Today we are going to explore one of my first luxury watch purchases going back to a era of the early 2000s where bigger watches were popular and especially the Breitling Super Avenger. This watch was very much seen on the wrists of music artists, producers, and celebrities in the hip hop industry and on the street. It is very much still a great well made luxury product of Breitling and has some great characteristics and design. My watch is featured with a Diamond Bezel which was added by myself, yet I can swap to the stock steel bezel in a breeze.
The 48MM 316L polished stainless steel case is definitely on the larger side of things and yes it is quite a statement piece. This watch features a chunky thickness of 18.6MM and a heavy hitting weight of 153 grams on the supplied bracelet. I believe my watch weighs in at around 140 grams due to the links I removed. The watch is obviously a chronometer certified chronograph with pushers at 2:00 and 4:00 for start/stop and reset. The nurreled crown sits in between at 3:00 and allows for a really strong grip when using the crown and is robust as it can be. The entire case is done in a Breitling super high polish for spectator legibility ( lol ). The finishing is as you would expect from a Breitling , very good. The long curved lugs conform to the wrist in a beautiful way and sit comfortably. In terms of lug width we do have a 24MM lug width to accompany this 48MM case. One of the best features of this chronograph is that it is capable of 300M of water resistance, as long as you dont engage the chronograph underwater. It truly is a sport watch and is certainly one of the toughest ones out there. It is a chunk of steel that cannot be penetrated and can be considered a weapon in some countries.
The dial is your typical Valjoux 7750 layout with three subdials and a date window at 3:00. This model sports the black dial even though it might look blue due to the heavy layer of anti-reflective coating Breitling puts on their Sapphire crystals. The beautiful Breitling logo is applied and raised at 3:00 labaled “1884-Chronometre-Certifie”. This is a 12 hour chronograph so at 6:00 there is a 12 hour shbdial and up at 9:00 is your running seconds subdial. Heading to noon there is a 30 minute counter for quick reference of chronograph timing as well. The double stick markers are definitely polished in a silver tone and the dial has a lot of depth and may even seem sunk in a bit. Decent lume fills the long broad hands and red tipped chronograph hand as well as the 12:00 PIP and small markers around the indices. The lume is nothing like Omegas lume but it certainly lasts a while and is a greenish color. The 120 click unidirectional bezel is very tooly and precise and allows for a 60 minute timer just like a dive watch.
Inside this beast lies the Caliber 13 automatic COSC certfied ( -4 +6 ) movement. This movement is a top end Valjoux 7750 with custom plates, bridges, perlage work, and Geneve stripes. In terms of real time accuracy myne has been steady at +5 a day for around 8 years with one service done by Breitling. It is a reliable, tough, easy to service, accurate movement with 42 hours of power reserve.
The Breitling Super Avenger is equipped with a 3 link bracelet which has excellent fluidity and is quite superb in construction when comparing to lets say a modern Omega bracelet. Solid end links join firmly to the case and the milled clasp is enscribed with “BREITLING” and “Manufacture en Suisse” on the inner portion. The high
mirror like polish looks superb but is definitely a scratch magnet. Four micro adjustments are available for preferred fit as well.
Pricing : $5490 Retail , this model was discontinued in 2013 and the new Super Avenger II retails for under $6,000.