Tired of sitting at home due to the virus? How about some exercise? Enter Active Mode – Introducing the new Breitling Endurance Pro
Editor’s note: This is a Mind, Body & Soul review of the new Breitling Endurance Pro watch. In addition to our standard long form reviews, we sometimes preview watches in the form of short descriptions, technical specifications and a creative infographic. These short form reviews, or Mind (stats), Body (design features) & Soul (what’s special) reviews as we like to call them, are meant for those who are in a rush and wish to get their watch fix fast. For our standard reviews, please head to our review section here.
What is it: The new Breitling Endurance Pro
Why: Inspired by the 1970s Breitling Sprint
When released: August 2020, at the Geneva Watch Days
Where: Available for Pre-order for AUD 4,490.00 online for now, in stores soon
Who is it for: For the active person underneath that suit
How does it do: It’s a tool watch and looks the part. Big, bulky and colourful, it’s one of the perfect beaters with Breitling’s ultra-light and resilient Breitlight® case. Our favourite is the yellow coloured version ref. X82310A41B1S1.
Missing: Too many cooks… dial is busy but then that’s the look of their Professional range of watches such as the Emergency and Aerospace Evo; a bit overpriced when compared to similar offerings like some of G-Shock, Luminox and Sinn watches, but nonetheless stands its ground well.
The new Breitling Endurance Pro (reference: X82310A41B1S1) features the Thermocompensated SuperQuartz™ COSC-certified — calibre Breitling 82 — non-mechanical movement. This 30mm diameter and 5.12mm thick movement is intended to be ten times more accurate than conventional quartz and has a battery — type 395 — life of approx. 3-4 years. Given basic quartz movements eat mechanical watches for breakfast in terms of accuracy, I can only imagine how accurate these would be.
The movement is encased inside a 44mm diameter and 12.5mm thick Breitlight® case and offers a water-resistance of 100m (100 ATM). The case features an engraved solid case back, a non-screw-locked crown and a bidirectional bezel with a compass scale.
The overcrowded, kitsch dial shows the functions of hours and minutes and central chronographs seconds, a small seconds counter at 6’o clock, a 1/10th second counter at 3’o clock, a 30-minute chronograph counter at 9’o clock, a date window at that odd position of 4.30, and a peripheral pulsometer scale.
The dials in all the variations are black with either a white, blue, yellow, orange, or red inner bezel. The Super-LumiNova® in-filled luminescent hour and minute hands help provide legibility, and the red tip of the chronograph hands is a nice added touch.
Completing the tool watch look are the matching Breitlight® double-pin buckle fastening white, blue, yellow, orange, or red Diver Pro rubber straps. If you want something that is not this ‘rubbery’, ECONYL® yarn NATO straps can be purchased separately. Personally, I would pair it with the existing rubber options, given they would be handy by the pool.
The standout feature of the new Breitling Endurance Pro is the ultra-light Breitlight® case, that is supposed to be 3.3 times lighter than titanium and 5.8 times lighter than stainless steel. The highlight of using this material is that it possesses non-magnetic and hypoallergenic qualities, and is also thermally stable resistant to scratches, traction and corrosion. Basically, the perfect ‘beater’ watch material. For those of you who like me seek to always pursue that one ‘perfect’ beater watch, this one comes very close.
On close inspection I like that the tactile moulded crown is designed for excellent grip and manoeuvrability, and is in the same colour as the strap and the inner bezel rings.
Personally, I would have liked if the new Breitling Endurance Pro had a screw-in crown and a higher water-resistance, given its USP is daily active wear. But to give credit where due, if someone desperately wants to have a Swiss-made tag watch that is cheaper than lots of other Swiss watches, the new Breitling Endurance Pro is the one for them.
The fact that this is inspired by the 1970s Breitling Sprint might bring back find memories for certain collectors and enthusiasts. Like the inspiration, the new Breitling Endurance Pro also makes use of a pulsometer, has a light weight — the older version features a resin case — and comes in a variety of colours.
Breitling in 2020 has had a fairly stellar run: the new Breitling Endurance Pro is launching on the heels of the revamped Breitling Chronomat, is launching the hot Superocean Heritage ’57 Capsule collection reviewed here, the new Navitimer 35mm for ladies, and my perusal favourite from this year, the Top Time LE ‘Zorro’. As a side note, the latter is still available pretty much anywhere I enquire or check online, which I find very surprising given the sexy vibes and limited quantities. Perhaps it’s the virus.
The above listed watches don’t even begin to define Breitling’s 2020 run.
The brand this year has also released the Navitimer B03 Chronograph Rattrapante 45 — an ode to the brand’s 85 years long run of producing technologically advanced movements — that was followed by the AVI Ref 765 1953 Re-Edition — a nod to a classic from Breitling’s archive of amazing heritage watches — and then the Premier Bentley Mulliner Limited Edition — a unique tailor-made and high-precision timepiece.
Breitling this year has had offering for anyone and everyone; the brand under Georges Kern’s direction has evolved a fair bit, and I reckon this is just the start.
To find out more about the new Breitling Endurance Pro watch and other Breitling watches, please head to their website here. All images unless otherwise stated are courtesy Copyright © Breitling.