Fast forward to 2016 and the introduction of the Breitling Chronomat 44 Blacksteel replica Special Edition we are looking at today. The modern Chronomats are surely bold watches both in their dimensions and their technical specifications, combining a resolutely technical and masculine style. This Special Edition is perhaps the perfect embodiment of this. We realize now that the model changed almost totally over the years in order not to clash with the legendary Navitimer and also to fulfil the role of the rugged sports chronograph in the Breitling catalog.
The case and bezel, made from steel, are satin-brushed and stand out thanks to a black carbon-based high-resistance treatment, which offers an unparalleled protection from scratches as well as a very unique and cool stealthy look. The dimensions are 44mm in diameter, 16,95mm in height, 54mm lug to lug, while the weight of the watch is 128,6 grams without the strap. Certainly not a watch designed to be worn with a suit. It is extremely rugged and well made and is targeted at people that want a cool and robust chronograph that can withstand almost everything you throw at it, and maybe more.
Of course, it has the technical specifications to support this role, since it is water resistant to 200 meters with a screw down crown and pushers, while the the unidirectional rotating bezel with black rubber-inlaid numerals is equipped with four polished rider tabs serving to measure elapsed time as well as assist hand grip. The strap matches the Blacksteel’s character as well. It is the twin-pro strap (as Breitling calls it), which is high quality rubber, embossed with the name of the company. On the down side it is yellow in order to match with the dial and it is cut to fit. It also has a black steel push button with ratcheting clasp. All machined to a very high standard.
Besides the robust case and the sport Breitling replica watch specifications the coolest thing of the Chronomat Blacksteel SE is the dial color, a bold choice that you do not see very often in the industry. The yellow dial chosen has an almost school bus yellow tint and immediately commands attention against the slightly recessed black chrono sub dials and red hands, which are reminiscent of instrument panels. The result is a dial that stands out with admirable clarity and combines a bold color matched cleverly with various modern and vintage elements. At first glance it might look graceless but on closer inspection this is not the case. The dial ensures optimal readability thanks to its large luminescent-coated hour-markers and hands, protected by a sapphire crystal glare proofed on both sides.The hands and indexes have a certain aroma of patina, which calls to mind those of the Airborne edition of the Chronomat (personal favourite among the line). On the rehaut we have a 10-minute indication and on top of that we find the classic tachymetric scale. Perhaps the Blacksteel might be classified as one of those perfect do-it-all summer watches. Surely, this model is an exceptional modern chronograph that begs to be used as intended. An exceptional new instrument for aviation professionals – and all passionate fans of accomplishments.
As well as the stealthy looks and the robust nature of the masculine fake Breitling Chronomat Blacksteel SE I think that its biggest advantage is its calibre. I do consider the in-house Breitling B01 chronograph to be perhaps one of the greatest mass produced modern chronograph calibres along with the Omega cal.9300 and the Rolex cal.4130. This is the part that I might become a little more technical but I think it is worth it.
This yellow dial Breitling Chronomat Blacksteel copy model is modern and bold, with light vintage strokes and aims at a man, who is active and wants on his wrist a quality chronograph that can withstand every punishment imaginable.