Introducing the Breitling Avenger Bandit

Breitling has just extended its Avenger collection with the launch of its Avenger Bandit. The independent Swiss brand says that its new timepiece embodies daring feats and extreme missions, the sort of things that are part of everyday life on an aircraft carrier.

The Avenger collection is one of Breitling's staples, and consists of sporty watches.

The Avenger collection is one of Breitling’s staples, and consists of sporty watches.

The timepiece features a 45mm titanium case, and is presented on a ‘military rubber’ strap, which is said to offer wearing comfort as well as sturdiness. Along with the gray case, the watch has a predominantly gray dial (there are a few red adornments that add a bit of contrast), as well as tone-on-tone counters – Breitling says this finish gives the watch a stealthy look.

As a result of its titanium case the Bandit (without strap) weighs just 100.6 grams, and there’s a fairly traditional dial layout – the chronograph counters are located at the 12 and six o’clock positions, whereas the seconds subdial and the date window are found at the nine o’clock and three o’clock positions respectively. The unidirectional ratcheted bezel is marked with stencil-type numerals, as well as four rider tabs, the latter is something you’ll find on a lot of Breitling’s timepieces.

While the Bandit has a thick case, it's made from titanium, so the watch is still quite light.

While the Bandit has a thick case, it’s made from titanium, so the watch is still quite light.

The dial is protected by cambered sapphire crystal with antireflective treatments applied to both sides, while the movement is hidden away behind a titanium caseback. The Avenger Bandit has a non-slip screw-in crown, as well as screw-in chronograph pushers, which help to give the watch water-resistance up to 300 metres.

The timepiece is powered by the Calibre Breitling 13 (B13), an automatic movement that is based on the workhorse ETA Valjoux 7750. Breitling doesn’t mention the power reserve of this movement on its webpage for this particular timepiece (if the brand has, we couldn’t find it), but we know the movement (from other applications) features a power reserve of 42 hours.

There's no exhibition caseback - this is a tool watch with an unassuming but reliable movement.

There’s no exhibition caseback – this is a tool watch with an unassuming but reliable movement.

The Avenger Bandit can be found at Breitling boutiques and partner stores across the Middle East. With a folding clasp, the watch carries a retail price of US $6,100, though it can also be had without a folding clasp for US $5,600.

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