Also posted in the Breitling forum, but it's still a dive waytch...
I am looking into buying a Breitling Superocean or Superocean Professional, however I am only interested in the models which were made up until 2002 (1998-2002 I believe). I thought the differences between these and later models were only cosmetic. I further only thought the difference between the superocean and superocean professionals were obvious (cosmetic and water resistance). But now as I look into these 2 models more specifically, I am reading things which say only some of the models have chronometre certified movements. I'm getting confused. Isn't the Breitling 17 Mov't coronometre certified? Did they just alter the mov't and keep the same caliber number? On models produced starting in 2003, the dials indicate chronometre certification and still feature the 17 mov't. I thought in 2003 the only differences between these and 2002/before models were cosmetic and that basically, the superocean professional was dropped for the superocean but featured the 5000ft WR like the professional.
I have the 2001, 02, 03, 04, 06 chronologs from Breitling.
I did a different web search and came across this site: The Breitling SuperOcean Professional
Check down at the bottom at the last picture's caption, where it calls the a17045 the colt superocean professional. Isn't the colt automatic an entirely different watch, even though it has the 17 mov't? This would explain how the superocean/superocean professional do not have chronometre certifications, but I'm still confused as to why 03 and later versions have the same movement and chronometre certifications.
That's when things got a bit haywire.
But essentially, I am looking for a superocean or superocean professional model from 1998-2002 with a chronometre certified movement and helium escape valve.
Now that i look into buying one, I am tripping up over specific details that I thought I understood...but guess I don't...
Please correct my misunderstandings or ask me to clarify if I am confusing anyone with what I am saying.
This is my first time looking for a Breitling.