I think of myself the biggest fake Breitling watches fan out there or at least, one of the biggest and there should be no doubt about it because I’ve got quite the collection to prove it. I’m a sucker for these big, masculine watches (despite my small wrist) because I believe that a watch is much more than a time measuring instrument, it’s pretty much the only acceptable piece of ‘jewelry’ that a man can wear.
The first Superocean Heritage Chronograph 44 was launched in 1995 and the newer version, Emergency II was released in 2003. The Breitling Emergency has a backup transmitter for lost pilots or adventurers. If you’re wondering who it works, it’s pretty simple. It’s part timepiece, part radio transmitter. The original model was the first wristwatch equipped with a built-in micro transmitter.
It has the capacity to broadcast an emergency signal at 121.5MHz. So, it ensures the safety of the wearer. It is capable to transmit its coordinates on two separate frequencies. The digital signal provides essential details such as the code of the country in which the beacon was registered and its serial number.
The bezel is also full of design flaws. The most noticeable ones are the gradations. The original Crosswind bezel has a large embossed baton marker instead of the indexes for 5, 10, 20, 25, 35, 40, 50 and 55 minutes. The replica does not have this type of markers, but regular gradations. Also, the raised 15, 30 and 45 minutes indexes have the wrong font, size and width. And the mistakes continue with the domed winding crown and buttons. The easy grip lined embossed pattern on their surface is incorrectly cloned. The lines are closer spaced apart than on the original timepiece.
Overall, I’d say the watch has a solid construction, good weight to it and of course, killer looks.
This baby is powered by a Japanese quartz movement and from my experience these are very reliable and most importantly, very precise. Of course, the purist in you may say that the original comes with an automatic movement but your practical side should appreciate Quartz. I’ve taken on this topic before, so I won’t get into it much, I’ll just say this: as long as running seconds are small, no one will notice.