Breitling’s new SuperOcean Automatic collection for 2022 is as vast and varied as the many seas and oceans of the world that they’re designed to dive in. There are 16 individual references in total, which is a lot but thankfully I only have two in front of me, which is much easier to review. Specifically, I have Breitling 2022 SuperOcean Automatic 42mm Replica dark blue and 44mm turquoise.
Both versions here are stainless steel, although several of the 16 references are bronze or steel and gold bi-colour. To me, Cheap Breitling Replica steel is the most natural material for a dive watch. It’s sporty without sacrificing on the satisfying heft of weight that more advanced materials like titanium lack. Plus, the durability means scratches are less of an issue than on a gold model.
But the real killer aspect of the Breitling Replica Watches cases is the way they sit on the wrist. The 42mm is a dream and the 44mm feels perfectly reasonable. That’s largely because their heights are such that they slip easily under a cuff, the 44mm is only 12.6mm high.
The crown guards are shapely and satisfying rather than bulky. I’d still advise caution for the Best Breitling Replica Watches 46mm versions though, unless you’re built like a tank, because they have an additional bezel locking mechanism on the left of the case that makes the bigger diameter even more pronounced. But that’s not an issue with the two here.
The 42mm has a deep blue colour for the central area and hour scale and a white minutes scale around the outside. The 44mm is slightly more complex as the centre portion and bezel aren’t colour matched, the dial being turquoise and the bezel black.
The contrast between the minute scale and hour scale reminds me of the tachymeter on the recent Swiss Breitling Navitimer Chronograph Replica Collection. However, the chunky baton indexes coated with SuperLuminova give the SuperOcean 42mm and 44mm strong retro dive watch aesthetics.
In fact, the display was inspired by a 1960s SuperOcean nicknamed the ‘Slow Motion’, a fact best seen in the modern watches’ square minutes hand. That hand is definitely the hardest part of the design to swallow – almost as if Breitling is trying too hard to create a “signature” hand design.
Unfortunately, the one element of the Breitling SuperOcean 42mm and 44mm that I find tricky to reconcile is the movement inside. It’s the AAA Breitling Replica Calibre 17, an automatic calibre based on the ETA 2824-2 with a 38-hour power reserve. In a microbrand dive watch I can take that, for Breitling it’s subpar. It also feels a tad lazy to use a single calibre for a collection of watches with such diverse case sizes from 36mm to 46mm, surely there were more options available at the larger sizes.
However, at the end of my time with these two Breitling Replica watches, a single gripe about the movement is hardly the end of the world for a collection of watches I was ready to set aside and not look back. If I were to pick one up, it would be the 44mm turquoise, the colour is too good.