First launched in 1957, among all the Breitling instruments dedicated to exploring the depths, the Superocean 44 Special is distinguished by its rotating ceramic bezel, an ultra-hard and scratch-resistant material. In black or blue to match the dial, it’s teamed with a steel satin-finished case on top and polished on its sides and crown. With its macho, rugged construction, the black or blue rubber strap features a raised central motif, Breitling signature or a row of holes.
The dial is designed to be ultra-legible dial as the new Superocean 44 Special is able to plunge securely to the dark depths of 1,000 meters, which is three times deeper than the current world record scuba dive of 330 meters.
The Superocean 44 Special features all the key characteristics of a professional diving watch including a twin-gasket screw-locked crown, a security valve serving to balance out pressure differences inside and outside the case, large luminescent indications ensuring excellent legibility, baton-type hands clearly distinguishing hours from minutes and differently shaped hour-markers for five-minute intervals, quarters and 12 o’clock.
There’s also a seconds hand with a red tip and a small luminescent triangle for at-a-glance checks that the movement is operating at any given time. The sapphire crystal is glare-proofed on both sides to enhance legibility at all times.
As with all Breitling watches, the Superocean 44 watch runs on a self-winding movement chronometer-certified by the COSC (Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute). The watch retails at $3,850.