The cheap replica Breitling Superocean Heritage ’57 Outerknown range has been launched with a sustainable NATO strap collection woven from ECONYL yarn, which is made from recycled nylon waste pulled from the ocean, including discarded or lost fishing nets.
This means these straps are not only recycled but also recyclable. At £3,400, the 42mm copy Breitling Superocean Heritage ’57 Outerknown – co-designed with surfer Kelly Slater – itself is a perfectly serviceable and stylishly simple sports copy watch, with 42 hours of power reserve, black ceramic bezel and 100m water resistance.
But taking this idea of aquatic conservation to a much further degree is the Tom Ford 002 Ocean Plastic watch. At £895, the timepiece has a case and woven strap that are both made entirely from recycled material. Indeed, some 32 bottles of plastic waste is used to make each Tom Ford 002 Ocean Plastic watch. And not to fall at the final hurdle, the recyclable packaging is also made from 100 per cent ocean plastic.
While not being an automatic piece, the sleek 40mm quartz-powered watch clone also sports a stainless steel caseback with a black DLC coating and a simple matte black dial with lumed numerals, and is good 100m of water resistance.
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.