ve lost count of the number of sizes and variations Breitling has released in the Superocean Heritage collection. The great looking diver range remains one of my favorites in the Breitling line-up, but there are so many versions I have a feeling the top brass at Breitling can’t even name them all. So let’s see what I know. The Superocean Heritage is/was available in 38mm, 42mm, 44mm, and 46mm wide sizes. It comes/came as a three-hander, three-hander with subsidiary seconds dial, and two chronograph versions. Then there are the oodles of dial and bezel color variations, and right there is where it gets really murky. For example you can get an all black version. A black dial with a green bezel. A green bezel with a green dial, and the list goes on. I guess Breitling just wants to make sure there is a Superocean Heritage for just about everybody.
So here is one more reason to check out the popular dive watch range. Seen here are two versions of the “Red Gold” collection. These versions of the Superocean Heritage (and regular Superocean) come with 18k red gold bezels and matching hands. What I like is that you get the two-tone watch treatment, but the prices aren’t that much higher than the all steel models. Look pretty nice to boot.
What you see here are 42 and 44mm wide versions of the Superocean Heritage. The 42mm wide version is a three-hander with a Breitling Caliber 17 (base Swiss ETA) automatic movement, while the 44mm wide version is the bi-compax chronograph version of the watch. A full three-counter version of the Superocean Heritage is available in the 46mm wide size (which also has a three-hand version). The Chronograph has the Breitling Caliber 22 automatic movement inside (which is a base Swiss ETA 7750).
The bezel insert is impressively made and fits in with the tool watch demeanor of the piece. At the same time it does have a slightly more blingy look to it that I think enough people will enjoy. The 18k red gold insert is polished all around, while satinized sections are cut in at the five minute markers. Of course, as the piece is a diver, the bezel rotates. All Breitling Superocean Heritage models are water resistant to 200 meters. For a more “serious” dive watch experience they have plenty of other options.
If the 46mm wide size is too large for you and the older 38mm wide size was too small, either the 42 or 44mm wide versions are probably just right. I so like the fit of them both, and agree with Breitling in offering a slightly different version of the chronograph in the 44 and 46mm wide sizes. While it might seem like an unnecessary addition, the 18k red gold bezel options are quite nice if you are looking for a more sophisticated look with the minimalist design that marks the Superocean Heritage line. The best part is that it still looks very much like a diver. It goes without saying that Breitling offers these on a range of straps from rubber, to leather, and of course the Classic Ocean bracelet which is an interesting and acquired taste. The Breitling Superocean Heritage Red Gold Chronograph retails for about $7,000 – $7,500 depending on the strap/bracelet. breitling.com