Mellow yellow? Not quite! Breitling’s Blacksteel special packs a vibrant punch

This is the Breitling Chronomat 44 Blacksteel Special Edition, a watch that lives up to its name thanks to a resolutely black steel case and yellow dial that would have it standing out across a room – or an airfield.

Breitling Chronomat 44 Blacksteel Special Edition

With a high-performance Breitling Manufacture movement inside there’s little about the Chronomat 44 Blacksteel that’s mellow, the dial colour signalling a boldness that suits this technical and masculine watch.

The steel case and bezel are satin-brushed with a black carbon-based high-resistance treatment, and are a powerful contrast to the dial which comes in a color that’s almost a Breitling signature – it’s featured on numerous models in brilliant and paler versions.

Breitling Chronomat 44 Blacksteel Special Edition

Here it’s a vibrant background to the black counters and red hands that take their styling cues from aircraft instrument panels. Clarity is enhanced via a sapphire crystal glareproofed on both sides.

The case is water-resistant to 200 metres. The screw-lock crown and safety pushpieces form an impenetrable rampart against any water infiltration and are protected against shocks by substantial lateral reinforcements. The unidirectional rotating bezel with black rubber-inlaid numerals is equipped with four polished rider tabs serving to measure times as well as facilitating handling.

Breitling Chronomat 44 Blacksteel Special Edition

Turn the watch over and you’ll find the caseback has a transparent sapphire crystal giving a view of a black oscillating weight. Completing the picture is a two-tone rubber TwinPro strap combining a black exterior with a yellow lining.

The Manufacture Breitling Caliber 01 is chronometer-certified by the COSC (Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute) ensuring maximum reliability and precision.

Our take on the Breitling Chronomat Blacksteel Special Edition: we love an instrument that looks the part and this Breitling more than delivers. Not for shrinking violets though.

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