By TLex When something has “special” in its name, then you know it’s gonna be – what’s the word I’m looking for? That’s it – special! At least that’s the general idea. So what have Breitling done to their SUPEROCEAN 44 that warrants its new “special” moniker?
Starting with its 44mm case that is now made from a sturdy block of satin-brushed black steel (as opposed to regular steel); this has been fitted with a brand-new unidirectional rotational divers bezel in shiny black ceramic. This in itself is pretty special – however the best is yet to come!
The Superocean 44 Special has a completely new dial design with large over-sized white markers, accentuated by a thick luminescent coating – and to go with them are large baton-type hands that have been designed to be clearly distinguishable from each other.
Making reading of dive-time way easier than with previous models thanks to also to different-shaped hour-markers for five-minute intervals, quarters and 12 o’clock; and a bezel with 60-minute scale also highlighting five-minute intervals, quarters and 12 o’clock.
And thanks to a red-tipped seconds indicator with a small luminescent triangle, the diver can at any stage check at a glance whether the movement is operating.
Further divers features include: a Sapphire crystal glare-proofed on both sides, a black ceramic bezel and a twin-gasket screwdown crown allowing the Superocean to dive safely down to them to a depth of 1000 meters.
Finally the Superocean 44 Special houses a self-winding movement officially chronometer-certified by the COSC (Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute), the only precision and reliability benchmark based on an international norm. It is presented on a black rubber divers strap featuring Breitling’s signature and raised central ridge, or a row of portholes.
This might be a little clichéd but if Breitling had put the Superocean logo in red – that would have imho, been a very cool touch.
Breitling’s Superocean models have been around since 1957; next year will be bang on 60 years, so can we expect an even more “special” edition of the Superocean 44? It’s a strong likelihood, but until then, HERE’s H2O and OceanicTime’s idea of a “special” edition