Breitling superocean

Breitling’s New SuperOcean Brings Vintage Charm to the Beach and Boardroom

With the launch of the new SuperOcean collection, Breitling has taken its fans back to the birth of scuba diving. The watchmaker’s latest model is a reworking of its own ’60s SuperOcean Slow Motion – a bold and colourful watch created with simplicity in mind, however, the 2022 SuperOcean updates the best elements of that earlier model.  Make no mistake, this is still a legitimate dive watch. It has 300M of water resistance and a screw-down crown, but it’s not only great in the sea. This Swiss-made watch works as well in the office or at a waterfront bar on the Gold Coast.

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Breitling superocean 2022
Image: Breitling

To reinforce the watch’s versatility the new collection was unveiled to the media and excited fans at the Wheels & Waves festival in Biarritz. Speaking to an audience including well-known surfers and actors, Breitling CEO Georges Kern suggested that dive watches often had a sameness to their design. With this in mind, Breitling had reworked a popular and iconic model from the past, much as Rado did with its recent Captain Cook Chronograph.

From the outset, the Breitling SuperOcean stands out from the crowd, and there’s a watch in this collection for everyone. In a brave move, Breitling has made the SuperOcean in case sizes ranging from 36-46mm. But don’t worry – all the models are slim (the thickest watch is still only 13mm). You’ll recognise the case from recent SuperOcean models, but the dial – with its large contrasting dial ring – is pure ’60s chic. This is reinforced with large bold markers and quirky hands, including a square minute hand. Breitling has enhanced the pared-down aesthetic by dropping the date window. Unlike the original Slow Motion model, this watch does have a second hand.

Breitling superocean Blue
Image: Breitling

This is a fun watch that has a wonderful colour palette. There are sedate blue and black variations alongside a model that includes an on-trend turquoise dial. There’s even an orange Kelly Slater limited edition. And guess what? The watch comes with three case options – stainless steel, bronze and steel/red gold. All boast a slim Breitling Caliber 17 automatic movement and come with a stainless steel bracelet or rubber strap.

The Breitling SuperOcean gives sportsmen what they want. It’s shock, water and sand resistant. It has the build quality that you’d expect from a heritage Swiss brand and functions as a tool. But where it excels is in the design. It’s more than a dive watch. Yes, it offers serious performance, but it also has a laid-back vibe. Ideal for the beachfront bar.

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Breitling SuperOcean Automatic

Diameter: 36 – 46mm
Height: 12.21 – 13.22mm
Lug Width: 18 – 24mm
Straps: Stainless Steel Bracelet or Rubber
Case: Stainless Steel, Bronze or Steel/Red Gold
Movement: Swiss-Made Breitling Caliber 17 Automatic
Glass: Sapphire Crystal with AR Coating
Water Resistance: 300M
Price: AUD $6290-$9190


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Lee Smith lives in Tynemouth, England. Having graduated with a BA(Hons) from Sheffield University (1996) he spent several years at a FTSE 100 software company. He left to pursue his love of literature and opened a bookstore. As well as exhibiting books at events around the UK, he also became manager of the annual Alnwick Bookfair. In 2016 Lee switched to his other passion - watches. He began retailing niche brands and launched his own microbrand. He then used his extensive knowledge of watches to write a popular blog. Since 2020 he's written about watches full time.