Just picked it up last Thursday. Cheers,
It's probably the best tools-watch with beautiful design and superb accuracy. Like those pictures too.
Oh it's already in july?
I think it is one of the best ana-digis out there! The reversed displays are very unonstrusive ("stealth"). How the accuracy specified?
Great watch (but also big price )
Last edited by Adanac; March 9th, 2006 at 10:36.
Great pics of a great watch!
There's a bit of an oddity here (unless it's been cleared up since). ETA specifies the movement to +/- 10 seconds/year, but Breitling specifies it to +/- 15 seconds/year. In practice, on our dearly departed forum, we found that Thermolines in general were often below 5 seconds per year, although there'd be an occasional flyer that was close to the specified limit. These were correctable with a regulation, though.Originally Posted by Adanac
Wow, 5 seconds/year is very accurateOriginally Posted by Bruce Reding
so I have it set MM,DD,YR because that is what I'm used to seeing here in the states. If I use it to travel overseas I'll make it DD,MM,YR of course.Originally Posted by Adanac
The accuracy is specified to be within COSC specs for quartz watches described in the manual like this;
"The certification test for wristwatch chronographs with quartz oscillators consists in observing each movement for 11 days and 11 nights, in several positions and at 3 different temperatures (8 degC, 23 degC, 38 degC). To earn the prestigious chronometer label, a movement's performances must meet 7 very strict criteria, including a daily variation in rate of within +/- 0.07 seconds, corresponding to an annual precision of +/- 25 seconds. The variation rate of the SuperQuartz caliber fitted in your Breitling watch far and above exceeds these demands, achieving a rate of +/- 15 seconds a year."
In the Breitling "Chronolog" the movement is compared to a "standard" quartz movement in other watches as being ten times more accurate. That is, a +/- 15 seconds a year variation for the SuperQuartz and a +/- 150 seconds a year variation for standard quartz watches. Further, the "pre-SQ" (non thermo-compensated) movements in Breitling watches which are COSC certified are also well within the very stringent COSC specifications. In actual practice, the performance and accuracy of Breitling quartz watches, pre-COSC, Pre- SQ COSC and of course SQ COSC are all within the specifications. In fact, Bruce is quite correct in stating that SQ users typically experience much better rate variation performance than claims or specifications. My daughter's pre-SQ COSC B-class has lost 6 seconds this past year. My wifes SQ COSC Cockpit Lady has lost 4 seconds in a year and a half. My sister's SQ COSC Callisto has gained 1 second in ten months. My SQ COSC B-1 has been spot on for the week I've owned it. LOL. :-D
As for "big price", I have to disagree with you. All my Breitling mechanicals were more expensive than the B-1 and even though they are wonderful timepieces each with its own unique features, they simply do not have the level of functionality the B-1 provides. This watch IMHO provides more "bang for the buck" than probably most watches worldwide. Besides having Breitlings fit and finish, it is unquestionably one of the premier tool watches in the world :gold and at a not unreasonable price IMO.
I hope you enjoyed the pics and I'll try to post some more later. Cheers,
a few minutes ago in response to Adanac's post. I'm glad you enjoyed the pics. I have the black background pic as my PC wallpaper on a black "desktop" and it is stunning. If anyone wants those pics at higher resolution let me know and I'll send or post it for you. Cheers,Originally Posted by Bruce Reding
Thanks for the detailed explanations! Can you choose the date format? That would be very cool, I am missing such a feature at my G-Shock.
Unfortunately for me it is a high price, but you are right compared to the mechanicals it is far better. Better technology and better price.
Enjoy your watch
Great watch - I remember the first time I saw one of these I did a double take. I had never seen a high-end ana-digi watch before. 5s/yr is outrageous. B-)
As to the price - I see them all over the place for $2500. Thats significantly cheaper than Rolex's Air King and the AK isn't even COSC (for a mechanical). So the AK could lose 5s in a DAY. I think I am "seeing the light" on quartz watches.
I wish they made a diver with ana-digi - on the B-1 the bezel goes the wrong way for a diver.
Last edited by Lane; March 10th, 2006 at 05:04.
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