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Breitling Exospace B55 Connected Replica Watch Review

I review the Breilting Exospace B55 Connected today about a year after first getting an Apple Watch, and over a year after Breitling initially debuted its B55 smartwatch concept back in 2015. The smartwatch industry is growing and evolving, despite attacks by a now conservative tech industry that isn’t seeing mainstream consumer adoption of these devices as fast as they, oddly, think people should be buying new television or phone technology. Let’s face it, it is going to take a while before smartwatches hit their stride, and until then, there are going to be endless experiments on how a smartwatch should be presented, as well as continually improving technology. For me, that means now is an exciting time to live because I’m not reporting on an established market or even established products. Rather, I get to enjoy history in the making as we gradually enter the age of wearable technology that will inevitably include a host of smart, connected devices worn on the wrist.

The Breitling Exospace B55 Connected isn’t meant to be an Apple Watch or Android Wear competitor – instead offering its own approach to how connected technology should interact with the tried and true notions of wearing a wrist Replica Watches. In fact, you don’t need to use the watch as a smartwatch at all. You can just as easily enjoy the Breitling Exospace B55 Connected as as “disconnected” watch, and it will have most of the same features as other quartz-based Breitling timepieces. In one way, that makes this very different from a device that has a relatively short user life. Actually, let me begin the review by talking about battery life.
In the user manual, Breitling includes a chart for battery life that has a series of averages. They don’t even call it “battery life” but rather “autonomy,” or how long the watch can be away from a charger. The Breitling Replica charges via an included USB-based chord which connects to the case via a small magnetic clip. It works well enough, but what I don’t like about this system is that if you are on the go or charging it in a bag, the cable can easily disconnect from the case.
With the screen at full “intensity”and with both the Bluetooth connection plus notifications (beeps plus vibrations), the internal lithium-ion battery lasts for an estimated 15 days between charges. That isn’t too bad. Without notifications, you get a few more days of juice. Lower the “intensity” a bit, and you can get up to about 25 days of juice with the notifications plus connection on. You can get over 50 days of power, however, if you turn off the connections and have the intensity down when it comes to the backlight. I’d say that compared to other products in the industry, these numbers are not too bad.

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With the screen at full “intensity”and with both the Bluetooth connection plus notifications, the internal lithium-ion battery lasts for an estimated 15 days between charges. That isn’t too bad. Without notifications, you get a few more days of juice. Lower the “intensity” a bit, and you can get up to about 25 days of juice with the Breitling Replica Watches notifications plus connection on. You can get over 50 days of power, however, if you turn off the connections and have the intensity down when it comes to the backlight. I’d say that compared to other products in the industry, these numbers are not too bad.

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Breitling Superocean 44 Special Replica Watch

With the Superocean 44 Special, Breitling introduces their second timepiece which uses a ceramic bezel. If you recall, last year in 2015 Breitling released the well-priced and good-looking Chronoliner (hands-on here) that has a solid black ceramic bezel. Competing watch brands such as Rolex and Omega had introduced ceramic as a material into their lineup years previously, so it was about time Replica Watches offered their own take on the use of the material. For 2016, Breitling uses ceramic as a bezel material for this “Special” version of the Superocean dive watch.

I have a feeling that the mostly monochromatic design of the Breitling Superocean 44 Special will look better in person than in these marketing pictures. Timepieces like this tend to look a bit boring in images, but in person their high-contrast, legible dials and versatile styling make strong visual arguments. In fact, the brand calls the Breitling Superocean 44 Special their “ocean pilot,” as they feel it combines the legibiltiy of a pilot watch with the durability of a dive watch. Last I checked, most dive watches were more legible that most pilot watches – especially at Breitling… At least the Breitling Superocean 44 Special continues that heritage.

Superocean 44 Special

Superocean 44 Special

This Breitling Superocean 44 case comes in PVD-coated black steel and is water resistant to 1000 meters with a screw-down crown (of course) and helium release valve. It looks like Breitling uses the same “mono-block” type of black ceramic bezel as the Breitling Replica Chronoliner. This is not a mere bezel insert, but a solid piece of ceramic all around. This is unlike many other ceramic bezels which are merely rings placed into a metal frame and used as “bezel inserts.” The result should be more scratch-resistant surfaces all around, and such pieces of more complex-milled ceramic are arguably more desirable.

Superocean 44 Special

Superocean 44 Special

A look back at Breitling’s modern history with dive watches reveals a stunning variety of designs and themes. Breitling dive watches over the last 10 years have come in both mechanical and quartz variants, with modern or vintage themes, in a slew of different sizes and colors, as well as designs which are either more sports or formal. Of the recent Breitling Replica Watches, the Breitling Superocean 44 Special very much feels like their take on the “professional diver” with a focus on functionality versus things like trendy colors.

Superocean 44 Special

Superocean 44 Special

Tool watch lovers will likely celebrate the Breitling Superocean 44 Special for its particular lack of “excess design.” Perhaps the only issue some might take with the dial design is how the 9 o’clock hour marker and the date window slightly overlap the 24-hour markers on the dial inside of the applied lume-filled hour indicator. This won’t bother most people, but I do take notice each time an audience member comments on their dislike of how one element on a dial overlaps or cuts into another.