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    Stopped at an AD to check out the new 43mm Avenger...

    ...and it was a mixed bag. I'm happy that the new 43mm Avengers are much thinner, but the stamped dials are really cheap looking. I'm not sure if this is a Kerns-era change, but Breitling dials in general seem to have lost some of their magic. The Navitimers, on the other hand, were lovely!

    Here's a good photo from the web that illustrates the effect of having stamped indices, rather than applied:

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    Re: Stopped at an AD to check out the new 43mm Avenger...

    Are the indices of the new Breitling Avenger II Seawolf models similarly constructed, that is, stamped?

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    Re: Stopped at an AD to check out the new 43mm Avenger...

    Interesting, I wasn’t aware they switched to stamping. It sure how I like it either. I’ll reserve judgement until I see in person.


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    Re: Stopped at an AD to check out the new 43mm Avenger...

    Not a fan, at all. This is a big misstep, imo. Details matter to us...more than most.


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    Re: Stopped at an AD to check out the new 43mm Avenger...

    Over the last few weeks, I've been scrutinizing the Breitling Avenger II Seawolf, a model with indices, without numbers, to buy one. But after reading this information, at least at this stage, I will wait to find out the details of this important detail. If that turns out to be true, I will turn to Omega.
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    Re: Stopped at an AD to check out the new 43mm Avenger...

    I also saw a new one a couple weeks ago (caught me by surprise they had a new 43mm black already) and I wan't sure what to think.

    I hadn't noticed the stamped vs. applied, I guess I had never really thought about it

    Overall it was a cool watch, but I wasn't sure:
    - It does have great balance, but it also didn't feel "special" enough
    - The size was great, but for a rugged Breitling, it didn't have enough presence
    - I didn't notice the stamped dial, which is something I didn't think about before
    - It has the wings, which for many is a plus
    - The strap was not fabric, it actually felt like a rubbery fabric. I personally didn't like it
    - No exhibition caseback, which is a plus for me. Or at least, put the conversion tables caseback

    Overall, it's a very balanced watch, and I'd say even a perfect watch for many. But for me it just didn't do, especially at the price point. You can get many great watches at that price with many more features.

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    Re: Stopped at an AD to check out the new 43mm Avenger...

    What’s the problem with stamping? Does it mean it’s made cheaply compared to applied?

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    Re: Stopped at an AD to check out the new 43mm Avenger...

    Quote Originally Posted by USMC0311 View Post
    What’s the problem with stamping? Does it mean it’s made cheaply compared to applied?
    There's nothing wrong with stamping exactly, but it's a cheaper manufacturing process that results in a cheaper-looking product, imo. Here's the Avenger stamped dial next to the Colt dial (photo from Hodinkee), that has applied indices. To my eye the Colt dial looks vastly superior with the applied indices. The stamped dial of the Avenger just doesn't have the same crispness and appears dull and cheap, imo.

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    Re: Stopped at an AD to check out the new 43mm Avenger...

    Quote Originally Posted by hdbox View Post
    Are the indices of the new Breitling Avenger II Seawolf models similarly constructed, that is, stamped?
    I don't know, but based on how the dials appear, I think so:

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    Re: Stopped at an AD to check out the new 43mm Avenger...

    Quote Originally Posted by GregoryD View Post
    I don't know, but based on how the dials appear, I think so:

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    Thanks for the answer!
    Yours is a model with arabic numbers, i think its situation is clear and looks good with applied figures.
    I was referring to a model that is, without numbers, but with stick index markers, a dial similar to that of the first post.


    This is the model, but from this one, and other photos on the web, I can't tell if it's stamped:


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