No one can hear you scream 3000 meters under the sea! Okay, that doesn’t have any bearing on this new divers model from Breitling, I was just sounding out a potential new movie catch phrase ;)
3000 meters does, though; it’s a pretty big number. When I first got interested in dive watches it was the charms of the then 1998 Breitling SuperOcean Professional that sucked me in with its outstanding 1524m of water-resistance.
I should mention that IWC had actually already released the Aquatimer 2000 GST with 2000 meters of water-resistance just the year before – but I knew pretty much sod all about dive watches in those days, only that I was utterly impressed with the SO Professional.
Fast forward to 2005 and the allure of another Breitling, the Avenger Seawolf with its incredible 3000 meters of water-resistance pulled me deeper and deeper into dive watch collecting – specifically deep divers.
Interestingly enough just a year prior to its release Girard-Perregaux wowed the watch world with the 3000m Sea Hawk II Pro. So it would seem that a Breitling, in fact were always on the back foot when it came to deep divers.
And whilst IWC have not really faltered from their 2000 meters of WR in nearly 20 years and Girard-Perregaux have passed on the depth-rating fad, Breitling have stuck with their 3000-meter diver for over a decade, now –
and here for all you WR junkies and B’ling fans in a 1000-piece limited series is the very latest iteration of the third generation (if I’m not mistaken) of Avenger SEAWOLF – still water-resistant to the fabulous depth of 3000m, it combines a black steel case with a bright yellow face for a dramatic new look.
Divers features include: an ultra-sturdy 45mm in diameter satin-brushed steel case with an engraved bezel – both featuring an ultra-resistant carbon-based black coating, a decompression valve serving to balance out pressure differences inside and outside the watch,
a unidirectional rotational divers bezel to calculate dive times, fitted with Breitling’s signature four rider tabs, a double-gasket screwdown crown with protective reinforcements and non-slip grip, luminescent-coated oversized hands and hour-markers and a thick cambered Sapphire crystal glare-proofed on both sides.
At the heart of this deep-sea Breitling beats a mechanical self-winding heart chronometer-certified by the COSC (Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute).
The new Avenger II Seawolf Blacksteel comes on a black rubber divers strap, but is also available with an ultra-sturdy high-tech fabric Military-type strap, or a version combining a Military exterior with a rubber core.
So what do you think; do 3000m dive watches give you goosebumps or are they just conversation pieces for showing-off to your mates down the pub?!