It wasn’t Breitling’s first vintage-inspired watch, of course – there’s the entire breitling chronoliner blacksteel replica watch collection for that – but I thought that the Chronoliner offered a better mix of vintage-inspired looks and modern toughness and reliability. Plus, the bezel rotates, which means the Chronoliner is capable of tracking up to three time zones simultaneously – a big plus for functionality. At this point, I would like to draw your attention to the ceramic bezel, which as I’m sure most readers will know, is virtually scratch- and fade-proof. For this year, Breitling has updated the looks with an all-black version called – quite aptly, I might add – the Breitling Chronoliner Blacksteel.
The Breitling Chronoliner Replica Watch case size and thickness are both unchanged at 46mm and 15.95mm, respectively, which means that the Breitling Chronoliner Blacksteel is a big, chunky watch but not out of the norm by Breitling standards. It has also retained the black bidirectional ceramic bezel and vintage-style pushers which I love. Water resistance is 100m, which is only fitting for a sports watch. The case is still crafted out of steel, but it has been given a carbon-based treatment which makes it black but, more importantly, also makes it more resistant to the rigors of daily wear.The new Breitling Chronoliner Blacksteel that you see here is essentially a blacked-out version of the original Chronoliner that debuted last year.
Finally, the hands have been given a blacked-out treatment as well, but legibility doesn’t seem to have been adversely affected since the hands and hour markers have generous amounts of luminescence on them. While the Breitling Replica Watch was offered in a choice of Breitling’s Ocean Classic mesh strap or a Navitimer style steel bracelet, the Breitling Chronoliner Blacksteel will be offered with a rather unusual rubber strap that has been designed to mimic the look of mesh straps.The other major change is the strap. That said, the GMT hand does seem to be a little difficult to spot since it’s so small, but this is a problem that’s carried over from the older Chronoliner. Breitling calls this the Rubber Aero Classic rubber strap.