THE BREITLING SUPEROCEAN
The Superocean 44 is a no-frills, capable diver's watch. When compared to the original Superocean introduced in 1957, it echoes the original design well.
The Automatic 44 carries forward the same minimalist layout. The original dished bezel has been replaced with a flat ceramic upgrade that features additional lume at the hour positions, with a single circular index at the 12 o'clock position. The dial still eschews the use of numerals in favor of slim triangles and simple dashes to mark hours and minutes.
Here are some key features of the Superocean Heritage 42:
- Breitling 17 automatic movement, 26 jewels.
- Screw-down gasketed crown and case back.
- Cambered sapphire crystal, glareproofed on both sides.
- Modified elaboré grade, 26-jewel automatic movement.
- Polished or matte, high-grade ceramic bezel with luminous markings.
- A skeleton case back with a sapphire crystal.
The bezel is constructed from either matte or gloss ceramic precisely fitted into a 316L steel ring. Generous amounts of BGW9 Super Luminova lume are applied at the minute markers, starting at 20 minutes on the matte bezels to assist in timing decompression, keeping tabs on oxygen reserve, and other dive functions. The gloss ceramic bezels feature lume at all minute positions.
An Arabic 12 and 6 are cut out of the dial with a contrasting color behind the numbers, providing a distinctive and easy-to-read visual. Small domes mark the remaining hour positions with the exception of a slender rectangle at 3 and 9 o'clock. BGW9 lume is used in each position for maximum visibility at depth and at night.
The GX-Diver's provides many more options in colorways and straps. Black, cobalt blue, signature orange, TJ Blue, and full-lume dial choices are available.
In addition to the 316L stainless steel bracelet, strap options include custom form-fit integrated silicone, matching 316L stainless steel or titanium bracelets, or even hand-curated leathers with contrasting stitching.
THE BOTTOM LINEAfter matching up the specifications, here's how things shake out:
The Breitling Superocean, like all luxury name brands, gets credit for a long and storied history. Watch geeks, collectors and fans may have a Breitling on their grail list. That's understandable.
The GX-Diver's more than matches up in every category and gets top points for style and design. Its dial is far more interesting and intricate, and the skeleton case back with sapphire crystal enables its owners to show off the workhorse 26-jewel movement. I've always wondered why companies like Breitling hide their movements behind a solid case back. Why not show them off? Cost savings?
Now that the topic of cost has been broached, here are the respective MSRPs at the time this article was written:
- Breitling Superocean Automatic 44 - $5,050
- LIV Watches GX-Diver's - $790
Fun with math time, or fun with Excel at least. Let's divide the cost of the Breitling by that of the GX-Diver's: $5050/$790 = 6.39. Translated, this means for the price of a single Superocean, you can buy six GX-Diver's and get change back. With this kind of ratio, you can get a different GX-Diver's for almost every day of the week.
Of course, that might seem excessive. However, it underscores what LIV Watches is all about; create and deliver premium Swiss Made timepieces at prices just about everyone can afford.
SELECT REVIEWS OF THE LIV GX DIVER'S AUTOMATIC
"I have to say, I was going to buy a Tag and came across these watches. I bought it out of the thought that to wear every day, it was better to bang up a $700 watch than a $2300 watch. I can’t imagine that a Tag can be any more well made than this diver from Liv. Fit and finish it is really an exceptional piece of craftsmanship. Very pleased I went this direction. "
- Jon W. US
"I spent quite a bit of time educating myself on the attributes which define a quality timepiece: movement, complexity, functions, materials, durability, and so on. Getting a balanced combination of each of these attribute always seemed to demand a price which required taking out a second mortgage. Then, I came across LIV. After doing my research I went all in and purchased three watches in one each from a different collection. An auto 42mm diver, quarts rebel, and quarts GX1. All three got here within 2 days of order, each with a quality box and serialized papers. The finish and function of each have exceeded all expectations. The Chrono pushers are crisp and distinctive, the rotating bezel on the diver clicks clean and lume on all three is comparable to significantly more expensive pieces. Most watch for your money available!"
- Mitchell C. US