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WOTW: Breitling Chronomat Colt 41mm Silver Watch

If you’re on the look-out for a sport-ready watch that melds youthful style with a fuss-free dial, you can’t go far wrong with the Breitling Chronomat Colt 41mm watch…

In fact, you can’t go far wrong with any Breitling Colt watch, but if you’re going to add one to your collection this year, you want to be looking at this latest version of the Colt refresh. It’s low-key, but still holds onto its tough and burly style. It feels substantial on the wrist despite its 41mm diameter as opposed to 45mm, and it certainly packs a punch if we’re talking about the power of the Breitling 17 automatic movement, fitted inside its robust steel case.

The Colt has always been the affordable entry-level Breitling watch, thus is a great starter timepiece for anyone new to the Breitling world. Its chunky steel case and bezel with the signature “rider tabs” hold a special place in the hearts of those gentlemen who love the military appeal of the Beitling Colt – a timepiece that is also loosely designed like a divers watch. The simple layout of its dial promises easy referencing of the time at any point throughout the day or night – made even easier by the fact that the hands and indexes are coated with a layer of Breitling’s patented luminous material, which self-lights itself in situations where daylight or artificial light it limited. Breitling also use their trusted sapphire crystal glass lens for the front of the dial, integrated with layers of anti reflective technology. In many examples of a Breitling watch, the same glass is used on the underside of the case, where it becomes a window to the soul of true Breitling manufacture. It’s here where you’d be able to appreciate the level of complexity and the meticulous attention to detail that goes into each component of a movement made by Breitling, as well as how these delicate parts come together to create a flawless fully-working engine. But in this case, the Calibre 17 remains completely concealed inside a screw-in stainless steel caseback, engraved with the Breitling lettering, along with its model and serial number. Developed in-house at Breitling’s Swiss-based manufacturing facilities, the movement is equipped with a minimum power reserve of 38 hours, thus you don’t have to worry about it keeping accurate time if you need to take the watch off.

The four rider tabs attached to the rugged 41mm satin brushed stainless steel bezel, are there not only to add a touch more masculinity to the model, but also to facilitate ease of operation when wanting to handle the watch. They also offer maximum protection to the sheet of sapphire glass protecting the surface of the silver dial. The utilitarian watch is nicely designed, from the pop of red seen on the arrow-tip of the sweeping seconds hand, to the simplicity of the date aperture located at 3 o’clock. The solid everyday sports watch is completed with baton indexes, surrounded by a unidirectional rotating bezel that is smooth to operate and a delight to let the fingers run across.

Although the Breitling Chronomat Colt 42mm Silver watch is fitted with a matching stainless steel link bracelet, there is the option to mix it up with a black leather strap, which looks slightly more smart-casual on the wrist. Despite the chunky steel links of the metal bracelet, the unimposing size of the 41mm case diameter is a nice way of balancing out its heftiness, thus looking like it belongs even on the slenderest of wrists. The watch’s 200 meter water resistant capabilities means that you can wear it for a spot of diving, or enjoy a swim in the sea whilst on vacation, with it secured firmly to the wrist. To round-up, the reliable sports instrument doubles-up as a classic dress watch that adds status to a dinner jacket without being all that flashy. You can check out the full spec here.

You can find out more about the Breitling Chronomat Colt 41mm Silver Watch here.

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