Jerry Seinfeld debuted his latest watch as he took on his first modelling gig for Kith’s Fall 2022 collection. The 68-year-old comedy legend’s ostensible choice to rock a Breitling Chronomat B01 42 ref. AB0134101B1A1 with reissued “Rouleaux” bracelet is steeped in Seinfeld folklore. The watch harks back to a Chronomat ref. 81950A that kick-started his appreciation for the brand during season 6 of the show.
While Seinfeld’s go-to watch choice is a classic 1990s Breitling Navitimer with 6, 9, 12 layout and Valjoux 7750 movement, his decision to go with a Breitling Chronomat B01 42 is something unexpectedly expected.
More recently, Seinfeld was spotted in a Breitling Cosmonaute Black Steel from 2013 (that was limited to 1000 pieces) while riding with Tracy Morgan in a 1984 Ferrari 288 GTO for ‘Comedians in Cars Getting Coffees’ and a Breitling Aerospace EVO Titanium 42mm with a white dial which he wore during his ‘23 Hours to Kill’ Netflix stand-up special. Let’s take a closer look at the Breitling Chronomat B01 42 below.
The Breitling Chronomat B01 42 is characterised by a few key features, primarily the “rouleaux” bracelet, case design with short angular lugs, onion-shaped crown and pushers, but ultimately its the rider tabs – influenced by the “Frecce Tricolori” Chronograph – that steals the show.
The tabs protect the glass and mark every quarter of an hour (0, 15, 30 and 45). Tabs at 15 and 45 are removable for counting up or down.
Jerry Seinfeld has long been a Breitling Chronomat fan himself, sporting the watch in multiple Seinfeld episodes during season 6. Hodinkee identifies the reference 81950A in two-tone with a “Rouleaux” bracelet in the images below. And it makes sense then, that when Breitling reintroduced the Chronomat with Rouleaux Bracelet in 2020 that Seinfeld would pick up a piece for himself.
The new Chronomat measures 42 mm in diameter and 15.1 mm high, while the past generation model measured 44 mm x 16.95 mm. The result is a watch that’s far more wearable, but one that’s still far larger than the circa. 1984 watch Seinfeld wore on the show. That watch measured in at 39 mm which was considered large in those times. Today, brands like Tudor are slimming down their most popular watches, such as the Pelagos Dive Watch, to 39mm.
Case material: Stainless steel
Water resistance: 200 m (660 ft)
Caliber: Breitling 01 (Manufacture)
Movement: Self-winding mechanical
Power reserve: Approx. 70 hrs
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