Breitling Superocean

The Breitling SuperOcean first appeared in 1957 – the same year as the Omega Speedmaster and just 4 years after the Rolex Submariner and Blancpain Fifty Fathoms.

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The SuperOcean is 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). Welcome to the underwater world of Breitling’s Sea Watches.

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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 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 can dominate the oceans as well as the skies. More about the >> History of the Superocean here

A Rolex Submariner alternative

The Breitling SuperOcean first appeared in 1957 – the same year as the Omega 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. I love everything about this watch range. Everything from it’s big bold numerals and sometimes equally bold face colours to the classic understated Heritage versions.

Certified Authentic Breitling Superocean on eBay

The remainder of this page is dedicated to the Superocean dive watch – so please read on. If you are visiting this page looking to purchase a Superocean then PLEASE consider a Breitling covered by eBay’s Authenticity Guarantee. For investment security and peace of mind we recommend shopping with a dealer partaking in the eBay Authenticity Guarantee ✅

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Scroll down for the latest Breitling Superocean listed for sale in the last 48 hours

Perfection? We think so – the Breitling 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.

What’s inside – automatic (self winding) 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]

Some recent example of Breitling Superocean 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)

Superocean 48, 46, 44, 42 and Superocean Heritage B20 discovered recently

All the watches shown below have been sold this year on eBay. 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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Browse the collection of Breitling and other luxury watch brands – all covered by the industry respected eBay Authenticity Guarantee ✅. 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 Breitling independently certified. The certificate of authenticity comes with NO COST to the buyer whatsoever – it also makes re-selling the watch a lot easier in the future.

Mark Worthington Jewellers (UK) ✅

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

Breitling Superocean Heritage Chronograph 46mm A13320 Black Dial SERVICED
Breitling Superocean Heritage Chronograph 46mm A13320 Black Dial SERVICED

🇬🇧 A Breitling Superocean Heritage Chronograph 46mm A13320 Black Dial SERVICED. This watch is available now for £3,495.00. The seller is located in Wilmslow, Cheshire, United Kingdom. The condition of this watch has been listed as Use…

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Breitling Superocean Heritage 44 UB2030 Black Dial With Papers 2022 UNWORN
Breitling Superocean Heritage 44 UB2030 Black Dial With Papers 2022 UNWORN

🇬🇧 A Breitling Superocean Heritage 44 UB2030 Black Dial With Papers 2022 UNWORN. This watch is available now for £4,495.00. The seller is located in Wilmslow, Cheshire, United Kingdom. The condition of this watch has been listed as Ne…

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What to pay for a pre-owned Superocean

As with all luxury 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 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.

Always check the price of BRAND NEW model with a reputable AUTHORISED DEALER such as Goldsmiths in the UK before overpaying on a used model.

New & Used Breitling Superocean available now

A selection of Breitling Superocean watches listed for sale today.

PLEASE NOTE – these listings come from ALL sellers. Certain watches may NOT be covered by the Authenticity Guarantee. Please take care and ensure the watch meets your own criteria before purchasing. If in doubt > use the  Authenticity Guarantee ✅ scheme to protect your investment.

Flags ( 🇬🇧 & 🇺🇸 ) are used at the start of each listing to identify the country the seller is willing to SHIP TO. If the same watch appears several times – this indicates the seller is able to ship to multiple countries.

Breitling Superocean 42
Breitling Superocean 42

🇬🇧 A Breitling Superocean 42. This watch is available now for £2,500.00. The seller is located in Jersey, United Kingdom. The condition of this timepiece has been listed as Used. This watch is being sold by a seller with the user name davhouiellebec-0. For more details please CLICK HERE to […]Read More

Breitling Superocean Automatic 42 Blue Dial Steel Men's Watch
Breitling Superocean Automatic 42 Blue Dial Steel Men’s Watch

🇺🇸 A Breitling Superocean Automatic 42 Blue Dial Steel Men’s Watch. This watch is available now for US$2,990.00. The seller is located in Tokyo, Japan. The condition of this timepiece has been listed as Pre-owned. This watch is being sold by a seller with the user name tomook-8. For more […]Read More

Breitling Superocean 42 |  2021 Full Set | A17366D71O1S1
Breitling Superocean 42 | 2021 Full Set | A17366D71O1S1

🇬🇧 A Breitling Superocean 42 | 2021 Full Set | A17366D71O1S1. This watch is available now for £2,395.00. The seller is located in Romsey, United Kingdom. The condition of this timepiece has been listed as Used. This watch is being sold by a seller with the user name wisemanswatches. For […]Read More

Breitling Superocean Heritage Chronograph 46mm A13320 Black Dial SERVICED
Breitling Superocean Heritage Chronograph 46mm A13320 Black Dial SERVICED

🇬🇧 A Breitling Superocean Heritage Chronograph 46mm A13320 Black Dial SERVICED. This watch is available now for £3,495.00. The seller is located in Wilmslow, Cheshire, United Kingdom. The condition of this watch has been listed as Used. This watch is being sold by a seller with the user name markworthingtonjewell…

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Breitling Superocean Heritage Men's Black Watch - AB2020121B1A1
Breitling Superocean Heritage Men’s Black Watch – AB2020121B1A1

🇺🇸 A Breitling Superocean Heritage Men’s Black Watch – AB2020121B1A1. This watch is available now for US$5,001.00. The seller is located in Bellport, New York, United States. The condition of this timepiece has been listed as New without tags. This watch is being sold by a seller with the user [&helli…

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Breitling Superocean Heritage Silver Men's Watch - A17320      ONE DAY LISTING
Breitling Superocean Heritage Silver Men’s Watch – A17320 ONE DAY LISTING

🇬🇧 A Breitling Superocean Heritage Silver Men’s Watch – A17320 ONE DAY LISTING. This watch is available now for £2,000.00. The seller is located in Rochdale, United Kingdom. The condition of this timepiece has been listed as Used. This watch is being sold by a seller with the user name […]Read More

Breitling Superocean Chronograph STEELFISH 44MM A13341 with Box unworn!
Breitling Superocean Chronograph STEELFISH 44MM A13341 with Box unworn!

🇺🇸 A Breitling Superocean Chronograph STEELFISH 44MM A13341 with Box unworn!. This watch is available now for US$2,995.00. The seller is located in Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States. The condition of this timepiece has been listed as New with tags. This watch is being sold by a seller with the user […]Read More

Breitling Superocean Automatic 46mm Blacksteel Mens Strap Watch M17368D71C1S1
Breitling Superocean Automatic 46mm Blacksteel Mens Strap Watch M17368D71C1S1

🇬🇧 A Breitling Superocean Automatic 46mm Blacksteel Mens Strap Watch M17368D71C1S1. This watch is available now for £3,100.00. The seller is located in BASINGSTOKE, United Kingdom. The condition of this timepiece has been listed as Used. This watch is being sold by a seller with the user name justynauk7. For [&he…

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breitling superocean heritage A17321
breitling superocean heritage A17321

🇺🇸 A breitling superocean heritage A17321. This watch is available now for US$2,250.00. The seller is located in Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota, United States. The condition of this timepiece has been listed as Pre-owned. This watch is being sold by a seller with the user name allan705. For more details [……

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Breitling Superocean Heritage II 2 Chronograph A13312 46mm Rare Blue
Breitling Superocean Heritage II 2 Chronograph A13312 46mm Rare Blue

🇬🇧 A Breitling Superocean Heritage II 2 Chronograph A13312 46mm Rare Blue . This watch is available now for £3,250.00. The seller is located in Accrington, United Kingdom. The condition of this timepiece has been listed as Used. This watch is being sold by a seller with the user name […]Read More

BREITLING SUPEROCEAN 42 STAINLESS STEEL WATCH A17366 W009515
BREITLING SUPEROCEAN 42 STAINLESS STEEL WATCH A17366 W009515

🇺🇸 A BREITLING SUPEROCEAN 42 STAINLESS STEEL WATCH A17366 W009515. This watch is available now for US$2,300.00. The seller is located in West Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States. The condition of this timepiece has been listed as Pre-owned. This watch is being sold by a seller with the user name capefisherma…

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Breitling Superocean II A17365 Men's Watch in Stainless Steel
Breitling Superocean II A17365 Men’s Watch in Stainless Steel

🇬🇧 A Breitling Superocean II A17365 Men’s Watch in Stainless Steel. This watch is available now for £2,129.52. The seller is located in New York, New York, United States. The condition of this timepiece has been listed as Used. This watch is being sold by a seller with the user […]Read More

BREITLING Superocean Heritage B20 AB2010 Warranty until 2026
BREITLING Superocean Heritage B20 AB2010 Warranty until 2026

🇺🇸 A BREITLING Superocean Heritage B20 AB2010 Warranty until 2026. This watch is available now for US$3,390.00. The seller is located in Tokyo, Japan. The condition of this timepiece has been listed as Pre-owned. This watch is being sold by a seller with the user name tomook-8. For more details […]Read More

Breitling Superocean 44mm Green Dial A17376A31L1S1 '22 B&P on Rubber
Breitling Superocean 44mm Green Dial A17376A31L1S1 ’22 B&P on Rubber

🇬🇧 A Breitling Superocean 44mm Green Dial A17376A31L1S1 ’22 B&P on Rubber. This watch is available now for £3,228.42. The seller is located in Carmel, Indiana, United States. The condition of this timepiece has been listed as Used. This watch is being sold by a seller with the user name […]Read More

Breitling Superocean 44 Blue Dial Rubber Strap 44mm A17367D81C1S1 Full Set
Breitling Superocean 44 Blue Dial Rubber Strap 44mm A17367D81C1S1 Full Set

🇺🇸 A Breitling Superocean 44 Blue Dial Rubber Strap 44mm A17367D81C1S1 Full Set. This watch is available now for US$3,100.00. The seller is located in Buffalo Grove, Illinois, United States. The condition of this timepiece has been listed as Pre-owned. This watch is being sold by a seller with the […]Read More

Breitling Superocean 42mm Automatic Steel Black Dial A17366 B/P Men's Watch
Breitling Superocean 42mm Automatic Steel Black Dial A17366 B/P Men’s Watch

🇬🇧 A Breitling Superocean 42mm Automatic Steel Black Dial A17366 B/P Men’s Watch. This watch is available now for £2,250.00. The seller is located in Brighton, East Sussex, United Kingdom. The condition of this timepiece has been listed as Used. This watch is being sold by a seller with the […]Read More

Breitling Superocean II A17365 Men's Watch in  Stainless Steel
Breitling Superocean II A17365 Men’s Watch in Stainless Steel

🇺🇸 A Breitling Superocean II A17365 Men’s Watch in Stainless Steel. This watch is available now for US$2,450.00. The seller is located in New York, New York, United States. The condition of this timepiece has been listed as Pre-owned. This watch is being sold by a seller with the user […]Read More

BREITLING SUPEROCEAN HERITAGE 42 STAINLESS STEEL WATCH AB2010 W009367
BREITLING SUPEROCEAN HERITAGE 42 STAINLESS STEEL WATCH AB2010 W009367

🇬🇧 A BREITLING SUPEROCEAN HERITAGE 42 STAINLESS STEEL WATCH AB2010 W009367. This watch is available now for £3,200.00. The seller is located in Hertfordshire, United Kingdom. The condition of this timepiece has been listed as Used. This watch is being sold by a seller with the user name xupesboutique. For [&helli…

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breitling Superocean Chronograph Limited Edition A109R81PRS Black Dial TO46520
breitling Superocean Chronograph Limited Edition A109R81PRS Black Dial TO46520

🇺🇸 A breitling Superocean Chronograph Limited Edition A109R81PRS Black Dial TO46520. This watch is available now for US$3,589.00. The seller is located in Japan, Japan. The condition of this timepiece has been listed as Pre-owned. This watch is being sold by a seller with the user name eic_rm. For more […]Read More

BREITLING SUPEROCEAN Heritage II 44mm B20 Super Ocean BLUE - AB2030 - £4100
BREITLING SUPEROCEAN Heritage II 44mm B20 Super Ocean BLUE – AB2030 – £4100

🇬🇧 A BREITLING SUPEROCEAN Heritage II 44mm B20 Super Ocean BLUE – AB2030 – £4100. This watch is available now for £2,795.00. The seller is located in Notitnghamshire, United Kingdom. The condition of this timepiece has been listed as Used. This watch is being sold by a seller with the […]Read More

Where to Buy a Used Breitling Superocean ✅

For shoppers in the UK we recommend Mark Worthington Jewellers ✅. Please visit their page on this website for more details about the business and examples of fine watches they have recently sold. This established jewellers actively buys “new old stock” and pre-owned Breitling Superocean watches. They always have a wide range of watches, both new and used – all certified authentic.

For shoppers in the USA (with a GLOBAL shipping program) we recommend Bob’s Watches ✅. Please click the banner below to browse all their current pre-owned luxury timepieces.

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The new Superocean Sea Watch collection (2022)

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 – thus the endorsement from world famous surfer Kelly Slater (the orange dial, green strapped 42 mm version)

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.

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 or 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.

Superocean A17366 and A17367

When browsing the pre-owned watch stores like Chrono24, Watchfinder and Bob’s Watches two very popular models are the Breitling 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 Breitling 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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History of the Breitling Superocean

We have to go back to the 1950s to trace the origins of the Breitling Diver’s watch. At that time the demand for divers’ watches was on the increase. The oceans of the world were opening up their secrets and the need to explore and conquer the deep-see growing. But not only were the professional and scientific worlds looking to the ocean for answers aquatic sport enthusiasts and nautical leisure activities were also on the up and up. There was a new and very apparent need for technical, affordable, accurate diving instruments that could be worn while diving.

At this time, in 1953, Rolex released the Rolex Submariner water resistant to 100 m. A few years later in 1955 Omega unveil their Omega Seamaster divers watch with a certified rating to a depth just beyond 60 m. The world market for Swiss quality professional dive watches had emerged.

1957 – enter the Breitling SuperOcean MK1

A few years later, in 1957, Breitling launch two innovative dive watches. The first is a simple time-only affair Ref. 1004. The other is a more complicated chronograph diver’s watch Ref. 807. Both are pictured below. These new dive watches are named the Breitling SuperOcean and, most importantly, they are rated to 200m water resistancy. Compared to the main rivals at the time, Rolex and Omega, this 200m claim was substantial and attracted much interest.

Breitling SuperOcean Ref 1004 – the gentleman’s dive watch

The Breitling marketing team at the time produced two watches with very different style attributes. The Ref 1004 was designed as a gentleman’s watch who demanded style and function in the one timepiece. A watch that was clearly as at home in the gentlemen’s clubs of the 1950s as it was at the sailing club or on the beach.

The original Brietling SuperOcean dive watch from 1957 - time only
The stylish 1957 Breitling SuperOcean Ref 1007
Modern reintrepration - the Breitling SuperOcean Heritage 57 on a fabric strap
A stunning SuperOcean Heritage 57 (Mark Worthington)

Breitling SuperOcean Ref 804 Chronograph – for professional divers

The Breitling SuperOcean Ref 804 had a more functional brief. This timepiece was intended for professional use, to be worn by a diver demanding the highest levels of accuracy and reliability.

The innovative Breitling SuperOcean Chronograph diver's watch from 1957 - Ref 804
Fully functional Breitling SuperOcean Chronograph Ref 804

To the modern watch fan these two classics look as good today as they did over 60 years ago. The new Breitling SuperOcean Heritage watches have taken all their design cues from these innovative models. Same classic looks, style and desirability with improvements made to accuracy and reliability only.

Magazine Advert of the Breitling SuperOcean from 1957 showing the Ref 1007 and Ref 804 Chronograph
Magazine article from the period showcasing the two new SuperOcean dive watches

You had to personally experience these watches in 1957 to understand the impact they made in the luxury watch industry. It was clear to everyone involved that their boast of 200m water resistance was a game changer. But it was everything else about these watches that caused a commotion at the Geneva watch show. The fresh lines and breathtaking design distinguished them from all other watches available at the time. All those years making aviation instruments was put to good use with the highly oversized circular and triangular hour markers maximizing the legibility and ease of timekeeping

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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1965 – Breitling SuperOcean SLOW MOTION Ref 2005

The CRITICAL feature of a diver’s watch, aside from the obvious water resistancy, is ease of use measuring the DIVE TIME. The 1957 versions of the SuperOcean feature a rotating bezel that can be used in conjuction with the minute hand to measure dive time. However, it wasn’t very clear and sometimes hard to read.

The solution to this problem was a devised in 1965 by Willy Breitling with the new Breitling SuperOcean “SLOW MOTION” Ref 2005. His plan was to use the chronograph hand (the second hand to most people) to mark time in minutes rather than seconds. When the chronograph is running the second hand completes one full rotation in one HOUR, not the normal one rotation per MINUTE. This clever utilisation of an existing primary hand permitted easy reading of the elapsed dive time.

Innovative design of the Breitling SuperOcean SLOW MOTION with running indicator set to RUNNING
But how do you know when it’s running?

The problem with this clever innovation of the SLOW MOTION chronograph calibre is the difficulty in checking that the clock is running. With the hand moving just 1/60 of a revolution every minute a quick glance wasn’t enough to determine if the user had pressed start or stop. In other words, a big problem when diving in to the ocean.

The solution was the addition of a RUNNING INDICATOR located at the 6 0’clock position. When not in use this indicator is all black. When the stopwatch is launched it turns to all yellow. Start the chronograph and the indicator displays a black disc with a yellow spot (as shown above).

Landmark dates in the history of the SuperOcean

Many people only consider Rolex and Omega when looking for a dive watch with history, innovation and heritage. At ChronoDiver’s we’d urge you to take a look at the Breitling range. With a rich history in dive watch advancements from 1957 to present day. Here’s a few of their highlights.

  • 1957 sees the arrival of the SuperOcean Ref 1007 and 804 (hand wind)
  • 1965 the SuperOcean “slow motion” Ref 2005 (hand wind)
  • 1969 arrival of the SuperOcean CHORNO-MATIC – first self winding Breitling dive watches (automatic)
  • 1983 Breitling release the SuperOcean DEEPSEA Ref 81190 water resistant to 1000m
The first AUTOMATIC Breitling SuperOcean diver's watch - the CHRONO MATIC Ref 2005
Breitling SuperOcean “slow motion” Ref 2005
Extreme depths - the Breitling SuperOcean Deep Sea divers watch water resistant to 1000m
Brietling SuperOcean Deep Sea 1000m
Further Reading
  1. Official Website : Breitling.com
  2. History of the SuperOcean – Breitling.com