Breitling Dive Watches

Breitling Dive Watches - a look at the Breitling Superocean divers watch

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The Breitling SuperOcean first appeared in 1957 and it has since undergone a number of revisions and updates to maintain its status as a high-performance dive watch. A classic dive watch designed to equip professional and military divers. In 2022 Breitling released a new collection of these stunning timepieces (as shown here). ChronoDivers takes a deep dive into Breitling Dive Watches including a review of their key functions & features. We also give advice on the safest place to buy a pre-owned Certified Breitling Superocean.

Reasons to Own a Superocean

  • Professional Dive Watch: The Breitling Superocean is designed and built as a professional dive watch, offering impressive water resistance and durability. Depending on the model, it can withstand depths of up to 1000 meters (3280 feet), making it a reliable companion for serious divers and water sports enthusiasts.
  • Superior Build Quality: Breitling is renowned for its high-quality watchmaking, and the Superocean is no exception. It is crafted from robust materials such as stainless steel or titanium, and its scratch-resistant sapphire crystal ensures long-lasting protection and clarity.
  • Functional and Legible Design: The Superocean features a functional and legible design with large, luminous markers and hands, ensuring easy readability even in low-light conditions. The unidirectional rotating bezel allows divers to accurately track their dive times, enhancing safety underwater.
  • Variety of Models: The Superocean collection offers a wide range of models, catering to different preferences and tastes. Whether you prefer a classic and understated design or a bold and sporty look, Breitling has a Superocean model for every style.
  • Versatility: Despite its professional dive capabilities, the Breitling Superocean is a versatile timepiece suitable for various occasions. Its robust construction and elegant aesthetics make it suitable for both underwater adventures and formal events.
  • Prestige and Heritage: As a well-established Swiss watch brand, Breitling has a prestigious heritage that appeals to watch enthusiasts and collectors. Owning a Breitling Superocean can be a statement of appreciation for fine watchmaking and the brand’s long-standing reputation in the industry.
  • Lifestyle and Adventure: For those with an active lifestyle or a passion for adventure, the Breitling Superocean offers a perfect blend of functionality and style. It is a watch that is built to accompany you on your most daring journeys and outdoor activities.

Whether you’re a professional diver, a watch collector, or someone who appreciates the combination of performance and elegance, the Breitling Superocean is an excellent choice for those seeking a high-quality, Swiss-made dive watch.

Dominating the Oceans as well as the Skies

It’s popularity has grown year on year with a keen following among leisure divers and watch enthusiasts. The Breitling Superocean design brief is simple – a watch that must be clearly legible and functional at depth. This lovely professional dive watch has proven that Breitling dive watches can dominate the oceans as well as the skies. 

Introduced in 1957

The Breitling Superocean is a line of professional dive watches that has been a mainstay in the Breitling collection for over 60 years. 1957 was the same year that Omega released their Speedmaster and just 4 years after the Rolex Submariner and Blancpain Fifty Fathoms. The SuperOcean is a classic dive watch designed to equip professional and military divers. We have a short history of the Superocean dive watch here. A deep dive in to the origins of the iconic Breitling Diver’s Watch collection we all love today.

Water Resistant to 1000 meters (3300 feet)

The latest iteration of the Superocean features a sleek and modern design with a range of colors and sizes to choose from. It boasts water resistance to depths of up to 1000 meters (3300 feet), making it suitable for even the most serious divers. The watch is also equipped with a unidirectional rotating bezel for easy tracking of elapsed time, as well as luminous hands and markers for visibility in low-light conditions.

COSC Certified Movement

The Superocean is powered by a COSC-certified automatic movement, ensuring accurate timekeeping and reliability. It is available in a variety of materials, including stainless steel, titanium, and ceramic, and is often paired with a comfortable and durable rubber strap or stainless steel bracelet.

Overall, the Breitling Superocean is a high-quality dive watch that is built to withstand the rigors of underwater exploration while still looking stylish and sophisticated on land.

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Superocean Heritage

Rewind to the late 1950s – take one of the all time classic dive watches and reinvigorate it’s design. Roll that 60 year legacy up with modern day, cutting edge technology we have the stunning Breitling Superocean Heritage. Fast forward to present day we have a range of superlative chronometers – all COSC certified – in a range of colours, sizes and materials. One thing they all have in common – is the DNA of the original Breitling dive watch from 1957.

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The team at ChronoDivers love everything about the Superocean Collection. Everything from their big bold numerals and sometimes equally bold face colours to the classic understated Heritage versions. There really is a timepiece here for all tests and environments. As an underwater tool with a clearly contrasting hands and watch dial it’s hard to beat the classic Superocean A17366 and A17367.

Automatic Movements

The current stable of Superocean feature one of three Breitling movements – their main features are listed below

  • Caliber Breitling B20 : Automatic – 70 hours power reserve – 26 jewels – 28,800 v.p.h
  • Caliber Brietling 10 : Automatic – 42 hours power reserve – 25 jewels – 28,800 v.p.h
  • Caliber Breitling 01: Automatic – 70 hours power reserve – 47 jewels – 28,800 v.p.h – Chronograph [1/4th second, 30 minutes, 12 hours]

Examples of current models : left to right > Superocean Heritage B01 Chronograph, Superocean Heritage 57 and a Superocean B20 Heritage

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Some recent example of Breitling dive watches sold on eBay

eBay is a great place to go to check a) the current prices of a specific watch and b) to see what the watch looks like in the “real world”. Most product photos on eBay are taken with great care to best represent the watch. You get to see what it really looks like (not a computer enhanced brochure photo) . All the watches shown below have been sold this year on eBay.

Breitling Superocean 48, 46, 44, 42 & Heritage B20

We’ve found very nice, full set examples of Superocean 48, 46, 44 and 42 and several highly desirable Superocean B20 Heritage 46 models. It might not be the first place that springs to mind when looking to buy, or sell, a Breitling watch – but it’s definitely worth checking.

Many timepieces selling for over £1,500 (or $1,500) in the UK (USA) are covered by the eBay Certificate of Authenticity. Keep an eye out for the BLUE TICK on the listing. If it’s got the BLUE TICK – you know it’s a 100% genuine Breitlingindependently certified.

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Mark Worthington Jewellers ✅

For UK visitors we highly recommend Mark Worthington Jewellers – we dedicated a whole page to them. Below are four examples of Breitling watches currently available at Mark Worthington’s.

A selection of Breitling Superocean watches available from Mark Worthington Jewellers

What to pay for a pre-owned Breitling Dive Watch

As with all luxury dive watches the key factors in the selling price are provenance, condition and full set (original box & papers). A nice clean pre-owned Superocean A17266 42 mm will sell for at least £1,500 – up to £2,750 for a real nice example in A1 condition, full set etc.

Similarly, a classic style used Superocean Heritage 42 should fetch anything from £1,900 to £2,500. The Chronograph models and also those with bi-colour case and strap often sell for double those prices, around £4,000 to £5,000.

Breitling Sea Watch collection

Earlier we took a look at the reinterpreted Superocean Heritage models – in the classic 1957 style. Below are some examples of the NEW in 2022 Superocean collection of Sea Watches. That’s a term Breitling themselves use for these watches – underlying their appeal to all water-sport enthusiasts. Not a watch reserved for professional divers – but a timepiece that can be worn by everybody.

Breitling Superocean range 2023

Kelly Slater – professional surfer

We’re already massive fans of this fresh style with the high contrast inner dial ring and inlaid ceramic bezel. Not only is this style aesthetically pleasing – it’s also a safety aid for divers. The chunky luminescent indexes and bold squared-off hands all help with maximum legibility and clarity at depth. It’s not surprising that the Superocean is endorsed by the world famous surfer Kelly Slater (the orange dial with a green strap)

Kelly Slater Breitling Superocean

All the new models feature the same movement as found in the A17366 & A17367 – the proven Caliber Breitling 17 > Automatic (self-winding) – 38 hours power reserve – 25 jewels – 28,800 v.p.h

extract from Breitling’s description : For safety, the bezel is uni-directional on most sizes and bi-directional with a patented lock on the 46 mm. Best of all, this is no longer strictly a dive watch—surf with it, swim with it, hit the beach bar with it, then wear it out to dinner. The Superocean perfectly balances the nostalgia of its heritage with a fresh new look.

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Sea Watches in Bronze, Steel & Gold

This new range of “Sea Watches” is available in four sizes from the largest 46mm down to 36mm with a 44 and 42 in-between. The distinctive coloured dials have been matched with different case metals to give a standout contrast. The three cases are brushed steel, a rich steel and gold mix and a classy bronze. Bronze is a tricky material to work with as it can corrode a little uncontrollably. Breitling use a special bronze alloy in the 44 / 42 mm models with a high resistance to corrosion. However, it’s been designed to subtly allow the bronze to gain a unique patina over time.

Breitling Seawatch Range - the Superocean divers watch

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Superocean A17366 and A17367

When browsing the pre-owned watch stores like Chrono24, Watchfinder and Bob’s Watches two very popular models are the Superocean A17366 and the A17367. Thankfully these models are still available NEW and have remained in the current Superocean collection. The watches shown below are all A17366 models in the 42 mm steel case with exception of the last one – a Superocean A17367 44 mm model.

Both the 42 mm A17366 and the 44 mm A17367 use the same movement – the Caliber Breitling 17 > Automatic (self-winding) – 38 hours power reserve – 25 jewels – 28,800 v.p.h

Extract from Breitling’s description (A17366 42 mm) : Sporty, fresh and colorful, the Superocean Automatic 42 combines performance with contemporary style to fit every wrist. It is up to any challenge: dive with it, surf with it or swim with it! The Superocean Automatic 42 features a sturdy 42 mm stainless-steel case, colorful dials and a choice of a stainless-steel bracelet, or a color-matching rubber strap that fits either a stainless-steel pin buckle or folding clasp. Not only ready for the challenges of the deep seas (up to 50 bar / 500 meters), the fresh and sporty Superocean Automatic 42 will also attract those whose adventures are a little closer to the shore.

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Video review – Superocean Heritage 57

Is this SOH 57 a worthy addition to the Superocean line? or is there too much overlap with the Superocean Heritage II that carries the more substantial and contemporary flair? My own opinion- this is a watch I will not rush out to add to my own collection, but I can certainly appreciate and enjoy it. Big thank you to Richard who as always is a great supporter of this channel in lending in these exciting new releases

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Alternative Aeronautical Brand

If you’re attracted to the aeronautical styling and pedigree of the Breitling watches then there’s another brand that may appeal. Bremont was founded by two British brothers in early 2002. Nick and Giles English have a passion for flying, their company is named after a French farmer who helped them when they crash landed their biplane in his field. The Bremont Supermarine collection is a range of robust and reliable timepieces designed specifically for divers and water sports enthusiasts.

Breitling FAQ’s

Is Breitling a good investment? yes and no. As with most luxury watch brands at this time the market is very volatile. It makes sense to follow the value of a specific model on a website like WATCHCHARTS.com. Our philosophy is simple – if you’re buying a watch to make money – forget it, there are better long term investments. If you are buying it because you love the craftsmanship, engineering, innovation and beauty – get your cash out now.

Answering the question – Is Breitling watch a Good Investment? – it’s a lifestyle investment and something you can pass on to your children. Please don’t just buy it and hide it away in a safe – that’s not how to make money.

Are Breitling as good as Rolex? – in the opinion of the ChronoDivers team – YES – but it depends if we’re comparing apples with apples. Taken £ for £ or $ for $ – there’s more value for money in the Breitling than the Rolex, especially on the second hand, pre-owned watch market. Spending £7K / $8K on a Rolex just about gets a Submariner, if you’re prepared to wait. A couple of thousand less and you’re looking at the top end of the Breitling collection – a Breitling Superocean III Black and 18ct Rose Gold 42 Automatic for example at £5K / $6K

Is Breitling a high end watch? Absolutely yes. Breitling have been a leading Swiss watch manufacturer since 1884. A leader in innovation, design and material technologies for nearly140 years.

How Waterproof Is The Breitling Superocean? The current Superocean III are 300 metres water resistant / 1000 feet. If extreme depth is something you are looking for then consider the Breitling Superocean Automatic 46 with a water resistant rating of 2000 metres / 6600 feet

What Is A Breitling Superocean? Breitling Superocean are a range of Diver’s Watches by the Swiss watch company Breitling. Now in their third generation – they have been a respected tool for professional divers since the late 1950s.

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