The Breitling Superocean Heritage is a typical diver’ watch which is now celebrating its 70th anniversary with a slight layout refresh and a brand-new movement developed with Tudor watches. Among all these brand watches, new Breitling caliber B20 is derived from the Tudor Caliber MT5612 used in their Black Bay replica watches. But as a matter of fact, Tudor’ new Black Bay chronograph borrows from the Breitling B01 caliber as part of what I call their “movement exchange program” this year. Like the previous version, the Breitling Superocean Heritage II collection will embrace a 42mm and 46mm three-hand automatic with date as well as a 46mm automatic chronograph.
Initially launched in 1957, the Breitling Superocean is still going strong in many sizes, colors, and configurations. Except for their modern, sportier Superocean collection, Breitling smartly released the vintage-inspired Superocean Heritage collection several years back.
Aesthetic changes are pretty strict and careful, with a new ceramic ring around the minute track replacing the old steel one, offering access to the color to match the dial in a seamless look. It’ in fact rather noticeable when compared with an older model, as you can see above. It’ minor but a refinement that definitely brings a higher-end look. Besides, for those who look closely, the minute hand is now slightly more sword-shaped, and the hour hand now has a steel partition in the lume in the arrow’ head.
Of course, the major new change for the three-hander is the new B20 movement, a self-winding, 28-jewel caliber which vibrates at 28,800bph. It’ clear that both brands are benefitting from each other’ “specialties,” with the Tudor three-hand movement applied here, which would probably drive the cost up considerably if Breitling were to improve it themselves, and Tudor adaping the Breitling B01 movement (not the one used in the Breitling Superocean Heritage II chronograph, mind you).
The 46mm Breitling Superocean Heritage II Chronograph also sports some subtle upgrades and changes. Like its three-hand siblings, the chronograph now has a ceramic bezel and the same slight changes to the handset. The Breitling Superocean Heritage II Chronograph features the trusty old caliber B13, which is based off the Valjoux 7750. The automatic movement operates at 28,800vph and has a power reserve of around 42 hours.
The new replica Breitling Superocean Heritage II collection is a small improvement related to the aesthetics with the three-hander reflecting the increased value and interest among buyers in the origin of a watch’ movement. The new Breitling Superocean Heritage II will come with various dial colors (in this case, Volcano Black, Gun Blue, and Stratus Silver) and with a large variety of bands like leather, crocodile leather, the rubber Aero Classic or Ocean Racer, or the new rubber-leather Ocean Classic. The chronograph will be available with either a Volcano Black, Mariner Blue, or Copperhead Bronze dial, and customers will be able to select between leather, crocodile leather, the rubber Aero Classic or Ocean Racer, or the new rubber-leather Ocean Classic straps.