When it comes to watches there are few names that rival the ingenuity of Swiss manufacturer Breitling. It’s a brand that we at Coolector HQ admire and for good reason. Breitling has a track record of creating watches that do more than just tell the time, from the Breitling Emergency watch to tackling sustainability, it’s a brand that wants to make a difference.
The Breitling Superocean Heritage ’57 Outerknown plays homage to the era from which it was first realised. Back in 1957 the original Breitling Superocean was a pretty unique concept, breaking new ground in style and functionality for a diving watch.
The modern interpretation continues to respect its origins, inspired by the laid-back lifestyle associated with the Californian surf scene of the 1950s. The release is part of a collaboration between Breitling and Outerknown and forms part of a series of timepieces following on from the Superocean Heritage Outerknown (2018) and the Superocean Outerknown (2019).
The watch is available in two versions, one in stainless steel and the other – an edition limited to 500 watches – with an 18k red gold bezel. Behind the beautiful aesthetic, which notably include arrow shaped hands, concave bezel and oversized indices both are powered by the Breitling Caliber 10 with a power reserve of approximately 42 hours.
A standout feature of the watch is the innovative NATO strap made from sustainable ECONYL® yarn, a unique material formed from nylon waste such as discarded fishing nets. Although made specifically for the Breitling Superocean collection the strap can be paired with any other Breitling watch, and are also completely recyclable.
A Watch You Can Feel Good About
Breitling is traditionally associated with aviation watches, but with influences from Kelly Slater, motivated by the preservation of the ocean and with the 1950s California at heart, in the Breitling Superocean Heritage ’57 Outerknown they have created the ultimate surfers watch.
The Breitling Superocean Heritage ’57 Outerknown watches may pay a fantastic tribute to the memorable surfing culture and lifestyle of the 1950s and 1960s, but they are also heavily focused upon the very real challenges faced by our planet and on the people who are looking for ways to drive positive change.