WATCHES THAT STAND THE TEST OF TIME
http://www.thewatchbox.com Breitling for Bentley this is *not.* The Breitling Chronomat Blackbird cuts a distinctive but discreet profile. With a combination of 44mm diameter and elegant brushed stainless steel, the Chronomat Blackbird certainly is *built* like a Bentley, but this bird' checks the outlandish "bling" at the curb. Call it a muscular alternative to an Omega Speedmaster. Breitling's Chronomat Blackbird, based on the Chronomat Evo platform, ran from 2007 to 2011, and the watch is best described as an all-around sports watch with upscale credentials. First and foremost, the tank-like Breitling case deserves a shout-out; when placed in a watchmaker's water testing chamber, this type of Breitling case (conservatively rated to 300 meters) requires a special "non compressible hard case" setting. Why's that? By the conventional measures (compressed dimensions of the case vs. decompression dimensions), the water tester simply cannot read any change in this rock-hard Breitling Chronomat Blackbird. Impressive. Breitling's "Pilot" bracelet continues the theme of bulletproof steel hardware. The five-link design is robust, finely finished, silky on the skin, and never pulls hairs. Its clamshell-style clasp closes with a satisfying "snick," and the impression on the wrist is one of substance. Breitling graces the Chronomat Blackbird ref. A44359 with an upscale double-digit "Grand Date" and a high-contrast black dial. Both features ensure superb legibility and reinforce the Blackbird's credentials as a no-nonsense utility companion. Inside the burly 44mm Chronomat Blackbird case, a Breitling caliber 44 automatic movement keeps the time. It's a COSC-certified Swiss Chronometer, and being based on the ETA-2892-A2, it's also as tough as the Blackbird itself. A chronograph function combines with the double-digit (twin disc) grand date to provide a satisfying measure of added complexity to the basic caliber. See this Breitling Chronomat Blackbird A44359 in high-resolution images on www.thewatchbox.com Video and content by Tim Mosso.