Introduced right before the holidays, the new Breitling Super Avenger Military Limited Edition watch brings to your doors just about everything that you can expect from a contemporary “luxury tactical” timekeeper made by one of Swiss most famous watchmaking Juggernauts: it is huge, it is black and it is powered by a COSC-certified chronometer movement.
Ideologically, the new Super Avenger Military seems to be inspired by the last year’s Breitling Avenger Seawolf Blacksteel Code Yellow limited edition three-hander. Besides the blacked-out body, it also features the same stencil-style Arabic numerals and has its hair-thin central chronograph seconds hand painted bright red that matches in color the “AUTOMATIC” inscription right above the 12-hour chronograph totalizer located at 12 o’clock.
Compared to a normal Super Avenger, the Military edition not only features new color scheme. It is also equipped with another mechanism that makes possible the 24-hour time representation format and also forces Breitling to re-arrange the three sub-dials in a more traditional way with a small seconds indicator placed at 3 hours and a 30-minute chronograph totalizer moved to 9 o’clock.
Yes, while the ‘normal’ Super Avenger is powered by Caliber B13 automatic movement based on ETA Valjoux 7750 chronograph ebauche, this particular version is animated by their Caliber B22 mechanism, which is in fact a rebadged ETA 2892-A2 ebauche modified and adjusted to be officially certified as a chronometer.
Frankly, I would prefer the device to be equipped with their latest Caliber B01 chronograph movement: for a timepiece that commands such a high retail price (Breitling plans to sell this ref. M2233010/BC91-100W model for impressive $7800 USD), even a COSC-certified version of a run-off-the-mill mechanism, which is produced by the millions and often powers timepieces that are ten times less expensive, seems to be a bit, well, too profit-oriented. You can’t charge so much money just for cool looks and a name on the dial.
Since the body is the same, the watch still makes a very strong impression with its gargantuan proportions. Measuring 48 millimeters in diameter and being almost 18 millimeters thick, the watch will certainly look great if you plan to wear it with camo, black tactical vest and a Glock in your holster. Jeans and a polo shirt would also be fine, although not as impressive. However, wear it with a business suit and you suddenly discover a world of pain and, probably, water cooler gossip.
Although Breitling calls this model a “limited edition”, it is offered in a run of whole 500 units, so you will probably not have any problem getting one of these even after a year after the model officially goes on sale. Judging by my previous experience with their “limited” versions, you could even be able to buy one from an online retailer.
UPDATE FROM FEB/27/2015: I have just checked and, well, it looks like I was wrong. The timepiece seems to be completely sold out. You still can find a number of these items on sites like eBay and other auctions in pretty mint, almost unworn conditions at a fairly reasonable price, but new old stock items are no longer available.
WWR preliminary verdict
Build quality: 5/5
Value for money: 4/5
Breitling Super Avenger Military Limited Edition watch specification
Price: $7800 (MSRP)
Movement: Automatic, Caliber B22 (base ETA 2892-A2), COSC-certified chronometer, Swiss Made
Number of jewels: 38
Movement frequency: 28,800 vph
Power reserve: 42 hours
Movement decoration: No data
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date, chronograph
Case material: Black steel
Bezel material: Matches case
Crown material: Matches case
Case shape: Round
Bezel shape: Round
Case size: 48.00 mm
Case height: 17.75 mm
Lug width: No data
Numerals: Arabic, 24-hour military format
Hour markers: Luminous
Water resistance: 300 meters
Strap: Black NATO-style textile military strap with dark-grey stitching
Case back: Solid