In 1943, the original Breitling Premier collection launched, creating a name for itself as not only the literal translation of “first” in French, but also Breitling's first watch that encapsulated everyday elegance. Unlike its sportier predecessors like the Chronomat, Navitimer, and Superocean, the Breitling Premier was designed with style at the forefront, intended for a more affluent, fashion-forward clientele. Nearly 75 years later, the collection relaunched in 2018, taking design inspiration from the original 1940s models. Today, the Breitling Premier suite of dress watches is recognized for its colorful dials, narrow bezels, and thin hands while top models boast their iconic in-house B01 caliber. Additionally, some of the most highly-sought after models are limited to only a few hundred pieces—especially those that are a part of the Breitling for Bentley series, or those with chronograph functions.
Breitling Premier Models & Limited Editions
Without question, the Breitling Premier is unique, elegant, and timeless. Borrowing retro design cues from the 1940s, this suite also offers collectors and enthusiasts a prized assortment of strictly limited edition models, as well as a range of colorful dial options from deep blue to sunburst silver. Whether you’re searching for a limited edition Breitling Premier with an exclusive dial combination, or an eye-catching piece like the Breitling Premier B01 Chronograph 42 Bentley Green, our curated collection has something for every taste and preference. Learn more about a handful of standout models from impressive chronographs to robust automatic timepieces.
B01 Chronograph 42
These Breitling Premier models are among the most popular from this collection and with good reason. Each of these pieces is 42mm in diameter and features the Breitling in-house B01 caliber. Impressive limited edition models in this family include the B01 Chronograph 42 Breitling Mulliner, Bentley Centenary, and Wheels and Waves. Also, this suite is available in several dial and band options while most timepieces have a stainless steel case. Interested in seeing one of these pieces up close? Watch this expert review to learn more.
One of the most compelling elements of the Breitling Premier Chronograph 42 suite are the pieces with the Breitling 13 Valjoux-based movement. For example, the Chronograph 42 with the Valjoux 7750 have a date display integrated with the hour counter. Unlike B01 Chronograph models with the subdials and dial’s edge in matching hues, these watches typically feature a B13 caliber and have subdials that are the same color as the main dial. However, both the B01 and regular Chronograph 42 models have a white outer ring with a tachymeter scale. For those looking for a distinct style, band options include stainless steel, calf, and alligator leather.
If you’re looking for a classic dress watch with three hands and small seconds, the Breitling Premier Automatic 40 is a great option. All of these pieces feature the B37 caliber and have an impressive 38-hour power reserve. Lastly, most of the Automatic 40 models are made of stainless steel, but collectors who love precious metals may also find select limited edition iterations in 18-karat red gold.
Looking for an elegant dress watch that features day and date displays? The Breitling Premier Automatic 40 is perfect, featuring the B45 caliber and a 40mm stainless steel case. These models also have a robust 38-hour power reserve, and a couple neutral dial color options like black or silver.
Purchasing Pre-Owned Breitling Premier Watches from WatchBox
When shopping for a pre-owned Breitling Premier timepiece, it’s important to buy from a reputable source that guarantees authenticity and quality. As the world’s leading platform for buying, selling, and trading pre-owned luxury watches, we can do both—our in-house team of Swiss-trained watchmakers, technicians, and refinishers rigorously inspect each piece before it’s presented for sale. Plus, we’re equipped to bring each watch back to manufacturer standards using factory-sourced parts. Also, WatchBox’s collection is ever-changing, so it’s a great place to search for coveted limited edition Breitling Premiers. Interested in exploring the world of colorful dials? Read this article to learn more, or browse our selection of chronographs, automatic timepieces, and stainless steel watches for other handsome options.