Included in the latest batch of releases is a new black ceramic rendition of the Breitling 46mm Super AVI Replica that is inspired by the Mosquito Night Fighter airplane, along with a limited-edition vintage reissue piece that pays tribute to a specific version,which was produced in 1964. However, arguably the most noteworthy new models from this latest batch of releases are the other five watches, which collectively form the new Breitling Classic AVI Chronograph 42 collection.
Taking the core design of the brand’s original 46mm Super AVI series and distilling it down (both in terms of its size and features), the new 42mm Classic AVI Chronograph copy models offer much of the same utilitarian aesthetic, but in a significantly more compact overall package.Similar to the larger 46mm Super AVI series, the new Breitling Classic AVI Chronograph 42 makes its debut appearance as four stainless steel models and one crafted from solid 18k red gold.
Just like Breitling’s 46mm Super AVI series, the solid gold version of the new 42mm Classic AVI Chronograph is also dedicated to the P-51 Mustang, and rather than just being a gold version of the steel model, this luxury-oriented rendition also receives a different dial to better compliment the warm tones of its case.
Compared to the 46mm Super AVI series, the new Cheap Breitling Classic AVI Chronograph 42 Replica watches are smaller in every single dimension possible, and they feature cases that measure 42mm in diameter by 14.7mm thick, with 22mm lugs and an overall lug-to-lug profile of 48mm. Similar to the Super AVI models, a domed sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment on both sides sits above the dial, and it is surrounded by a bidirectional rotating bezel that has a 12-hour scale engraved upon it.
While four of the five models have bezels crafted from the same metal as their cases, the version that pays tribute to the Mosquito aircraft is fitted with a bezel that has a black ceramic insert. Access to the movement is granted by a signed screw-down crown and a pair of pump-style pushers that are located on the 3 o’clock side of the case, while a solid stainless steel caseback adorned with an airplane engraving screws down to the middle case in order to help provide the new Breitling Replica Watches with 100 meters of water resistance.
Part of how Breitling was able to achieve the smaller 42mm case size of these new models was by using a different movement that offers fewer features, and omitting both the date display and GMT hand enables the new Breitling Classic AVI Chronograph 42 to offer a noticeably more compact profile compared to the feature-packed Super AVI models and their 46mm cases.
The difference in functionality between the new Breitling Classic AVI Chronograph 42 models and their larger 46mm Super AVI counterparts is due to the different movements that are used to power them. While the Super AVI series features Breitling’s own manufacture Caliber B04, the new 42mm Classic AVI Chronograph watches run on the Breitling Caliber 23 automatic movement.
Based on the core design of the ETA 7753, the Breitling Swiss Replica Cal. 23 is a self-winding, cam-actuated chronograph that runs at a frequency of 28,800vph (4 Hz), while offering users a power reserve of approximately 48 hours. Additionally, just like all of the movements that are used to power modern Breitling watches, the Caliber 23 is COSC chronometer-certified and is therefore guaranteed to run within -4 to +6 seconds per day.
Inspired by the aircraft that lend their names to this series of watches, a classic black dial is used to represent the Mustang, a dark blue dial serves as tribute to the naval Corsair, a khaki green dial symbolizes the Warhawk, and a black and white “reverse panda” dial is used to capture the appearance of the Mosquito airplane. Additionally, the Breitling 1:1 quality replica watches hands and sub-dials fitted to the various models incorporate colors from their respective aircraft’s roundels and markings, and while the stainless steel model that pays tribute to the Mustang is fitted with a simple black dial, the 18k rose gold edition receives a gray dial with contrasting black chronograph registers.
The leather straps fitted to the new 42mm Classic AVI models are available in either black or brown, and they offer a top-stitched design that tapers from 22mm at the lugs down to 18mm where they connect to their signed deployant buckles.In addition to being quite a bit smaller than the 46mm Super AVI series, the new Breitling Classic AVI Chronograph 42 watches are also significantly less expensive than their larger counterparts. Part of the substantial difference in price is due to the fact that the new 42mm models are less complex timepieces and lack the date displays and GMT functionality of the Super AVI collection.
Given that the Navitimer, Chronomat, Premier, and Top Time First Copy Watches have all been updated to run on manufacture calibers, the new 42mm Classic AVI models are some of the most affordable Breitling chronographs currently available, and they make the brand’s AVI collection of pilot’s watches significantly more accessible — both in terms of its price point and the range of wrist sizes that can comfortably wear them.