Breitling offers a stylish alternative to blacked-out diver watches with its Automatic 46 Black Steel model from the Superocean collection, which was renewed in 2019 with a wide range of variants.
Although its name is mentioned with aviation-inspired models, Breitling has been producing very successful diver watches for a long time. Superocean, which is one of the locomotive product groups of the brand in this segment, hosts a wide range of models that draw attention with their sporty designs as well as their professional use compatible specifications.
The model we have here for review comes in a hefty case measuring 46mm in diameter and 16.85mm in height. Made of Breitling’s patented DLC-coated steel alloy that the brand added to its collections in recent years, Black Steel, the case offers both a sporty and a tactical look at the same time. The case is equipped with a double anti-reflective treated sapphire crystal on the front side and a solid case back at the rear side. Water-resistant to a remarkable level of 2000 meters, the case sports a matt black insert rotating bezel as well as a helium release valve at 9 o'clock.
The model’s dial is finished in matt black in line with the overall stealth look. Offering excellent legibility in almost any condition with Super-LumiNOVA applied applique figures/indices as well as hour and minute hands, the dial hosts a date display window at 3 o’clock. The second hand, with a large orange arrow on the tip, adds some color to the monochrome model.
The new Superocean model family is powered by the brand's Caliber Breitling 17. The 25-jewel self-winding movement, which we are familiar with from different models, operates at a frequency of 4Hz (28,800vph) and offers a power reserve of up to 38 hours when fully wound.
Breitling Superocean Automatic 46 Black Steel comes with a black rubber strap, which is referred to as Diver Pro III in the brand catalogs and a buckle made of black DLC-plated steel with Breitling emblem. The model can also be preferred with the folding clasp (M17368B71B1S2) made from the same material.