A reliving the past with style appears to be the motto of Breitling in 2020 and I must confess I’m very excited about it, after the release of the Top Time and the return of Chronomat that we will be talking about it in another article, now it’s the time of the Superocean Heritage 57 come back.
According to the brand this watch is all inspired on the free spirit of California and the beach environment of the ‘50s and we understand why is a cool watch with very smart vintage details and we like it.
The new Superocean is the relaunch of a model that was born in 1957, from the aesthetic point of view this new watch looks very similar to the old model, a dial with minute markers, large hour markers with luminescence with emphasis on 3-6- 9-12 hours in round shape with luminescence, there is a small detail to differentiate from the vintage model and it is the Arabic numbers in the 15-30-45-60 minutes near to the bezel almost imperceptible by the small size of the font. About the hands, we must emphasize the small wide arrow of the hour hand and the long minute hand in the shape of a pencil, similar to the originals and with Super-LumiNova like as the hour markers. But what makes this model really atypical since 1957, is undoubted, the concave ceramic bezel and this new version as it could not fail to keep it. The bezel is similar to the original with simple markers every five minutes and an inverted triangle at 12 o’clock with a lume dot. The case size is 42 mm in diameter, a far cry from the 38.50 mm of the original Superocean, but if we still want to maintain the feel of the 38 mm watch, the good news is that the real case diameter of this new Heritage 57 is, in fact, 38mm, the other 4mm are part of the bezel, which may sound a little strange to anyone who has never seen this watch, but as soon as you see it you will notice.
Let’s now talk what is inside of these watches, what we can find there is an automatic chronometer-certified calibre B10 (ETA 2892) or a Sellita SW300, with a power reserve of 42 hours and water resistance of (just) 100 meters.
For the end, we leave the most exciting part, the differences between the three variants plus one. The three variants feature a black, blue or black two-tone dial with an 18k red gold bezel on a leather or mesh strap. The option for leather bracelet brings more options the option between pin buckle or butterfly clasp. The plus one variant is a limited edition of 250 pieces, with a black dial and rainbow hour markers and hands both with lume, this limited edition is offered with a mesh bracelet or a NATO bracelet in different colours combined with the rainbow colours of the dial markers. This limited edition is really fun and will bring some light to the collection.
The prices of these new Superocean’s vary with models, the Superocean in the black or blue dial are from € 4,120 in the variant with strap and pin buckle, € 4,350 in the variant with strap and butterfly clasp and € 4,750 in the variant with mesh bracelet. The Superocean “rainbow” Limited Edition is (only) € 180 more expensive than the black or blue dial. Finally, the Superocean two-tone is the most expensive of the four variants, it’s cost € 830 more than the black or blue dial.
To conclude just one creditable word for Georges Kerns, the work he has been doing at Breitling since its incorporation is remarkable, with the relaunch of several vintage models in the right sizes, they have put Breitling at a level that we have not seen for years and that leaves us with a good feeling about what’s to come.