After the panda dial and the red gold limited edition, Breitling is back with an all new special edition of their “Chronoliner” model. It will have a very limited release of only 100 produced pieces, with this captivating blue dial.
It’s been nearly a year since Breitling released their Chronoliner model in 18k red gold in a limited edition, as we reviewed then. Now they return with this special version of the authentic flight captain’s watch, with various modified details compared to its previous iteration.
The 46mm case is made of stainless steel with a steel screwed in case back. Mounted on to the case is a blue bidirectional ceramic bezel and features plunger style chronograph pushers, just like the previous version of this model. There is no crown guard, for this non screw locked, two gasket stainless-steel crown. While the moderately sized lugs provide a comfortable and secure fit to the wrist. Water-resistance on this watch can reach up to 100 meters (330 feet).
Time is exhibited on a dazzling blue dial with steel applied hour index markers, aligned with a ring of minute index markers, circling the dial. It’s been equipped with three sub-dials: a 30-minute counter at the 3 o’clock position, a 12-hour counter at the 6 o’clock position and a 1/4th of a second counter at the 9 o’clock position.
The hands and large steel applied hour index markers have all undergone a luminescent coating for an enhanced legibility. Plus in order to communicate the extra time-zones, this watch has been equipped with a central GMT hand that has a red arrow tip, to distinguish its self from the others. There is also a date aperture located between the 4 and 5 o’clock positions.
One of the main enhancements on this timepiece is its revolutionary user friendliness, which allows to set the main hour’s hands to local time, by simply turning the crown, with an automatic adjustment of the date forwards and backwards. And the rotating bezel in high-tech ceramic interacts with them to enable reading a third timezone, also with a 24-hour scale.
Breitling Chronoliner B04
This “Breitling Chronoliner B04” (Ref#: YB04601A|C969|277S|A20S.1) is powered by a self-winding mechanical movement, caliber Breitling B04 with 47 jewels and 28,800 Vph. The movement we find here allows to track a 2nd or 3rd time zone, following a 24-hour time scale. Power reserve on this timepiece can last up to 70 hours, when fully wound.
Currently mounted to the watch is a Breitling blue rubber aero classic strap, secured to the wrist by a stainless-steel pin buckle. This watch is a limited edition of only 100 manufactured pieces.
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