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Breitling Superocean Héritage II 42

Earlier this year, Breitling introduced us to the Superocean Héritage II 42. The 42 stands for the diameter (in mm) but is also available in a whopping 46mm. The II is perhaps more interesting, as it indicates that this is the second version of the Superocean Héritage, which is indeed the case. With the Breitling…

Earlier this year, Breitling introduced us to the Superocean Héritage II 42. The 42 stands for the diameter (in mm) but is also available in a whopping 46mm. The II is perhaps more interesting, as it indicates that this is the second version of the Superocean Héritage, which is indeed the case. With the Breitling Superocean Héritage II 42, you actually will purchase an update of the earlier model. This new version comes with a calibre B20 movement, which is based on Tudor’s MT5612. The previous model came with Breitling calibre B17, which was based on the ETA 2824-2. A movement with a solid track record and praised by many. With the new Tudor based movement, Breitling makes themselves less dependent on Swatch Group for delivering ETA movements.

 

The Breitling calibre B20, or Tudor MT5612, is a movement that Tudor developed and manufactured for their North-Flag, Black Bay and Pelagos models. Breitling and Tudor have a collaboration regarding movements, as the Tudor Heritage Black Bay Chrono they introduced this year features the Breitling Caliber B01 movement. The Breitling B20 movement has a power reserve of 70 hours and has been chronometer certified like all mechanical Breitlings have been.

 

The movement is perhaps the biggest update on the Tudor Superocean Héritage II 42, but let’s not forget about the ceramic uni-directional bezel on this watch as well. A ceramic bezel is (almost) unscratchable and ensures that your watch will still look great in years from now. Especially when doing some diving with the Superocean Héritage II 42, the bezel is most of the time to the first thing that has collisions.

The 42mm case of this Breitling measures 14.35mm in thickness, which makes it a quite compact watch. It is by no means a dress watch, so a bit of ‘body’ isn’t that bad. Also, it has to withstand 20 bar being a divers watch.

 

The Breitling Superocean Héritage II 42 comes in a number of dial and strap variations. The version on the rubber Aero Classic strap has the friendliest price tag where-as the watch on a stainless steel bracelet will be the most expensive one to choose from. The prices have increased a little bit since the first Superocean Héritage, but the latest version does have the aforementioned improvements.

If you like a divers watch with a classic look to it, vintage-inspired even, the Breitling Superocean Héritage II 42 is an excellent choice and will be an easy partner on your wrist. A comfortable diameter, wide selection of straps (or bracelet) and a friendly price tag. Although the movement has a less long track record than the previous caliber B17, we are convinced that the Tudor based B20 will be just as good, based on the impressive specifications and Tudor’s reputation.

Do you have large wrists or just fancy a larger watch? Then the Breitling Superocean Héritage II 46 with identical features might be something for you instead. The price will be identical to the 42mm version.