Brietling Aerospace B70 Orbiter

by The Balance Coq

  • March 22, 2024
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As Breitling celebrates a landmark year, it’s honoring the incredible firsts that have defined the brand. Today, it marks the 25th anniversary of the first nonstop balloon flight around the world with the release of the Aerospace B70 Orbiter. Each unique watch contains a piece of the history making balloon.

Founded in 1884, Breitling is celebrating its 140th anniversary. Throughout the year, the brand will mark the occasion with stories of its incredible firsts, from breakthroughs in timekeeping for air, land, and sea, to milestones in sustainability. It will also be a year chock full of events, exhibits, and special launches. And today, Breitling kicks off the festivities with a watch recognizing one of those momentous firsts: the Breitling Orbiter 3’s first nonstop balloon flight around the world.

Celebrating this landmark on its 25th anniversary, Breitling, the sponsor of the groundbreaking voyage, unveils the Aerospace B70 Orbiter. The timepiece is a tribute to an adventure that expanded the horizons of human achievement—and, best of all, each watch contains a piece of the original balloon.

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The Aerospace B70 Orbiter 25th anniversary edition—with its bright-orange dial the color of the Orbiter 3 capsule—contains its very own piece of history: a segment of the original Breitling Orbiter 3 balloon visible through the transparent caseback. The caseback also features the Breitling Orbiter 3 mission logo around its perimeter and the inscription “First non-stop flight around the world 25th anniversary.”

Presented on a titanium bracelet or a black rubber strap with a folding clasp, the watch features the Breitling Orbiter 3 mission logo on the dial at 3 o’clock. Its numerals, indexes, and hands are coated with luminescent Super-LumiNova®, making them legible even in low light. Both the case and optional bracelet have been crafted in titanium, a robust material with the highest strength-to-weight ratio of any metal. It’s also nonmagnetic, hypoallergenic, and highly resistant
to corrosion, guaranteeing its wearers a strong, safe, and comfortable watch that will support them—even on the toughest missions.

The watch is powered by the newly designed COSC-certified Breitling Manufacture Caliber B70: a thermo-compensated SuperQuartz™ analog and digital display movement that delivers 10 times the accuracy of a standard quartz watch. This engine powers the watch’s array of functions, including a 1/100th of a second chronograph (with split-time and flyback functions), countdown timer, second timezone, two alarms, lap function, and perpetual calendar.

The Aerospace B70 Orbiter launches March 21, 2024—exactly 25 years to the day that the Breitling Orbiter 3 made its historic landing.

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