The new Breitling Avenger Seawolf Chrono Blacksteel SuperQuartz is the world’s first chronograph watch that was built to operate at depth up to 1000 meters, if need be. Delivered in an imposing carbon-reinforced stainless steel case, the new ahem technically limited edition timekeeper justifies its impressive price with bold styling and one of the most accurate quartz mechanisms out there. After all, there are not so many divers that are officially certified as chronometers.
Designed to withstand the enormous pressure of salty water, the watch features not only thick glare-proof sapphire crystal that must protect the mechanism even if you find yourself really deep under water (hopefully, not wearing the proverbial concrete shoes, but that’s a bad joke, sorry), but also has its heroically proportioned 45.4 mm stainless steel case subjected to carbon diffusion treatment forming in a thick layer of highly carbonized steel making it both more menacing and more scratch resistant. (By the way, a rival Swiss brand did the same thing with their new Montblanc Timewalker Dual Carbon Ref. 105805 Automatic Chronograph watch, so I hope that we will soon see a whole new bunch of timepieces from all sorts of manufacturers, even from those who operate within reasonably low price range.)
Of course, all these waterproofing measures would be useless for its chronograph function, since there is no feasible way to create watertight chronograph pushpieces that could be operated under water, especially at 3330 feet below the sea level, is there?
Well, Breitling’s engineers actually found a way to do so without compromising the SuperQuartz movement’s safety. To achieve the target, they put the caliber in a watertight chamber and employed a magnetic pushpiece system so that one can operate the chronograph without any actual contact with the movement. Although I doubt that you will even need to use the chrono below the sea level, but it would still be nice to brag about looking at your friends trying not to forget to screw-down their push-pieces before going underwater. Of course, the movement is not completely isolated from the environment, since there is a screw-down winding crown and the helium escape valve (HEV), but, again, you can use the chrono and do it without any risk of damaging the system.
According to the company, SuperQuartz movement that the Swiss premium watch brand uses in a number of its models, including the gorgeous Breitling Airwolf Raven Special Edition men’s wrist watch, is about 10 times more accurate than standard quartz movements and is capable of running for 2-3 years before the original battery will run off its juice.
Unfortunately, Breitling decided to make the Avenger Seawolf Chrono Blacksteel SuperQuartz a limited edition model with total production run limited at 2000 pieces. Still no info about the watch’s price.
See also: Breitling Chronomat B01 Chronograph
Breitling Avenger Seawolf Chrono Blacksteel SuperQuartz watch specification
Price range: $5600
Movement: Caliber 73, SuperQuartz, based on ETA Thermoline 251.232, quartz, COSC-certified, Swiss Made
Complications: Date, magnetically operated chronograph
Power reserve: 24-36 months
Case material: Carbon-reinforced stainless steel
Bezel material: Carbon-reinforced stainless steel
Case shape: Round
Transparent case back: No, solid caseback
Case size: 45.40 mm
Case height: No data
Hands: Steel, white
Strap: Black vulcanized rubber
Crystal: Sapphire, double AR-coated
Water resistance: 1000 meters