The breitling SuperOcean Heritage II is a vintage inspired dive watch dating back to the early days of the Superocean breitling line. This iteration has received some great upgrades in terms of materials utilized, movement, and overall look.
Case and Dial
The 42MM case on this version ( 46MM available also ) is comrpsied of highly breitling polished 316L steel. Now if you did not know, Breitling makes some of the best cases out there in terms of fit and finish, so this is no surprise here. The lugs are 22Mm and the width measures 14.3MM. The case Itself weighs around 90 grams and is certainly not super heavy when compared to other divers in this category, but rather average. A very easy to grip mid sized crown with knurreling sits over at 3:00 which is screwed down of course for the 200M of water resistance this case can take. I really wont get into the caseback, because well it is screwed down, quite plain and boring. The dial is where the action is at on this piece which pays excellent homage to the original 1950s superocean. The highly polished and sharp applied silver indices and broad arrow hand help to achieve a vintage, yet bold and daring look. There is lume on the hands and small pips behind each applied marker, which honestly is not enough...for me atleast. A nice upgrade is the 120 click UniDirectional bezel which is comprised of Ceramic in a high polished black colour. I must say the action is fairly good, with minimal backplay nor alignment issues. Now it is nowhere near Rolex bezel good, but its good enough for what you can expect from Breitling.
The most noticeable upgrade is the integration of the new Tudor/Breitling collaboration movement. The in-house Breitling Calibre 20 contains 28 jewels, beats at 28,800 BPH, and has a very long power reserve of 70 hours. This movement is also chronometer certified and gains around 2 seconds a day.
Strap Options - Rubber / Mesh / Leather
Now I tried on all 3 variations of the straps options for the HII and found out three things. The black catachouc rubber strap with integrated clasp is super
flexible and comfortable, and great quality. The Mesh bracelet version is also very comfortable and suits the watch just fine. Although, the same breitling deployant is used on previous models from the years behind us...and they need to upgrade them! Do not get me wrong they are well made, adjustable, and have enough micro space for a perfect fit. I just wish they can integrate some kind of easy adjust system. The leather straps from Breitling are of course superb quality as always , but who wants a leather strap on a watch your going to be swimming with?
Furthermore my fellow addicts, the 42MM Black SuperOcean Heritage II is a great watch if you really take a look at what you get for the coin. From the new in house movement, ceramic upgrade, quality straps as usual, and flawless case cut/finish - You are getting your moneys worth with this one. I can feel quality when I pick something up for the first time, and while I did not feel it with the original Superocean One, I certainly felt it in this upgraded newer model.