Flash News: Breitling Transocean 38

By Thierry Ané on September 9, 2014

Born in 1958 to accompany the boom in air travel, Breitling’s Transocean is a collection characterised by its accuracy and resistance to all external factors encountered in modern life: these timepieces are anti-shock, anti-magnetic and extremely water-resistant!

Last year, surfing on the not-so-original vintage trend, Breitling issued an homage to the very first models of this iconic line with the Transocean Chronograph 38. Available in stainless steel or in luxurious red gold, this vintage-inspired timepiece retained the tiny proportions of yesteryear watches, namely a modest 38 mm case fitted with a slim bezel and slender lugs, and at least for the stainless steel rendering, used a retro-looking steel mesh bracelet.

It seems that there is decidedly a market for these gloomy imitations of the past as Breiltling has just unveiled the Transocean 38, the non-chronograph iteration of last year’s model. The watch retains the same overall look: it boasts the same type of slim 38 mm case and is also mounted on a stainless steel mesh bracelet. The look is similar up to the shape of the hands and applied hour markers on the black dial. At 12 o’clock, above the “Breitling 1884” inscription, both models also feature the gold “B” initial that used to serve as the brand’s logo.

Powered by the COSC-certified self-winding calibre 16 with 42 hours of power reserve, this Transocean 38 offers a small seconds at the 6 o’clock position and a large date in two windows just below the brand’s name. The dial is extremely pure compared to the cluttered chronograph version of last year. It is also available in a silver version as well as a mother-of-pearl iteration for feminine wrists with or without diamond hour markers. The case back bears the historical Breitling symbol with its stylized embossed planes.

For more information please visit the Breitling web site.

For a technical description of the timepiece and additional pictures: