Today we are going to check one of the top players. Some of you wrote that famous brands also deserve attention, so here we are. Well, everybody has his own opinion, but it is hard to argue who is on the top so let me introduce to you this watch.
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This beauty is named as Breitling SuperOcean Automatic 44 Outerknown. Such long name was assigned to special diver watch series with exclusive strap and new dial color. I have to note that there is no piece limit for this version. Model should be freely available, even though I got small hint that it won’t be produced in huge numbers.
Nevertheless the main idea here is to take a classic diver watch, add NATO-strap made out of reused fishing nets and color dial with new shade. Sounds cool, but it is always interesting to check everything in person. By the way, here you can see watches from the first production batch. Of course it is not marked on the watch, but still worth noting.
I recommend to buy new model in Breitling boutique. It would be a better experience and you will enjoy special atmosphere. You won’t have an issue in finding store close to you with help of official website. In case you are interested in price of this watch I would recommend to pick something different. Well, price tag for Breitling SuperOcean Automatic 44 Outerknown is fixed at 4000 USD. This is approximately the same amount as for the “simple” version of the SuperOcean.
Main feature of the new edition – green dial. I can admit that I am huge fan of that color and I was more than happy to see it on Breitling watch. Dark green here is a simple matte layer without any additional effects. Well, it is understandable because we are dealing with serious toolwatch here. More on this later in the article.
Big indices are covered with luminous material. They are happy to shine right after short exposure to bright light. 6, 12 and 9 are represented with digits, what adds interest to overall composition. Date indicator replaced “3” on the dial. You will also find here Breitling logo as well as series’ name. Of course, “Swiss Made” is also here. All this goodness is covered with sapphire glass which features antiglare coating from both sides. Well, it would be strange to see something different in such watch.
Hands are also simple and elegant. You won’t find unnecessary design cues here – only sharp clear shapes for hour and minute hands. Seconds hand differs with help of bright yellow triangle on the tip. All those parts are easy to read and overall layout doesn’t look cluttered.
Designers decided not to stop on the dial and cover bezel with the same color. I support such styling which gives us more solid image which looks impressive to say the least. Of course, bezel here is unidirectional. Sharp edge should be easy to operate even in the gloves. Moreover, this watch part just breathes with traditional Breitling styling…
I think there is no surprise to have screwdown crown here. You will find Breitling “B” on this part. Note that surface is polished and it is better to be careful with this area. Part is relatively large and should be easy to handle. The only thing that might be a bit tricky – screwing it back in place. Well, this is traditional “feature” of any diving watch.
Don’t underestimate this watch because here we have serious diver offering with 1000 meters water protection. Big case is made in classic styling and sits tight on your wrist. Number 44 hints on the size of this model. Yes, this is not your dress watch, but SuperOcean 44 nicely sitted on my average-sized wrist. It doesn’t make you feel like rapper with huge “thing” on your hand, so I don’t think you will have an issue here.
One part combines several polishing types, so you can expect mirror-polished surfaces here. I think scars and scratches would look fine on this watch. In other words, new SuperOcean is not the one to protect from everyday use. There are no clear casebacks here and strap covers this area. Well, at least you will have small padding with help of the strap. 🙂 It is worth noting weight of the watch – 140g. Impressive number, right?
Inside Breitling SuperOcean Automatic 44 Outerknown you will find Breitling 17 movement. This is automatic calibre with 37 hours power reserve. Number might look simple, but this movement is famous for its durability. As you saw, we have date indication in this watch, but there are no other complications inside. The same calibre can be found in other watches from Swiss watchmaker. As far as I remember, it would be installed in the new Avenger line as well.
Here we come to the strap, and I can confirm – this is classic NATO-strap which wraps around your wrist. It is a nice bonus with large case what should be handy for everyday use. Nevertheless, green color would look strange with classic suit, so the final choice on when to wear this watch is up to you. By the way, all loops are made out of polished stainless steel. Those parts look fine and add elegance to the strap.
I would like to clarify one thing. My friends were arguing that strap would have plastic feel because of its contents. Nevertheless, this is only half-true. Yes, there is a nylon inside. Yes, it was made of reused fishing nets. It sounds cool and might be a bit more durable than typical textile. Nevertheless, you feel that here we have classic textile. 🙂
Material called as Econyl – I recommend to Google that brand and see how many clothes are made out of it. If you care about ecology this might be a great discovery for you.
As for strap replacement…I can only shake my head and ask why would you get such limited edition watch and then remove the main feature??? Please, don’t do such dumb decisions.
Breitling SuperOcean Automatic 44 Outerknown – Worth Buying?
Overall we get quite balanced combo. From one side this is classic diver watch from Breitling. SuperOcean series just received an update and look even better with new design. From another side this is not just “one more version”, but the special release with unusual strap. You don’t have to be “green” in order to get such watch.
Should I mention that new 44 Outerknown would be a great “conversation starter”. You might have Swiss diver with silicone band, but I would rather buy a special version with unusual story behind it. Let’s not forget that it doesn’t cost an extra, so now you know what to get. 😉
In other words, this is a great candidate for our New Year gifts list, which will be online quite soon. Don’t forget to watch our video-review in order to see watch in action.