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From brave first takeoffs to the birth of commercial air travel, Breitling’s history is inseparable from that of flight. In the 1930s, Breitling’s Huit Aviation department made its name inventing precision cockpit clocks. Two decades later, it introduced yet another novel flight instrument, this time in wearable form: the Ref. 765 AVI. That pioneering pilot’s watch provided the technical backdrop for today’s Super AVI, a collection inspired by the rugged spirit of famed early aircraft. The Super AVI Tribute to Vought F4U Corsair honors one of those legends. As a WWII naval aircraft, the Corsair had to make tricky takeoffs and landings from carriers and remote landing strips. Speed and lift were of the essence, and the plane came through with flying colors, becoming the first single-engine fighter to crack the 400 mph (640 km/h) mark, while also providing an exceptional rate of climb. Its “bent-wing” design, oversized propeller and signature blue livery make it an emblem of aviation history. As a true pilot’s watch designed to withstand the rigors of a vintage cockpit, the Super AVI Tribute to Vought F4U Corsair features large, highly legible Arabic numerals on the dial and bezel. Its sturdy case measures 46mm and the oversized crown sits at 3 o’clock. Knurled bezels provide optimal grip and top-stitched calfskin straps give a nod to the seams found on classic flight gear. Pilots and other travelers will appreciate the ability to track a second time zone using the 24-hour marking on the inner bezel and the red-tipped GMT hand. The engine of the Super AVI is the COSC-certified Breitling Manufacture Caliber B04 movement, which provides approximately 70-hours of power reserve.
|Caliber||Breitling B04 (Manufacture)|
|Movement||self-winding mechanical, 2nd timezone (24 hr)|
|Power reserve||approx. 70 hrs|
|Chronograph||1/4th second chronograph, 30-minute and 12-hour totalizers.|
|Case material||Stainless Steel|
|Caseback||Screwed in (sapphire crystal)|
|Water resistance||100 m (330 ft)|
|Crown||Screw-locked, two gaskets|
|Product Weight (Approx.)||140.0 g.|
|Watch-head Weight (Approx.)||98.2 g.|
|Height (upper lug tip to lower lug tip)||51.5 mm|
|Lug width (in-between lug)||24.0 mm|
|Strap material||Calfskin Leather|
|Buckle Material||Stainless Steel|
|Buckle type||Folding clasp|
|Buckle size||20 mm|
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