Oh my goodness, I can already feel the regret growing. I know I am going to look back in years and kick myself for not buying the best Breitling Chronomat replica watch ever made because I said it the second it dropped and haven’t had cause to question that claim since.
Look, the old Chronomat was gross. The bicolor versions were the grossest. They always made me think of a strip club owner that only bothered to button the bottom two or three buttons of his shirt. However, enough time has passed since their heyday for me to look back on them fondly. My feelings towards that era of luxury Breitling copy watch is actually quite similar to my feelings toward the Rolex Day-Date. A watch I once hated is a watch I would now wear happily without much irony.
But then the new Breitling Chronomat copy with steel bracelet came along and improved the line in every way. It was just a total upgrade. The return of the rouleaux bracelet was a timely masterstroke. The new size, the new colors, the crisp steel exteriors (for the most part) were all welcome. The best of the best, however, would follow months later in the form of this black/blue/red dialed beauty. The case back decoration will not be for everyone (and this style is rarely for me) but its boldness won me over. At €7,900 it doesn’t sound cheap, but it’s still almost a Hesalite Moonwatch on leather (€4,800) cheaper than the Daytona (€12,250). Nuts.