Breitling Skyland Avenger
The Breitling Skyland Avenger is a tough watch. A Skyland Avenger Blacksteel is even tougher. The PVD (physical vapor deposition) coating gives the watch it’s signature black look. It’s water resistant to 300 meters, and in essence is shockproof, making it extremely functional and durable.
This watch isn’t just rugged, its also big. The Skyland boasts a 45mm diameter and is over 17mm thick. The large dial easily fits three subdials, and has stencil-style number markers and a date window.
This watch kind of rides the line between a pilot’s watch and a dive watch. Breitiling is best-known for its pilots watches and the Skyland definitely borrows from their designs. It’s a chronograph with Arabic numerals, and high legibility, which falls in pilots watch lineage. However, its depth rating, unidirectional rotating bezel, and screw-down crown are quintessentially dive watch components.
Breitling Skyland Avenger: Side-By-Side
Recently we had a fairly convincing Skyland fake come through the office. The Skyland Blacksteel was a limited edition release in the Avenger line so we were a bit surprised to see a fake. Now let’s take a look at some of the differences that stood out.
Before we jump in, it’s important to note that the dials of these two watches have different colorings, but that isn’t what makes one fake and one authentic. Above we mentioned that the Skyland Blacksteel had a PVD coating on it. However, side-by-side you can see that the crown tube on the fake watch doesn’t have the same PVD coating as the real Blacksteel.
Also, because it’s not an authentic Breitling, it wasn’t made with authentic Breitling materials. This means that the dark coloring coating the watch isn’t the same shade as the real watch.
When you look at the date window side-by-side, you can see that the curves on the number eight are slightly different. The other big difference is that the date doesn’t center properly in the fake as it does the real.
Moving on to the logo and dial, the differences start to stack up. The font used on the fake Breitling isn’t the correct font. Its thinner, and the spacing is different. Also, on the fake, the logo crowds the date window. The color is also not quite as rich on the fake as it is the real.
The subdials also show some differences. On the real Skyland, the decorative striations on the subdials are on the left. The fake mimics the decorative striations, but on the right hand side. The hands on the dial and subdial are also off. Breitling takes great precision in their craftsmanship and pays attention to detail. The Skyland hands’ have painted center points matching the rest of the hand. On the fake Skyland, the hands’ center points are not painted to match.
Finally, there is the back of the watch. The writing on the cases are not the same. On the real Breitling, the font kerning (space between the letters) is shorter. On the fake, the kerning is looser as is the leading (space between the lines of text). The font on the back also differ. The real is crisper and cleaner, while the fake has less definition.
At first glance, this was a pretty decent fake. However, once you took a close look you could begin to see the differences. Overall the quality just doesn’t match that of Breitling.
Before you make any watch purchase, it’s important to arm yourself with as much information as you can. Counterfeit watches are only getting more convincing and you want to be sure that your investment is real.
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