In aviation, the ’50s were characterised by transcontinental flights.
Hence, Breitling introduced the Transocean in 1958. It is not without good reason that Breitling is well known as the supplier to the world of aviation. However, this watch was different. Instead of a watch for pilots, Breitling introduced a watch for passengers. More specifically, a watch for the gentleman that would travel overseas for business as a passenger of the new jetliners.
This Breitling Geneve Transocean is a classy watch with a puristic, simple design and funcionality: a round, steel case measuring 35mm, twisted lugs, dauphine hands and applied baton markers. However, the dial of this Breitling is a true piece of art. It has the text BREITLING GENEVE and transOcean printed in a creamy colour, a crosshair and the old, applied Breitling logo below the 12-hour position. But wait, there is more! Once, the dial colour of this Transocean was plain black but it has aged to grainy grey in combination with black. The watch still has its original B-signed crown. The watch runs on the Breitling in-house movement caliber B126.
Isn’t it cool to imagine that, during the ’50s, a very stylish businessman wore this watch to his businesstrips overseas?