The Breitling Cockpit B50 is off to a flying start, literally. The Swiss-watchmaker has introduced the latest timepiece for pilots at the National Championship Air Races in Reno, Nevada recently. Powered by the first in-house built multi-function quartz movement, SuperQuartz B50, the Cockpit B50 is a multi-function electronic chronograph. According to Breitling, the COSC (Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute) certified SuperQuartz movement is 10 times more accurate than the standard quartz. The movement is developed with the aviation industry on mind.
Long list of functions of the Cockpit B50 include split-time and fly back capabilities, an electronic tachometer, a second-time zone display, a perpetual calendar, two alarms with buzzer and vibrate mode and lap timer. Additional functions include a countdown timer with alarm, an aviation-style “chrono flight” device to record flight times by memorizing departure and arrival time along with the date, and a countdown/count up system serving to switch directly from a countdown to a timing operation. The Cockpit B50 uses UTC (Coordinated Universal Time) as the time base.
Another important feature is its battery system. Battery can be charged in two ways – via a USB port connected to a computer or through the electricity grid. The dual ultra-readable LCD screens come fitted with a backlighting system and they offer four levels of brightness which can be activated by tilting the wrist or pressing the crown. Strap options available include titanium professional bracelet or the rubber Diver Pro with titanium deployment. Its 46 mm case is offered in two variations titanium and black titanium. The bidirectional bezel come with a compass scale. The dial is offered in three color black, blue and gray. Pricing for the Breitling Cockpit B50 starts at $6,595.