Breitling Galactic 44, a new sports watch

Many of Breitling’s models are seriously technical, usually with chronometer movements and lots of indications on the dial. This piece is large at 44 mm diameter, and more relaxed, in line with other models in the Galactic collection. It has two features that immediately appeal to me: a date window with good legibility, and a day-of-the-week window at the top of the dial, with the day spelled out. The case is in satin-brushed steel, and it has a unidirectional rotating bezel that can be used for basic timing operations using the seconds or minute hand. The case is resistant to 200 metres depth of water.

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At the edge of the dial, there are two scales that are a bit more mysterious. The first is a compass scale, presumably for finding north using the sun. The second is a 1/100th hour scale, which can be used to convert minutes into decimal fractions of hours. Breitling has a long history in the realm of aviation watches and this feature is a reference to measuring things like engine-run times that are measured in hours and decimal fractions of hours. Or perhaps it would be good for lawyers who charge by the hour.

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Legibility of time functions is good day and night, with luminescent coating on hands and hour divisions. The watch is powered by a self-winding movement, with COSC chronometer certification. The watch is available with dial in black, blue or silver, steel bracelet, or strap in leather, crocodile, rubber, or military-type fabric.

Read more on the Breitling website.

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