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    New arrival: Breitling B50 Cockpit

    I have fancied trying one of these for some time. Breitling have been one of my favoured brands over the years, and working in Aviation they continue to appeal.
    This was kindly delivered by a fellow TZer yesterday, and I took advantage of the great light at 30,000 feet as I flew home (BMI Embraer 145 G-RJXD, operated on behalf of Loganair) this evening.
    A few photos for your perusal.....






    I have found that the black dial can vary nicely in colour. From black, to dark and light grey, and surprisingly blue too.
    It wears smaller than anticipated, but as you know this often isnít obvious in photos. The weight is kept down nicely too with the titanium head and bracelet.

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    Looks a nice piece of kit Andrew, from a fellow aviation and Breitling fan.

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    I keep looking at these, had a B55 that was nothing but trouble, the B50s does not have the BT connection option and is better for it.

    Nice looking watch

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    Looks great Andrew! Brushed titanium is a nice touch, way better than all polished stainless for sure.

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    Love it
    Let me know when ur bored of it

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    One of the Breitlings I like, so much nicer than the models with the tabs on the bezels.

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    Welcome to the B50 club Andrew. Breitling at it's very best!

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    Thanks for the kind comments gents.
    Here is a photo from earlier today, out and about. Anyone spot the clue that the photo was taken in Manchester?


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    It looks awesome

    I have the B-1 a heavier item
    But I was so close to buying that watch!!!!!

    Enjoy

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    Glad to see youíre still enjoying Breitling Andrew; another great buy there!

    Is it too soon to say how youíre finding it?

    When these were first released there was all sorts of conjecture here about the absurdity of needing to charge it - hows that working out?

    I have to say I love this watch. Too big for my wrist though.

    Only one reservation - the applied Breitling wings logo is too high and too ďshoe horned inĒ IMHO.

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    ^^^^ Hi Adrian, great to see you on here.
    I took a close up photo of the area for you (iPhone as usual!)



    I only got the watch on Friday, so canít go into too much detail, but I would say that itís a watch that could form a great single watch Ďcollectioní.
    Charging is dead easy, and I believe that a single charge can last up to 6 months. Pretty certain that it would vary on illumination and functions used.

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    Cheers Andrew :-)

    So doesnít need a daily charge then? For some reason thatís what I thought it needed. Heavy use might need weekly charges, maybe? - still not too bad.

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    Congratulations! Great choice.

    I bought a blue face one of these a few weeks ago. Itís an absolutely cracking watch. So light and easy to wear. I sometimes forget that I have it on. I have been reminded that I do have it on when I see people looking at it. Itís happened quite a bit. Getting noticed is not my thing anyway and it makes me quite wary walking through moped infested Islington. But thatís a different story!

    I will have to post some pictures of mine, when I get some decent light. That and the pictures of the other eight or so Ana-Digi watches I have.

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    Breitling does AnaDigi really well and that B50 does look good. New in house superquartz movement and an incredible set of features built in too, what's not to like. Enjoy.
    Best Regards - Peter

    I hate being bipolar, its brilliant.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ach5 View Post
    Cheers Andrew :-)

    So doesnít need a daily charge then? For some reason thatís what I thought it needed. Heavy use might need weekly charges, maybe? - still not too bad.
    I think monthly + would be nearer the mark.

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    Thanks again for the kind comments.
    These graphs should answer the battery recharging question.




    As suspected, it varies dependent on use.

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    What a cool watch. Not your everyday, really like it.

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    Very nice Andrew. I've had a b50 night mission before and really enjoyed it for 18 months or so. They are a striking watch with some very useful functions and features. Super comfortable too. A true grab and go watch with that distinctly breitling look.

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    My favourite ĎTop Tipí is to hold the crown in to select the backlight luminosity.

    4/4 is like a torch!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matt London View Post
    My favourite ĎTop Tipí is to hold the crown in to select the backlight luminosity.

    4/4 is like a torch!
    Your wish is my command!


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    I love these and give myself a good kicking every evening before bed for not buying Andy's (Big Chopper) night mission version on the mesh.

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    And hereís a quick shot of mine!


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    ^^^^ Fantastic. Is that a black or blue dial?
    Iím really struggling to rotate my collection, since this B50 got welded to my wrist.

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    Cheers 🍻.Itís the Blue dial. Itís very dull in London today so not the best for pictures.

    I am struggling with rotation too. Despite itís size itís so easy to wear!

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    Quote Originally Posted by GIB984 View Post
    I love these and give myself a good kicking every evening before bed for not buying Andy's (Big Chopper) night mission version on the mesh.

    I have the mesh if you want it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by andrewcregan View Post
    Your wish is my command!

    FANTASTIC photo!

    I have an incoming that will give your B50 a run for its money on a technical level Andrew, but as you well know I have a major soft spot for Breitlings and I think the B50 has nicer styling.

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    Great looking watches and I've been curious about Breitling anadigi's for some time now. What size are these?

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    Quote Originally Posted by fordy964 View Post
    Great looking watches and I've been curious about Breitling anadigi's for some time now. What size are these?
    Massive. ?48 or 50mm ?

    Look at the Aerospace for a more sensible size, or the mighty B1 ... or the Airwolf (not a fan of the latter).

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    Quote Originally Posted by ach5 View Post
    FANTASTIC photo!

    I have an incoming that will give your B50 a run for its money on a technical level Andrew, but as you well know I have a major soft spot for Breitlings and I think the B50 has nicer styling.
    Thank you Adrian, very kind.
    Now we all want to know what you are getting?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ach5 View Post
    Massive. ?48 or 50mm ?
    Not quite that big.....


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    ^ I stand corrected - i think I was confusing with the size of the new Emergency II

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    Quote Originally Posted by ach5 View Post
    ^ I stand corrected - i think I was confusing with the size of the new Emergency II
    Curiosity got the better of me.

    The Emergency is........


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    Quote Originally Posted by andrewcregan View Post
    The Emergency is........
    ...utterly ridiculous!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ach5 View Post
    ...utterly ridiculous!
    Indeed!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chinnock View Post
    Indeed!
    Looks awesome though - until you try it on..

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    Quote Originally Posted by GIB984 View Post
    Looks awesome though - until you try it on..
    Love the look of the new Emergency but size wise it is just beyond practical for me.

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    Oh goody, a Breitling thread .

    This looks absolutely awesome, Andrew. As Iíve documented in other threads I had a go at the Breitling ana/digit thing by buying an Aerospace Avantage - which in retrospect was a serious mistake. It felt dinky & unsubstantial and I just couldnít get on with it. I also hated all the crown twiddling.

    This, on the other hand, looks as if it could be right up my street. Actually, the Night Mission version might be even more tempting...

    Damn you - life is complicated enough already!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chinnock View Post
    Love the look of the new Emergency but size wise it is just beyond practical for me.
    This one - https://www.bucherer.com/uk/breitlin...page-category2

    what were they thinking?!

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    Quote Originally Posted by verv View Post
    This one - https://www.bucherer.com/uk/breitlin...page-category2

    what were they thinking?!
    This comment applies equally to the watch, and itís price

    Makes the Cockpit seem like a bargain!

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    The cockpit is WAY nicer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by verv View Post
    This one - https://www.bucherer.com/uk/breitlin...page-category2

    what were they thinking?!

    Fit for a Saudi Prince

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    Quote Originally Posted by verv View Post
    This one - https://www.bucherer.com/uk/breitlin...page-category2

    what were they thinking?!
    That's just ridiculous...

    Simon

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    A cheeky caseback shot



    Classic Breitling.

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    ^ Breitling always did make a good case back.

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    This post made me make a cheeky offer on eBay. What a fantastic bit of kit. Bloody awesome!




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    ^^^^ Congratulations my friend. Welcome to the club

    Unfortunately mine appears to have a tiny fault, and itís going into the AD today, and back to BUK.
    Thankfully it is still in warranty.

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    Quote Originally Posted by andrewcregan View Post
    ^^^^ Congratulations my friend. Welcome to the club

    Unfortunately mine appears to have a tiny fault, and itís going into the AD today, and back to BUK.
    Thankfully it is still in warranty.
    Anything I should look out for? Heard something about the crown unwinding if turned more anti-clockwise than clockwise!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Chinnock View Post
    Anything I should look out for? Heard something about the crown unwinding if turned more anti-clockwise than clockwise!
    It is possibly crown related.
    As you know, you turn the crown to change the display. I had noticed that the display occasionally changed on its own. Thought that it may be my wrist rubbing on the crown, but closer scrutiny rules that out. It sometimes does it a couple of times an hour, and earlier today it changed about 6 times in one second! Hence, off it goes!

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    Quote Originally Posted by andrewcregan View Post
    ^^^^ Congratulations my friend. Welcome to the club

    Unfortunately mine appears to have a tiny fault, and itís going into the AD today, and back to BUK.
    Thankfully it is still in warranty.
    Sorry to hear that. Whatís the problem?

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    Quote Originally Posted by andrewcregan View Post
    It is possibly crown related.
    As you know, you turn the crown to change the display. I had noticed that the display occasionally changed on its own. Thought that it may be my wrist rubbing on the crown, but closer scrutiny rules that out. It sometimes does it a couple of times an hour, and earlier today it changed about 6 times in one second! Hence, off it goes!

    I think there is / was a recall regarding the crown, if it helps save some pennies.


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