The mens fake Breitling Avenger II GMT Blacksteel watch is a fantastic little watch from Breitling, and a contender for that one-watch rule. However due to its darkened dial and case you’d be hard-pressed to find a suitable strap that isn’t black, or at the very least a dark grey. Styled inherently as a casual timepiece, it does have an innate ability to be worn up or down, depending on the strap choice.
The 43mm Blacksteel case sits nice and firm on the wrist, and while some fabric-based straps have a tendency to dig into your wrist after a while, I found that the factory-standard strap was supremely comfortable. The Blacksteel case sits at about 12mm in height, so its got a bit of a profile, but it doesn’t deter from its overall stealthy look and I think that any smaller (in width or in height) would probably ruin the Swiss-made Breitling Avenger II GMT copy watch’s dynamic. The ratcheted bi-directional bezel was a pleasure to operate and had military-inspired 24-hour marker numerals that looked fantastic. The Blacksteel case was finished impeccably, with every surface being brushed in a vertically uniform manner. And in an ode to modern-day technologies, the Blacksteel case adapted to my rather warm skin temperature almost immediately, which was nice because the piece itself was stored in a very cool room.
The dial is super dark. I had the pleasure of spending a bit of time with the Avenger II a couple of weeks back, and even in the brightest of lights it still resonated a darkness that few watches can match. The grainy dial behind the luminescent hands looked wonderful, and the idea of adding red-coloured hints for the GMT hand, the end of the sweeping-seconds hand and the “automatic” insignia at 6 o’clock does just enough to break up the dial and enhance its legibility. The addition of a date window aperture at 3 o’clock ups its functionality but it doesn’t break up the darkened aesthetic of the piece.
The COSC certified automatic calibre Breitling 32 gives the wearer a couple of day’s worth of power reserve and beats at a respectable 28,800 v.p.h. The added functionality of two extra timezones (one indicated by the red GMT hand and the other by utilising the rotating bezel) as well as the date window aperture just adds another element to its appeal. Unfortunately, the caseback of the Blacksteel is sealed, and thus we cannot see the movement in action, but at the expense of theatrics you do get a watch whose aesthetic really cannot be faltered. Its general functionality alone should add to its purchasing power, and with a 300m depth rating it really is a do-it-all watch. Simple, characteristically identifiable and with a great heritage, it really does tick all the boxes.
Overall, the Breitling Avenger II GMT Blacksteel is a very well put together, well thought out timepiece that I’d have no hesitation in pulling the trigger on. Its an overall-package type of watch, and one you could possibly purchase as your first proper mechanical Breitling watch replica.