Diving slightly deeper than Breitling’s entry-level automatic Colt sport Fake watches, the 1000m-rated Superocean II watches deliver the full suite of modern features that many luxury tool watch fans crave, while dialing back the ultra-macho, military-inspired aesthetic that defines the Avenger range of aviation watches.
While Breitling still insists on calling the Superocean II an “ocean pilot,” the Breitling Superocean 44 Special Replica Watch is anything but. In addition to checking off the aforementioned requisite features for a diver of this ilk, the Special differentiates itself from the standard Superocean II by going with a matte steel case finish, a more minimalist dial with square applied indices instead of the busy Arabic numerals, and a solid, ceramic bezel characterized by its singularly smooth surface and extremely sharp, grippy serrations.
Said ceramic bezel isn’t new technology for Breitling, as we’ve already seen the black variant on the first Luxury Breitling Replica Blacksteel 44 Special, and a similar version of the deep, matte blue introduced on this Boutique-Edition Chronoliner. Generally speaking, the singular color of the bezel looks great here, but it remains to be seen whether or not a ceramic bezel will stand up to the frequent impacts that characterize the life of a well-worn tool watch.
Compared to the standard Superocean II, the new Breitling Superocean 44 Replica Watches UK Special is much more austere in its execution, putting it in league with the Tudor Pelagos or 2014’s Rolex Sea Dweller 4000, both of which are equally clinical in their application of contrast and texture. The added contrast of the new stainless steel case finish is a welcome one, as the previous Blacksteel edition tended to overwhelm the wrist, as most all-black watches tend to do.