This is an incredible upgrade over the standard Breitling watch model which is frankly cheap looking by comparison
30 July, 2014 at 3:22 am in Business
The difference between the movements is a bit significant. The standard Breitling uses the budget-priced Swiss ETA C0. 211 automatic chronograph movement, while the limited edition model uses the tried and true Breitling automatic replica Breitling Chrono Avenger with a gold-toned automatic rotor, both seen through the casebacks (I like the printed Breitling logo and seahorse printed on the Valjoux version's caseback window).
Neither of the movements are what I would call "fancy, " but for sure, the 7750 is a better movement. ETA tried to make the distinction between the two movements a bit more pronounced in terms of function by having the Breitling be a six hour chronograph versus the 12 hours of timing for the Breitling. This is actually a very arbitrary distinction technically speaking, but I get why they did it. Also, the Breitling is a day/date movement while the watch only shows the date. This is reflected on the dial of the watches accordingly.
The Breitling (by the way the "1000" part of the name comes from the watch's roughly 1000 feet - versus 300 meters - of water resistance) indicates that it satisfied Breitling standards for being a true dive watch on the rear of the replica Cartier Ballon bleu. The standard version might pass as well, but Breitling wanted to make sure you know that for the limited edition model. Attached to both models is a rubber strap. The quality thereof is better for the Breitling model. The standard model does come with a metal bracelet option that is not available for the limited model.
Easily the best part of the Breitling model is the dial. This is an incredible upgrade over the standard model which is frankly cheap looking by comparison. You do need to have a basic like of the design, but the quality and legibility are outstanding for the limited piece. The matte black dial has some peripheral snailed texturing and more recessed subdials compared with the standard replica Tag Heuer Formula 1.
The limited version also includes applied hour markers with excellent lume. The applied hour markers make the piece look ten times better in my opinion. You can see little differences in the hands (such as the subsidiary seconds hand), as well as the text on the dial. Apparently the Breitling (whatever that means). As i mentioned earlier, the dials do look really similar at first glance, but upon close inspection there are all these numerous differences.