Breitling Aerospace Evo

Breitling launched the original version of its Breitling Aerospace Evo in 1985. Last year, the brand released a new model of the Breitling Aerospace Evo, a mainstay of its Professional collection, packing all of the existing functions into a slightly larger and redesigned case.

The new Breitling Aerospace Evo, like its predecessor, is an analog-digital watch equipped with Breitling’s Caliber 79, a “SuperQuartz” movement that is chronometer-certified by COSC and 10 times more accurate, Breitling says, than a traditonal quartz movement. All the watch’s functions can be operated simply by rotating, pressing or pulling out the crown — from the setting of the analog and 12/24-hour digital LCD time displays to the array of aviator-friendly devices — which many hobby pilots will appreciate as the Breitling Aerospace has long had a followship among this clientèle. These include a 1/100th-second chronograph, countdown timer, second time zone, alarm, an audible time signal analagous to a minute repeater, calendar functions, and a battery end-of-life (EOL) indicator. The LCD displays also feature an NVG-compatible backlighting system.

The case of the new Breitling Aerospace Evo is larger in diameter than the original’s — 43 mm — and made of titanium, a metal used often in the world of aeronautics. It has a totally satin-brushed finish and is water-resistant to 100 meters (330 feet). The Breitling Aerospace’s ratcheted bezel, which in the new model is engraved and has integrated rider tabs, rotates in one direction. The hands and numerals on the dial have been redesigned, and the sapphire crystal, with glareproof coating on both sides, is now beveled. The Breitling Aerospace Evo’s caseback sports a conversion scale for Anglo-Saxon and metric measurements.

The Breitling Aerospace Evo is available with three different dials — Volcano black, Mariner blue, and Tungsten gray — and is fitted with either a calfskin leather, alligator leather, or rubber Pro Diver III strap, or a titanium bracelet. The bracelet version can also be equipped with an integrated, optional auxiliary co-pilot electronic module. The price for the titanium bracelet model pictured below is $4,225.

Breitling Aerospace Evo - angle

Breitling Aerospace Evo - front

This article was originally published on October 28, 2013, and has been updated.

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14 Responses to “Breitling Aerospace Evo”
  1. I have a new Breitling Aerospace Evo (blue), and it is the best. I purchased my first Aerospace in 1999, it had gold accents on the hour markers and on the band. But it was stollen along with a Tag Heuer watch in a home burglary in 2001. I also now own a Rolex Date, and an Omega Speedmaster “Legend”, Michael Schumacher limited edition purchased since loosing the Breitling. But I’ve missed the Breitling the most after all these years. Now I have it again at twice the original price. But I wear it everyday, and the other watches sit in the safe. This is my favorite watch.

  2. I’ve decided to to buy the BreitlingAerospace EVO. No Breitling dealerships in the area. Can anyone recommend a reputable website?


  3. marcus arons

    A wonderful display of dedication in the field of technology hence the display and variation in the various variety of professionally designed time pieces suitable for every interested persons usage.
    Breitling as long as I have been acquainted with the brand are fully committed to every sector of customers requirements and comfort as to the application of their articles. Remembering these are professional designed by very qualified engineers.
    Marc J Arons ( T W S )

  4. srhardy

    $5K for a what that wont recharge with solar, for a Quartz watch is so 1970…. get with the program, the whole planet uses solar and its a NO BRAINER ON WATCHES!

  5. Matt Wong

    Stan, I just got my AE a few weeks ago. I really have to spin the stem quickly and briskly which will advance by the hour. You will have to fiddle with it a bit but then you will get the hang of it. Good luck, I’ve enjoyed my watch

  6. Stan Kolodny

    I just bought a Breitling Aerospace EVO. When setting the time, the hands are supposed to move an hour at a time when the crown is rotated quickly. Mine mostly just advances a minute at a time. Only once did I see them jump an hour. Any ideas?

    • John Graham

      To get the watch to advance (jump) 1 hour at a time you need to turn (flick) the stem very fast and hard and it will jump one hour instead of one minute.

  7. My pilot friend had two since late 90´s. He is a semi old guy (70+) and killed em both! The second one was repairable, so he put down $800 to get a new digital display.

    • Gene Bricker

      I have an Aerospace from 1996 with the blue dial, gold attachs to bezel and titanium and gold colored bracelet. After 17 years it still looks almost as good as when I bought it. Titanium wears very well and is light and comfortable. I’ve bought and sold a LOT of watches since I started collecting in 1988- but the Aerospace is a keeper.

      • Richard Headley


        I have the same model and it just keeps on keeping on. Like you I have other watches but this Breitling is a great watch for all occasions. The only thing that has ever gone wrong with it was the metal clasp on the band which snapped off at its weakest point. To get a another band was too expensive, so I had my trusty watchmaker weld the it together and voilà – has held together now for 5 years.

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