Rubber B has become well-known as a highly respected crafter of custom rubber watch bands for timepieces from some of the most respected watchmakers in the field, including such brands as Patek Philippe, IWC, and Breitling. For the subject of this article, we are going to explore some of the most affordable Breitling watches on the market today.
While Breitling may not have some of the same name recognition power that Rolex or Patek Philippe does, this does not mean that their watches are of any less quality – Breitling watches are still, very much indeed, luxury timepieces in every sense of the word. However, if you are just starting out on your watch collecting journey, we are happy to help you learn more about some affordable Breitling watches that would be wonderful additions to any collector’s set of timepieces.
Before we take a closer look at the watches in question, though, it is worth taking a brief look at the history of the company itself and why Breitling is an important luxury watch manufacturer.
A Brief History of Breitling Watches
Breitling was founded by Leon Breitling in Switzerland in 1884, and quickly gained a local reputation for the high quality of their wristwatches. However, they would come to national prominence several decades later, in the 1930’s and 40’s, when they would become known for being the first company to mass-produce and market what we today would recognize as chronograph watches.
These watches would become particularly popular among professional pilots, who would come to rely on them because of how precise they were. Commercial air travel and sending mail by plane were novel ideas at the time, and Breitling would cannily use their connection with this burgeoning industry to demonstrate the reliability and excellence of their watches.
Breitling does not always receive a lot of press when compared to some of their contemporaries, but this seems to be, at least in part, by design. They are far less interested in flashy marketing campaigns, which often involve expensive commercials and celebrity ambassadors (normally in the form of athletes or movie stars) being paid to promote the brand.
Instead, Breitling seems to be much more interested in quietly going about the work of producing high-quality timepieces and letting their superior craftsmanship speak for itself. In an age where so much seems to be focused on crafting marketing materials instead of having a quality product, there is something to be commended in Breitling’s willingness to buck conventional trends in this instance.
What Are Some of the Best Affordable Breitling Watches?
If you are looking for some affordable Breitling watches to begin your watch collection, or even just to help fill it out a little bit, there are some great pieces that you should certainly consider starting to look at.
The order of these watches is being listed at random and does not reflect any kind of preference based on the order of the following list.
Breitling Chronomat 41 Airborne
This watch has an interesting backstory behind it, so it seems like an excellent place to start the list of affordable Breitling watches. It is worth noting that this is the most expensive watch on the list, but that largely has to do with how exclusive it is. Only a handful of Swiss watchmakers produce chronometer-certified movements, so if you should encounter one, be aware that you are in the presence of a special watch.
The Breitling Chronomat 41 Airborne was created because Ernest Schneider, who had previously purchased the company from William Breitling, had discovered that the Italian air force’s aerobatics team was looking for a company to create a watch, especially for the team. Cannily sensing a great opportunity in the works, Breitling teamed up with the squadron to develop this watch, which was the first to feature Breitling’s B01 movement, which is one of the most respected chronographic movements in the industry.
Breitling Colt Automatic
The Breitling Colt Automatic was originally created for use as a military watch in the 1980’s, but it would ultimately find its greatest success as a civilian watch, ultimately gaining a reputation as one of the most accessible watches the company had ever produced.
In terms of its design, the Breitling Colt Automatic has many of the features that immediately distinguish Breitling watches, including engraved hour-markers that display the company’s trademark rider tabs.
Breitling Aerospace Evo
Originally released in 1985, the Breitling Aerospace Evo became the most visible of Breitling’s SuperQuartz-powered line of tool watches. The movement on this watch was incredibly precise, as it is 10 times more accurate than a standard quartz oscillator. Most impressively, the watch was very easy to use – all of its features could be accessed by pressing and rotating the crown of the watch.
Breitling Superocean 42
Considering the company’s impeccable reputation for crafting reliable tool watches, it only stands to reason that they would produce a dive watch as well. The most notable thing about this watch is its water-resistance rating, which is up to 1,500 meters, making it one of the most resilient dive watches on the market today.
Breitling Super Avenger II Chronograph
For those who are looking for a little heft in their timepieces, look no further than the Breitling Super Avenger II Chronograph. As its name implies, this watch is built to last, and its 48-mm stainless steel case, along with a water resistance of up to 300 meters, is certainly built to go the distance – and then some.
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