At the height of the pandemic last April, Swiss made replica Breitling launched a limited edition Superocean Heritage ’57 with a rainbow-colored dial with part of the proceeds benefiting frontline health-care workers in some of the most affected countries.
The piece was such a hit, the brand followed up with a blue-dial version, limited to 1,000 pieces, in May. The 42mm steel fake Superocean Heritage ’57 Limited Edition II (US$4,520 on leather strap and US$5,025 on a steel mesh bracelet) brings a colorful and uplifting spirit to the retro design modeled on the original SuperOcean from 1957 with a concave bidirectional ceramic bezel and a dial with oversized indices.
Breitling donates CHF400 (US$412) from the sale of each watch to be divided equally among six medical charities in the U.S., UK, France, Italy, and Japan. To kick off the fund-raising, the brand donated an additional CHF1,000 for each of the first 100 watches sold worldwide on its website. In total, Breitling will donate CHF500,000, more than a half-million dollars.
Both the all-steel version and the limited-edition two-tone model have a 42-mm by 9.99-mm case design, with polished edges, slim lugs, and a signed push/pull crown. Like the previous AAA replica Superocean Heritage ’57 models, the new models use a bidirectional, oversized, convex dive-scale bezel, which eschews the 15-minute countdown segment common on other dive watches. The case has an overall water resistance of 100 meters.
Underneath the domed sapphire crystal is the primary feature differentiating these Outerknown-collaboration models from other perfect fake Superocean Heritage watches, the special bronze dial with white and faux-patina accents. Importantly, the all steel version of the model uses matching metal accents for its applied features, while the two-tone version opts for rose-gold accents. On the outer edge, elongated white tick markers comprise the minute ring, while small Arabic numerals mark each 15-minute position. Applied indexes denote each hour, with each quarter-hour highlighted by a hybrid tick/circular styling unique to the vintage Superocean design, and more common trapezoidal markers are used for each position in between.
Sweeping over the dial are a pair of hands that are, again, unique to the Superocean ’57 family: a stylized arrow pointer for the hours, a slim, tapering sword hand for the minutes, and a thin stick counter for the seconds. Toward the top of the face we find the recognizable, applied Breitling logo, while near the bottom is the script “SuperOcean” (inclusive of the capitalized “O”) logo, recalling the mid-century vintage model from which this watch draws its direct influence.
Inside both watches is the Breitling Caliber 10, a COSC-certified automatic movement, and the same caliber used in previous iterations of the Superocean Heritage ’57 design. The caliber uses a brand-finished ETA 2892-A2 as its base and is capable of a 42-hour power reserve, and is protected via a solid screw-down caseback.