We love a Breitling limited edition and the new Breitling Cockpit B50 Orbiter watch did not disappoint when it was unveiled earlier this year at Baselworld. Limited to only 213 pieces, this magnificent instrument celebrates the 20th anniversary of the Breitling Orbiter 3, a voyage which saw the hot air balloon take on the world’s first non-stop balloon flight around the world.
Sponsors of the trip exactly 20 years ago, Breitling continue to show off their action-hero appeal with this Breitling Cockpit B50 Orbiter Limited Edition. It’s durable and tough design perfectly tributes aeronauts Bertrand Piccard and Brian Jones who flew the Breitling Orbiter 3 back in 1999. Together they travelled 45,755km in 19 days, 21 hours and 55 minutes, before landing in the Egyptian desert on 21st March of that year. The pair were well kitted out with a Breitling sponsored hot air balloon and two Breitling Emergency watches strapped to their wrists.
The record breaking flight is beautifully commemorated on the screwed down titanium case back of the Breitling Cockpit B50 Orbiter watch which comes decorated with an image of the Orbiter 3 balloon superimposed on a globe and surrounded by the words “First Non-Stop Flight Around The World – 20th Anniversary”. Beside the engraving is also the limited edition number out of 213 pieces and the watch’s water resistance rating of 100 metres.
The Breitling Cockpit B50 Orbiter Limited Edition continues to impress with its beautifully crafted 46mm case engineered from lightweight black titanium fitted with a bidirectional bezel with compass scale and luxurious cambered sapphire crystal glass with anti-reflective treatment on both sides. Hidden within is the remarkable Breitling B50 Manufacture SuperQuartz thermocompensated quartz electronic movement which is considered one of the most accurate Swiss made quartz calibres in the industry thanks to its chronometer status.
The quartz movement equips the Breitling Cockpit B50 Orbiter watch with an incredible range of analog and smartwatch functions including a 12/24 hour LCD digital display, a battery state-of-charge indicator, perpetual digital calendar with weeks indication, a countdown timer, two daily alarms and an additional UTC world timer function. We also treated to impressive chronograph functionality displayed on the digital window which includes fly back function, electronic tachymeter, lap timer and flight times.
The bold and bright orange dial of the Breitling Cockpit B50 Orbiter Limited Edition makes for an unmissable centrepiece decorated in numerals, indexes and hands coated with luminescent Super-LumiNova. The colour of the dial reflects the very same shade of orange used on the text of the Orbiter 3 balloon. The large Arabic numerals and sporty orange rubber strap also continue to tribute the voyage and the bravery of the two men that broke the record with their demanding aesthetic.
Whether you are already a dedicated Breitling fan, a limited edition watch collector or you are in the market for a highly durable, powerful chronometer certified instrument, then we highly recommend you order one of the Breitling Cockpit B50 Orbiter Limited Edition watches before the limited number of 213 pieces run out! For more information on this watch and where to order your own, click here.
- Case Size: 46mm
- Case Material: Black titanium
- Bezel: Unidirectional with compass scale
- Glass: Sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment on both sides
- Case Back: Closed with special limited edition engraving
- Water Resistance: 100 metres
- Crown: Non-screw locked with two gaskets, integrated pushpiece
- Movement: Breitling B50 Manufacture SuperQuartz
- Functions: Hour, minute, central chronograph seconds, fly back chronograph function, electronic tachymeter, lap timer, flight times, LCD digital display, digital perpetual calendar with week indication, countdown timer, 2 daily alarms, countdown/countup clock with independent alarm, UTC worldtime
- Dial: Orange with Superluminova hands, indexes and numerals
- Strap: Orange rubber with black titanium folding clasp
- RRP: £6,560
- Limited Edition: 213 pieces