At the Basel Watch Fair earlier this year, there is a news that everyone must still be impressed, that is, Breitling and Tudor have joined forces. Breitling provided Tudor with its self-produced B01 automatic winding timing. Movement, Tudor provided the self-produced MT5612 three-pin calendar caliber for Breitling. Prior to this, Tudor and Breitling had very different brand positioning, so this kind of ‘leapfrog’ cooperation made people Very confused, not to mention that these two movements are the main movements in use. However, this does reflect a problem. Breitling does not intend to develop its own basic movement at least in the near future, and Tudor does not intend to develop its own chronograph movement. The advantages of doing so are obvious, reduce the development costs, and meet The vacancies in their respective product lines are two-fold. For experts, they may feel so-called, but for a larger group of consumers, it is not a problem if the brand develops the movement itself. As long as the product Good quality, good design and good price can win the consumer market.
Super Ocean Culture II 42 and 46
The old man often talks about the product, but we must first understand the product. Breitling’s style and positioning are very familiar to everyone, very hard-core, very Man. Even small women’s watches such as the Challenger’s 36 mm watch can see very sharp lines and edges, which is obviously not suitable for ladies. girl. Breitling rarely produces women’s models. In contrast, its men’s watches are very rich. The English name of the Super Ocean Culture series is Super Ocean Heritage. The biggest difference from the Super Ocean Series is that its design is more classic and inherited. The ocean is a very pure diving watch. In general, Breitling’s tool-type watches have wings with a logo, while more elegant watches (in fact, they are not so elegant, or functional), the logo is a single word ‘B’, and It is often three-dimensional gold characters that look simpler and more luxurious.
Super Ocean Culture 42 Second Generation and First Generation Comparison
The second generation of the new Super Ocean Culture Series launched this year has two sizes, one is 42 mm and the other 46 mm. The overall design of the original Super Ocean Culture Series has not changed much, but there are also a few small changes. The first is the change of the pointer. This is very obvious. The original pointer is an arrow hour hand and a pencil-type minute hand. The second-generation arrow hour hand is elongated and a bar is added in the middle. From a personal preference, I still like it. The original design is relatively simple. Second is the minute hand, which changes from a pencil type to a sword shape, or diamond shape. In addition, the position of the calendar has also changed. The calendar window of the second-generation Super Ocean Culture Series is at 6 o’clock and the first one is at 3 o’clock. This is very obvious. The other word marks, bezels, and bracelets have not changed much. By the way, the crown has also changed, but it is not as clear as the above two, so it is not mentioned. The above are the very obvious signs that distinguish the second generation from the first generation (the 46mm version calendars are all at 6 o’clock, you can judge by the pointer). As the second generation is listed, we need to understand the difference between the two.
B20 movement and MT5612 movement (with Tudor basic movement with calendar version)
After the new upgrade, the second generation of Super Ocean Culture series watches has some more important upgrades, such as the use of ceramic bezels. The most important thing is that it is equipped with a B20 fully automatic mechanical movement. The basic movement is Tudor MT5612 can provide at least 70 hours of kinetic energy storage, while the original B17 movement, the basic movement is ETA 2824-2. In essence, the second generation of the second generation of super marine culture is more than a star.
Because you can choose the dial, bezel, strap, and buckle, the price varies greatly.
So after upgrading, what we are most concerned about is actually its price. This is also the main reason I wrote this article. The Breitling Super Ocean Culture II has a price starting from 29,500 RMB and ending at 34,700 RMB. Of course, this is a full-steel model, not including precious metals such as custom gold rings. Of parts. The 29,500 RMB version is an aerospace classic rubber strap with pin buckle, and the 34,700 RMB is a marine classic metal bracelet. Currently known prices are the same for 46mm and 42mm versions. The previous generation of Super Ocean Culture series is also the style of the marine classic metal bracelet. The price after the price adjustment is 31500 RMB. Other models include the rubber pin buckle version. The price of the previous generation is 26300 RMB after the price adjustment, and the price of the new generation is 31500 RMB . In fact, the price of the 2016 Super Ocean Culture Series is more than 5,000 more expensive than before the price adjustment. The price is completely higher than the current price of the second generation. After the new version comes out, the price jumps directly, and the new Super Ocean Culture Series 2 The price of the watch inherited the price of the Super Ocean Culture series watch of the same period last year, and it was even lower by 2,000 yuan. From this point of view, after the upgrade of the new watch, the price did not actually increase, but decreased.
Tudor’s only Heritage Black Bay with calendar
After the new models came out, we also found that the old models continued to appear in the secondary market, but the new models have just entered the market and have not penetrated the secondary market to a large extent. However, according to the current performance of the old models in the secondary market, the new models are available in counters and counters. The difference in secondary channels will not be too great. And whether it is purchasing or other channels, the new price does not have too many advantages at home (overseas channels are only 2,000 yuan cheaper than domestic counters, and the advantages are not great). This is also the result of Breitling’s continuous efforts to balance the international price difference. . It is also worth noting that we all know that this movement comes from Tudor, so how much is the price difference between Breitling and Tudor? Tudor’s hot models have always had no discount, even if there are very few. At present, the new Black Bay with the same movement by Tudor sells for about 27,000. Because Breitling has a discount, the real price, and Tudor was very close and almost identical. But we know that Breitling is actually more advanced than Tudor at the brand level, and the Breitling B20 movement is also a bit more refined and polished than the Tudor MT5612 movement. So from this perspective, Breitling Super Marine Culture II is a very worthy watch.
Super Marine Culture II 42
For some time since listing, the second-generation Breitling Super Marine Culture 42mm is more popular than the 46mm style. After all, the size of the wrist of the Chinese is actually 46mm, and 42mm is more moderate. At the same time, Breitling launched Customizable service. From the dial color, bezel color, strap type, and buckle, you can choose your favorite style, and you can also lettering, so you can combine a lot of very personalized models. Some time ago, I went to a Breitling boutique in Beijing. At that time, there was only one 42mm model on sale, and there were several 46mm models. After experiencing it, I really feel that although this watch is called the cultural series, the scale has also been changed from the super Roman large Roman numerals to a simpler stud scale. The bezel is also a more quiet ceramic ring, but the lugs and case Style, can still feel the physique of its tough guy.
This B-shaped gold label is still very handsome
Of course, just saying yes, not saying bad, is a bit inappropriate. But it’s not good. Just from personal preference, mature brands are generally less vulnerable, not to mention that it has just launched to the market and remains to be seen. As I said before, I do n’t think there is a good-looking hour hand. Another point is that as a 42 mm junior model, it reaches a thickness of more than 14 mm. It feels thicker, from the case diameter and thickness. In terms of proportions, it does not have a balance of 46 mm. The screw-in caseback does not see the movement. This is not a disadvantage. Breitling has always been like this. This is similar to IWC. Non-home movements are not exposed. Even sports models are generally not exposed. However, I still like to see through the bottom, and it is not difficult to achieve 200 meters waterproof through the bottom. So this watch is very suitable for sporty men, although it is already very gentle.
In general, after the second generation of the new version of Super Ocean Culture came out, there was actually some overlap in the price of Black Bay equipped with the same movement as Tudor. Although the public price difference was several thousand, it was almost the same in terms of purchase. It is the Heritage style in their respective brands, not the Tool Watch, so the positioning is consistent. So would you choose Breitling Super Marine Culture II or Tudor’s new Black Bay?