The Breitling Avenger Collection takes off yet again. No matter how many times you look up the phrase “best aviation watch” online, you will always find the name Breitling at the top of other watch brands. This particular Swiss brand is especially known for its precision-grade chronographs. And now, the relaunched Avenger joins Breitling’s Elite Ariel Fleet alongside the Navitimer, and The Aviator 8 just set a new chapter in Pilot watches.
The Breitling Avenger was first introduced to the world in 2001 by being an extreme and bold rendition of the Breitling Chronomat from 1984. Since then, however, it has been revitalized, after it officially debuted in 2011. While undergoing this upgrade, the Avenger line-up retains its stink rider tabs on the unidirectional ratcheted bezel. The watches in this series are neither stainless steel nor a DLC-coated titanium case known as Night Mission.
While still bearing the stylings of earlier Avenger models, the new line-up consists of three sized chronographs, two automatics cases, and a GMT. In other words, the Breitling Avenger collection has re-emerged in terms of performance and innovation while still holding on to its original identity. It also means that the Avenger line-up is still made for pilots in spite of looking luxurious.
Let’s have a closer look at the new Avenger Collection models that have given Breitling’s Aviation watches a fresh start.
Breitling Avenger Collection Watches
1: Breitling Super Avenger Chronograph 48
Up first is the boldest entry in our list, Super Avenger Chronograph 48. It is a sturdy shock-resistant watch that comes with a strong wrist presence. This is not only because of the large case dimensions but also its imposing design. It’s built for use with gloves, featuring a special grip pattern on the chronograph and crown pushers and a rugged bezel.
The Super Avenger Chronograph 48 actually comes in two tones: steel or black titanium. The latter of the two is called Night Mission. In spite of it being shock-resistant, it’s also pretty light in design.
It even features a stunning blue dial and a blue military strap. This strap can fit either a deployment clasp or a DLC-coated stainless steel pin buckle. The dial is in a stunning dark navy blue color marked with Arabic numerals in thick SuperLuminova.
If you look closely, you’ll see that the Arabic numeral design is identical to an aircraft carrier deck’s stenciled numbers.
The movement is the Breitling caliber B13, which a derivative of the sturdy and proven Valjoux 7750. It beats a 28,800 BPH and comes with a standard 42-hour power reserve.
2: Breitling Avenger Automatic 45 Seawolf
Another Avenger watch that’s described as robust, shock-resistant, and bold. I was going to use this watch below the ocean surface to 300 bars or 3,000 m.
The Avenger Automatic 45 Sea Wolf is a big watch that is 45 mm wide and 18.39 mm thick. Its 3000-meter water-resistant is just 900 m short of the Rolex Deep-Sea Dweller. A watch this size is rightfully sturdy and should be worn with gloves on. The dial still wears the Avenger Seawolf line-up’s distinct bright yellow color that it is done so for several years.
The SeaWolf’s movement is fitted with a calibrated Breitling 17 which is the COSC ETA 2824-2. It has the ETA’s standard performance, with a 28800 BPH rate and a 38-hour power reserve.
3: Avenger Chronograph 45
This khaki green, military-inspired watch is a clear favorite among the forces. This watch features the ETA/Valjoux 7750 derived Automatic Chronograph movement that comes with a 48 Hour Power Reserve. Similar to the Super Avenger Chronograph 48, the Chronograph 45 also comes in two tones. One is the stainless-steel case and the other is the Night Mission reference.
The ‘B’ wing logo rests comfortably between the 30-minute totalizer with a white date wheel add 5 minutes color-coded segment. The numerals which are oversized are luminous and in the style of labeling like we see in the military. This is where stencils that army personnel use to paint their weapons and equipment.
The case which measures 45 mm, is black DLC treated titanium. It also comes in dial shades of black or blue. And what’s more, is that there are plenty of military straps that actually fit with this watch.
4: Breitling Avenger Chronograph 45 Swiss Air Force Team Limited Edition
The Avenger Swiss Air Force Team comes with a 45 mm case of stainless steel and a unidirectional bezel that’s ratcheted and rotates. The dial, which is in striking black, features the logo of the Patrouille Suisse squadron at the 9 o’clock position on the sub-dial. The dial also has red and yellow accents which reflect the colors of the Squadron. The watch’s second hand that is yellow-tipped brings more color.
The black indexes and the hands of the watch are coated in Superluminova. That makes the watch easily legible in any lighting condition. Interestingly, the back of the case contains the PSS’s 55th Anniversary logo, when the watch was released in October 2019. The logo comes with a stylized 55 and what’s 6 supersonic jets, which makes for a fantastic visual. The logo even writes “One of 550,” which is a sign of its special limited-edition status.
The watch is powered by a COSC-certified chronometer movement, the Breitling caliber 13. It has a water-resistance of 300 M and a 48-hour power reserve. This special edition addition of the Avenger line-up comes in an anthracite leather military strap with a pin buckle.