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The Transocean: The elegant update of the Navitimer

Pilot's watches have always been one of the most important series in Breitling's portfolio. The timepieces evolved simultaneously with aircraft technology and were initially on-board clocks, which Breitling produced for the Royal Air Force and, after the Second World War, also for Boeing, Lockheed and Douglas. In 1952 and 1954, Breitling collaborated with the Aircraft Owners and Pilot Association (AOPA) and together they launched the legendary Breitling Navitimer as a further development of the Chronomat. From this point on, pilot's watches were split into different series, such as the Breitling Transocean in 1958, which was intended to be a classic version of the Navitimer. At Watchmaster you can buy pre-owned Transocean models online at affordable prices and also have the option of conveniently paying on finance. Please feel free to get in touch with our customer service team for comprehensive advice.

Transocean Chronograph: The watch for the high-flyer with style

The potential problem with vintage models is that in the quest to live up to their aesthetics, they sometimes compromise on the functionality of the watch. For example, the dial is often overfilled with totalisers and therefore readability is poor. Breitling was aware of this problem and solved it with an elegant and simple dial design that opted for a classic arrangement of the totalisers at 3, 6 and 9 o'clock. Breitling offers different variations of the Transocean, including the Ref. AB0151 with a “Reversed Panda” dial borrowed from Top Time with a black background and white totalisers or the Transocean Chronograph Ref. 7102, a sporty, retro version with oval displays based on racing driver watches.

The automatic movement with a B01 calibre is testimony to Breitling's own engineering skills. The first movement independently produced by Breitling provides a power reserve of up to 70 hours and beats at 28,800 vibrations per hour, guaranteeing total precision. Naturally, the B01 is COSC certified, as are all Breitling's other movements. The models also have a transparent cover so you can always watch the movement working away.

Overview of Breitling Transocean models

  • A total classic with a black dial and white hands, a stainless steel bracelet, case and bezel, the Transocean Chronograph (Ref. AB015212.BA99.154A) is also powered by the powerful B01 caliber. Pre-owned, this Transocean is available from approximately €4,600.

  • The Transocean Chronograph (Ref. RB015212.G738.737P.R20BA.1) is also a classy, elegant model. With a light brown crocodile leather strap, a rose gold case and hands and markings of the same colour, this Transocean model gives off a lovely warmth. If you ever actually want to take this model off, a sapphire crystal case back offers you a view of the fascinating automatic movement at work. Models from 2016 onwards can be found in our online shop from as little as €10,930.

  • A watch to track time zones: With the Transocean Chronograph Unitime Pilot you have an overview of all time zones of the world thanks to the world time disc complication. The corresponding time zones can be set for each city at the 12 o'clock position and the time can be then be read using the central minute hand. The watch is driven by the in-house B05 chronograph caliber. The model has a black steel case with a rose gold bezel. New models cost €12,000, while pre-owned models are available from €7,500.

  • Those who have fallen for the charm of vintage Breitling watches should check out the Transocean Chronograph 1915. This style is based on 70s models like the Breitling Premier Chronograph, but with added modern flair. The transparent back offers a view of the in-house B14 caliber, which is based on the ETA-2892-A2 movement. The 43 mm wide stainless steel case makes a distinctive impression and is best suited to larger wrists. Pre-owned models can be found from as little as approximately €6,000.

  • Taking inspiration from the elegance of the 50s and 60s and modernising the style slightly, the collection also features a women's watch in the form of the Transocean Chronograph 38. With its 38 mm stainless steel case, curved bezel and sturdy steel bracelet, it rests delicately against your wrist. This model is currently available at Watchmaster from €4,400.

Development of the Transocean Chronograph

As many purists have long argued, vintage Breitling models have a charm and presence that has been somewhat lost in the newer models. So when Breitling went back to its roots in 2011 with the Transocean Chronograph, fans received the model with great enthusiasm. Starting with the classic logo, the Transocean Chronograph is also inspired by its mother model in terms of design.

The series' history is relatively clear. From 2011 to 2012 Breitling launched a new version of the Transocean. At the same time, Breitling launched the Transocean Chronograph in 2011, with sister models the Transocean Chronograph 1461 and Transocean Chronograph Unitime following in 2012. In addition to a chronograph, these also have other complications such as moon phase, perpetual calendar or world time.

Wear it like Beckham

David Beckham probably knows how difficult it is to keep track of time. In his career, in which the successful professional footballer played for Manchester United, Real Madrid and L.A. Galaxy among others, his Breitling Transocean Chronograph was always faithfully by his side, reaffirming once more why he also made a name for himself as a style and fashion icon.

Flying high with these Breitling series

  • The Breitling classic is the Navitimer. Launched in 1952 and mainly intended for the military, it wasn’t long before it was being worn by civilians thanks to its elegant design. However, there was no need to make any compromises in functionality with this watch. With the bidirectional rotating slide rule bezel, fuel consumption and average speed can easily be calculated accurately. An absolute must for aviation fans!

  • Another flagship model of the brand and father of the Navitimer is the Chronomat, which is also equipped with a rotating bezel and slide rule. The case can even withstand centrifugal forces of up to 20 G. Inspired by the Italian flying squad “Frecce Tricolori”, it has undergone several design changes over the years, making vintage models in particular highly collectible.

  • For those who prefer pilot watches with a modern design, the Aerospace may be the style for you or perhaps the Aerospace Evo. The latter model was released in 2013 with Breitling drawing inspiration from its long tradition of pilot's watches. Launched in 1985, the Aerospace impresses especially with its hybrid display, which offers a digital display as well as a classic analogue display.

  • Do you prefer the seas or the skies? With the Avenger Seawolf and its impressive water resistance of up to 3,000 metres, you will be able to conquer any depth. In addition, it comes in a typically distinctive Breitling case and impresses with its masculine design.

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