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How Does A Breitling Watch With A Tudor Movement Work?

Tudor built its well-known brand by transforming Fluerier or ETA movements in the first few decades. Tudor started to collaborate with Breitling on movement swap in 2017. How Does A Breitling Watch With A Tudor Movement Work? Here I’ll analyze that Tudor MT5612 self-winding movement is transformed into Bretling B20 movement. Tudor Heritage Black Bay Chrono watch is equipped with Breitling B01 chronograph movement, and Tudor also supplies Tudor MT5612 self-winding movement for Breitling Superocean Heritage diving watch.

Breitling Superocean Heritage diving watch in 1959
Contrast between an old Breitling Superocean Heritage model and a new model

Maybe Breitling Navitimer Chronograph watch wins a high reputation all over the world, but in fact, Breitling Superocean diving watch also has a long history. In addition to Rolex Submariner watch, Omega Seamaster 300 watch, Blancpain Fifty Fathoms watch, Breitling diving watch took the fourth place at one time. Breitling Superocean diving watch which was launched in 1957 had all characters of modern diving watches, such as the rotating bezel, high visibility with luminous markers and hands, strong water resistance and so on. There is no denying that Breitling Superocean series has less influence on professional diving watch than three other watch brands, which won’t stop its own advantages in the watchmaking. We can collect a recognizable and durable Breitling diving watch at reasonable price at the exclusive store or on the second-hand market. Although Breitling diving watches were equipped with modified ETA movements totally, they were still accurate and certified by Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute. Comparing with self-made movements, Breitling Superocean watch was short of some technical features on movement equipment. the biggest shortcoming of ETA general movements is short power reserve for about 40 hours. Breitling changed Tudor MT5612 self-winding movement with B01 movement, helping Breitling solve movement problems completely.

DIFFERENCES BETWEEN BREITLING B20 AND TUDOR MT5612 MOVEMENT
Breitling named Breitling B20 movement after Tudor MT5612 movement. Viewing from the public price, Breitling
watch is more expensive than Tudor watch, so Breitling’s processing for MT5612 movement is different from the original model. Due to brand positioning, Tudor MT5612 movement has little decorative polishing, which won’t have any influence on accuracy because of the sealed watch back (except for North Flag). While Breitling polished traditional patterns on B20 movement, obviously B20 movement with Geneva patterns looks more gorgeous than the orininal model. It’s worth noting that B20 movement didn’t use silicon hairspring, so some people question that its anti-magnetic performance isn’t better. In fact, they didn’t make a big difference in the daily life since conventional Ниварокс alloy hairspring achieves certain anti-magnetic ability. With the seal back, it’s beneficial that Breitling used modified B20 movement. 70-hour power reserve enhanced Breitling diving watch. As usual, Breitling B20 movement was certified by Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute.

Breitling Superocean watch includes two models-42 mm and 46 mm, available in blue, brown and black. Thanks to Milan watch bracelet, Breitling Superocean watch is comfortable to wear around the wrists. At present, diving watch is very popular. The advantage of Breitling Superocean watch with B20 movement is superior cost performance.

Breitling Superocean Heritage Chronoworks® is a combination of superior performance and exclusive ‘engine’

Breitling combined the latest materials with advanced high technologies to design Breitling Superocean Heritage Chronoworks®, whose debut was at the Basel fair in 2016. The Limited Edition Breitling watch of 100 pieces sold for $ 39,295, five times more than Breitling ordinary Chronograph. Such high pricing made people wonder why it is worth.

High-tech movement is hard to be hidden in the overall black appearance. Breitling Superocean Heritage Chronoworks® is equipped with Caliber 01 Breitling Chronoworks® inspired by Caliber 01. As asuccessful movement, Breitling Caliber 01, self-winding chronograph movement, is furnished with a column wheel and longitudinal clutch. Its power reserve extends to 70 hours. In order to improve higher performance of Caliber 01, engineers and watchmakers have succeeded in increasing the power reserve from 70 to 100 hours, thanks to five major efficiency-enhancing innovations. The new improved version is Caliber 01 Breitling Chronoworks®.

CERAMIC BASEPLATE AND BRIDGES
In order to reduce the friction coefficient of the axle, baseplate and bridges are made of high-tech ceramics. In fact, this material has been used as an additive in the lubricant of high performance engines, but it is used for advanced watchmaking for the first time. Thanks to the low coefficient of friction, the shaft tip can be placed directly in the holes of the baseplate, without the protection of the ruby holes. Also it can reduce the loss of kinetic energy under
lubricant-free situation. Hence, the total number of ruby alxes has been reduced from 47 to 36.

SILICON WHEELS
In fact, the watch movement is in stopped state in 95% of the time, but it loses the energy every time when we restart it. In order to avoid lower the loss, Breitling adopted silicon to produce three of the most important wheels:
center wheel, third wheel and fourth wheel since silion is only half as weighty as ordinary material. These wheels are made by DRIE (deep reaction ion etching) process, which makes the whole structure more stable.

SILICON ESCAPE SYSTEM
Most of energy losses occurs in motion of the escapement system, so escape system is another part need to be improved. Silicon lever and escape wheel can reduce the weight of Swiss lever escapement and the inertia in operation effectively. Optimized escape wheel makes he effective utilization rate of barrel kinetic energy increase by 42%.

VARIABLE-INERTIA BALANCE WHEEL
Balance wheel combines the nickel ring with the brass spoke to reduce the inertia by thermal variation suppression.
Besides, it is also equiped with four metal weights, aiming at adjusting the accuracy.

SECONDS PINION WITH ELASTIC TOOTHING
Seconds pinion with elastic toothing is another important nerve center in the longitudinal clutch system and timing components. It connects the base to timing components, so that the gear teeth are more attached to the grid. It works in eliminating the friction of traditional springs and improving the transmission efficiency.

Breitling adopted matt ceramic case to show powerful and modern appearance. The operation process of Caliber 01 Breitling Chronoworks® can be seen clearly through transparent back. The design for rubber weaving band borrowed from steel weaving band.