Just realized the other day that I’ve never actually posted about my favorite daily beater I’ve worn for the last 15 years. My 1999 Breitling Aerospace Titanium that I bought when on business in Glasgow of all places. During some lunch and then strolling past a jewelers, there it was and I simply loved it – went in with no hesitation and bought it. And I still think for me it was and is the best and most practical watch purchase I ever made.
Now some folks think Breitlings are big, flashy and cumbersome, but with this model nothing could be further from the truth. It’s titanium, it’s very light and very slim at 9mm height and a case diameter of only 40mm. With the matching titanium solid link bracelet it’s quite a combination. It slips unobtrusively under a shirt for dress occasions but also is the business when it comes to everyday wear – AND it’s probably a statement too. This particular version has a quite subtle dial green color with high contrast numerals and markers.
Dial wise – Clarity is all with this watch – the date is the clearest to read of any watch I know with an excellent anti-reflection coated flat sapphire crystal – and slim hands with the so very clever extension of the minute hand over the center pivot, which makes it so clear when reading the time – plus a nigh on perfect and understated luminous capability at night – it’s about as good as any watch can get in my opinion. The top bezel is click set in two directions and is Titanium as the rest of the watch ensemble. ( Yikes! – these darned close ups – just noticed how dirty it is after 15 years of almost continuous wear ).
The twin digital display is perhaps one of the clearest I’ve ever seen. It is bright in all light conditions and has a built in fluorescence that makes the numerals stand out perfectly. The lower display shows everything you need – either set as shown with Day and Date, Date and Seconds, or Seconds, Alarm time, Chronograph, Current or Dual Time and Timer – the upper display shows which feature is set. I usually have it set as shown with Day and Date and rarely use the other features, though the Dual Time can be useful on holiday as can the Alarm though these days I prefer a vibration alarm however – the old hearing is going! Another aspect of this watch is the fact that even with all these functions, it only has a single crown, the operation of which has always been perfect. The usual chronograph style pushers and buttons are quite superfluous and is the feature I prefer most over all other chronograph models.
I said that clarity was terrific on this watch and this is it shown against some of my other models as a comparison –
The Breitling on the left shows just how good the anti-reflection coating is and how clever the hands/display clarity actually is and note how the digits stand out – it always impresses me! The Citizen Attesa in the center another favorite is also pretty good but none can compare when doing the quick glance and reading the date.
Another good point about this Aerospace – it’s actually gone up in value – so a good buy and a good investment. Not that I’ll realize any profit of course ‘cos it ain’t for sale! The profit for me is the sheer pleasure of wearing what has to be my favorite watch.