All moderns and balances nicely with the old-school aesthetic of the field Breitling watch design
13 October, 2014 at 5:42 am in Business
The dial design is typical field watch but with a few small flares that serve to remind you of why you spent a bit more on a Breitling. The text is clean, crisp and super legible with the main arabic hour markers and hands offering a luminous treatment that is accented by luminous pips at every five minute increment on the outer minute scale. The hour markers sit in their own ring within the dial replica breitling bentley, which has a slightly shinier finish than the rest of the dial. This adds a bit of visual flare to a dial design that is typically pretty simple.
The inner dial is host to the branding and model text, which is rendered in a well-proportioned font size and balances nicely with the rest of the dial. Also fitting for a field watch, the Breitling has a 24 hour scale on the inner dial segment. While Breitling regrettably does not offer a GMT version of this watch, the 24 hour scale aids the military appeal of the Titanium Auto.
The date display is my only problem with this otherwise excellent watch. It looks like a bit of an afterthought, fitted at three in a manner that cuts into the three marker, likely due to the width of the movement vs the width of the http: //www. waxreplicawatches. co. uk/. Along with the somewhat awkward placement on the dial, the date display is black text on a white background and on an otherwise entirely Breitling watch, I feel a white on black wheel might have been a more balanced choice. The hands feature an interesting design as well and may, at first, appear too short for the width of the dial. With a closer look, one sees that the ends of the hands are fitted with a needle point that offers accurate readings without the need to stretch a large hand past the hour markers just to reach the minute scale. While a little strange at first, I found this design to work well, offering strong "glanceability" and accurate readings when greater detail was needed. This is especially evident in the seconds hand design, which is very long and features lume only at its arrowhead tip, allowing for strong legibility in almost any lighting condition. The sapphire crystal covering the dial is nicely implemented but would benefit from an anti-reflective treatment.
Being that Breitling is part of the family, they have easy access to recognizable and very reliable movements like the ETA 2824-2. Essentially the benchmark for a cost effective Breitling three-hand movement, the ETA 2824-2 offers automatic winding, hacking seconds, hand winding and a quickset date function as well as the possibility of excellent timekeeping. The Breitling comes with a display case back that allows a view of the Breitling signed rotor and inner workings of this workhorse Breitling. Timekeeping was solid with this loaner unit from replica cartier watches running within a few seconds of 0 in a given day (primarily on wrist).
The Breitling wrist feel is excellent, the watch is so light that any noticible feedback was provided by the stiff canvas strap (which would undoubtedly break-in over time). With a simple case shape and sloped lugs, the 42 mm profile was comfy on my (admittedly boney) wrist. The all black case is modern and balances nicely with the old-school aesthetic of the field Breitling watch design. Being such a strong and versatile platform, this field watch will work well with a variety of straps and the PVD finish looks amazing when matched with an olive green nato strap (comfy too).