1 step further from what you have anticipated from some other Breitling Colt. That said, the introduction of Breitlight was a large step forward, particularly at this $2,000 price point.
Breitling has produced timepieces since 1884 and now is among the most well recognized and widely known brands around Earth. With a rich history of aviation and pilot’s watches at the Navitimer and Chronomat collections, Breitling is becoming a popular among military professionals and astronauts from around the globe (you may remember our recent piece on astronaut Mark Kelly here). For apparent reasons, Breitling has been associated around the world as a army brand known for their specialized chronographs with many tools necessary for elite pilots. While these watches have fascinating features that we can discuss for days (come visit us in the shop and we will), now we will talk about the Breitling Colt family.The Colt household of Breitling watches has ever been their entry of timepieces. With models that embody a youthful power and dynamic layout, the Colt household has a winning fashion. Hallmarks of the family are etched bezel indices (instead of painted or applied) coupled with four elevated “riders” on the bezel at 12, 3, 6, and 9. The concept here is that you can operate the bezel without viewing it, approximating the positioning of the rider in 12 which features a lone lume-treated dot, using the tactile feeling to operate the bezel. The solitary scatter featured at 12 o’clock is also a low-light all-star, showcasing extra prominence in darkness. Let’s look at a few of the standouts in the Colt Family by Breitling.The Colt Skyracer was released in February 2017 to create the Breitling new accessible to those looking for a good timepiece with a respected company. With a cost of $2,000 USD, the Skyracer is more than one thousand dollars less than preceding mechanical offerings. Featuring a hefty 45mm wide and 13.5mm thick circumstance, the Colt Skyracer is constructed of a black carbon composite which Breitling has named Breitlight.
Breitling’s modern take on the decades-old Colt is accurate to the first, with characteristics that have become hallmarks of this brand. From our archives, here is a hands-on overview of the new-look Breitling Colt.Breitling revived its entry-level Colt collection in 2014 with a firm nod to the first series, released in the 1980s. Such as the Chronomat and the Navitimer, the Colt was conceived as a army watch, with a focus on reliability and readability. The new collection goes to the original right down to the movements. Most of the new versions contain quartz calibers, which dominated the watch world at the time of the Colt’s debut. We tested the only mechanical edition, using an automatic ETA caliber. An ETA movement was also used at the original series.The new Colt Automatic resembles the Colt Superocean, which surfaced at the mid-1990s and stayed in the group for many years. The new Colt replicates the old model’s screwable crown with protectors on both sides, pilot-style Arabic numerals and a broad, unidirectional bezel with engraved notches and raised cursors in the quarter hours. These cursors improve the traction on the bezel, making it easy to rotate even if you’re wearing gloves. They’ve become a characteristic feature of Breitling watches.On the brand new Colt, the markings are precisely engraved into the satin-finished bezel, which slopes gently downward toward its outer rim. The bezel clicks through 120 measures when compared with the 60 notches on the bezel of this Colt Super-ocean, even though the extra steps are not required for to-the-minute setting of a dive’s start time. The brand new Colt Automatic also reproduces the Superocean’s 24-hour scale and infrequent 1/100s-hour scale, described as an “aeronautic hundredths scale.”
Stainless steel case with a stainless steel bracelet. Uni-directional rotating stainless steel bezel. Black 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 markings 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 locked 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 500 meters / 1650 feet. Functions: date, hour, minute, second. Luxury watch style. Watch label: Swiss Made. Breitling Colt Skyracer Price Replica Black Dial Stainless Steel Men’s Watch A7438811-BD45SS.
Breitling Calibre 74
Scratch Resistant Sapphire
Arabic Numerals mark the 6, 9 and 12 o’clock positions. 24 Hour Markers. Minute Markers. 1/100th Markings around the outer rim
Hands and Markers
Uni-directional Rotating Stainless Steel
500 meters / 1650 feet
Date display at the 3 o’clock position
Date, Hour, Minute, Second, Chronometer, Battery End Of Life Indicator