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Revisiting Breitling Watches: The Chronomat Colt 41

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Breitling watches have set a standard in the watchmaking industry that only a few have managed to come close to, let alone surpass. As many may already know that the Swiss luxury watch manufacturer has had a long history with aviation tool watches and its journey into the luxury realm has been nothing but fantastic. The Breitling reference in the discussion today here is the 2018 release 41mm Chronomat Colt Automatic. The timepiece is as simplistic as it can be and provides an authentic Breitling experience on the wrist.

The Breitling Chronomat Then

The Chronomat is a cult classic in the world of watches. The first one surfaced in the early 1940s. The watch featured regular time, a chronograph, and a slide rule bezel that helped pilot’s make complex calculations during flights. To add the cherry to the cake, the timepiece sported a manually wound movement. However, the production of the watch stopped due to the arrival of its successor, the Navitimer that came to the spotlight in 1952.

The watch was reborn in 1984 under the new leadership of Ernest Schneider. With Schneider at the helm, the brand collaborated with the Italian Air force and created a new model that was supposed to get the crumbling enterprise back to its feet. The watch had peculiarly curved lugs, a thick steel bezel, had rider tabs for better grip, a tachymeter, a chronograph, and utilised an ETA/Valjoux 7750 movement. This new generation of Breitling watches price generously brought back the brand's formidable image.

The Breitling Chronomat Now

Breitling has evolved in many ways since then. The evolutionary process has been gradual but nonetheless, it yielded tremendous developments. The 2018 Chronomat Colt 41 is a brilliant example. The device is a simple yet extremely utilitarian tool watch with a 41mm all steel case and some of the most staple features of the Chronomat family such as the thick bezel with rider tabs and chunky lugs.

The watch exudes a divers’ watch vibe with its dominant presence and of course, its 200 meters of water resistance. Breitling offered the watch in their patented Pilot steel bracelet. However, the option of a black leather strap is also available.

The dial is extremely legible, something that all tool watches are known for. It is available in silver and 'tempest gray', two colours that go perfectly well with the watch's classically understated aesthetics. To put the last nail in the coffin, Breitling added an anti-glare sapphire crystal for added protection.

To think of it, this might have been the brand’s best offering in the luxury sports timepiece segment in a long time. The chronometer is based on a modified ETA movement, the Breitling 17, offering a power reserve of 40 hours.

The watch surely has a lot of competition in its segment with some of the most popular timepieces in the industry. That being said, Breitling has always proved the odds wrong with persistence and quality. As far as the Chronomat Colt 41 goes, the apple seems to have not fallen far from the tree.

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Deepika Mahajan is a writer from 7 years who has the best knowledge of lifestyle, fashion & jewellery watches.

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