That rouleaux bracelet! Even though I have not tried this watch on, I have been very admiring of that new rouleaux steel bracelet Breitling Chronomat replica since this watch appeared.
The Chronomat made a strong comeback in its latest edition, and credit for this also goes to the redesigned rouleaux bracelet. Honestly, I have never been a fan of how it looked, but it adds a dash of character. I think Breitling makes a strong case with the new Chronomat, but so strong that it will most likely only appeal to people who are already into the brand.
I had a chance to photograph and review the 42 mm Breitling Chronomat B01 fake watch on these pages recently, and it’s a weighty and impressive piece – and with its onion crown, distinctive bracelet links, and tabbed bezel, it is easily recognizable as a direct descendant of the original Chronomats. It’s my third-place choice, but I could imagine swapping it up into the runner-up spot I awarded to the Seiko.
Many might already guess that Breitling has never been high on my personal list of favorites, mostly for reasons similar to Rolex in that it has been so widely plagiarized by very low-quality watches that I now associate that aesthetic not with high-end timepieces but with kiosks in shopping malls.
Sadly for Breitling, its success inadvertently led me to not particularly appreciate the tool/aviator watch style. But this also means that Breitling and a watch like the Chronomat are definitely among the more iconic designs of the last 40 years. Alas, I can’t choose it as my winner, and given the number of categories Breitling has entered I’m fairly confident something else will pick up this win.
We all owe a debt of thanks to best 1:1 quality fake Breitling, who, with just a few others, helped along the reemergence of the Swiss mechanical watch industry in 1984 when the brand launched the mechanical Chronomat chronograph at a time when quartz ruled. I like the look of the Chronomat B01 42, especially that salmon-colored dial; at 42 mm it’s sensibly sized for a man’s chronograph; the in-house movement is a plus; and the comfortable rouleaux bracelet is a big bonus.
m, stainless steel
Movement: automatic Breitling Caliber 01; 70-hour power reserve; 28,800 vph/4 Hz frequency
Functions: hours, minutes, subsidiary seconds; date; chronograph
Price: $8,100 / CHF 7,950