Earlier this month, Breitling unveiled their latest update to the SuperOcean line. A new collection of timepieces available in a range of case sizes drew design inspiration from the original SuperOcean Slow Motion from the 1960s and 1970s.
While retaining this classic look, a modern update of a bright colour palette was added, making the new SuperOcean more than just another dive watch.
The new collection was unveiled during the Wheels & Waves surf-and-motorcycle festival in Biarritz. Breitling CEO Georges Kern was present at the festival, where he briefly commented on this new collection, stating that “there’s a certain sameness to the look of most dive watches, but the Slow Motion always stood out from the crowd. We’re so pleased to introduce our modern take on this classic, the all-new Superocean.”
The collection comes available in four case sizes; 46mm, 44mm, 42mm, and 36mm (ladies’ watch). Along with the four different case sizes, the models are also presented in three case metals; steel, steel-gold, and bronze. Besides the bronze versions of the SuperOcean, all case sizes come with either a sporty rubber strap or a new three-row metal bracelet option. All models are rated to a depth of 300m (1000ft) and feature broad hour indices while being coated in SuperlumiNova for exceptional readability. The models also come with a scratchproof ceramic-inlay bezel which means it’ll never fade or wear out. The bezel on the 46mm is a bi-direction with a patented lock. On all other case sizes, the bezel is uni-directional.
Breitling has given this new SuperOcean collection the in-house calibre 17 movements. This is a self-winding movement that gives out a power reserve of approximately 38 hours.
The SuperOcean Automatic 46mm comes in either a black dial with a black bezel or a blue dial with a matching blue bezel. The strap options available are black rubber or stainless steel bracelet.
The 44mm models in this collection have a variety of dial colour options, which include a black dial with a black bezel, a navy blue dial with a black bezel, a turquoise dial with a black bezel, or a green dial with a green bezel. As standard, the black dial comes with stainless steel bracelet, a blue dial with a matching blue rubber strap, a turquoise dial with a black rubber strap, and lastly green dial with a matching green rubber strap.
For the 44mm models, a fifth model is also available; the bronze version. This model comes with a brown dial and black bezel, with a matching brown rubber strap. This version certainly sets the tone for aesthetics, as it features a bronze inlay on the dial to match the case nicely.
The 42mm models come in six different versions. Firstly we get the standard black dial and black bezel, blue dial and blue bezel, and a white dial variation with a blue bezel. The white dial is offered in a stainless steel bracelet, while the blue dial comes with a blue rubber strap and a black dial with a matching black rubber strap.
The fourth version of the 42mm model is a black dial variant. However, while the case is made from stainless steel, the bezel is made from 18k red gold. To match the bezel, the hour indices and hands are done in red gold as well.
Another of the 42mm versions is the bronze model. This watch features a green dial and black bezel with a matching bronze dial inlay to the case.
The last of the 42mm variants is the Kelly Slater Limited Edition. This is the only watch for men in this new SuperOcean collection to feature an orange dial. The watch also comes with a black bezel and a green rubber strap to make it arguably the most colourful watch in the collection.
To round up the SuperOcean collection are the 36mm ladies’ watches. The ladies get three dial colour variants, which include white, turquoise, and orange. All three models have a bezel insert that matches the stainless steel case nicely. The straps on offer are white rubber, stainless steel, and orange rubber to match nicely with the respective dial colours. Our favourite out of the three models is the turquoise dial on the stainless steel bracelet, as it gives a touch of playfulness to what is an elegant timepiece.