Breitling


The hand-wind Breitling Navitimer Cosmonaute Ref. A12322 is one of the coolest Breitling Navitimers out there. It is the last in the line of manual hand-wound Cosmonautes featuring the B12 Caliber Movement, and also has the 24-hour dial that, while harder to read and mentally process, is just so darn awesome. I’ve been wanting one of these for quite some time, and when a friend decided to sell his I took the opportunity to add to the herd.

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This one is the classic black dial with white subdials with the tri-compax layout. It also came mounted on a dark brown Breitling Strap, but it was quite worn so I purchased a BOB strap to put on there in a tan/saddle brown. The B12 Caliber movement does not have a date, but does have a Chronograph complication in addition to the 24hr dial. On days when I just want a super-complicated looking dial, this watch fits the bill in every way!

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The sapphire crystal, like most modern Navitimers, is domed and AR-coated showing a bluish hue. The seconds subdial is located at 9 o’clock (based on 12 hour dial, not this 24 dial of course!), the Chronograph Minutes at 3 o’clock and Chronograph Hours at 6 o’clock. The pushers operate as normal with the start/stop at the top and the reset at the bottom.

The case measures the original standard Navitimer 41.5mm, same diameter as the Old Navitimer and other original models. Newer models like the Navitimer 01 feature larger 43mm cases. The lug width is 22mm, like most Navitimers as has a 14.25mm thick case – much thinner than most Navi’s because the manual winding B12 movement does not have a rotor.

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The caseback is the classic Breitling Navitimer style, with the COSC engraving on it. This model was one of the latest sold roughly from 2001-2002, that featured the manual winding COSC Caliber B12 before this watch was discontinued, and is quite rare to get in this configuration. The majority of these watches found on the secondary market are Pre-COSC.

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This is a unique and very collectible Breitling that will be unlikely to be ever released again, especially with the Breitling Cosmonaute being released a couple times in a 43mm version with the handwind in-house B02 movement.

Specs:
Model: Cosmonaute (Lemania)
Production Years: 1992-2001
Gender: Mens
Case Materials Available: Steel, 18k
Movement: Breitling 12
Power Reserve: 42 Hours
Water Resistance: 30m
Bezel: Bidirectional
Crown: Push-Down
Crystal: Sapphire
Diameter: 41.5mm
Thickness: 13.3mm
Weight: 69.8g
Bracelet: Navitimer
Lug Width: 22mm

A bit late on this post, but I figure better late than never! Was away without real internet for a bit so now its back to business!

Breitling releases another Ladies model, this time featuring its new SleekT Tungsten Carbide bezel in the smaller 38mm Chronomat form factor – the new Chronomat 38 SleekT. These are by far the cleanest bezels ever produced by the company, in stark contrast to Breitling’s normally busier designs.

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I remember when this came out a few years back, and I actually saw it on TV. Didn’t think much of it until I saw it on Youtube again just recently and figured there might be a few of you that have not seen it. Very cool watch, about a 50 minute video, so sit back and relax!

The Aerospace gets the Black Titanium treatment in this new 300-piece ultra-limited edition dubbed the Aerospace Evo Night Mission. I am really liking these little short-run limited editions from Breitling. No more 2000-piece limited, but rather small boutique style limited editions. Makes it feel that much more exclusive. This yellow and black combo is very “Breitling” looking and I think its a nice piece, especially on the canvas strap.. has a bad-ass ruggedness to it that is very appealing.

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Night flight

The Aerospace multifunction electronic chronograph adopts a non-glare stealth look in a new black satin-brushed titanium version. To mark the 30th anniversary of this grand classic among pilot’s instruments, Breitling is also offering a 300-piece limited edition with an exclusive yellow dial.

The super-practical and robust SuperOcean M2000 toolwatch from Breitling gets a new small-batch limited edition in Blacksteel of only 250 pieces with the SuperOcean M2000 Blacksteel! This is a nice little rare gem that you won’t see on anyone else’s wrist. The claim to fame for this watch is the 2000m water resistance which allowing fully functional use of the chronograph pushers. This tech was carried over from the original Avenger Seawolf Chronograph which allowed use of the pushers down to 1000m.

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From Breitling:

Dark (k)night of the oceans
The world’s only chronograph to be water-resistant and fully functional at a depth of 2,000 meters (6,600 ft), the Superocean Chronograph M2000 plunges into the abyss in an entirely black-clad limited series sporting a powerful technical look entirely on a par with its performance.

As well as mastering the skies, Breitling has also played a premier role in the conquest of great depths by developing outstanding instruments for diving professionals. Witness the Superocean Chronograph M2000 equipped with an exclusive magnetic pushpiece system. This patented device enables the chronograph controls to be handled via the metal of the case, making this model the world’s only chronograph to be water-resistant and entirely functional to the fabulous depth of 2,000 meters (6,600 ft), without any risk of water seeping in. Already available in a polished steel version, the Superocean Chronograph M2000 now appears in a 250-piece limited series featuring a satin-brushed steel case with a black color achieved by a high-resistance carbon-based treatment. The matching dial ensures optimal readability with oversized hands and hour-markers accentuated by a luminescent coating. The black rubber-molded unidirectional ratcheted rotating bezel guarantees an excellent grip. The sturdy case, equipped with a built-in decompression valve to vent helium, is fitted with a 4 mm thick glareproofed sapphire crystal. The SuperQuartz™ movement, chronometer-certified by the COSC (Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute) ensures a degree of precision ten times higher than that of ordinary quartz. The Superocean Chronograph M2000 Blacksteel is equipped with an exclusive white-edged black leather strap. A true champion shining in the utter darkness of the ocean depths.

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