A Review Of The Breitling Bentley 6.75 Watch

Published: 14th March 2008
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The Bentley collection of Breitling watches was inspired by the car maker winning the Le mans 24 hour race. All of the models in this collection are beautiful, but if there's one watch that stands out, it has to be the Bentley 6.75.

Apart from the Flying B model all of the Breitling Bentley watches have the same casing. If you are familiar with Breitling watches, or perhaps own one but want something a little un-Breitling, you should definitely take a look at the Flying B watch. It's unique inasmuch as the casing is rectangular in shape. It also features a jumping hour mechanism with hour hand being replaced by a disc display at 12 o'clock. The minute hand is still were you expect to find it. The seconds are displayed in a subdial at the 6 o'clock position.

However, getting back to the Bentley 6.75, it's a big watch, the case diameter measures 48.7mm making it the widest case of all Breitling watches - as stated above, the casing for all Bentley watches is the same.

In overall appearance, the 6.75 is similar to the Bentley Motors watch. Both feature a distinctive Knurled bezel which is a trademark feature of Bentley cars. Both have 3 subdials. Both feature a circular slide rule and both feature a date aperture. But, there are differences between the two; differences that, I feel, make the 6.75 a far more desirable and collectible piece.

The subdials of the Motors watch are at the 3, 6 and 9 o'clock position with a date aperture at 3 o'clock. The subdials of the Bentley 6.75 are at the 6, 9 and 12 o'clock position with the date aperture between the 4 and 5 hour marker. Nothing too different, but if you look at the date aperture of the 6.75 you'll notice that there are 2 rectangular apertures placed side-by-side; the one to the right is for the ones and the one to the left is for the tens. This is a really nice feature that helps set the watch apart from the others in this collection.

However, it's not what is immediately visible that really makes the 6.75 the best. If you turn it over you'll notice the Bentley rim (spokes) design. Others have the Bentley logo (as does the 6.75) but no other Breitling watches in the collection have the Bentley spokes.

If there's going to be one watch in this collection that's going to be the most collectible in years to come it's going to be the Bentley 6.75 watch. It's not as expensive as others in the collection; the Mulliner Tourbillon for example, is specially ordered, allowing the owner to specify casing metal, dial color, even the exact shade of the leather strap. However, for a watch that you'll wear everyday the 6.75 has just about the right combination of style, rugged feel and features.

If I were going to buy one - I wish I could afford it - I would buy the one with bronze dial and matching brown leather strap; this is not only the most beautiful in the Bentley collection, it's one of the most beautiful of all Breitling watches.

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