When it comes to shopping for a new watch, many people look for a timepiece that matches their style and activity level. Some of us, however, go a level deeper (and nerdier) to shop for a specific movement or feature. Breitling’s catalog is packed with classic and modern designs, many of which are chronographs. Behind some of the most popular models is the company’s B01 movement, which brings a load of technical goodies to the table.
Breitling’s B01 movement offers a stellar 70-hour power reserve and COSC certification. The 47-jewel movement delivers excellent accuracy and can withstand the bumps and bangs of everyday life. It’s used in several Breitling models, including the Navitimer and heritage watches. It’s also been adapted for use in Tudor’s chronographs with excellent results.
Where some watchmakers opt for solid case backs to give heft and solidity, Breitling leaves its case backs open to show off the nicely decorated movement. The wearer can see the chronograph pushers engage and watch the column wheel mechanism at work. The movement is not the fanciest or most elaborately decorated in the world, but it offers an interesting, engaging way to interact with the watch.
Part of the B01’s magic is its versatility and Breitling’s willingness to use it in various timepieces. Though there are only so many different ways a chronograph can be designed, Breitling’s catalog is surprisingly diverse, despite the shared movement and broadly similar sizes. There’s the new Chronomat, which is available on Breitling’s excellent bullet-style bracelet. It offers excellent water resistance and robust construction. Then, there are the countless Navitimer variants that come in multiple case sizes, dial colors, and metals.