Breitling continues to turn to its archives for inspiration. Following on from the Top Time vintage re-issue just weeks ago, the brand has now unveiled its vintage-inspired Superocean Heritage ’57 capsule collection. The highlight of the collection is a limited edition model that has a “rainbow” lume dial. The collection will sit as a sub-series within the Superocean Heritage line which was launched in 2017.
As is obvious now, the collection is inspired by the first SuperOcean (note: the O is capitalized on the vintage models) diver’s watch that unveiled in 1957. There are four new dive watches in the collection. Common to all the models in the new capsule collection is the 42 mm steel case. The regular models are available in a choice of blue and black dials. There is also a black and rose gold variant. All of these watches are fitted with a bidirectional, oversized, convex bezel with a ceramic insert.
In a bit of a bizarre move, the watch is depth-rated to only 100 meters. This is strange considering the watch is aimed at diving and surfing enthusiasts, at least the introductory video doesn’t suggest otherwise. Even more bizarre when you consider the vintage SuperOcean was depth-rated to 200 meters. While 100 meters is sufficient for snorkeling, most modern dive watches are depth-rated to at least 200 meters if not more.
In a bit of a bizarre move, the watch is depth-rated to only 100 meters.
The dial also features oversized applied hour numerals set against a white printed minute ring on the outer edge. Each quarter-hour is indicated by a hybrid tick/circular styling that’s unique to the vintage SuperOcean design. Time is indicated by a distinctive pair of hands, with the hours indicated by a stylized arrow pointer and the minutes by a slim, tapering sword hand; the seconds hand is a simple stick counter.
The watches are powered by Breitling Caliber 10, a self-winding movement that’s a hot-rodded ETA 2892-A2. The COSC-certified movement has a 42-hour power reserve. Pricing for these new watches has been announced as the following: $4,380 for steel on black leather, $4,835 for steel on steel bracelet, $5,225 for steel and gold on leather, and $5,690 for steel and gold on a bracelet. Availability is expected through Breitling and authorized dealers later this year.