While you’ll most likely slap a Timex to your wrist if you decide to do an Ironman one day, Breitling is hoping that you’ll give their watches a try for some apres triathlon beers. The Endurance Pro chronometer features some bold styling and a special red or black face and band to match the Ironman aesthetic.
From the release:
Its 44 mm watch case is made out of Breitlight, which is 3.3 times lighter than titanium and 5.8 times lighter than steel, but significantly harder. This exclusive high-tech material boasts exceptional resistance to scratches, traction, and corrosion. It also stands out for its anti-magnetic and anti-allergic properties, as well as its thermal stability, which gives it a warmer feel than metal.
It’s powered by the Breitling Caliber 82, a COSC-certified thermocompensated SuperQuartz movement that is ten times more precise than regular quartz and offers a battery life of approximately three to four years.
The bidirectional rotating bezel has engraved compass points, and the tactile molded crown provides excellent grip and maneuverability. The hour and minute hands are coated with Super- LumiNova®, making them legible even in limited lighting conditions. Along with a small-second subdial, there are 1/10th second and 30-minute chronograph counters that have also been designed for easy reading. The watch is water-resistant to 10 bar/100 meters/330 feet.
At present there are two versions available: Endurance Pro IRONMAN and Endurance Pro IRONMAN Finisher. The former comes with a red dial featuring a black inner bezel with a pulsometer scale. The watch is presented on a red rubber strap with a Breitlight® double tang-type buckle. It features a unique IRONMAN inscription instead of the Breitling inscription. The latter – black accented with gold – is targeted at athletes who’ve completed an IRONMAN event. This version will be available exclusively through IRONMAN channels, and its caseback features a special IRONMAN Finisher Series engraving.
Whew. That was a lot. You’ll notice this thing is supposed to be pretty rugged and the SuperQuartz movement makes it even more interesting to those who might be slugging it out in the open sea against an aberrant seal. Again, I’m not a huge fan of a luxury quartz Chrono but in this case it honestly makes sense – you don’t want your training watch to break while you’re training. The bad news? The watch costs $3,836, which isn’t terrible for a Breitling but is still pretty pricey for a quartz. Anyway, if you’re really into Ironman and you’re tired of Indiglo, this might be the watch for you.