The ocean is calling: experience the new Breitling SuperOcean

Breitling SuperOcean
The new Breitling Superocean Collection_Ref. A17377211A1S1 (36 mm white)_A17377211C1S1 (36 mm turquoise)_A17375E71C1A1 (42 mm blue)_RGB
Reading Time: 15 minutes

Breitling has just launched a redesign of its sporty sea watch. The new collection retraces the pared-down aesthetic of the original SuperOcean Slow Motion from the 1960s and 1970s, while adding modern features and a bright palette of colours. Plus, it’s no longer strictly a dive watch—surf with it, swim with it, hit the beach bar with it. 

In the 1960s, the emerging sport of scuba diving was all the rage, inspired by the adventures of ocean explorer Jacques Cousteau. In diving, timing was everything—measured almost exclusively in minutes—and Breitling wanted to not only provide the best tool watch for the task, but to give it a sense of style. 

Breitling SuperOcean
The new Breitling Superocean Collection_Ref. A17376211L2S1 (44 mm turquoise)_A17377211A1S1 (36 mm white)_A17375211B1S1 (42 mm black) & N17375201L1S1 (42 mm bronze & green)_RGB

To create this early SuperOcean, Breitling’s designers eliminated any superfluous features that didn’t support the lifesaving needs of divers underwater. A high-contrast dial ring was introduced to the crucial minute’s scale. Out went subtle indexes in favour of chunky luminescent batons for easy readability. And, in the boldest move of all, Breitling did away with the second hand, since divers … didn’t really need it. In its place came a revolutionary minutes-based chronograph, dubbed the “Slow Motion” because it took an hour to make a full rotation of the dial.

Breitling SuperOcean
The new Breitling Superocean Collection_Ref. A17376211L2S1 (44 mm turquoise)_A17377211O1S1 (36 mm orange)_A17376A31L1S1 (44 mm green)_RGB

Today, Breitling launched a new Superocean that goes back to the Slow Motion’s simplified tool-watch philosophy. And while the collection has been revised to meet the needs of modern wearers (the seconds hand was, of course, a must), a keen eye will spot several design nods to the original. 

Breitling SuperOcean
Breitling Superocean Automatic 36 in turquoise, white and orange_Ref. A17377211A1S1_A17377211C1S1 & A17377211O1S1_RGB

The collection was unveiled to media, retailers, and influencers at the Wheels & Waves surf-and-motorcycle festival in Biarritz. The event followed a day of sea-themed activities with surprise visits from European surf and screen personalities. Present were surfers Andrew Cotton, Jérémy Florès, and Natxo Gonzalez, along with actors Guillaume Canet from France and Álvaro Morte from Spain.

Breitling SuperOcean
Breitling Superocean Automatic 46_blue dial and blue rubber strap_Ref. A17378E71C1S1_RGB

Speaking from the festival, Breitling CEO Georges Kern said, “There’s a certain sameness to the look of most dive watches, but the Slow Motion always stood out from the crowd. We’re so pleased to introduce our modern take on this classic, the all-new Superocean.”

Breitling SuperOcean
Breitling Superocean Automatic 42_bronze_green dial and green rubber strap_Ref. N17375201L1S1_worn by Freddie Meadows_RGB

Made for the sea

Available in four sizes (46, 44, 42, and 36 mm), the collection’s colourful dials are paired with three different case metals—steel, steel-gold, and bronze. The special alloy used in the 44  and 42-mm bronze versions has excellent resistance to corrosion but will still develop a subtle patina over time that makes the watch even more unique. The two strap options (a sporty rubber strap and a new three-row metal bracelet) have a folding clasp that allows for micro-adjustments of up to 15 mm for easy wear over rashies and dive suits. 

Breitling SuperOcean
Breitling Superocean Automatic 36_white dial and white rubber strap_Ref. A17377211A1S1_worn by Irene Saderini_RGB

Aside from looking good, the new Superocean is also a technical marvel. Water-resistant to 300 m (1000 ft), it features broad hands and indexes coated in Super-LumiNova® that allow for exceptional readability underwater. Its scratchproof ceramic-inlaid bezel means it will never wear or fade. For safety, the bezel is unidirectional on most sizes and bidirectional with a patented lock on the 46 mm. This watch is also shock-, sand-, and saltwater-resistant. Its automatic Breitling Caliber 17 comes with a two-year warranty and an approximately 38-hour power reserve. 

Breitling SuperOcean
The new Breitling Superocean collection worn by Freddie Meadows (42 mm bronze version in green)_Andrew Cotton (44 mm in turquoise) and Irene Saderini (36 mm in white)_from left to right_RGB

Best of all, the Slow Motion’s distinctive square minute hand has made a comeback. So has the high-contrast minute scale. Fans will also remember “the dot,” a circular window at 6 o’clock that displayed different colours depending on whether the minutes-based chronograph was engaged, paused, or off. In the new Superocean, a circle near the tip of the second hand gives a wink to that much-loved feature.

Serious performance, laid-back vibe

The Breitling Surfer Squad, made up of Kelly Slater, Stephanie Gilmore, and Sally Fitzgibbons, is back as the faces behind the new Superocean collection. The watch assortment includes the special-edition Superocean Automatic 42 Kelly Slater. Co-designed with the surf champion and limited to 1000 pieces, the watch features an eye-popping orange dial and a military-green rubber strap. The colour scheme is inspired by a watch Slater’s dad used to wear surfing.  

Of the collaboration, Slater says, “I’ve been co-creating watches with Breitling for the past few years but this one, in particular, is very personal. It’s inspired by my late father, who had a watch with an orange face that he used to wear surfing for as long as I can remember. The green and orange together is a colour scheme I used to like for the airbrushes on my boards growing up. That combination has always stuck with me.”

Breitling SuperOcean
The new Breitling Superocean collection worn by Andrew Cotton (44 mm in turquoise), Irene Saderini (36 mm in white) and Freddie Meadows (42 mm bronze version in green)_from left to right_RGB

There’s something for everyone in the new Superocean. Collectors will recognize the strong influence of the Slow Motion, water sports enthusiasts will appreciate its technical features, and the style-conscious will gravitate towards its day-to-night, beach-to-boardroom versatility. The new Superocean perfectly balances the nostalgia of its heritage while making fresh new waves.

Breitling SuperOcean Technical Specifications

SUPEROCEAN AUTOMATIC 46

Reference: A17378211B1S1, A17378211B1A1, A17378E71C1S1, or A17378E71C1A1

WATCH MOVEMENT
Caliber: Breitling Caliber 17
Diameter: 25.6 millimetres
Depth: 4.6 millimetres
Winder: self-winding, bidirectional with ball bearing
Power reserve: approximately 38 hours
Balance frequency: 28,800 a/h or 4 hertz
Display: hour, minute, second
Certification: COSC-certified

CASE
Material: stainless steel
Diameter: 46 millimetres
Thickness: 13.22 millimetres
Height (upper lug tip
to lower lug tip): 52.29 millimetres
Water resistance: up to 30 bar (300 meters)
Glass: cambered sapphire, glare-proofed on both sides
Caseback: screwed-in, steel
Crown: screw-locked, two gaskets
Bezel: bidirectional with ceramic inlay and security lock

DIAL/HANDS
Black or blue
Super-LumiNova® luminescent indexes and hands

STRAP
Black or blue rubber strap (24/20 mm) with folding clasp or stainless steel bracelet with folding clasp

SUPEROCEAN AUTOMATIC 44

Reference: A17376211B1S1, A17376211B1A1, A17376211C1S1, A17376211C1A1, A17376211L2S1,
A17376211L2A1, A17376A31L1S1, or A17376A31L1A1

WATCH MOVEMENT
Caliber: Breitling Caliber 17
Diameter: 25.6 millimetres
Depth: 4.6 millimetres
Winder: self-winding, bidirectional with ball bearing
Power reserve: approximately 38 hours
Balance frequency: 28,800 a/h or 4 hertz
Display: hour, minute, second
Certification: COSC-certified

CASE
Material: stainless steel
Diameter: 44 millimetres
Thickness: 12.62 millimetres
Height (upper lug tip
to lower lug tip): 50.54 millimetres
Water resistance: up to 30 bar (300 meters)
Glass: cambered sapphire, glare-proofed on both sides
Caseback: screwed-in, steel
Crown: screw-locked, two gaskets
Bezel: unidirectional with ceramic inlay, ratcheted

DIAL/HANDS
Black, blue, turquoise, or green
Super-LumiNova® luminescent indexes and hands

STRAP
Black, blue, or green rubber strap (22/18 mm) with folding clasp or stainless steel bracelet with folding
clasp

SUPEROCEAN AUTOMATIC 44

Reference: N17376201Q1S1

WATCH MOVEMENT
Caliber: Breitling Caliber 17
Diameter: 25.6 millimetres
Depth: 4.6 millimetres
Winder: self-winding, bidirectional with ball bearing
Power reserve: approximately 38 hours
Balance frequency: 28,800 a/h or 4 hertz
Display: hour, minute, second
Certification: COSC-certified

CASE
Material: bronze
Diameter: 44 millimetres
Thickness: 12.62 millimetres
Height (upper lug tip
to lower lug tip): 50.54 millimetres
Water resistance: up to 30 bar (300 meters)
Glass: cambered sapphire, glare-proofed on both sides
Caseback: screwed-in, bronze
Crown: screw-locked, two gaskets
Bezel: unidirectional with ceramic inlay, ratcheted

DIAL/HANDS
Brown
Super-LumiNova® luminescent indexes and hands

STRAP
Chocolate-coloured
rubber strap (22/18 mm) with folding clasp

SUPEROCEAN AUTOMATIC 42

Reference: A17375211B1S1, A17375211B1A1, A17375E71C1S1, A17375E71C1A1, A17375E71G1S1,
or A17375E71G1A1

WATCH MOVEMENT
Caliber: Breitling Caliber 17
Diameter: 25.6 millimeters
Depth: 4.6 millimeters
Winder: self-winding, bidirectional with ball bearing
Power reserve: approximately 38 hours
Balance frequency: 28,800 a/h or 4 hertz
Display: hour, minute, second
Certification: COSC-certified

CASE
Material: stainless steel
Diameter: 42 millimetres
Thickness: 12.56 millimetres
Height (upper lug tip
to lower lug tip): 47.76 millimetres
Water resistance: up to 30 bar (300 meters)
Glass: cambered sapphire, glare-proofed on both sides
Caseback: screwed-in, steel
Crown: screw-locked, two gaskets
Bezel: unidirectional with ceramic inlay, ratcheted

DIAL/HANDS
Black, blue, or silver
Super-LumiNova® luminescent indexes and hands

STRAP
Black or blue rubber strap (22/18 mm) with folding clasp or stainless steel bracelet with folding clasp

SUPEROCEAN AUTOMATIC 42

Reference: U17375211B1S1

WATCH MOVEMENT
Caliber: Breitling Caliber 17
Diameter: 25.6 millimetres
Depth: 4.6 millimetres
Winder: self-winding, bidirectional with ball bearing
Power reserve: approximately 38 hours
Balance frequency: 28,800 a/h or 4 hertz
Display: hour, minute, second
Certification: COSC-certified

CASE
Material: stainless steel and 18 k red gold
Diameter: 42 millimetres
Thickness: 12.56 millimetres
Height (upper lug tip
to lower lug tip): 47.76 millimetres
Water resistance: up to 30 bar (300 meters)
Glass: cambered sapphire, glare-proofed on both sides
Caseback: screwed-in, steel
Crown: screw-locked, two gaskets, 18 k red gold
Bezel: 18 k red gold, unidirectional with ceramic inlay, ratcheted

DIAL/HANDS
Black
Super-LumiNova® luminescent indexes and hands

STRAP
Black rubber strap (22/18 mm) with folding clasp

SUPEROCEAN AUTOMATIC 42

Reference: N17375201L1S1

WATCH MOVEMENT
Caliber: Breitling Caliber 17
Diameter: 25.6 millimetres
Depth: 4.6 millimetres
Winder: self-winding, bidirectional with ball bearing
Power reserve: approximately 38 hours
Balance frequency: 28,800 a/h or 4 hertz
Display: hour, minute, second
Certification: COSC-certified

CASE
Material: bronze
Diameter: 42 millimetres
Thickness: 12.56 millimetres
Height (upper lug tip
to lower lug tip): 47.76 millimetres
Water resistance: up to 30 bar (300 meters)
Glass: cambered sapphire, glare-proofed on both sides
Caseback: screwed-in, bronze
Crown: screw-locked, two gaskets
Bezel: unidirectional with ceramic inlay, ratcheted

DIAL/HANDS
Green
Super-LumiNova® luminescent indexes and hands

STRAP
Green rubber strap (22/18 mm) with folding clasp

SUPEROCEAN AUTOMATIC 42 KELLY SLATER LIMITED EDITION

Reference: A173751A1O1S1

WATCH MOVEMENT
Caliber: Breitling Caliber 17
Diameter: 25.6 millimetres
Depth: 4.6 millimetres
Winder: self-winding, bidirectional with ball bearing
Power reserve: approximately 38 hours
Balance frequency: 28,800 a/h or 4 hertz
Display: hour, minute, second
Certification: COSC-certified

CASE
Material: stainless steel
Diameter: 42 millimetres
Thickness: 12.56 millimetres
Height (upper lug tip
to lower lug tip): 47.76 millimetres
Water resistance: up to 30 bar (300 meters)
Glass: cambered sapphire, glare-proofed on both sides
Caseback: screwed-in, steel
Crown: screw-locked, two gaskets
Bezel: unidirectional with ceramic inlay, ratcheted

DIAL/HANDS
Orange
Super-LumiNova® luminescent indexes and hands

STRAP
Green rubber strap (22/18 mm) with folding clasp

SUPEROCEAN AUTOMATIC 36

Reference: A17377211A1S1, A17377211A1A1, A17377211C1S1, A17377211C1A1, A17377211O1S1,
or A17377211O1A1

WATCH MOVEMENT
Caliber: Breitling Caliber 17
Diameter: 25.6 millimetres
Depth: 4.6 millimetres
Winder: self-winding, bidirectional with ball bearing
Power reserve: approximately 38 hours
Balance frequency: 28,800 a/h or 4 hertz
Display: hour, minute, second
Certification: COSC-certified

CASE
Material: stainless steel
Diameter: 36 millimetres
Thickness: 12.21 millimetres
Height (upper lug tip
to lower lug tip): 42.41 millimetres
Water resistance: up to 30 bar (300 meters)
Glass: cambered sapphire, glare-proofed on both sides
Caseback: screwed-in, steel
Crown: screw-locked, two gaskets
Bezel: unidirectional with ceramic inlay, ratcheted

DIAL/HANDS
White, turquoise, or orange
Super-LumiNova® luminescent indexes and hands

STRAP
White, turquoise, or orange rubber strap (18/16 mm) with folding clasp or stainless steel bracelet with
folding clasp