THE BREITLING SUPEROCEAN
The Superocean Heritage 42 is a no-frills, capable diver's watch. When compared to the original Superocean introduced in 1957, it echoes the original design well, hence the moniker of "Heritage."
The Heritage 42 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, retaining the triangle 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. Luminous material is applied in small circles at all hour positions except 12, 3, 6, and 9 o'clock.
Here are some key features of the Superocean Heritage 42:
- Breitling B20 automatic movement, 26 jewels, adapted from a movement built by sister company, Tudor.
- Screw-down gasketed crown and case back.
- Braided mesh stainless steel bracelet.
THE LIV GX-DIVER'S
- The top-shelf 25-jewel, ETA automatic caliber 2824-2 powers this timepiece.
- A date is displayed at the 3 o'clock position using a black background with white numerals.
- A skeleton case back with a sapphire crystal shows off the 2824-2 to perfection
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 hand-curated leathers with contrasting stitching, NATO nylon, and black rubber.
THE BOTTOM LINEAfter matching up the specifications, here's how things shake out, at least in my opinion.
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 Superocean also gets high marks for its in-house caliber, the B20. With a 70-hour power reserve and COSC rating, it is an exceptional movement.
The GX-Diver's more than matches up in every category save these two (though the ETA movement used is an industry-standard and is highly respected) 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 ETA 2824-2 movement. I've always wondered why companies like Breitling hide their movements behind a solid case back. Why not show them off? Cost savings?
The GX-Diver's also is rated to 300 m water resistance vs 200 m for the Breitling. So, if you want to dive deeper, the GX-Diver's takes you there.
Now that the topic of cost has been broached, here are the respective MSRPs at the time this article was written:
- Breitling Superocean Heritage 42 - $5,100.00
- LIV Watches GX-Diver's - $690.00
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: $5100/$690 = 7.39. Translated, this means for the price of a single Superocean, you can buy seven GX-Diver's and get change back. With this kind of ratio, you can get a different GX-Diver's for 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