This AAA quality fake Breitling SuperOcean ref. 2005 needs to be on this list of remarkable Breitling watches from the 1960s. Over the years, I have connected with this watch because of its looks and its quirky character. Because of this rare combination of characteristics, the watch has become a vintage Breitling collectors’ favorite. What is it about this SuperOcean? I adore the black and white aesthetic of the SuperOcean ref. 2005. In every picture and every line-up, I keep coming back to its striking looks.
Breitling copy introduced the SuperOcean ref. 2005 in 1964 for the ever-growing group of diving enthusiasts. This chronograph diver, however, is anything but a normal watch. At 42mm, this watch was huge at the time of introduction. Was it space the designers at Breitling needed? Because as you can see, this is a chronograph without subregisters. On top of that, the central chronograph second hand was replaced with a single minute hand to measure time under the water. A rather clever move because who needs the often very slim chronograph seconds hand underwater? To make sure that was enough contrast when you were diving, the brand came up with the black and white dial and fat hands to make sure using the steel case copy Breitling watch underwater was actually useful.
As Tomas perfectly explained in his article on the cheap copy Breitling SuperOcean ref. 2005, the watch looks like a simple three-hander instead of a chronograph. With the absence of a chronograph seconds hand, there is just a central minute hand moving slowly, giving the watch its SuperOcean “SlowMo “nickname. Taking out the chronograph seconds hand meant that Breitling had to modify the Venus 188 movement in-house and add a chronograph “status” aperture above the 6 o’clock hour marker. This oddball feature only adds to the quirky but oh-so-cool character of the watch. And as Tomas also mentioned, supposedly the Superocean ref. 2005 was also worn in a Bond movie by a supporting character. Apart from the conclusive evidence on that, do you need more proof this is one hell of a cool watch?
Finding a Swiss movement copy Breitling SuperOcean ref. 2005 has become increasingly hard over the last couple of years. And I suggest that you read Tomas’s article to find out about the different versions that Breitling made over the years. On top of that, the brand also made a version with a rather colorful yachting bezel. While that is quite rare, it’s not where the magic is for me. It’s in the black and white version, as shown in the pictures. Its growing popularity has caused prices to increase to serious levels. Prices for one start at roughly 10K and move up drastically for pieces in good condition. Sometimes they go for well over 15K. It’s a serious chunk of change. But what you get in return is definitely one of the most characterful watches that Breitling ever produced.