The chronographs from Breitling comes almost always in larger case sizes. But today Breitling has released the Transocean Chronograph 38, a smaller (38mm) option to the 43mm Transocean. This model is being marketed as a watch for women. Personally, this would had never looked good on my large wrist, as those most loyal readers who follow Watchgeek, may know by now that I have repeatedly pointed out the size of some watches.
Once you get past the “womans watch” tag, it’s tough to not like the Transocean 38. Inside the steel or 18k rose gold case is a COSC-certified automatic chronograph movement (Breitling 41) and the styling is very similar to that of the 43mm Transocean. The biggest difference is that the 38 is a two-register chronograph with running seconds at 3 o’clock and a 30 minute counter for the chronograph at 9 o’clock, while the 43 is three-register, adding an hours counter at 6 o’clock.
Breitling keept the tachymeter scale around the dial’s edge, as well as the longer hash marks at three, six, and nine minutes on the chronograph counter. The date has moved from 4 o’clock to 6 o’clock, to fill the “gap” left by removing the hours register. I’d definitely would buy this if it was the same size as its big siblings.