Surely, one of the most remarkable designs within the watch industry is the manly and over-sized Breitling Crosswind. This unique chronograph watch is the peak of the Windrider range. Designed, constructed and adorned with outstanding aesthetic sense and extreme watchmaking skills, its perfect craftsmanship is equaled only by the refinement of its shape and choice of materials. For all these sophisticated details, the Breitling Crosswind represents a prestigious and original Breitling design, and it enjoys the durability and high functionality of an advanced time keeping instrument.
The Breitling Crosswind has a distinctive adventurous look due to its large stainless steel case, which embodies a deep blue dial adorned with roman numerals, a date window and three small dials. Another novelty of this model is the unique winding crown and buttons. These are more rounded than the classic ones, their shape resembles to one of a dome. To improve night legibility, the model has luminescent coating on the roman hour markers, on the large hands, and also on the small three hands.
I have always fancied the Crowsswind line and this is the reason why I was so tempted to buy myself a replica of this model. I honestly cannot say that this is one of the best replicas I own, so the entire purchase was a disappointment. I will also explain why this is such a bad fake and I will give you some tips to avoid making the same mistake I did.
The first thing you want to do when buying a replica is to look at the dial and compare it with the original Breitling Crosswind dial. First of all, the roman hour markers are off. The replica has all 12 roman hour markers applied on the dial, but the original watch does not mark all 12 hours represented by roman numerals. It only uses I, II, IV, V, VII, VIII, X and XI. The other hours are luminescent dots. Also, my replica does not have luminescent coating on the small hands from the sub-dials. The original watch has luminor on these to enhance night legibility. Furthermore, the Breitling CrossWind replica has a red arrow on top of the seconds hands while the original one has a white arrow on top.
The biggest and most noticeable defect is the bezel of the replica. The Breitling Crosswind should have the distinctive Windrider bezel while my replica has a Navitimer bezel. Any person who sees this flaw will be able to tell that the watch is just a cheap quality fake product. And let’s not forget about the winding crown and small buttons on the right side of the watch. The Crowsswind introduces a new type of buttons, rounded ones, shaped like domes. Of course, my replica does not carry this type of buttons. It has the old style of Breitling winding crown and buttons.
The quality of the stainless steel used on this Crowsswind replica is pretty good. It is not the best steel I have ever seen, but it has proved to be a very sturdy and durable one. I have worn this watch for quite some time and it managed to conserve its shine. The movement is also pretty decent. The watch features an Asian automatic mechanism and it keeps good time. Unlike, most poor quality replicas it does not stop while I wear it and does not lose considerable amounts of time.
The Breitling Crosswind is a very modern and popular model designed for those who love beautiful watches and the thrill of extreme sports. It is the perfect watch for modern and fashionable men. If you are considering buying an imitation, first take a moment to compare the replica with the original design and choose wisely by following the above guidelines.
Last modified: November 20, 2017