Breitling Superocean Heritage II Chronograph Review
Get a look at one of the more popular diving watches; the Breitling Superocean Heritage II Chronograph.
We tend to cover diving watches often since they are quite popular and for numerous reasons. Namely, many of them are quite versatile in terms of how they look but also provide the features needed for day-to-day wear such as added durability and the water-resistance you would expect from a Breitling diving watch.
The watch we're reviewing today is the Breitling Superocean Heritage II Chronograph 44. It's powered by the Breitling Caliber 13 movement. This automatic movement is a workhorse and has some great features.
Caliber 13 (AKA the Breitling B13)
- Automatic (self-winding) movement
- Contains 25 Jewels
- Beats at 28,800 VpH
- Base: ETA 7750 Valjoux
- 42-hour Power Reserve
- COSC Certified Chronometer
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The above image shows both the chronograph and non-chronograph version of the Breitling Superocean Heritage II. This particular model being reviewed here is the chronograph version because of its versatile look. This model classy features a black dial with rose gold accents black chronograph sub-registers with rose gold outer rims which give it a distinct look from the rest in the collection. Considering the 18kt Rose Gold and black ceramic bezel, there are very few models with this dial and bezel combination and so far, there is only one model that has this dial on a steel bracelet ...and you're looking at it.
Like all Breitlings, this watch is built like a tank and this particular collection comes with a solid case back and a Chronometer designation issued by COSC, a testament to its high accuracy. The case is a nice large size of 46 mm which is consistent with the industry trend. The case has a hefty build at 16.35 mm thick but has enough room to fit comfortably under a loose shirt cuff.
For enhanced visibility in low light conditions, Breitling used luminescent fill in the rose gold hands and the dots which punctuate each of the rose gold-toned index hour markers. There is also a large dot on the top of the rotating ceramic bezel. A rose gold-toned 'B' icon sits just above the Breitling logo which gives the sporty dial a hint of a classy look and the black ceramic bezel really accentuates the matching sub-dials.
A polished finish is used on the case crown and pushers. You will notice that the winding crown has a raised 'B' initial as you will find on the dial. The pushers have a smooth action and both the crown and bezel are ribbed giving them some grip and making them easy to turn. The stainless steel mesh bracelet, (bracelet model 152a) has a folding clasp with a safety latch that is branded with the anchored and winged Breitling logo with the Breitling 1884 wordmark beneath it.
In summation, this is an excellent watch with a great mechanical movement and lots of value-added features such as the stop-watch function of a chronograph and there is ample water resistance for snorkeling, swimming, and showering (just not in hot water!). I would like to see other types of steel bracelet designs in the future, perhaps even a steel link bracelet or even a two-tone in steel and yellow gold or rose gold but even as it is now, this watch looks great and got glowing customer reviews.
Breitling has a few non-chronograph collections of the of the Superocean Heritage II which includes the Superocean Heritage II 42mm, the Superocean Heritage II 46mm and the Superocean Heritage II B20 44mm. Click on the button below to view all Superocean Heritage II watches.