New Release: Breitling Superocean ’57 Limited Edition II Breitling Moves Quickly to Support Frontline Healthcare Charities by Michael Stockton May 19, 2020 MIN READNew Release: Breitling Superocean ’57 Limited Edition II
If you missed your chance at the most recent Breitling Superocean ’57 Limited Edition, you now have a chance at a slightly different follow-up model. Significantly, proceeds will aid charities that support frontline healthcare workers in the battle against COVID-19.
Just over a month ago, we shared news of Breitling‘s latest capsule collection. The Superocean Heritage ’57 was announced during a video stream led by Georges Kern. While the watch could be considered as a somewhat niche offering, I threw my money behind it within a couple of hours of its release. After all, this watch recalls one of my all-time favorite vintage watches while adding some modern twists such as size and build quality. Several variants are available. Normal — well, capsule — editions come in black or blue with either stainless or two-tone cases. A new mesh bracelet is also part of the deal along with the leather strap.
The First Limited Edition
But Breitling decided to throw us a curveball with the Superocean ’57 release. A 250 piece limited edition was announced with a black rainbow dial. I wasn’t sure about this watch, but it sold out instantly. Maybe that’s not so surprising, but it surprised me. I know at least one buyer who mentioned that it looked like a heck of a lot of fun. And, honestly, with people spending serious amounts on rainbow Daytonas or Yacht-Masters, this seemed approachable.
The Superocean ’57 Limited Edition II
After this positive case study, Breitling moved very quickly to create a second limited-edition Superocean model called the — here we go — “Limited Edition II”. It’s very similar to the first model but comes in blue instead of black. And to satisfy a larger potential client base, 1,000 will be made. But the most important news surrounding this watch is its charitable tie-in. Breitling has identified charities in France, Italy, the UK, Japan, the USA, and Spain that aid frontline workers involved in the fight against COVID-19. A portion of the proceeds will go towards these charities. In total, Breitling will donate CHF 500,000. One watch will be auctioned on Charitybuzz and the winner will have a digital chat with renowned surfer (and Breitling buddy) Kelly Slater.
As mentioned, the Superocean Limited Edition II follows the rest of the lineup in the series. This means we get a stainless steel watch that measures in at 42mm across the bezel. The underlying case is wonderfully smaller at 38mm. The lug-to-lug measurement comes in at 46mm.
I’m still excited about the divine 9.9mm height afforded by the use of a chronometer-certified ETA 2892 (Breitling cal. B10). A push/pull crown affords this model with water resistance down to 100 meters. Here again, Breitling offers a mesh bracelet (€4,750), gold-brown leather strap on butterfly clasp (€4,530), or gold-brown strap on pin buckle (€4,300).
Final Thoughts on the Superocean ’57 Limited Edition II
This is a tough time to sell anything unless it’s toilet paper, booze, or canned food. The fact that Breitling moved so quickly on the heels of its surprise hit in the first Superocean L.E. tells me that they don’t want to miss an opportunity. I get that, but what I really like is that they’re using this speed to donate money to worthwhile and timely causes. What’s more, I actually like this watch more than the last rainbow-themed piece. I think that the blue sunburst pattern on the dial blends better with all the colors and comes off a bit subtler. One thing is for sure now, though. This watch is no longer a gamble. It should sell very well and, thankfully, it helps support a great cause. Head to Breitling for ordering and further information.
Brand Breitling ModelSuperocean Heritage Automatic 42 ’57 Limited Edition IIReferenceA103702A1C1A1/A103702A1C1X1 or A103702A1C1X2DialBlue with Colored Super-LumiNova® luminescent hour markers, hour and minute handsCase MaterialStainless SteelCase Dimensions42mm Bezel Diameter, 38mm Case Diameter, 46mm Lug to Lug, 20mm Lug Width, 9.99mm ThicknessCrystalSapphire, convex, double anti-reflectiveCase BackSolid, Screw-In, Marked "1 of 1,000"MovementBreitling Cal. B10 Automatic (ETA 2892 or Sellita SW300), Chronometer Certified, 28,800 vph, Hacking, 42 Hours Power ReserveWater Resistance100 MetersStrapLeather with Pin Buckle or Butterfly Clasp or Stainless Steel Mesh with Butterfly ClaspFunctionsTime (HH:MM:SS) and Bidirectional External Dive BezelPrice€4,300 on Pin Buckle, €4,530 on Butterfly, €4,750 on meshWarranty5 YearsSpecial Note(s)Available in June, 2020. Limited Edition model limited to 1,000 pieces. Watch of the Week
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Michael was born in South Florida in the USA. As a full-time role, he works in the Automotive Industry. He's lived and worked in many locations and when he's not cruising at 30,000 feet, he calls Germany home. Michael became… read more
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