1957 was the year Breitling moved into a different sphere; namely dive watches. Tapping into the rise and popularity of water sports, they launched the Breitling Superocean. Its water resistance of up to 200 metres outshone its competitors; comparative 100 metre maximum. As did its distinctive design, namely its accolade as the first chronograph with a reverse panda dial. Not to mention its unique chronograph indicator, showing whether the chronograph was active or not, and its ‘slow motion’ mechanism.
Bezel: As a dive watch, the Superocean Heritage has always featured a unidirectional bezel. Some of which have seen an upgrade with the introduction of a new steel scratch-proof bezel complete with a high-tech ceramic ring that’s completely shock-resistant.
Strap: While modern dive watches adopt a sportier aesthetic, the Superocean Heritage’s classic 1950s design lives on through its iconic braided steel mesh bracelet. While other options are available, this classic steel bracelet still proves most popular.
Dial: To sub-dial or not to sub-dial that is the question. Fortunately, the collection offers both - including a reverse panda. A subtle update in 2017 was the removal of the metal ring surrounding the minute circle, resulting in a seamless mould between bezel and dial.