Fly Boy Friday is our weekly at look the ever popular pilot’s watch. Throughout the series we’ve featured a wide variety of pilot watches from watch brands at the higher end of the scale, such as IWC, to those from up and coming and more affordable watch brands.
The point is that the pilot’s watch is probably more popular now than it ever has been. Nearly all brands produce some kind of aviation or pilot’s watch and alongside the diver, a pilot’s watch is perhaps the most common masculine style watch produced by countless watch makers.
Don’t miss: Fly Boy Friday: Breitling (part 1)
As we follow on from last week, here is part 2 of our look at Breitling’s impressive array of pilot and aviation inspired watches.
Breitling has been making watches for the aviation industry for the best part of a century and its watches have accompanied pilot’s on numerous groundbreaking flights and voyages. Even today, a Breitling, be it a Navitimer, Chronomat or one of its other creations, are a popular choice amongst many professional pilots.
Even for those who only ever get as far as navigating the rush hour traffic, rather than leading a bombing run on an enemy target, Breitling is as good as it gets.
Breitling Montbrilliant 01
Montbrilliant Street in La Chaux de Fonds was home to the first fully fledged Breitling factory, which specialised in producing some of the world’s first wristwatch chronographs from 1892 to 1979. With the name forever etched into the history of the brand, the Montbrilliant 01, pictured above, is inspired by some of the brand’s early creations.
The watch is powered by the Breitling 01 in-house movement, which has a power reserve of 70hrs and beats at 28,800vph, with 17 jewels. Available in a limited edition of 2000 pieces, the watch issue number is individually engraved on the side of the case at the position of 9 o’clock. From approximately £5,000.
Breitling Super Avenger II
Breitling redesigned its Avenger collection earlier this year to include two new chronographs, a divers watch and a GMT. The Super Avenger II is one of the new chronographs and includes a bold and imposing 48mm steel case which offers water resistant to 300m and is more than sturdy enough to accompany you on the toughest of missions. Alternatively, the watch will more than hold its own as you make the frantic dash to the train station following a busy day in the office. From approx £4,000.
Breitling Emergency II
The Breitling Emergency II was released earlier this year at Baselworld. Not strictly just a pilot’s watch, the Emergency II is aimed at those professionals whose day job might take a little more out of them than that of the average desk warrior. Following on from its predecessor, the Emergency I, the new version includes an updated dual frequency beacon which is compliant with the international alert satellite, Cospas-Sarsat, as used by numerous search and rescue teams all over the world.
Measuring 51mm diameter, the Emergency II is huge, with its titanium case housing a Breitiling calibre 76 quartz movement. The Breitling Emergency II is available from around £10,000, which is arguably a small price to pay considering it could one day save your life.
Breitling Transocean Chronograph Unitime
The watch of choice for David Beckham, the Breitling Transocean Unitime is equipped with the in-house Breitling calibre 05 movement. The watch includes a 30 minute and 12 hour chronograph counter and can show the time in all 24 time zones all at the same time.
By simply turning the crown forwards or backwards the watch instantly corrects itself to the local time, perfect for those who spend a lot of time travelling. Measuring 46mm in diameter the watch is made from steel and has a power reserve of 70 hours. From £8,300.
Breitling Colt 44
The Breitling Colt is powered by a Super Quartz movement, which Breitling says is ten times more accurate than a regular quartz powered watch and which has a battery life of 8 years. The watch is also fitted with an end of life indicator that shows the wearer exactly when the battery needs replacing.
What helps to make the watch so accurate is that the battery’s temperature is regulated to prevent changes in the outside temperature affecting the accuracy of the quartz movement. The large silver hands look great against the blue dial, which is housed in a 44mm satin brushed stainless steel case, with glare and scratch proof sapphire crystal. Water resistant to 500 metres. From £2,280