Breitling’s modern take on the decades-old Colt is true to the original, with features that have become hallmarks of the brand. From our archives, here’s a hands-on review of the new-look Breitling Colt.
Breitling revamped its entry-level Colt collection last year with a firm nod to the original series, introduced in the 1980s. Like the Chronomat and the Navitimer, the solid Breitling Colt fake watches were conceived as military watches, with an emphasis on reliability and readability. The 24-hour scale, aviator-style dial and broad, unidirectional bezel have come to define the unmistakable look of Breitling watches.
The new collection is true to the original right down to the movements. Most of the new Breitling Colt replica watches contain quartz calibers, which dominated the watch world at the time of the Colt’s debut. We tested the sole mechanical version, with an automatic ETA caliber. An ETA movement was also used in the original series.
The new Colt Automatic resembles the Colt Superocean, which debuted in the mid-1990s and remained in the collection for several years. The new Colt replicates the old model’s screwable crown with protectors on both sides, pilot-style Arabic numerals and a broad, unidirectional bezel with engraved notches and raised cursors at the quarter hours. These cursors improve the grip on the bezel, making it easy to rotate even when you’re wearing gloves. They have become a characteristic feature of Breitling copy watches with Swiss mechanical movements.
On the new Colt, the markings are precisely engraved into the satin-finished bezel, which slopes gently downward toward its outer rim. The bezel clicks through 120 steps compared to the 60 notches on the bezel of the Colt Super-ocean, even though the additional steps aren’t necessary for to-the-minute setting of a dive’s start time. The new Colt Automatic also repeats the Superocean’s 24-hour scale and rare 1/100s-hour scale, described as an “aeronautic hundredths scale.”
With its black avant-garde case in Breitlight®, its dial with aeronautical-type numerals and its selfwinding Manufacture Breitling caliber powering an exclusive 24-hour display, the new replica Breitling Avenger Hurricane Military limited series proudly displays the assets of an instrument for which prowess is the norm.
On this new version of this superlative-charged chronograph, issued in a 1,000-piece limited edition, Breitling replica has equipped the black dial with luminescent hands and numerals featuring a slightly patinated yellow-beige color evoking the instruments produced by the brand from the 1940s to the 1960s – a nod to Breitling’s longstanding heritage in the aeronautical and military field. But while the black dial fake Breitling Avenger Hurricane Military thereby gives the distinct impression of having already undertaken a number of missions, it above all asserts itself as a watch built to face both present and future challenges.
Breitling replica has indeed equipped it with an imposing 50 mm case in Breitlight® – an exclusive high-tech material 3.3 times lighter than titanium and 5.8 times lighter than steel yet significantly harder. It is endowed with a number of qualities (exceptional resistance to scratching, traction and corrosion, thermal stability, along with anti-magnetic and anti-allergenic properties). This ultra-light and sturdy construction (water-resistant to 100 m / 330 ft) is enhanced by lateral protective reinforcements, a rotating rider tab bezel as well as pushers and crown featuring a non-slip grip ensuring optimal handling, even with gloves.
So as to set a unique and reliable cadence for timing impressive feats, the Avenger Hurricane Military is powered by Manufacture Breitling Caliber B12, a selfwinding chronograph movement displaying the time in an entirely original 24-hour mode, as typically used in the military and among pilots, and chronometer-certified by the COSC (Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute), a sure token of superior precision. The legibility of the 24 stencil-type aviation-inspired numerals, as well as the chronograph indications, is enhanced by a thick sapphire crystal glareproofed on both sides.
The exclusive strap of the fake Breitling with Caliber B12 movement also combines comfort and sturdiness, with a black rubber lining and sides, as well as an exterior in khaki-colored high-resistance Military textile fiber featuring tone-on-tone stitching.
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Breitling fans are never short of new pieces to gawk at, and the brand loves to keep delivering. With the Breitling Chronoliner red gold limited edition, one of their most handsome offerings gets the high-end treatment and is as masculine as a gold watch can get. Fans of the standard black dial fake Breitling Chronoliner watch will no doubt lust after this piece, but keep in mind it will come in a limited run of 250 pieces.
Breitling’s Chronoliner triple time zone chronograph is inspired by watches from the 1950s and 1960s, and relays a compelling vintage spirit that doesn’t come off as contrived. The new delicate replica Breitling is presented in a 46mm red gold case crowned with a black ceramic bezel. The ceramic bezel – as opposed to a metal bezel – adds a touch of class to this watch and softens the contrast of gold on black, which can at times be too loud. Red gold helps in this way as well. The numbers on the black ceramic bezel are in brushed gold to aid legibility, an important factor given that the bezel is used as a third time zone indicator.
Equipped with a triple time zone indicator, the white scale fake Breitling Chronoliner lets you consult three separate time zones at a glance. As with most traditional GMT watches, local time is set with the hands and the second time zone can be consulted with a red-tipped central hand against a 24-hour scale. The third time zone is indicated on the rotating bezel, also presented in a 24-hour mode.
Combining a chronograph with a triple time zone indicator means there is a lot of information to relay, but the dial is surprisingly neat and tidy. The white tricompax display, balanced by a date window and the logo on the right, provides a sharp contrast with the matte black dial, and the 30-minute counter features six luminescent rectangles, characteristic of the Breitling Chronoliner DNA. The subdials are decorated with a circular motif and a grey border for increased legibility, and the red gold hands and indices are treated with luminescence. In keeping with its retro personality, the chronograph functions are activated with piston-shaped pushers.
The black rubber strap replica Breitling Chronoliner is equipped with an ETA Valjoux 7754 automatic movement, a GMT adaptation of the ubiquitous Valjoux 7750, and the movement is a COSC-certified chronometer. Water-resistant to 100 metres, the fake Breitling Chronoliner red gold limited edition comes on a black rubber strap which emulates the weave of the steel mesh bracelet of the Aero Classic watch.