By Jovan Krstevski

 

 

 

 

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of its flagship, Breitling has created a special series at Baselworld 2014 reviving the vintage design and the spirit of the original Frecce Tricolori chronograph from 1984.

Breitling Chronomat Airborne Watch   watch releases

This Chronomat Airborne has a satin brushed unidirectional bezel equipped with four raised rider tabs for the cardinal markers to count off flight times.

The Chronomat from 1984 to 2014

The stainless steel case with its polished finish is available in two 41 and 44 mm sizes, while the dial comes in two versions: black with silver toned counters, and silver toned with black counters.

Breitling Chronomat Airborne Watch   watch releases

Breitling Chronomat Airborne Watch   watch releases

The caseback is engraved with the inscription “Edition Spéciale 30e Anniversaire” (Special 30th Anniversary Edition) as well as the outline of an Aermacchi, one of the ten planes flown by the Italian flight squadron.

Breitling Chronomat Airborne Watch   watch releases

The Chronomat Airborne is fitted with an strap in black military type fabric, secured by a folding clasp. Inside is a in-house Caliber 01 selfwinding high performance movement, chronometer certified by the COSC (Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute), and oscillates at a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour/4Hz,  the movement also provides over 70 hours of power reserve. For more info, please visit breitling.com

Jovan

Jovan Krstevski – Founder, Proprietor & Executive Editor

Watch collector, aficionado and a Event profile in the Swedish nightlife.  He launched Watchgeek back in 2011, which is now known as WristReview.  He quotes ’WristReview is a site to help people find, explore, discover and enjoy wristwatches. ’  His passion jump started in his early teens, when he was given his first mid-range wristwatch which was an Omega Seamaster. Since then he has always been in love with wristwatches!

 

  • I bought a Breitling Chronomat watch in December, 2012. Immediately, it was evident that it was not keeping accurate time (every 15 days it was 4-5 minutes fast) and I contacted the local retailer in Podgorica, Montenegro where I purchased the watch. They sent the watch for servicing and calibration in Belgrade. After 3-4 weeks, they returned the watch and said it was fixed.

    After that, the retail manager wound the watch and I was wearing it. After 15 days, it was again 4-5 minutes fast. I returned the watch to the retailer and they were surprised and said they would send the watch to the main service in Austria which deals with southeastern Europe.

    After another 3-4 weeks, I never got an answer so I called the service in Austria. They told me the watch had never arrived. I spoke to Mr. Geiger and I gave him the watch serial number (which is Chronomat ab011012/3009592). They confirmed that the watch definitely wasn’t in Austria and had never arrived and advised to check with the local retailer in Montenegro. They, in turn, told me that they had re-sent the watch to Belgrade.

    In about 10 days, I got a call from the retailer that the watch had arrived and I picked it up. They said everything was fine. After wearing the watch for 20 days, it was now 4 minutes slow! I returned the watch again to the retailer and requested that it be exchanged or to upgrade to a newer or better one.

    I also have a Breitling Sport Avenger and it is running perfectly, and I believe the Chronomat must have some factory defect or other flaw. I had no alternative but to take the local retailer to court as they refused to cooperate in providing an exchange. I believe this is negative advertising for Breitling. Is this common practice for your local retailers? I have not been able to contact anyone from the head office even though I wrote to some emails I found on the Internet and nobody replied. Is this the way Breitling treats its loyal customers?

    • Wrist Review

      Sorry to hear!

      Pozdrav
      Jovan

      • I believe that I am not alone in my experience with Breitling and with being given the run around when they are confronted by dissatisfied customers. A Google search for “Breitling complaints” will yield enough evidence to give you an idea.

        • Marko Lopicic

          I do want a working watch, though and not just a piece of jewelry with a name.