The newest versions of Breitling’s famed sea watches hark back to the original Superocean Slow Motion while introducing modern features and a host of bright colors
The history of Breitling’s Superocean watches dates back to the ’60s, when scuba diving became popular among adventure-minded people—thanks in no small part to the exploits of ocean explorers like Jacques Cousteau. As diving relied heavily on accurate timing, it was only natural that demand for tool watches meant for divers also went up. To that end, Breitling decided that it not only wanted to create a watch that would be up to the task, but also one that was stylish.
To create the watch that would be the forerunner of the modern Superocean, Breitling focused solely on features that would be important to a diver, such as adding high-contrast dial rings and chunky luminescent baton indexes for superior visibility. The designers even removed the seconds hand and replaced it with a then-revolutionary minutes-based chronograph which would make a full rotation of the dial in an hour, earning it the nickname “Slow Motion.”
This philosophy of sticking to the basics of a tool watch meant for divers has resurfaced in the latest iteration of Breitling’s Superocean timepieces. During the launch of the new lineup, Breitling CEO Georges Kern said: “There’s a certain sameness to the look of most dive watches, but the Slow Motion always stood out from the crowd. We’re so pleased to introduce our modern take on this classic, the all-new Superocean.”
There are options aplenty for Superocean fans, divers’ watches enthusiasts and anyone interested in nautical-themed timepieces: The newest Superocean lineup comes in four sizes (46, 44, 42 and 36 mm), three case material variants (steel, steel-gold and bronze), two strap options (rubber and metal) and a nice range of colors.
On the technical side of things, the new Superocean boasts a water resistance rating of up to 300 meters, a unidirectional bezel for most sizes and a bidirectional one with a patented lock for the 46mm version, broad hands and indexes with a Super-LumiNova coating for underwater readability and an overall design that is shock-, sand- and saltwater resistant. Powering the watch is the Breitling Caliber 17 automatic movement.
Longtime fans of the brand might also notice a range of old-school design elements making a comeback, from the square minute hand that became a signature element of the SlowMotion to the famous “the dot” window at 6 o’clock that showed the status of the minutes-based chronograph.
Surprisingly, that’s not all, as there’s also the special-edition Superocean Automatic 42 Kelly Slater. See, the Breitling Surfer Squad—which is made up of surfing legends Kelly Slater, Stephanie Gilmore and Sally Fitzgibbons—are once again chosen as the faces of the new collection. And Slater also co-designed a special 1,000-piece edition of the new Superocean featuring an orange dial and military-green rubber strap.
“I’ve been co-creating watches with Breitling for the past few years but this one, in particular, is very personal. It’s inspired by my late father, who had a watch with an orange face that he used to wear surfing for as long as I can remember,” Slater explained. “The green and orange together is a color scheme I used to like for the airbrushes on my boards growing up. That combination has always stuck with me.”
And now, this eye-popping Superocean and its fellow new releases stand ready to accompany surfers, divers and anyone with a passion for the open sea all across the world.
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