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

ByVictor Marks

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