This more reasonably (and accessibly) sized case of the popular 48mm model is also in titanium, with a satin-brushed finish and scratch-resistant black coating. The date window now has a red frame and water resistance is down from 300m to 200m. The latter point may disappoint some people but then again, how many of us test water resistance its max?
The light (73.6g) and sturdy case features a highly resistant black carbon-based treatment. The dial is clear and legible, with attractive ‘vintage’ look lumed hour markers and hands. The unidirectional rotating bezel has the classic Breitling rider tabs.
Inside is the automatic Calibre 17 with a 40-hour power reserve.
The Avenger Blackbird 44 comes on a ultra-durable black fabric strap and is, all round, a comfortable watch to wear. With its matte black look and red highlights, this will be appealing to those who have wanted to have a Breitling but for whom the larger (and brighter) models have not quite been what they’ve been looking for.
Australian RRP is $6,620.