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    SuperOcean 44, & after 8 months of ownership, one of my favourite watches EVER. Bold statement coming from me, but I do really love this watch, & I can't really explain why, other than it just wears perfectly on my wrist & no problems at 44mm. The heft of the watch is perfect too, Oh, & the milled-edge bezel with rubber insert......I could go on......;)
    Some lovely Breitlings on display here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fuser View Post
    Can't help but notice that Navitimers seems to be out of favour at the moment looking at the forum members collections.

    Got a sentimental heirloom 1969 Navitimer 816 in need of some serious attention though. Really can't decide how to go about it. Big overhaul or light service. That said, I don't have the money for either so futile thought really.
    If they are, they'll come back.

    It's Breitlings iconic watch and nice though the Transocean and Superocean Heritage are, I wouldn't spend my cash on most of the ones here, they will become unfashionable fairly quickly. I'm sure.

    I do have secret hankering for an Aerospace though. Damn not so secret now

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    Quote Originally Posted by cgs View Post
    Cost me 135 posted from Andrew Micheals.

    Col.
    Spoke to Andrew Michaels about something else today, and mentioned the interest in the Abyss straps.
    Normal price is 160, but he will sell them to us for 135 incl postage.
    Go get one :thumbup:

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    Thanks Andrew - that's really good of you - might have to give him a call!

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    Quote Originally Posted by S.L View Post
    Dislike many, love a few.


    That looks really nice.

    What model is that?



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    Discontinued windrider model I think - The Headwind

    http://www.breitlingsource.com/watch...drider_49.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by ach5 View Post
    Discontinued windrider model I think - The Headwind

    http://www.breitlingsource.com/watch...drider_49.html
    Yup.
    Black/Blue/White dial options and in polished or brushed finish for case & bracelet.
    Lovely watch (wears quite big though).

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    Cheers for that.

    Yeah, might be a tad big at 43.7mm.



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    Does anyone have a black dial B2 to show off?

    This was my first-Breitling-that-never-was; I had decided on the black B2, but the AD didnt have it on the day i went, so plumped for the SuperOcean Chrono instead (a decision i didnt regret)

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    PS the Skyland is off the Ocean Racer and onto the bracelet for the first time - stunningly good!


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    Quote Originally Posted by ach5 View Post
    PS the Skyland is off the Ocean Racer and onto the bracelet for the first time - stunningly good!

    That looks great Adrian :thumbup:
    May give that combo a go myself :)

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    Here are some that ive had over the past 4/5 years, always end up coming back to Breitling.











    Another 42mm Aero





    Steelfish, same one twice, sold it and bought it back





    Yet another 42mm Aero





    Have had this one twice as well, and hopefully a 3rd time when present owner is tired of it!!



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    ..............................











    And the current one





    I'm pretty sure i've had another B-1 black dial, a 44mm Steelfish black dial, another Navi and a Montbrilliant but i cant find or didnt take any photos of those.

    My favourite manufacturer by quite some way

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    Some more superb collections there guys

    Keep 'em coming.

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    ChronoAvenger Grey

    They nealy always do nice backs

    Beefy chunckiness

    ready for action
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    Here's my AVI, very un-bling for a Breitling

    Best Regards - Peter
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    An outdoor shot of the Superocean 44.


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    Couple of my vintage collection




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    Had quite a few of them. Currently only have this Headwind left.



    Would like to show this Skyracer as well because I liked a lot, mainly because of its bicompax layout and central minute-counter:


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    Quote Originally Posted by Retep View Post
    Would like to show this Skyracer as well because I liked a lot, mainly because of its bicompax layout and central minute-counter:

    Lovely dial!

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    My latest,


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    My first (and so far my only) Breitling - and the only watch that has cost me more than 1,000.

    My 2006 Superocean Steelfish X-Plus on a rather beautiful navy blue alligator BOB strap fitted with a genuine Breitling buckle.



    Looking at this photo tells me it needs a damn good clean (although it looks perfect on the wrist).

    Some of the comments on this thread about size have been interesting and have got me thinking... my Steelfish is 44mm (which is why it's the X-Plus - they called it that for 2006 only to distinguish it from the 42mm Steelfish that preceded it). Anyway, back to the size thing; the Steelfish is 44mm yet to me seems to be much smaller than that. I have five 44mm MMs, a 44mm Steinhart Marine Chronometer, a 45mm San Marino and a 43mm Maranez Layan... but the Steelfish feels smaller than all of them. I've decided the reason for that is that although it measures 44mm diagonally across the case, it only measures 42mm across the bezel and only 31mm across the dial. All of which means that it seems smaller than it is...

    There are a few Breitlings on my wish list... a Seawolf primarily, but I love all the Avengers and I'd be awfully tempted by a Blackbird as well.

    So it's a shame I've run out of money, isn't it!

    Simon

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    Gone, but not forgotten...

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    So far my only, but loved Breitling is this Transocean with the cal.12


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    My Steelfish.




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    New purchase today,







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    these are my current two. The seawolf is not only my fave watch in my collection but my favourite watch ever, i love everything about it, even the daft things.

    I would really like to add a super avenger and a navitimer world.


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    White Abyss strap:










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    Quote Originally Posted by ach5 View Post
    White Abyss strap:









    Looks great, stay tuned for my ltd edition version arriving very soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Captainhowdy View Post
    Looks great, stay tuned for my ltd edition version arriving very soon.
    Sounds intriguing...


    Col - congrats! What year is that? Don't see those Hercules too often!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ach5 View Post
    Sounds intriguing...


    Col - congrats! What year is that? Don't see those Hercules too often!
    Hi Adrian,

    It was originally sold in UK Jan 2007,these were actually manufactured between 2003 and 2007.
    This model is also the screw down crown version,breitling actually did an earlier version were the crown didn't screw down.
    Bought this today with a recent service,full box/papers plus 12 months warranty.

    Col.

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    My Breitlings to date.

    Chronomat GT


    Mk 1 Blackbird


    Chronomat Evo


    Headwind


    Chrono Avenger. Slate dial



    Blackbird Big Date


    Aerospace Advantage


    Super Ocean Chrono


    Super Ocean 44


    Cross section of Chronomat. (Borrowed from net)

    I think they are in order I owned them. All gone apart from the Ocean 44. The only one bought new from AD.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mycroft View Post
    My first (and so far my only) Breitling - and the only watch that has cost me more than 1,000.

    My 2006 Superocean Steelfish X-Plus on a rather beautiful navy blue alligator BOB strap fitted with a genuine Breitling buckle.



    Looking at this photo tells me it needs a damn good clean (although it looks perfect on the wrist).

    Some of the comments on this thread about size have been interesting and have got me thinking... my Steelfish is 44mm (which is why it's the X-Plus - they called it that for 2006 only to distinguish it from the 42mm Steelfish that preceded it). Anyway, back to the size thing; the Steelfish is 44mm yet to me seems to be much smaller than that. I have five 44mm MMs, a 44mm Steinhart Marine Chronometer, a 45mm San Marino and a 43mm Maranez Layan... but the Steelfish feels smaller than all of them. I've decided the reason for that is that although it measures 44mm diagonally across the case, it only measures 42mm across the bezel and only 31mm across the dial. All of which means that it seems smaller than it is...

    There are a few Breitlings on my wish list... a Seawolf primarily, but I love all the Avengers and I'd be awfully tempted by a Blackbird as well.

    So it's a shame I've run out of money, isn't it!

    Simon
    Bobs are decent but the Breitling crocos are the best OEM straps Ive come across, better even than Pateks and Rolex. I would really try to get hold of one, even lightly used if you can, they will transform your beautiful Fish even more.

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    some looks very nice and others dont, but is it not the same thing aboute all brands?

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    I like the older stuff best...






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    Quote Originally Posted by Neil.C View Post

    I especially like that one. Also got a soft spot for the original, not enormous, Blackbird:


    Last edited by andrew; 30th April 2013 at 09:08.
    ...but what do I know; I don't even like watches!

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    My old style Breitling Chronospace, fully overhauled by BUK in 2012 .... love it ......




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    Quote Originally Posted by mantaray View Post
    My old style Breitling Chronospace, fully overhauled by BUK in 2012 .... love it ......



    That is Bloody lovely. I prefer THAT bezel to the one on mine. Although mine is lovely too

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    Quote Originally Posted by mantaray View Post
    My old style Breitling Chronospace, fully overhauled by BUK in 2012 .... love it ......





    Superb.

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    This is my Blackbird on the new style rubber 22mm black with blue trim , an amazing strap and and very well made.









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    Quote Originally Posted by Captainhowdy View Post
    This is my Blackbird on the new style rubber 22mm black with blue trim , an amazing strap and and very well made.








    CH,

    Lovely .....I am thinking of the white for my SO Heritage.

    How does the quality compare with your say your Omega experience.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MFB Scotland View Post
    CH,

    Lovely .....I am thinking of the white for my SO Heritage.

    How does the quality compare with your say your Omega experience.

    The quality and comfort are on a par with the Omega which was the best rubber strap I've had.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Rano85 View Post
    I've never quite fancied one of these but that does look great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Captainhowdy View Post
    I've never quite fancied one of these but that does look great.

    Well I have generally found that anything worn by me tends to look rather wonderful.


    But on a serious note, it was my first "big" purchase, and remains my favourite watch overall despite subsequently adding an IWC and an Omega. I can understand the anti-Breitling sentiment, as they are guilty of a number of rather garish models, but they definitely nailed it when they designed the Navitimer.

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    Latest acquisition;


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    My Breitling history to date (and in order)...







    Currently only still own the 806 but I would definitely like to get another B-1.

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