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.
— 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.