- Chronograph with a rotatable bezel
- Characteristic bezel rider tabs at 3, 6, 9, and 12 o'clock
- Stainless steel, gold, or bicolor stainless steel and gold cases
- Countless chronometer certified versions
What are the Breitling Crosswind's distinctive features?
For many years, the Breitling Crosswind has been one of Breitling
's most sought-after models. Above all, watch collectors and Breitling enthusiasts
are some of the biggest fans of this chronograph
. The Grenchen-based manufacturer stopped producing the stopwatch in the mid-2000s. The Crosswind was a part of the Windrider
The four bezel rider tabs at three, six, nine, and 12 o'clock are some of the Crosswind's most distinctive features. The tabs make it easier for you to turn the unidirectional rotatable bezel. The use of Roman numerals on the dial is another feature of this watch; they give the timepiece a classy touch. Like the hands, the Roman numerals are luminous
. This way, you can read the time in the dark just as easily. The small seconds is located at nine o'clock, the 30-minute counter is at 12 o'clock, and the 12-hour counter is at six o'clock. The date display is located at three o'clock. The Crosswind's layout resembles those of the Chronomat
, two of Breitling's most successful collections.
The Crosswind's case diameter is about 43 mm, making this chronograph a rather large timepiece. However, in comparison to the 48-mm Super Avenger
, the Crosswind almost looks dainty. At 43 mm, the Crosswind is also suitable for medium-sized wrists
. Breitling produced stainless steel, yellow gold, and stainless steel and gold bicolor models. You can tell which material is used for the case and bezel by the first numeral in the reference number: A stands for stainless steel, B for bicolor, and K for 18-karat yellow gold. Thus, the Breitling Crosswind B13355 is a bicolor stainless steel and gold
chronograph. It has a characteristic onion-shaped crown as well as push-pieces.
This Breitling men's watch is waterproof to 100 m (10 bar). Usually, the Crosswind is paired with Breitling's Pilot bracelet. The five-link bracelet is fully polished and is widely considered to be one of the most popular bracelets by collectors.
How much does a Breitling Crosswind cost?
||Starting at 2,000 euros
|Breitling Crosswind Special
||Starting at 2,400 euros
|Breitling Crosswind Special Limited Edition
||Starting at 3,500 euros
|Breitling Crosswind Racing
||Starting at 2,300 euros
Seeing as Breitling no longer produces the Crosswind, there are almost only pre-owned watches on the market. However, you can buy models in good or very good condition for less than 2,000 euros. These versions usually have a leather strap. With a Pilot bracelet, the chronograph costs around 2,500 euros. The bicolor stainless steel and yellow gold models are in a similar price range. Models with an 18-karat yellow gold case with a leather strap cost around 8,000 euros. When set with diamonds and paired with a Pilot bracelet, the price rises to around 26,000 euros.
The Crosswind Racing and Crosswind Special belonged to the Windrider collection. The Special version featured a Tricompax
layout. Its small seconds is at three o'clock, the 12-hour counter is at six o'clock, and the 30-minute counter is at nine o'clock. Breitling uses baton indices for hour markers, and there's a big date display beneath 12 o'clock. The push-pieces are not onion-shaped as is typical, but rather square.
The price for a Breitling Crosswind Special starts around 2,400 euros. These models are made of stainless steel and are in very good condition. If you prefer the five-link metal bracelet, you should plan on spending a few hundred euros more. Bicolor models are available starting around 3,500 euros. There is also a Limited Edition version of the Special, which was limited to 1,000 pieces. Unlike the standard model, these watches have Arabic numerals as hour markers and only two subdials at nine and three o'clock. The bicolor version of this chronograph costs at least 3,500 euros.
The Crosswind Racing is very similar to the standard version. Both models are powered by the caliber Breitling 13
, which is based on the Valjoux 7750. The Valjoux 7750 is one of the most frequently used automatic chronograph calibers in the world. It powers the IWC Portugieser
and the TAG Heuer Carrera
. Breitling used a dial with baton indices for the Crosswind Racing. It also had a brushed case. The Racing version was less popular than the standard Crosswind. Therefore, Breitling stopped producing it after only a few years. Stainless steel models with a Pilot bracelet cost around 2,300 euros.
Which calibers power the Breitling Crosswind?
The Breitling Caliber 13, based on the Valjoux 7750, powers most of the Crosswind chronographs. However, the special models are powered by the automatic Caliber 44, which is based on the ETA 2892. It has a 42-hour power reserve, big date display, and a chronograph function.
Breitling has some of their movements certified by the Official Swiss Chronometer
Testing Institute (COSC). You can determine if your Breitling watch has one of these types of calibers by looking at the fourth numeral in its reference number
. If it's a 3, then it's a chronometer. If it's a 0, the movement isn't certified. For example, Crosswind models with the reference number B13055 are not chronometer-certified. Models with reference number B13355, on the other hand, are chronometer-certified. Like the Caliber 44, the Caliber 13 has a 42-hour power reserve.
||ETA Valjoux 7750
||With or without COSC certificate, date, automatic, chronograph, 42-hour power reserve
||Tricompax layout, big date, automatic, COSC certificate, chronograph, 42-hour power reserve