Breitling Chronomat GMT: a high-flying traveler

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The presentation at Baselworld 2009 of the new caliber manufacture 01 (designed and produced by Breitling) represented a milestone in the history of this legendary firm. The explanation of the reasons for the decision of Breitling (and almost all other Swiss brands) to start the unbridled race of calibers manufactured internally, could fill several pages. We will probably publish an article about it in the near future.

But let’s get back to what interests us, which is this new Breitling Chronomat GMT. Breitling, based on the mentioned caliber of chronograph 01, adds a GMT module and this set, with name 04, goes on to motorize this model that will undoubtedly be one of the stars of the catalog. Keep reading: How to choose a watch that suits you? Basic tips

Breitling Chronomat GMT dial

Breitling Chronomat GMT

Breitling has been and is the watchmaking brand of aviation pilots par excellence. Not too many years ago, before the implantation of digital systems in avionics, the legendary Breitling Navitimer was the “official” watch of virtually all commercial pilots. Even today, we can perform the curious exercise of observing the pilot or co-pilot in any of the flights we carry out. The result will surprise you: a very important percentage of these professionals, continue to carry on their wrists a Breitling. Evidently, they do not use it for navigation, but it is undoubtedly a symbol of appreciation for the brand that has been established among aviation professionals.

The GMT function is extremely useful for today’s frequent international trips carried out more and more frequently by executives of any company. This function allows us to know simultaneously the local time (where we are) and the time of origin (our address). This allows us, among other things, not to make confusing calls at untimely hours.

The usefulness of this function has meant that virtually all manufacturers of mechanical watches include one or more GMT models in their catalog. Another issue is the ease of adjustment of this double-time function, which in many cases (more than desirable) is little less than a calvary for the owner of one of these machines: One-time adjustment, the indication of the date that it is necessary to readjust later, the two-hour hands that rotate simultaneously … a set of details that cause us to desist from using this function in a short time.

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Breitling Chronomat GMT review

With the size 04, Breitling has solved these drawbacks with extreme efficiency. A patented differential mechanism allows dissociating the local timepiece from the main undercarriage. In practice, this allows that by removing the crown and rotating it in any direction, we can adjust the local time without moving the needle that indicates the time of origin. In addition, the indication of the date can be adjusted instantly in both directions: A 10 for Breitling!

The GMT function complements the essential chronograph function that equips almost all Breitling models. Mechanically, the 04 caliber uses the two most accurate and reliable systems available for a chronograph: vertical clutch and wheel of pillars. Until relatively a few years ago, these micromechanical solutions could only be found in models of the most elite watchmaking firms: Patek Philippe, Audemars Piguet, Vacheron Constantin …

What else can we ask for a watch with practical and indiscriminate use ?: Probably it has a good resistance to water. Well, Breitling here has also taken three steps instead of one. Nothing more and nothing less than 500 meters of hermeticity, or what is the same, 50 bars of pressure. More than enough for extreme professional diving.

Breitling Chronomat GMT family

Breitling Chronomat

Another “plus” more than appreciable, is that this Chronomat GMT is offered in six versions of dial tone. It will be difficult for a potential buyer to not find the one that satisfies him from the aesthetic point of view. Particularly I find the combination of the blue dial with silver counters very attractive since the contrast of both tonalities offers great readability.

As there is nothing perfect in this life, there is one aspect in this Chronomat GMT that at least in my case is disastrous. Its diameter is no less than 47mm. Very “trendy” but an absolute barbarity. Probably for people with an important physical constitution, this fact is not relevant. But if this is not our case, or our wrist does not have an important diameter, it represents a serious inconvenience. In addition to the bulk and weight, we can begin to think of shirts made to measure with a sleeve much wider than the other. Or resort exclusively to those that have two buttons. From the use of twins, we better forget.

Breitling Chronomat GMT case

Breitling Chronomat

In short, this Breitling Chronomat GMT embodies perfection if we look for a sports watch without restrictions of use. In addition, its reliability is beyond doubt, something I could personally verify in a visit to Breitling manufactures: The impact tests to which they submit their finished watches, are a real savagery. You can not avoid a cold sweat combined with a shudder, when you see a hammer hit laterally against one of your chronographs (in operation!) And throw it violently towards a mini-goal designed to stop your flight.

One hundred percent recommended for those looking for a single watch, of great quality and without limitations for all types of use. Obviously, it is not particularly suitable to attend a gala reception or similar style events. With reservations for people whose height does not exceed one meter with eighty centimeters and with equivalent body volume. In this case, I recommend testing it at an authorized dealer calmly and without haste. You may also like:

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