1004 Breitling Superocean


The first time you lay eyes on a ref. 1004 is a lot like the first time you learn how Germany’s energy is sourced: you sort of think, ‘Huh, that’s a strange beast. Surely that doesn’t work?’ In both cases, you’d be right. The 1004 is the reference that launched the Superocean line and was…

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2005 Breitling Superocean ‘Slow Chronograph’


Before the dive watch had found its core design (rotating uni-direction bezel, screw-down everything, and crown guards), a lot of maisons just sort of tried everything. I grew up on Playstation, a child of the early 90s, and when I didn’t know how to do a thing in Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater, I just pressed…

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Tropical 1004 Breitling Superocean


Breitling makes watches for aviators. This is their marketing, this is their IP, and this is their history. And yet, Breitling have made some of the world’s most gorgeous pieces of submersible steel, the likes of which are often totally overlooked. These watches were designed to be highly legible underwater, robust, but also styled as…

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Breitling SuperOcean 2005, Beauty in the Details


The SuperOcean reference 2005 is a diver decidedly unlike any other. First, there’s the ‘slow’ minute-step chronograph to measure time elapsed underwater. Second, there’s the fact that the chronograph hand is effectively spatula-shaped with a rotund lume plot. Third, Breitling included an indicator above 6 on the dial to mark when the chronograph is running…

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