Breitling’s Chronomat line started in the early 80s, when the trend was to go quartz. They were way out there, launching a mechanical watch back when mechanicals were seen to be on the way out. This new Chronomat looks a lot like an updated version of 1984 all over again.

This new Chronomat 1984 uses a lovely panda dial on silver sunray background. The Rouleaux bracelet looks straight out of the 80s, but uses a butterfly clasp. It’s a nice update.

Two-tone Chronomat B01 42 with a blue dial and tone-on-tone chronograph counters highlighted by an 18 k red gold bezel, crown and pushers

The rotating bezel has Breitling’s rider tabs, which make it easy to turn and protect the crystal. The rider tabs at 6 and 9 are interchangeable like the 1980s version, so you could use it for count up or count down timing functions.

Chronomat B01 42 with a black dial and silver contrasting chronograph counters

Most of the models in the line have a red chronograph seconds hand. All have the hands and dial lumed in Super-Luminova.

Chronomat B01 42 with a blue dial and black contrasting chronograph counters

The watch is 42mm in diameter, and 15.10mm tall. Topped with a sapphire crystal and, and water resistant to 200m, the Chronomat collection is an excellent mix of classic design in modern quality. You can find out more at Breitling.com

By Victor Marks

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