For all those who simply love racing as much as they love watches, Breitling for Bentley Barnato Racing is without a doubt a remarkable chronological work of art. It was named after the very famous race car driver Woolf Barnato. He was part of the legendary Bentley team who won many races during the 1920s. At the moment, the Barnato Racing is one of the most sought after timepieces and it has won the hearts of numerous watch fans.
The uniqueness of its design consists of its daring sports look enhanced by the black counters shaped as the steering wheels of the memorable Bentley Speed Cars that won the Le Mans 24 hours race five times between 1924 and 1930. Still, it doesn’t take a racing enthusiast to see that this model is a true masterpiece both in form and functionality. Its natural esthetics is completed by an inner bezel marked with a tachometric scale and by a bezel with a raised knurled motif. I guess it is only fair to say that anyone wearing a Barnato Racing watch would definitely feel like a champion. Who needs a trophy when you got the Breitling for Bentley Barnato Racing on your wrist?
While examining the white dial of this replica I felt relieved to see that it is extremely well reproduced. The knurled motif bezel, the inner tachometric scale, the minutes indexes, the hour markers and the date window are exactly the same as on the original watch. The Breitling applied silver winged logo is correctly copied as well. All these details would manage to convince anyone that we are dealing with an authentic Barnato Racing, if it wasn’t be for the small disc-type contrasting black counters. Even though these are placed at different heights shaping a modern 3D looking dial, just the same as the original design, the markings on the small three dials are very different when compared to the authentic watch. A 1:1 replica should indicate: 20, 40, 60 on the 3 o’clock sub-dial, 2, 4, 6 on the 6 o’clock one and 5, 10, 15 at 9 o’clock; whereas this knock-off shows seconds, minutes and hours.
The back of the case is a living proof that the Bentley Barnato Racing has at its core a great passion for speed, thrill and action. Long story short, everything automobile racing stands for. When you turn around the watch you see the branded winding rotor through a transparent sapphire crystal back. This too is a reminiscence of the Woolf Barnato’s legacy as the winding rotor is actually shaped as the rims of the new Continental GT. The replica we are reviewing here is equipped with an identical looking mechanism viewable through the transparent back. Furthermore, all the engravings are accurate. All around the sapphire crystal it writes “Breitling for Bently Special Edition Certified Chronometer 100m/330ft” and on the actual mechanism it has engraved the words “Bentley Motors” and “Breitling for Bentley” in gold. Everything is replicated flawlessly.
The finely crafted automatic chronograph mechanism of the knock-off is encased into a 47 mm solid 440 stainless steel case. The overall authentic look is reinforced by the presence of the Breitling “B” authenticity marking on the end part of the winding crown. This is indeed a very large and heavy watch, but it is perfect for those who love contemporary, daring and sophisticated watches. You will also notice that once you wrap it around your wrist it feels naturally light and surprisingly comfortable.
The Breitling for Bentley Barnato Racing with white dial replica comes equipped with an elegant brown crocodile strap with the Breitling winged logo embossed on the outside of the clasp. The white stitches on the outer sides of the band bring back a little bit of the old vintage style specific to the glory days of Wolf Barnato- the racing legend.
The Barnato Racing collection is the definition of greatness and for most of us, watches enthusiasts, it symbolizes the reason why we love Breitling for Bentley timepieces: it is the perfect blend between British chic and Swiss excellence. Obviously, this very exclusive watch is extremely pricey and rare. Luckily, there is the option of buying a well-made replica instead of the original, a replica such as the one we have reviewed in this article.
Last modified: November 17, 2013