The last watch on the list is the cheap fake Breitling Chronomat B01 ref. AB0110. Introduced in 2009, it was the first Chronomat to feature the in-house-produced B01 movement. It was first known as the Chronomat B01 and quickly renamed the Chronomat 01. It was only in production for two years when in 2011, it was renamed the luxury replica Breitling Chronomat 44 while technically remaining the same watch. Over time, I have grown to appreciate Breitling’s flagship watch, not least of all because I really like the current Chronomat.
As some of you will know, Fratello’s own Ben owns the Frecce Tricolore version of the latest Chronomat, and it is a stunner of a watch. The perfect copy Breitling Chronomat B01, however, is not as refined as the current model and is very much part of the big and bulky Breitlings of the ’00s.
The watch features a 43.5mm stainless steel case that is just under 17mm thick. It’s a chunky case that is water-resistant to an impressive 500 meters. On top of that, top fake Breitling UK made sure the watch sits very well on your wrist, balanced out by the famous Breitling Pilot bracelet. Obviously, you could also opt for a leather strap as you see pictured. I also like the Chronomat on the thick rubber straps that AAA replica Breitling produced. But overall, I like the bold presence of this Chronomat. When it comes to dial variations, you have quite a few options. You can choose from different colors, but there is also a dial variation with cut-off Roman numerals. That was not a winner. No, the winner for me was the one you see pictured.
Taking steps towards normal sizes
Inside the case, 1:1 super clone Breitling equipped the Chronomat B01 with the in-house produced B01 caliber that we already discussed. By powering its flagship model with an in-house movement, Breiling made a huge step in taking the Chronomat from a predominantly flashy piece to a serious watch for a wider audience. The in-house movement is an impressive power source with a 70-hour power reserve that’s quite hard to scoff at. In 2011, the brand also introduced the 41mm model with the same B01 movement, making the Breitling Chronomat replica for men more attractive to an even bigger audience.
As I said earlier, I have grown to respect and like the Chronomat over the course of this series of articles. Not just because of the current Swiss made fake Chronomat but also because it has been such a relevant timepiece in saving the Breitling brand. It’s also why this 43.5mm chunky slab of steel has found a place in my heart. Would I buy it if I were looking for a Chronomat? I would probably opt for either the current version or the top Swiss copy Breitling Chronomat ref. 81950 from the 1980s. That is the watch that saved the brand and also featured the iconic great rouleaux bracelet. But if you are looking for a proud and bulky statement of the late 2000s, this is the way forward. Expect to see prices between €3K and €5.5K for one. It’s money that will buy you a high quality copy Breitling icon with the modern chops to be your daily wearer.