Diver's watches, also known as dive watches, are timepieces that are specifically designed for underwater activities. The most critical feature of a diver's watch is its water resistance. To be considered a true-blue diver's watch, a timepiece’s water resistance has to be at least 100 metres (330 feet), according to the ISO 6425 standard. Many modern diver's watches offer water resistance of 200 metres or more. Furthermore, diver's watches are built to withstand harsh conditions of underwater use. They often feature robust cases made of stainless steel or titanium and the crystals are typically made of scratch-resistant materials like sapphire. While they were initially designed for divers, their robust features and stylish designs have made them popular beyond the diving community. Breitling’s Superocean is a case in point.
The luxury watchmaker has just revealed a capsule collection of vintage-inspired Superocean diver’s watches. The new Breitling Superocean Heritage ’57 Highlands series includes four different models with impressive colourways and tweed straps that are inspired by the Scottish Highlands. By far the largest region in Scotland, the Highlands covers nearly 10,000 sq miles in the northern part. Boasting stunning landscapes, the region has close to 47 distilleries and is Scotland's largest whisky-producing area. Some of the best-known single malt options come from Dalmore, Glenmorangie, The Macallan, and Old Pulteney. The Highlands also boast some of the highest peaks in the British Isles. Needless to say, it has a rich cultural heritage, encompassing Gaelic traditions, music, and dance, and is often associated with a sense of mystery.
An ode to the Highlands, the new Breitling Superocean models come in 38 mm stainless steel and 18 ct red gold cases — a dimension that suits all wrist sizes. The 18 ct red gold bidirectional ratcheted bezels have ceramic inserts that match the colour of their dials. Drawing inspiration from the hues of the Highlands, there are four dial colour options, namely beige, green, mustard, and blue, featuring sunray effect. There is a luminescent dot on the bidirectional rotating bezel — a nod to the Superocean’s origins as a dive watch. Rose gold can also be found on the arrow-shaped hour markers and hour, minute, and central second hands.
The watches are powered by the self-winding mechanical Calibre Breitling 10 with a power reserve of approximately 42 hours. Turning each watch over showcases the stainless steel, closed, pentadecagon caseback, with the engraving of ‘57 Superocean Heritage. What’s more, the collection has been COSC-certified as a chronometer. The collection comes with a 100m water resistance.
The watches are finished on Ocean Classic stainless steel bracelets with butterfly clasps. Also, the blue Breitling Superocean version is delivered with a complementary dark brown fabric strap while the beige version is delivered with a complementary classic brown fabric strap. The green and mustard-coloured versions come with complementary green fabric straps.