The history of the Breitling chronograph can be traced back to 1983, when it was originally designed for the aerobatic squadron of the Italian Air Force (Frecce Tricolori). A year later, on the 100th anniversary of Breitling’s birth, Chronomat used Ref for the first time. In the form of mass production. 81950. It has two special features: an applicable and interchangeable rider tab on the bezel and a recognizable Rouleaux bracelet.
Last year, under the leadership of Georges Kern, Breitling relaunched the Chronomat in the form of several new models. Although Chronomat was and is still a sporty, masculine watch, it does wear well with a suit. In this sense, compared with the past Avenger or Colt models, this series of products outperformed. Last year’s re-version did provide a variety of materials and dial options, but without any other additional features.
Super Time Series
However, this has not been the case since the launch of the latest Breitling Super Chronomat, which the brand describes as an extension of the main series. Sports universal watches also have additional functions. Each model is no longer 42mm, but 44mm, and some versions have also received new features and bracelet options. For the first time, Chronomat will be launched with a stainless steel bezel and ceramic liner. Other functions remain the same, such as interchangeable rider tags at 3 and 9 o’clock, allowing the wearer to use them as a countdown or countdown function.
Super Chronograph B01 44
Case and dial
The new Super Chronomat B01 44 is available in three different versions. This includes two stainless steel models with dials and blue or black bezels. The third model is equipped with an 18-carat rose gold case and bracelet, as well as a brown bezel and dial.
In addition, the bezel also integrates ceramic inserts. Finally, these watches also have silver chronographs, which are located under the curved sapphire crystal and have anti-reflective coatings on both sides.
Movement, price and availability
The power of the new Super Chronomat B01 44 model is again COSC-certified Calibre B01, which combines a column wheel and a vertical clutch. The internal movement has a power reserve of 70 hours. Customers can choose a stainless steel Rouleaux bracelet with a folding clasp or a rubber strap similar to Rouleaux to match the color of the watch.
Special Edition: Super Chronomat B01 44 with UTC module
Some people will still remember one or two models from the 80s with special features on the strap. This function is UTC (Universal Coordinated Time) display and provides a way to track the second time zone. To be precise, it is the main world time standard used today, so it is one hour away from CET (Central European Time). The Super Chronomat B01 44 with a black dial (reference number AB0136251B1A2) incorporates the same UTC module into the Rouleaux bracelet, thereby providing a second time zone.
Super Chronomat 44 four-year calendar
The real surprise of the new series is the Super Chronomat 44 four-year calendar. Integrated “semi” perpetual calendar, each leap year (every 1461 days) only needs to be adjusted once.
Case and dial
The version of this model includes a version with a stainless steel case and a bezel with black ceramic inserts, and a matching black dial with red gold details. In addition, another stainless steel version has a red gold bezel, blue ceramic inserts and a matching dial. This edition comes with a two-tone Rouleaux bracelet made of stainless steel and 18-carat rose gold. The chronograph sub-dials of both models match the dial and are protected by a curved sapphire crystal glass with anti-reflective treatment on both sides.
Movement, price and availability
The new Super Chronomat 44 is equipped with a Breitling fake movement 19 with a vertical clutch in the four-year calendar. The COSC-certified chronograph movement provides date, date, month and moon phase display. It has a power reserve of up to 42 hours.
Despite the additional features, the new model is thinner than the predecessor model of the precious year. The height of the Breitling Super Chronomat 44 perpetual calendar model is 14.55 mm. In contrast, Super Chronomat B01 44 is even thinner, only 14.45 mm. In comparison, the more authentic Chronomat watch from the previous year was 14.1 mm and the case diameter was 42 mm.
With Rouleaux bracelets, these models can be easily identified as Chronomats. However, they somehow exude something reminiscent of the Superocean (Heritage) series. It may be their sporty and distinctive bezel, and people have never associated them with Chronomat before. In terms of craftsmanship, function and movement, the new model is undoubtedly extremely attractive-quite competitive within a given price range.
Super Chronomat B01 44 and UTC Module Special Edition
Super Chronomat B01 44
Super Chronomat B01 44: UTC Module Special Edition
With UTC Module: AB0136251B1A2
Stainless steel or 18-carat red gold
Diameter: 44 mm
Height: 14.45 mm
200 m (20 bar)
Stainless steel: Black or blue with silver contrasting chronograph counters
Red gold: Brown with silver contrasting chronograph counters
With UTC Module: Black with silver contrasting chronograph counters
Stainless steel: Stainless-steel Rouleaux bracelet with butterfly clasp or colour-matching Rouleaux-inspired rubber strap with folding clasp
Red gold: 18-carat red gold Rouleaux bracelet with butterfly clasp or brown Rouleaux-inspired rubber strap with folding clasp
With UTC Module: Stainless-steel Rouleaux bracelet with UTC module and folding clasp
Super Chronomat B01 44: Breitling Manufacture Calibre 01
With UTC Module: Breitling Manufacture Calibre 01 and quartz UTC module movement (Breitling Calibre 61)
Super Chronomat B01 44: Automatic
With UTC Module: Automatic (plus quartz UTC Module)
(UTC Module: Battery life of 60 months)
4 Hz (28,800 vph)
Chronograph, hours, minutes, seconds, date window
(UTC Module: Hours, minutes)