Breitling Transocean Chronograph is model case with a vintage-feeling scheme and a simpler dial layout. Unlike the earlier model, the Transocean Chronograph features a sapphire case back to showcase manufacture wares. Breitling Transocean Chronograph starts off with a 43 mm case in highly-polished stainless steel with steeply curved lugs. Like most Breitlings, you’re bound to feel every millimeter of it. The dial has what Breitling calls “twinzone silver décor,” but it’s more along the lines of champagne in color. The tachymeter scale is still on the outer perimeter of the dial, only this time a darker disc highlights the applied hour markers and date window at 6 o’clock.
Is the date window necessary? It probably is if you’re a pilot or someone along those lines, but we’re not sure of how many Breitling owners actually fall into that category. The important thing is that the date is no longer between 4 and 5 o’clock like in the original limited edition release and that it’s no longer within a square window like in the Transocean Chronograph 38 . These semantics have quite a bit of sway on balanced design. A centered, slender date on a narrower disc makes the window a more inclusive element as opposed to it being an afterthought.
The new Transocean also loses the hour register at 6 o’clock. You’re now limited to a 30-minute register at 3 o’clock, which won’t record a complete transcontinental race, but will still time burgers on a grill.
Inside the Transocean you will find the self-winding manufacture COSC caliber B01, which beats at 28,800 vph with at least 70 hours of power reserve, an appreciable feature. Breitling Transocean Chronograph Edition will be visible thanks to a double back clasp cover. The cover can also be inscribed, adding special value as a keepsake.
The mesh bracelet on which Breitling released this model may not work for everyone, and that’s okay, because they’re also offering it on Barenia and crocodile leather straps.