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Breitling Diamond Breitling Colt Chronograph Stratus Blue Dial... Breitling Diamond Breitling Colt Chronograph Stratus Blue Dial... $8,999 US 21 2016

Breitling Colt: Breitling's Entry-Level Watch

The men's and women's watches in the Colt collection are an introduction into the world of Breitling. The Swiss manufacturer offers timepieces with automatic and quartz movements in this series. Since 2000, every movement comes COSC-certified.

Highlights

  • Affordable entry-level Breitling watches starting around 500 euros
  • Automatic or quartz calibers
  • Waterproof to 200 m (20 bar)
  • Women's and men's watches
  • Chronograph versions also available

Fit for the Military

Breitling originally developed the Colt collection to meet military demands. The functional design that resulted is still a distinctive feature of the series today. This includes bezel rider tabs at 3, 6, 9, and 12. Breitling introduced rider tabs in 1984 with the Chronomat. Watches with rider tabs can also be found in the Aerospace and Avenger series. They function like small grips, helping you turn the bezel more easily. Over the years, the rider tabs have developed into a hallmark of Breitling watches. When Breitling created a separate model series for the Colt watches in 2011, the rider tabs temporarily disappeared. The bezel was given a simpler design resembling the average bezel on a diving watch. In 2014, the Swiss manufacturer returned to the original design, however, reintroducing both the rider tabs and automatic watches to the series.

Buying Advice

Have you always wanted a Breitling watch to call your own? There's certainly a watch for you in the Colt collection. You can buy a pre-owned, 1980s Colt in good condition for around 500 euros. These military watches are powered by a precise quartz caliber. Pre-owned automatic watches in good condition cost around 800 euros. A pre-owned quartz chronograph is available starting around 1,200 euros, the automatic versions cost around 1,400 euros.
New women's models with quartz movements are available for around 1,700 euros. Men's quartz watches are in a similar price range, though automatic watches cost a bit more, at 2,000 euros.
If you're looking for a quartz chronograph in mint condition, you should be prepared to spend around 2,300 euros. Automatic versions cost around 2,800 euros.

The Automatic Breitling Colt

Breitling offers a diverse range of watches for men and women in their Colt collection. The Colt Chronograph Automatic or Colt Automatic are good choices for men who want a stately, functional watch.
The Colt Automatic has a diameter of 44 mm, making it well suited for larger wrists. The design of the three-hand watch resembles the series' origins. The stainless steel watch has domed sapphire glass with anti-reflective coating on both sides. This reduces reflection and improves readability. The four rider tabs on the satinized bezel give you a better grip while simultaneously protecting the watch glass from shocks and scratches. The dial is available in black, blue, or silver. You have the choice between a three-piece link stainless steel bracelet and different leather or rubber straps. The caliber Breitling 17, based on the ETA 2824-2 movement, powers the watch. The movement has a 42-hour power reserve, a date display at three o'clock, and is certified by the Official Swiss Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC). It's almost identical to the Colt 41 Automatic. However, the Colt 41 Automatic has a smaller diameter of 41 mm, making it suitable for both men and women.
You can time up to 12 hours using the Colt Chronograph Automatic. The Breitling 13 caliber, based on the Valjoux 7750, ticks away inside the watch. The balance wheel vibrates at a frequency of 28,800 A/h, making it possible to time to 1/8th of a second. The power reserve lasts at least 42 hours. The chronograph resembles the Colt Automatic. It's also 44 mm in diameter, has the characteristic four rider tabs, and a dial available in black, silver, and blue. One special version comes with a black-coated stainless steel case and black dial. Together with a textile strap, this timepiece pays homage to the series' military roots. It's comparable to another watch from Breitling, the Avenger.

Features

  • Automatic calibers Breitling 13 and Breitling 17
  • Balance frequency: 28,800 A/h
  • 44-mm or 41-mm case diameters

Men's and Women's Quartz Watches

Aside from the automatic watches, there are also quartz models in the Colt collection such as the Colt Chronograph, Colt Quartz, Colt 36, and Colt Lady. The Colt Lady is targeted specifically towards women with its smaller size (36 or 33 mm). Like its larger siblings, the Colt Lady is waterproof to 200 m. Its striking bezel is available with diamonds. In addition to the black, blue, and silver dials available, Breitling also offers a mother-of-pearl dial for this women's watch. Versions with mother-of-pearl dials and diamond indices are particularly valuable. The 36-mm model is also available with diamonds and a mother-of-pearl dial.
The Colt Quartz and Colt Chronograph models are both 44 mm in diameter and appeal more to men. The watches' designs are similar to those of the automatic watches in the collection. Very precise quartz movements power these watches, so-called SuperQuartz calibers. These SuperQuartz calibers are ten times more precise than a normal quartz caliber. What's more, they're also thermocompensated, meaning they compensate for temperature fluctuations. A battery power reserve indicator shows you how much energy the battery has left.
Breitling has been sending all of their movements to the COSC for certification since the early 2000s. The Official Swiss Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC) tests the caliber for precision over a period of a few days. Breitling also sends their SuperQuartz calibers to be tested. The quartz calibers must meet stricter criteria than the mechanical movements. Quartz movements may deviate from the reference time by no more than 0.07 seconds a day. That's equal to 25.5 seconds a year. A standard quartz caliber, however, can reach this deviation in just one month. Breitling's SuperQuartz movements deviate only 15 seconds a year, making them even better than the COSC requirements.

SuperQuartz Caliber Highlights

  • 10 times more precise than traditional quartz calibers
  • COSC-certified
  • Thermocompensated
  • Battery power reserve indicator