The Chronoliner B04 Replica was first launched with a steel case earlier this year and is a successor to the vintage 765 AVI and 765 Co-Pilot. As a “flight-captain’s chronograph,” the Chronoliner B04 – like its predecessors – is intended to be a tool watch first and foremost, and this is one reason many Breitling watches tend to be large.
In this case, the Breitling Chronoliner B04 Replica is 46mm by 16.85mm, so you can expect your arm to have quite a workout given how dense gold tends to be. While I’m not a fan of big watches, I did find the color scheme of the original steel B04 appealing. The red-gold/blue color scheme, however, is even better – if ostentatious. The bezel, like most modern tool watches, is ceramic and, as expected from a GMT pilot’s watch, bi-directional.
The Breitling Replica Watch has a screw-down caseback, which I believe is individually numbered and while the crown is not screw-down, it is double-gasketed and the chronograph pushers are simple and mushroom-shaped. The watch is rated at 100m of water resistance – no surprises given that it is meant to be a tool watch.
The dial layout, remains the same from the steel Chronoliner B04, but the hands and applied logo are now in red gold. The Breitling Replica has a three-register chronograph layout, complete with the loathsome date indicator at 4:30. Thanks to the large case size, Breitling has been able to print the 24-hour indicator for the GMT complication on the dial itself and not on the rehaut like we sometimes see in sub-40mm watches. This helps significantly with legibility. As much as I hate 4:30 date windows, I can sympathize with the lack of options given how many functions you have to display and the need for form to follow function and not the other way around.