Breitling Aerospace Evo

Breitling Aerospace Evo - front 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. Now, the brand has 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 Tungtsen 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





About Mark Bernardo

Mark Bernardo is the digital media editor of WatchTime magazine, responsible for developing and overseeing the editorial content on WatchTime.com as well as for WatchTime's tablet editions for the iPad, Nook, and Kindle. As WatchTime's managing editor, from 2006 through 2011, he has written about numerous watch companies from major brands like Omega, TAG Heuer and Piaget, to exclusive artisan lines such as Jean Dunand, De Bethune and DeWitt. Prior to joining WatchTime, he was the editor of Smoke, a lifestyle magazine for cigar enthusiasts, whose beats included cigars, watches, cars, wines and spirits, celebrities, men's fashion, and other subjects, and has written about luxury items for a variety of men's-interest publications, including Robb Report, Robb Report Motorcycling, Stratos, Worth, and Bloomberg Markets.

Comments

  1. Stan Kolodny says:

    Thanks Matt...I\'m learning the drill more each day.

  2. Matt Wong says:

    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

  3. Stan Kolodny says:

    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?

  4. Ross says:

    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.

  5. Jim says:

    I bet this one looks great with a blue dial...

    • Gene Bricker says:

      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.

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