“Play that funky music, dive-boy.”
Hot on the heels of the Top Time, Breitling is bringing us another archive-inspired release (or four, to be precise) in the guise of the Superocean Heritage ’57. The capsule is inspired by the brand’s first ever dive watch — the Superocean ref. 1004 — and consists of four models: black or blue dial on steel, steel with a rose gold bezel, and a striking ‘rainbow’ execution exclusive to Breitling boutiques.
As enthusiasts know well, the 50s were considered a turning point for aquatic watch design, a decade that birthed an array of modern icons like the Fifty Fathoms, Seamaster and Submariner. The Superocean isn’t quite as beloved by the mainstream, but its unique design language — typified by odd lume plots, UFO-like proportions and a striking concave bezel — makes for a product that’s going to feel fresher for a big chunk of the watch-buying public.
The entire capsule utilises the Breitling Calibre 10 — a manufacture grade adaptation of the ETA 2892 that yields about 42 hours of power and is COSC-certified.
On paper, dimensions measure a very run-of-the-mill 42mm x 9.99mm, though one could probably speculate (with some confidence) that the Superocean Heritage wears much bigger and thinner on the wrist.
Undoubtedly, the bezel is one of the key contributors to this impression; and Breitling’s watchmakers have spared no effort to duplicate the wide, sloping look of the original. The main difference here is the use of a ceramic insert for the bidirectional bezel.
Of all four models, the ‘rainbow’ execution of the Superocean Heritage seems to have generated the most buzz online (particularly with the brand’s female customers). This boutique exclusive takes the basic Heritage ’57 dial — combining dagger indexes and circular lume plots — and decorates it in a medley of vibrant tones, graduated from red to purple.
In keeping with Breitling’s commitment to environmental sustainability, the ‘rainbow’ Superocean is matched with a NATO-esque strap that’s made in partnership with Outerknown, a surfwear brand well known for its work with the recycled material Econyl. This accessory can also be worn with the remaining three models, and comes in an assortment of six appropriately brash colours.
The Breitling Superocean ’57 capsule is priced from HK$31,200. The ‘Rainbow’ model is available for HK$36,000 in a limited edition of 250 pieces. To explore the whole capsule, visit Breitling online.