The Breitling for Bentley Supersports automatic chronograph is an interesting piece for those dreaming about Bentley sports cars, but still lacking financial means (or courage) to actually buy one. Crafted from high-grade stainless steel, the watch is supplied in an extremely massive body, which will probably weigh half a ton and could be successfully used during a routine free-weight workout.
Yes, according to official specs, the new Breitling for Bentley Supersports will be delivered in a huge body almost 49 millimeters in diameter!
I guess it would be correct to say that the watch is a more upscale version of the more affordable Breitling Navitimer 125th Anniversary chronograph.
At least, both watches feature almost the same dial layout and the Breitling B26B movement that powers the Supersports is a higher-grade version of the B26 automatic caliber from the Navitimer, both being based on a COSC-certified version of the ubiquitous ETA 2892-A2 chronograph movement.
However, thanks to the Breitling for Bentley series signature rotating pinion bezel, the Supersports is way larger than the Navitimer: as I have already mentioned, the watch sports a stainless steel case with a total diameter of whopping 48.7 mm!
The rotating bezel features a circular slide rule that can also act as a variable tachymeter and can also be called an essential part of Breitling’s corporate style.
As it is common for Breitling watches, the timekeeper’s dial is overloaded with functions and may easily overwhelm an unprepared person.
As you can see, there is a small date display window at 6 o’clock, 1/4 second chronograph scale, a pair of totalizers in the center of the watch (60 minutes) and at 9 o’clock (12 hours,) and an inevitable tachometer scale.
The watch is issued in a limited number of 1000 units and is still available at a list price of around €7000. Taking into account the Swiss brand’s pricing model, I would say that the watch is quite affordable, especially if you compare it with other chronographs made in collaboration with the British maker of luxury cars.
The fact that it is powered by a mechanism sourced from ETA, of course, reduces its value for money ratio, but, first, that’s Breitling — powering their expensive timekeepers with fine-tuned versions of mass-produced mechanisms is what they do; and the second is that upgraded to COSC standards, the movement indeed keeps time better, is generally more reliable, and you can always service it absolutely hassle-free, which may be especially handy when the warranty expires or in case you bought one of these beauties from a gray(ish) online store and don’t have real warranty at all.
Build Quality: 4.5/5
Overall Legibility: 4/5
Nighttime Legibility: 4/5
Value for Money: 3.5/5
Overall Rating: 4/5
Breitling for Bentley Supersports specification
Price: €7,000 / $10,000 USD (Retail)
Movement: Caliber Breitling B26B, automatic, based on ETA 2892-A2, COSC-certified chronometer, Swiss Made
Cadence of balance: 28,800 vph
Functions: Hour, minutes, date, chronograph
Power reserve: 42 hours
Case: Stainless steel
Size: 48.70 mm
Hands: Steel, luminous
Water resistance: 100 meters
Strap: Black rubber or Speed bracelet
Crystal: Sapphire, antireflective
Back: Solid titanium, engraved