Breitling launched the original version of its Breitling Aerospace Evo in 1985. The Breitling Aerospace Evo quickly became a electronically powered, multifunction chronograph watch popular with many Breitling Aerospace fans. 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 followership among this clientele. 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 this new Breitling Aerospace pilots’ watch 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 watch 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.
This article was originally published on October 28, 2013, and has been updated.