Breitling Premier Chronograph 42mm Review
Introduced in 2018, this land & sports watch has a classic yet modestly sporty look which evokes the feeling of an era when classy cars still had fins and men would tip their fedora hats to show appreciation for such a fine timepiece.
The stainless-steel case is 42mm x 49.9mm (lug-to-lug) and designed with a double bevel and art-deco-inspired streaks on the flank of the case. This look is reminiscent of the modernist design upswing of the 1940s and 1950s. It’s a modern-day representation of a vintage watch and true to the mid-century inspiration of the case, the chronograph pushers are rectangular in shape and have satin and polished finishing.
The non-screw-down crown is protected by two gaskets to seal in the movement and the crown feels create to the touch. Beveled lugs slenderize the length of the watch case and have a nice brushed and polished finish.
The dial has a spectacular and vibrant sunburst finish. It features applied polished and black-filled index hour markers which provide lots of depth to the dial design. It was non-other than, master watch designer Guy Bovet who joined the Breitling design team to produce this striking design. Typically dials that look like this come with a much higher price tag.
A well-thought-out date window within the 6’o’clock sub-register integrated with a date disk that uses a background that is the same hue as the rest of the dial. This discreetly shows you the date when you need it without the added visual weight that takes over the dial design when applying an accent color for a date window.
A small running seconds sub-dial is located at the 9 o’clock position with chronograph sub-registers at the 12 o’clock and 6 o’clock positions.
This watch uses an alligator strap with a folding steel clasp which is curved to adapt to the shape of a wrist and allow for comfortable wear.
The case back is stainless steel and shows the model number starting with A13. ‘A’ stands for the stainless-steel case and 13 represents the Breitling caliber 13 also known as the B13 movement.
- Hacking seconds
- Quick-set date
- Beats at 28,800 vph or 4Hz
- Unidirectional automatic winding rotor
- 25 jewels
- Power reserve of 42 hours.
The Breitling Caliber 13 (B13) automatic movement is based on the Valjoux/ETA 7750; the legendary workhorse chronograph movement.
The Breitling Premier Chronograph 42mm series has become very popular since it was recently introduced. It rehashed the things that many watch collectors loved about vintage watches and modernized the overall design and micromechanics. It has a distinct look, feels great on the wrist, and has quite a few models that you can look at. Browse this collection using the button below.