Aerospace Evo Night Mission
I had been hankering after an ani-digi watch for a while when I saw that Breitling were releasing this version of the Aerospace. Unusually for me I actually did quite a bit of ‘research’ (by research I really mean looked at lots of pictures of it on the internet), before I decided to go and try it out in real life.
- Case Diameter: 43mm
- Lug Width: 22mm
- Crown: Located at 3 o’clock, with integrated push piece
- Date: Digital display
- Bezel: Unidirectional
- Crystal: Sapphire, glareproofed both sides
- Water Resistance: 100 meters
- Movement: Breitling 79 Super Quartz
Before I had seen the watch I had two reservations, or probably more accurate to say two reasons that I thought I wouldn’t bond with it. One of these being the size, 43mm on paper sounds on the large size for me. The second was the fabric strap, droppping this amount of money on a watch without a bracelet just wasn’t sitting right with me! As it turned out though the size, for me anyway was just perfect. It certainly wears much smaller than its dimensions would suggest. It’s quite thin too at just under 11mm thick. Couple this with the fact that being made of Titanium, it weighs only around 46 grams and it’s very wearable indeed. And in the end it was the strap that sold it for me, the brown military strap with deployant is extremely comfortable and finishes off the tool watch look that I was after.
The thermo-compensated SuperQuartz movement (COSC certified) appealed to the geek in me and the accuracy of mine far exceeds the stated +/- 15s per year, in fact when when I last adjusted the time to take into the clocks changing it was out by around 4s over the 6 months.
This watch came in two dial choices. There was a yellow dial version which was a 300 piece limited edition, or this volcano black dial which I opted for. As much as I liked the yellow,the point of this watch for me was that I wanted a slightly stealthy and under the radar sort of tool ana-digi watch.
Feature wise this watch has two time zones, chronograph, perpetual calendar, countdown timer and alarm, all features that come in handy wether your flying a plane or on the school run. My favourite feature though is the one that I’ll probably never need, the back light is visible through night vision goggles. If I ever get my hands on some NVGs I’ll report back to confirm that this is true.
All of the above functions are operated via the crown which can take some getting used to. It took me almost an hour to get my head around this but once mastered this becomes second nature. A short twist of the crown activates the back light, whilst a longer twist scrolls through the different functions. You then push or pull the crown to activate or set respectively the desired function.