Set and Ready

The Bre­itling Superocean Héritage II is now pow­ered by the au­to­matic move­ment B20 that came from a col­lab­o­ra­tion with Tu­dor. It's found in the 42-mm stain­less-steel and rose-gold three-hand ver­sion we tested here.

WatchTime - - Close-up Breitling Superocean Héritage II -

— Bre­itling and Tu­dor made the de­ci­sion to bun­dle their ex­per­tise in the de­sign and pro­duc­tion of me­chan­i­cal watches even be­fore changes came to the Bre­itling com­pany. is be­came clear, not only in in­ter­views with CEO Ge­orges Kern, but as it is ex­pressed by the new time­pieces them­selves. A mod­i­fied Bre­itling move­ment B01 pow­ers Tu­dor chrono­graphs as its MT5813, and Bre­itling is now us­ing the in-house Tu­dor move­ment MT5612.

e Superocean Héritage II is the first watch to use the three-hand move­ment since 2017, and bears the name B20 in its mod­i­fied ver­sion. Bre­itling first is­sued the 42- and 46mm mod­els in 2017, fol­lowed by the launch of a third size at Basel­world 2018 that mea­sures 44 mm, as well as our test watch – the un­usual two-tone 42-mm ver­sion in stain­less steel and rose gold. Black el­e­ments on the watch, like the bezel, dial and the Aero Clas­sics rub­ber strap with its Mi­lanese-style mesh pat­tern, lend both pres­ence and el­e­gance.

e uni­di­rec­tional ro­tat­ing dive bezel is one of the most strik­ing changes Bre­itling made to the Superocean Héritage II, while tak­ing care to pre­serve the char­ac­ter of the watch that made its de­but in 1957. e ro­tat­ing bezel con­tains an ul­tra-hard high-tech ce­ramic in­lay that re­sists both scratches and im­pacts. e gold rim has a finer look than that of its pre­de­ces­sor, though it is still easy to grasp and turn with halfminute ratch­ets. It seems a bit loose for use as a pro­fes­sional dive watch.

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