- 1. Breitling Top Time Deus Chronograph
- 2. Breitling Avenger B01 Chronograph 45
- 3. Breitling Avenger Automatic 45 Seawolf
- 4. Breitling Premier Bo 1 Norton
- 5. Breitling Superocean Automatic 46
- 6. Breitling Endurance Pro
- 7. Breitling Chronomat B01 42
- 8. Breitling Superocean Heritage ‘57 Special Edition II
- 9. Breitling Aviator 8
- 10. Breitling Premier B01 Chronograph 42 - “The Panda”
- 11. Breitling Navitimer B02 Chronograph 41 Cosmonaute
- 12. Breitling Aerospace Red Arrows Limited Edition
- 13. Conclusion
The Top 12 Most Popular Breitling Watches For Men
Since 1884, Breitling have been creating horological masterpieces with close links to the aviation industry. But they are much more than mere oversized pilot watches. From deep sea divers to the groundbreaking two push chronograph model, here are our top 10 most popular Breitling watches for men in 2023.
Stretching back to the 1930’s when Greta Garbo and Marlene Dietrich were making waves on the silver screen, Breitling was a force to be reckoned with on the military scene.
The Swiss giant played an integral role in developing cockpit clocks and pilot wrist watches thanks to its ties with the Royal Air Force. In fact, Breitling remains the only luxury watch manufacturer to feature the iconic Red Arrows symbol across its watch collection.
And when you buy a Breitling, watch collectors are always guaranteed highly precise timepieces as tough as Mr T. But we ain’t here to pity any fools…we’re here to talk about the most popular Breitling watches for men.
Yet, The Navitimer always pops up when you mention Breitling. This so-called ‘flight computer watch’ was pushing horological boundaries thanks to its iconic rotating slide-rule bezel taken from another popular piece The Chronomat. Pilots could perform a variety of calculations converting distance, time and even gallons to litres while in the air.
But this independently run luxury watch manufacturer has taken off in some style after World War Two. By 2017, a major overhaul of the brand was undertaken by the previous head of IWC George Kern. His job was to make Breitling as hip as Drake sipping cocktails with Snoop Dogg.
Breitling stores were transformed and a wealth of new brand ambassadors were brought on board. Dubbed “The Spotlight Squad” individuals have been separated into six main areas at the time of writing reflecting the brand’s most important strengths.
Featuring Cinema Squad, Triathlon Squad and Aviation Pioneer Squad among other categories, high-profile names include Hollywood glamour puss Charlize Theron, Brad Pitt and IRONMAN World Champion Jan Frodeno.
Signifying a new era of pioneering aeronautical disciplines, Scott Kelly is a key ambassador having spent 12 months on the International Space Station (ISS).
But, like Michael Phelps’ swimming trunks, something else had to have maximum streamlining - Breitling’s collections. No, no, one of their main objectives it seems is to entice others to buy a Breitling aside from the aviation set.
Consequently, seven unique collections emerged taking Breitling watches to new heights. Separated into three distinct sections, land, sea and air, these are now called Navitimer, Aviator 8, Avenger, Superocean Heritage and Superocean, Premier and Chronomat.
Is it going to be the best luxury watch brand of 2023? Well, having their own COSC- certified models and developing in-house calibres, they are certainly off to a flying start! However, only time will tell as Breitling continues in its pursuit of defining and designing sought after premium timepieces having as much appeal with sports fans as it does with the fashion conscious.
But with nearly 140 years in the tank, will the Swiss manufacturer run out of gas? Let’s find out as we reveal the 12 most popular Breitling watches for men.
Breitling Top Time Deus Chronograph
One for the avid collector, the Breitling Top Time Deus is a collab between the Swiss brand and Australian lifestyle company Deus Ex Machina.
The original Top Time Deus Limited Edition was a rip roaring success in 2021 and sold out as fast as a Peter Kay concert. Dating back to 1964, it was of course Willy Breitling who had the vision of making a sportier and contemporary option rivalling the Navitimer.
Aimed at younger watch peeps, if you want to buy a Breitling with unique chronograph counters, this is the one. A melange of a square and a circle got the watch community talking. Launched in 2022, the latest iteration of the Top Time comes in a beautiful cream dial with sky blue. Yet we fancy the initial Top Time Deus which still gives it a run for its money.
Rather than limited to 2000 pieces, the classic Top Time is limited to just 1,500 making it rarer. Nomadic in spirit it is more suited to those debonair gents that have a penchant for cutting edge chronos. Measuring 41mm, its energetic spirit is captured in the details from the retro inspired motorcyclist image on the caseback to the luminous black indices and orange hands.
The lightning bolt shaped chronograph central hand is visually pleasing while you will find a 30 minute counter located at 3 o’clock. COSC-certified, “In benzin veritas”, the symbolic Deus motto is written around the black tachymeter scale. Housed inside is the Breitling Calibre 23, taking its inspiration from the ETA 7753 with a 48 hour power reserve.
With no sign of a screw-down crown, you can still make a splash with this timepiece but not in deep waters as it only offers 30m water resistance. The racing themed strap is made from calfskin which is fastened with a pin buckle. Born to be wild this certainly is.
Expect to buy a Breitling Top Time for the retail price of £4,400 - by appointment only.
Breitling Avenger B01 Chronograph 45
For watch addicts who want a robust and shock resistant watch, the Breitling Avenger BO1 Chronograph 45 is a top men’s watch.
We are big fans of the two tone metal bracelet in stainless steel and 18k red gold not to mention its excellent precision and wrist real estate. And it has plenty of that! Measuring a robust 45mm, the impact is there for all to be seen. Do you want to buy a Breitling that you can use even when wearing gloves? The B01 Chronograph 45 is your answer.
Featuring an anthracite dial, it’s powerful, rugged and showcases a unique tread like pattern around the crown and pushers. Limited to just 250 pieces it is waterproof to 300 metres and has a 70 hour power reserve, perfect for those long haul flights. Boasting 47 jewels, it enjoys a screw-locked crown, unidirectional ratcheted rotating bezel and in-house Breitling 01 calibre.
Glareproofed on both sides for top-notch visibility, you can buy a Breitling Avenger B01 Chronograph 45 for the retail price of £11,350.
Breitling Avenger Automatic 45 Seawolf
As bold as Liberace’s wardrobe and as impactful as Deontay Wilder’s right hand, The Avenger Automatic 45 Seawolf is a fabulous pilot's watch.
Buy a Breitling of this calibre and you’ll enjoy a hefty 45mm diameter. Suitable for the deepest of sea explorers or aviation enthusiasts, it has a robust stainless steel case with screwed-in caseback and crown. But wait for it…mind blowing water resistance up to 3,000m ensures it’ll make a splash with any watch collector.
The case offers a distinctive unidirectional-rotating bezel while the crown has two gaskets with a unique grip-like design. The striking yellow dial is a genuine burst of sunshine to this delightful sapphire crystal glass piece.
Other highlights include a date aperture situated at 3 o’clock, glare-proof properties, 38 hour power reserve and self-winding Calibre 17. Note the second hand which is emphasised by its subtle red-tipped arrow-head. And for those looking to buy a Breitling under £4,000 this comfortably will fit your budget with a retail price of £3,400
Breitling Premier Bo1 Norton
Gentlemen, start your engines as it’s time to check out The Premier Bo 1 Norton that has close links to UK motorcycle manufacturer Norton.
Legend has it the Easy Rider was a big fan of the Birmingham based Norton brand with Mcqueen taking it on set while filming “Le Mans” in 1970. Rebellious, extroverted and with bags of charisma, this epic partnership can be seen in The Breitling Premier B01 Chronograph 42 Norton.
This limited edition piece pays tribute to both icons of the screen and land. For those intending to buy a Breitling full of adventure, this could prove to be the one. As adventurous as Bear Grylls, the Norton logo and motorbike is inscribed on the case’s left hand side and see-through caseback.
Inside the horological boot, watch lovers will be revved up by the in-house Breitling Manufacture Calibre 01, stainless steel case, 100m of water resistance, classic black Arabic dial, tachymeter scale and standout white subdials.
Measuring 42mm, it also offers Arabic numerals, hour and minute hands with flecks of gold for a premium finish. Available in several materials such as a brown leather strap or stainless-steel bracelet, the COSC-certified chronometer rounds off an impressive looking watch. Expect to buy a Breitling of this kind for around £7,000 at retail.
Breitling Superocean Automatic 46
In 1957, when The Soviet Union launched Sputnik I, Breitling was taking off with their Superocean watches.
When men’s diving watches were as on trend as Morris Minors, this established the Swiss outfit in the diving sector. Demand was growing and collectors were taking the plunge.
Breitling has refreshed this over time but The Superocean Automatic 46 is a fresh, contemporary and sportier take on the original timepiece. Ideal for those who want to buy a Breitling with epic sports performance, it won’t let you down in the water.
Snorkelling, surfing, diving and swimming are a breeze thanks to its impressive 300m (1000ft) of water resistance. Measuring 46mm, The Superocean tips its horological hat to the former Slow Motion model celebrating its previous design codes.
The perfect blend of nostalgia and heritage, things have forged ahead with its vibrant coloured dials, luminescent hands and indexes for clarity underwater and scratch-resistant ceramic-inlay bezel. At 13.2mm thick, The Superocean Automatic 46 has excellent shock, sand and salt resistance properties with the bronze model enjoying first rate rusting protection.
Micro-adjustable bracelets, available in rubber or metal with folding clasps allow lots of time for those all-important deep sea explorations. Whether enjoying a cocktail at a swim-up bar or enjoying majestic ocean side dining, this beauty is no longer just a dive watch. Expect to buy a Breitling Superocean Automatic 46 for the retail price of £4,050
Breitling Endurance Pro
If you are after endurance then Breitling can also do this with our next offering. The lightweight Endurance Pro comes down the track offering first-rate toughness and devilishly sporty looks.
Targeting those with more of an active lifestyle, you don’t need to be Carl Lewis to own a piece of top notch luxury heritage. Deemed the ‘ultimate athleisure watch’ according to Breitling, this sports chronograph is great for its selection of eye-popping hues including olive green, sky blue, and racing car red. Our pick is the very noticeable orange version.
What’s more, the unique material is developed by Breitling itself, known as Breitlight. With up to six times less weight than stainless steel, you won’t even know it’s on your wrist. Sports chic is taken up a notch with its cutting-edge technology and extreme accuracy.
Stepping outdoors will never feel the same if you decide to buy a Breitling Endurance Pro. Accentuate your wardrobe and enjoy your creative side with this trendsetting watch. This piece provides 100m of water resistance, non-magnetic and hypoallergenic properties whilst all being powered by a Calibre 82 SuperQuartz chronograph.
Stamina is no problem for this timepiece as the battery won't run out until the next World Cup in the USA, Mexico and Canada. The retail price of the Breitling Endurance Pro is £2,750.
Breitling Chronomat B01 42
Launched in 1984 as part of its centenary celebrations, the multi-purpose Chronomat holds a special place in time - the comeback of the mechanical chronograph.
And as returns go, they nailed it as well as ABBA. Suitable for all manner of pursuits, the Chronomat is still going as strong as its in-house Breitling Manufacture Calibre 01.
Nearly four decades on, The Chronomat takes its inspiration from the Frecce Tricolori chronograph introduced just twelve months previously. Stylish and ready for action, it’s available in a number of different materials such as 18k red gold and stainless steel.
We particularly like the Frozen type icy blue version that's only available in a rubber strap. Measuring 42mm in diameter buying a Breitling is like capturing a moment in time. Weighing less than 200g, it benefits from a 70 hour power reserve, 200m (660ft) of water resistance and a stainless steel case.
But it is the signature bezel, four rider tabs and its array of dial colours in black, blue, silver and copper that make it a popular choice. Complemented by the iconic “Rouleaux” bracelet, this timepiece won’t look out of place on South Beach or at a glitzy party. The retail price comes in at £7,950.
Breitling Superocean Heritage ‘57 Special Edition II
With its origins stemming from the classic 1957 watch, encapsulating the relaxed surfing culture of America’s west coast, the first Superocean model was a horological hit.
Lapped up by fashion conscious watch addicts and diving enthusiasts alike this spawned numerous models including The Superocean Heritage ‘57 Special Edition II. Limited to 1000 pieces, it is home to two main elements of the Superocean; the bidirectional bezel made of ceramic and oversized indices.
Buy a watch like this and enjoy a vibrant rainbow edition marking a true representation of 60’s inspired geometric design. Less than 10mm thick, this slim timepiece delivers a 42mm stainless case, 42 hour power reserve and 100m (330ft) of water resistance.
The in-house Breitling Caliber 10, COSC-certified chronometer, cambered sapphire crystal case and 25 jewels complete a super colourful, super heritage model. Expect to buy a Breitling of this nature at retail for £4,300. However, they are out of stock at the time of writing which doesn’t mean Chrono Hunter cannot assist!
Breitling Aviator 8 B01 Chronograph 43 Curtiss Warhawk
The Aviator 8 series as it was the artist formerly known as Navitimer 8 at the time of release. But with no close collection to this revered model, Breitling decided to pay homage to its World War Two timepieces.
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Considered one of the most illustrious models remaining in production, it combines the perfect melange of retro cool with modern aspects. This line of development has already seen an interesting line of development for the Swiss brand.
With a little delving, in 1938, the Curtiss Warhawk was defined as an American single-seat, ground attack aircraft that could out fight anything in the air. It is this legendary aviation legacy and spirit that is the driving force behind these particular watches.
Embodying cockpit clocks produced by its Huit Aviation Department during the inter-war years, there are many benefits to The Breitling Aviator 8 B01 Chronograph 43 Curtiss Warhawk.
Firstly as a vintage watch goes it is fetching and slightly unusual. Measuring 43mm, the incredibly clear army style green dial is a joy to behold offering superb visibility. This is accentuated by the military strap and silver subdials.
Powered by Breitling’s Manufacture Caliber 01, it’s home to a mammoth 70-hour power reserve, 100m water resistance, transparent sapphire caseback and special Curtiss etching. Watch lovers can enjoy a date window at 4:30pm featuring an evocative image of the P-40 Warhawk aircraft on the caseback with its pronounced shark mouth symbol at the tip.
If you decide to buy a Breitling for investment this could potentially be a great addition to any burgeoning watch collection. The retail price is £6,150 but again is out of stock at the time of writing.
Breitling Premier B01 Chronograph 42 - “The Panda”
Another remarkable watch we couldn’t leave off our list for most popular Breitling watches for men is The Breitling Premier B01 Chronograph 42.
Breitlings flagship piece is part of its Premier collection benefitting from timeless elegance and rich understated design. Dedicated to looks alone, this was the first giant leap into the style stakes for the Swiss outfit.
Despite its conception by Willy Breitling during the war in 1943, it follows its origins being named after the premier, French for first. Similar to today’s events like the war in Ukraine, a similar period of unrest took place when the Premier was introduced. Despite turbulent times, Breitling wanted to portray steadfast reliability and unwavering elegance.
Nonetheless, time as they say waits for no man. The values of the original Premier hold steadfast to this day focusing not just on good looks but outstanding taste. We have the first class in-house Calibre 01, rectangular chronograph pushers, open sapphire caseback and 70 hour power reserve.
And then there’s the infamous “Panda” chronograph dial design showcasing two black subdials positioned at 3 o’clock and 9 o’clock with its white background acting as the face. And the animal theme continues with its choice of snaps made from either alligator leather or nubuck calfskin. Undeniably Breitling, buy a watch like this which is for the retail price of £7,150 and let your animal instincts take over.
Breitling Navitimer B02 Chronograph 41 Cosmonaute
We simply couldn’t miss off this iconic beauty, could we? For seven decades, if you say Navitimer, we say Breitling.
The pilot’s chronograph of choice, The Navitimer went on a mission itself thanks to the Space Race age. In 1962, Breitling became the first actual Swiss made chronograph watch to blast off into orbit.
Personally requested by astronaut Scott Carpenter, The Navitimer Cosmonaute created another moment in watchmaking history as it launched into space on his wrist whilst on board Mercury-Atlas 7. Now in all its glory, The Breitling Navitimer B02 Chronograph 41 Cosmonaute has been relaunched onto planet Earth, booming with horological treats.
Celebrating 60 years since the official space launch, this piece is, without a doubt, one of the most popular Breitling watches to buy in 2023. Close attention is paid to the original Navitimer design with subtle tweaks giving it plenty of appeal for modern and retro watch nerds.
Measuring 41mm, it houses a powerful Breitling manufactured B02 movement that can be viewed through the open sapphire crystal caseback. Limited to only 362 pieces, enjoy premium upgrades on this specific model including a platinum bezel.
Distinct etchings recount the story of this epic mission. Situated on the calibre bridges are dazzling engravings of all the legendary figures from Carpenter to Mercury 7. Located on the case back, watch out for the uniform badge reproduction from the rocket’s capsule, “one of 362” and mission date engravings. This currently retails at £8,950 but is out of stock at the time of writing.
Watch fans, this piece is truly cosmic.
Breitling Aerospace Red Arrows Limited Edition
Aviation and accuracy have formed one of the most deep-rooted partnerships between a luxury watch and a military display team. Presenting the Breitling Aerospace Red Arrows.
Official supplier to the RAF for more than 90 years, the sky is the limit as far as this limited edition piece is concerned. Taking multi-purpose chronograph pilot watches to new levels, the 1985 inspired Aerospace has gone to places Maverick and Goose would have dreamt of.
Made from titanium and measuring 43mm, dynamism, Swiss innovation and technical brilliance are at the heart of this special-edition homage. Tipping their pilot’s hat to The Royal Air Force Red Arrows Aerobatic Team, buy a watch like this and you’ll have the sole privilege of owning a brand that is the only luxury manufacturer allowed to utilise RAF team symbols on their watches.
Weighing 106 grams, watch addicts can not just watch history unfold but admire it, especially the Red Arrows motif set in a diamond formation between 2 o’clock and 3 o’clock.
At £3,500 retail, other horological highlights include crown-activated functions, 1/100th of a second chronograph, second time zone, repeating minute setting and SuperQuartz™ calibre.
The user-friendly pilot control system looks like you've stepped into Flight of the Navigator. But that’s not quite the end of this story yet. With only 350 pieces available, this model passes the most popular Breitling watches for men test with flying colours.
12 Breitling models don’t give this luxury watch brand enough justice. We could have added several more with all sorts of different references and designs that could have made the cut.
Yet when you buy a Breitling, classic models like The Navitimer are without question a sound investment and highly sought after. Developing one of the first chronograph watches in the world still makes Breitling a global leader in the watchmaking industry.
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