Model Feature: Under the Face of Breitling Transocean Chronograph - Chronoexpert

A classic since 1958 and launched as the perfect accessory for discerning men who travel the globe, the Breitling Transocean Chronograph blends exceptional technology with superb quality and refinement.

After the success of the cult favorite Navitimer in 1952, Breitling released the Superocean model as a diver’s watch featuring a water-resistant case.

The Superocean proved to be so popular, Breitling then created a more robust and simple to operate Transocean model and a classic was born. Upgraded to offer a chronograph in 2010, the Transocean continues to be a watch collector’s must-have.

History of the Breitling Transocean Chronograph

Breitling was founded in Grenchen Switzerland in 1884 by Leon Breitling and became known for their precise chronometers that were expressly designed for aviators. In 1958, Breitling introduced the Transocean model, which was shockproof, anti-magnetic and super sealed against water, according to Breitling.

The Transocean saw a resurgence in popularity when, in 2010, the design was refined to be more contemporary. The chronograph, an in-house design by Breitling, and is driven by a column wheel, which is a component that is known to be difficult to manufacture but is more precise than other types.

Breitling Transocean Chronograph Appearance

The influence of the 1950’s lives on in today’s Transocean design, particularly when it comes to the style and shape of the case. The dial is pure vintage Breitling, featuring the clear ‘B’ logo in the script and is unmistakably theirs. In the newer Transocean models, the dauphine hands have been replaced with sleeker, thinner sword hands, which give it a more refined look.

The Transocean is a commanding 43 mm in diameter, which looks fantastic on most wrist sizes. The bezel is simple and the lugs are curved, which makes the watch hug the wrist rather than hover on top like some larger watches.

The case back features a showcase, see-through sapphire window to watch the column wheel in action. Featuring a black dial, the Transocean offers illuminated hands and number indicators. The bracelet is polished stainless steel in a mesh design, which gives more vintage flair to the look of the Transocean.

Inside the Breitling Transocean Chronograph

The Breitling Transocean Chronograph is not just stylish; it is reliable and functional as well. Beneath the understated case is the heart of a high-performance engine. In fact, Breitling calls their Chronométrie technology, Calibre 01, and its history is quite impressive.

Transocean Chronograph
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The Calibre 01 is Breitling’s very own in-house movement, created, designed and executed by them in 2004. Only brands that fabricate and manufacture all under their own roof can be called a manufacturer.

One of the many criteria Breitling had for creating their own in-house movement is that it would be an automatically winding chronograph with a date function.

By 2007, they had done it; they succeeded in creating the Calibre 01, which runs the Transocean Chronograph as well as other models. Breitling took its place among the elite circle of top watch manufacturers.

There is a lot to love about the Transocean Chronograph, from the vintage design to the sleek elegance of the appearance to the reliable, accurate movement. The Transocean has always been and continues to be, a classic design that collectors go to great lengths to add to their hoard.

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