Hello, boys and girls! Welcome to this week’s SMS. As hinted at in the intro, it will be an uphill battle for my perfect replica Breitling, but I’m here to give it an honest go. In the end, removing the slight bias that we (as Fratello) and you (as our readers) might have in favor of the Speedmaster, it’s not an unfair match. Plus, I have a soft spot for luxury fake Breitling’s nerdier watches (shout-out to my Aerospace) and those which dip into the brand’s heritage designs. So, in my mind, the B02 Cosmonaute is — vintage watches aside — quite possibly the most exciting watch available from the brand today. Don’t worry; I won’t spend the following sections telling you all about this story of the copy watch. Ben already did a great job of it in his introductory article here.
But it is worth noting, albeit briefly, the heritage of the 1:1 fake Breitling Cosmonaute. As you can see in the collage above, the original Cosmonaute was a watch that made it into space, though it was never officially flight-qualified by NASA. It enjoyed its time in outer space during the MA-7 Mission on the wrist of astronaut Scott Carpenter on March 15th, 1962. Carpenter’s watch suffered an unfortunate watery demise upon his return to Earth’s surface. However, the story of his watch persists, having found new life in the 2022 re-release of the Navitimer Cosmonaute. During the campaign, AAA quality replica Breitling used Carpenter’s original watch, which shows heavy signs of the saltwater corrosion that ended its timekeeping for good. However, under all the damage lies a handsome watch. And the reissue certainly does it justice.
A watch with history, pedigree, and rugged good looks
As you can see above, the new cheap fake Breitling Cosmonaute (left) faithfully reincarnates the original ref. 809 (right). It also revamps the model with some extra features. Its unique 24-hour dial (which helped Carpenter keep track of night and day while experiencing multiple sun cycles in space) is a charming feature from the original. But the date and the chunkier knurling on the (platinum) bezel are new additions. I somehow find the dial of the modern Cosmonaute more balanced than that of the vintage watch. This is likely thanks to its larger sub-dials and slightly higher placement of the AOPA logo at 12 o’clock. Compared to the cleaner dial of the Speedmaster, the Swiss movement fake Breitling’s may appear cluttered at first. But it’s certainly no less legible, with bright white hands contrasting nicely with the black backdrop. The only thing that requires mental rewiring is reading the watch’s 24-hour format.
Size-wise, the Cosmonaute comes in at 41mm. That’s smaller than a Speedy, but don’t let proportions fool you; the high quality replica Breitling will likely wear just as large. This is due to its bigger crystal and lack of an external bezel. Whether that’s a positive or a negative, I’ll leave it up to you. As you can see above, the watch wears well on Mike’s wrist. Let’s talk about color for a second.
As much as I appreciate the black-and-white look of the Speedmaster, there’s something appealing about the slightly more colorful Breitling super clone for sale. The white rotating bezel creates a tuxedo-dial appearance, and the subtle hints of red on the slide-rule scale add a purposeful flair. And speaking of purpose, this watch is like a mini wrist computer. The versatility of the bezel boggles my mind whenever I read about it. You can read about it here if you too would like to be mercilessly baffled.
A matter of taste (and wealth)
Before I wrap things up, let’s talk about the movement. Inside the top copy Breitling Navitimer B02 Cosmonaute, and visible through the sapphire case back, you’ll find the Breitling B02 movement. This manually wound chronograph caliber is a lovely sight to behold. Its bridges are finished with a radial brushing extending from the balance wheel. They are also engraved with a couple of nice “Easter eggs” from the watch’s space-faring history. The chronograph also utilizes a column wheel and has a beautifully snappy and precise feel. For what it’s worth, the watch is also slightly slimmer than the Speedy “Sapphire Sandwich” at 13mm thick (0.2mm thinner than the Omega).
Ultimately, the watch you prefer will come down to personal taste. Well, and also the contents of your savings account. It wouldn’t be fair to let Daan beat me to the punch regarding price, so I’ll mention it here. Yes, at €11,450, the best 1:1 fake Breitling Navitimer Cosmonaute is almost €3,000 more expensive than its Speedmaster equivalent (the sapphire version retailing at €8,600). However, one thing to note is that the Cosmonaute is a limited edition. Breitling super clone paypal has only made 362 of these, making it a far more collectible watch than the standard-production Speedmaster. So, if you have the taste and the money to reach for the cosmos, the top quality replica Breitling Navitimer B02 Cosmonaute should be your pick.