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 Post subject: NICE WRITE UP
PostPosted: Tue Dec 30, 2008 8:09 pm 
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oh man, the SA is gonna be my next watch, hopefully i can find a good deal on a new one (group buy)


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 Post subject: Black SA
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Great watch!! The Pro II bracelet is really kicks it up a few notches too! I am looking to buy one of these in white and noticed that the numbers are gone and there are batons instead! Am I of bad taste to say I liked the numbers even though they were cut up by the sub dials? Don't get me wrong, I do like both versions.

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 Post subject: Re: Black SA
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kbrier wrote:
Great watch!! The Pro II bracelet is really kicks it up a few notches too! I am looking to buy one of these in white and noticed that the numbers are gone and there are batons instead! Am I of bad taste to say I liked the numbers even though they were cut up by the sub dials? Don't get me wrong, I do like both versions.


Both versions are available. The baton version was introduced last year as an addition to the arabic version.


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 Post subject: Re: Black SA
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kbrier wrote:
Am I of bad taste to say I liked the numbers even though they were cut up by the sub dials?

Not at all! While the batons (especially on the white dial) have grown on me, I still prefer the arabic numbers too.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 29, 2009 12:33 pm 
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As far as watch stories go that was riveting. Congratulations on the SA, it's a beautiful piece. Great specs. Enjoy it!!!!!

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Great post! I am happy you really love the watch. The SA is a great piece. I am an AD and appreciate your take on Ebay and all the other sources out there. There really is something to buying it the right way. We invest so much to carry Breitling and it is nice to know some people care for more than just price.

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PostPosted: Wed May 06, 2009 12:51 am 
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Hi Mercury,

Just read your post,glad you love the watch.
Funny thing is I tried on a SA yesterday and I love it, very nice watch.
I was looking at the chrono-matic but when i tried it on it didn't look great so the SA caught my eye.
I'm a big guy too so the 48mm diameter is right for me.

One thing, I have a friend in Dubai and he is coming back home to Dublin in a couple of months so I might get
him to buy it for me. Can you reccomend a store to purchase the watch, Are they cheaper in Dubai ?
They retail at 3500 euro in Dublin. What would the price be in dubai?

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Hey Maxie,
Sorry, did not see your post until now.
Dubai prices will definitely be cheaper and I can assure you that you will get a good deal.
Dubai is covered by only one dealer - Kunooz Jewellers and they have about 10 outlets across the city.
They are big and you can be almost sure they will have the model you are looking for.
If you visit the Breitling site, you will find their email address and phone number there.
They are very prompt and respond to emails very quickly and are happy to give a price quote on email.
If there is something specific you want, they can get it for you if you give them enough notice.
Go to the biggest showroom they have - in the " Mall of The Emirates " - the mall which has the articial, fully air conditioned ski slope!
If they do not have stock in one showroom they are happy to check across and get you the item if it is there in any of their other showrooms in Dubai.

Best of Luck! Post the pics soon.

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Mercury2wo wrote:
Breitling Super Avenger – Black, Steel Bracelet.
What I am posting here is more of a journey I undertook to buy the Black SA.

The Bug
The first time I noticed a Breitling was John Travolta sporting a Navitimer in an Ad and instantly decided I wanted one. A visit to the AD and I decided it was way beyond my budget (I mean I was wearing a Hamilton Khakhi x-Wind at that time – and any Breitling I liked was priced at least 2 to 3 times of that!

I decided to shelve it for a while and bought a Tag Heuer Aqua Racer instead.

All was Ok till a friend's wife sought my assistance in purchasing a Breitling for her husband as a surprise gift on his birthday. I helped her pickup a Black Avenger Skyland in Steel and decided I simply HAD to have a Breitling!

Still trying to scrimp, I searched souq.com for some good deals (souq.com, an auction site is Dubai's version of Ebay) and got a great deal on a 3 year old B2 on Steel and met the Seller and picked it up – but only after selling my Tag first. I had done enough research – thanks to Breitlingsource.com - to be able to spot out a fake B2. I was armed with Model Numbers, Strap and Bracelet Model Numbers, Difference in styling of the rider tabs and which models were made in which years, etc. This one was 100% the real thing – with Warranty, COSC Certificate and all that.

I was happy for 3 days exactly – till niggling doubts starting popping in my head. What if the Movement was not genuine? What if the watch had broken down and it was fixed with fake parts and re-sold?
And the thing about Luxury watches is – it is not what others think about you when they see you – it is what you feel when you wear the watch (Hence Replicas or Fakes are a complete NO-GO! What is the point anyway?)

And I also happened to spot one of our Bollywood (Indian Cinema) Actors sport a Super Avenger in one of his photo shoots – Black SA on Rubber Strap and that was it! I sold the B2 and ran to the AD to pick up my SA – but alas! They were out of Stock AND their prices had shot up by 25% as of 1st May 2008!

My wife went berserk when I told her that the Budget she had sanctioned for my watch (which was in return of a year's worth of chores and things I would listen to her about) had shot up by 25%! After a couple of weeks to cajoling, pleading, sulking - she agreed!

But there was still no SA available for the foreseeable future with any of the AD's in Dubai! I was asked to wait...

The Wait (The Pain and the Effort)
And thus started my seemingly endless wait for an SA to be shipped to my AD. I sent them emails every week and called them every other week – just so that I wouldn't miss the SA in case it arrived. The staff at the AD were always polite and helpful and always took my calls and replied to my emails - “Sir! We still haven't got a consignment – we will inform you when we get it”
And this was in Dubai – the gateway to the Middle East! Where Breitling Outdoor and Airport Ads mingle with Ads for Bank Accounts and Credit cards!
I beseeched friends traveling from Singapore (I am a Private Banker, based in Dubai), colleagues traveling to Mauritius and friends holidaying in Switzerland – But the Super Avenger was JUST NOT AVAILABLE ANYWHERE!

In desperation I started looking at these dealers on the Net – authenticwatches.com / jomashop.com . Read feedback about how many times the serial number was removed or certificates were not included. I decided THIS time won't make the same mistake – A Breitling is about how I feel – NOT about what others think. I would just not be comfortable wearing a watch with its serial numbers sanded off!

Finally One AD in Dubai had an SA – but a White Dial. While a White Dial was my LAST Choice (Black-Blue-White was my preference), the wait was killing me. I spent an agonizing week checking out pics of the white SA, wondering if it was the right choice. It did look a little more BLINGY than the muted dark dials. How it would look on a Rubber Strap? Will it go with my suits? Should I buy it? What if there are no SA's available for the next 2-3 months and this one also gets sold out?
But I finally decided to hold on and wait...

The D-Day (Markets)
15th July 2008 started just like any other – except of course the world financial markets were getting slaughtered! Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae needed the Fed's help to bail them out and the markets were falling! Talks of job cuts in the Financial Industry were all over the place.
Till I got a phone call from the AD that the SA had arrived and I could come and pick it up! Yippee!
I picked up the watch on 16th July 2008 - and I thought one also needs mementos to mark low days and difficult periods of your life – so that 5 years later when you look at your watch you can say “I remember those times and I SURVIVED!”

[b]Finally...[b/]
The AD in Dubai is an exclusive Jewellery and Breitling Retailer and has outlets in the most expensive malls in the city. The sales person was warm and friendly and as we sat – he took out the package.

Opening The Package (Please click on the Thumbnails for a larger picture)

The AD threw in a Breitling Baseball Cap AND a semi-hard Traveling watch case. The Box Package and the above two in a stylish Breitling carrybag.
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The Package has the image of a Plane Propeller and is made of solid cardboad. Very stylish!
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Opening the Box – reveals a shining Bakelite Box with the embossed Wings Logo. This version of the box seems to have been introduced only in the last couple of years. I have also heard that these boxes in themselves are collectors items!
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The base of the box reveals a cardboard – with description of the Bakelite Box and below which are the warranty card, manual and COSC Certificate.
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A close up of the description, and it talks about a quick history of Bakelite and that the box was made in France
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The Made in France and Genuine Bakelite imprinted on the bottom of the Box. This is also used by collectors to identify fake bakelite boxes from the real ones.
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The Bakelite Box hinges upwards revealing a leather case with embossed Breitling Logo.
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The watch has a plastic Bezel protector and the steel bracelet is encased in plastic (you can't see those here – since I had removed them already) The SA looks majestic inside the Leather Case. A Beast waiting to be let out of the cage!

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On my Wrist it looks Awesome! The sheer beauty of the watch cannot be explained or depicted in these photos. My initial impression was that the polished shiny finish might look too flashy - but when you actually wear the watch you realise that the finish actually enhances the look of the watch.

The Blue Tinge of the Anti Glare coating on the glass adds a pleasant Blue-Black feel to the dial at certain angles. The AR coating is magic! It's as if the Glass isn't there at all!

What I LOVE about this watch is the Big Breitling Wings Logo – which is solid steel applied on to the dial. Unlike Etched logos of the Avenger Skyland or the Navitimers. And note that the newer versions of the SA's probably for the last 3 years have a larger 'wingspan' to the logo – stretching from the date window to the bottom of the subdial. The older ones have a much smaller 'wingspan'

While the watch is quite BIG – 48.4 mm Dial AND chunky pushers and crowns –but the watch is not as heavy as I expected it to be. I like the solid, heavy feel of a watch. The bracelets seemed lighter than I would have expected a solid steel bracelet to be. The links are probably hollow and not solid steel. But they look great and complement the watch. All those of you with a Pro 1 Bracelet – I strongly recommend you trying out the Pro 2 Bracelet. It will change the look of your watch!

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Contrary to my expectations – this watch actually goes quite well with formal suits as well. (I am a Private Banker, remember? I cannot look like Dr. Dre when I meet clients and discuss investment portfolios and risk hedging strategies with them.) But this watch just seems a natural part of my attire even with a suit! Here is a pic with casual weekend dressing and the watch looks great!

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A Final Pic with Everything the AD gave me.

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Conclusion -
I was looking to buy a Breitling for the last 8 months – frequenting watch sites, checking out posts, requesting friends, buying a used watch, selling it, innumerable visits and phone calls to the AD's, etc. and enjoyed the process thoroughly! Now that I have bought my watch and have it on my hand - it does feel like the end of a journey – and I do feel a bit saddened. And the first time is always special!
But Hey! There is always the Next Breitling to look forward to!
My Tips
1.Wait for your watch – don't hurry up and compromise on a watch you don't completely like.
2.If it is your first Breitling – avoid Ebay, second hand watches (unless from a friend or a trusted source) and other Internet watch dealers.
3.Of course, AVOID fakes. It won't mean anything to you after a few days. If anything it will tell your friends a lot about you – and probably all the wrong things.
4.Do your research – Breitlingsource.com is a great site and get opinions and help from the friends you will make here.


I know it is a slightly long post - But Do Give me Your Feedback and let me know if you enjoyed this post or found it useful!


Good review from a forum user's perspective. Nice watch enjoy !


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What's the difference between a Pro 1 and Pro 2?


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It is a totally different bracelet style

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really enjoyed reading this story, it felt like I was with you throughout the whole journey!!

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Great Review... Got the same one 4 days ago and still in awe that i have one..


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 27, 2012 7:30 pm 
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great post, great watch,,,


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Just bought my 1st SA. Comes Tuesday! I'll post up pictures when it arrives!

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