Breitling Transocean 38 Watch

By James Henderson

When we think of aviation, of flight, of daring – do, we think of Breitling.  And rightly so.  And with the release of the Transocean 38, Breitling has (at least for this jaded soul) revealed a bit more of what we treasure them for.

So instead of making a watch with “fifteen” different gauges, “seventeen” different metric/imperial conversions they have given us what they originally promised us – a timekeeper!  Large date, hours minutes and subsidiary second – this is a watch that Charles Lindbergh himself would have appreciated.
38 mm of stainless steel goodness protects Breitling’s Caliber 16.  And in case you were worried, Brietling is still keeping it real, Caliber 16 is an officially certified chronometer – by the COSC.
Transocean 38
Clean, precise – and LEGIBLE with a welcome large date.
This is a welcome, welcome return to what for many of us represents the true vision, the true values of Breitling.
Here are all of the vital specs –

Technical Specifications

Movement: Breitling Caliber 16, officially chronometer-certified by the COSC, selfwinding, high-frequency (28,800 vibrations per hour), 30 jewels. Large-aperture calendar. Case: steel. Water-resistant to 100 m (330 ft). Convex sapphire crystal, glareproofed on both sides. Diameter: 38 mm. Dials: Pearl, Pearl Diamond, Black, Mercury silver. Strap/Bracelets: leather/Ocean Classic or Air Racer.

Let us hope that this is a sign of things to come!
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James Henderson
James Henderson – Contributing Editor

Known to many in the industry as their “nagging conscience”, James Henderson writes the Tempus Fugit Blog. Prior to writing about watches he worked for DOXA Watches for three years and currently works with several brands on marketing and communication projects. Having taught English in Japan, Portugal, Finland and Scotland, James now calls Santa Barbara, California home. Read his articles here.