Before I lay out my feelings on the red gold Duograph, the first watch that enters the ring in my corner will be the steel Breitling Premier Datora replica with salmon dial. The watch is the most complicated, as the Tourbillon is not a complication per se, out of all the pieces in the Premier collection. Its heritage dates back to the 1940s Datora reference 799 that Breitling produced from 1947 to 1951 in either steel or gold.
Inspired by this early reference, this new version features the same functionalities and adds great vintage-inspired looks with all the perks of a modern watch. The watch features a 42mm case that is a substantial 15.35mm thick.
The Breitling fake watch with steel case has a standard chronograph with running seconds, and 30-minute counter, and a full calendar. The sub-register at 6 o’clock features both a moon phase and a date indicator. The day and month apertures are positioned right underneath the 12 o’clock marker. This is all made possible by the Breitling Caliber B25, which is Breitling’s name for the Swiss Concepto 2000-RAC caliber. Breitling provided Concepto with a series of guidelines and features to be integrated into the movement. The main focus point was an improved calendar mechanism to increase accuracy and reliability. Additionally, the movement sees a detailed finish and a new design for the oscillating weight to make it attractive to look at through the display case-back.
Although the movement looks pleasing, the true star of the show is the salmon dial. This beautiful dial turns out to be the perfect canvas for the complications of the 42 mm copy Breitling Premier Datora.
The golden combo of steel and salmon
There is something special about seeing a watch with a salmon dial. The look is incredibly stylish and is friendly to the eyes due to its soft overall tone. But in all its grace, it also demands respect as it has a majestic feel to it. Combine it with a classic silhouette, and it has an instant vintage aesthetic. But it doesn’t mean you don’t need to create an excellent dial design to achieve its potential. And that’s precisely what top quality copy Breitling has achieved. Despite all the different functions, the dial never seems cluttered. All the elements are placed neatly on the dial, making it feel perfectly balanced. Even the oversized cut-off numerals — something I’m usually not a fan of — feel completely in balance with the rest of the elements on the dial. In combination with the salmon color, it oozes vintage class.
The term “salmon dial” is actually a collective name given to dials that go from a rose gold hue to a much brighter pink color. The guys at A Collected Man wrote an in-depth piece on the history of salmon dials. In it, you can read that it is commonly thought that the first rose gold “salmon” dials were created to match the gold cases. But it’s the combination of a white metal case with a salmon dial that creates a unique visual contrast and is much loved by watch enthusiasts. Like many brands, Breitling stays away from the term salmon dial and calls this dial copper. Whatever you prefer to call it, this steel salmon breitling Datora super clone is the better option at €11,350 over Ben’s €22,200 red gold version.