The replica watch industry is facing tough times, and offering more affordable pieces that present a real value proposition for buyers is an obvious way to reach a larger market. For mainstream luxury brands like Breitling, this means more bang-for-buck pieces like the new Colt Skyracer that we have here. In covering the release of the Breitling Colt Skyracer here, we said that it has an “extremely reasonable price” at around $2,000. That’s maybe not quite a steal, but the Breitling Colt Skyracer is a solid, sporty replica watch for those looking for Breitling quality and brand identity and who are open to the idea of high-end quartz movements.
Like most other replica watches from the brand, the Breitling Colt Skyracer is big, bold, and brash. And that is fitting because this replica watch is, beyond everything else, a tool watch. It measures 45mm wide and is 13.5mm thick. However, the cool thing about it is that it comes in a black carbon composite case. Breilting calls this carbon material Breitlight, and it is very strong and light. To give you an idea of how light it is, consider this fact: it is 3.3 times lighter than titanium. That is pretty incredible.
Breitlight also has other useful properties. It has “exceptional resistance” to scratches, corrosion, and it is also non-magnetic and hypoallergenic. In press photos, the Breitlight case looks almost like forged carbon, but in the flesh, we think it more resembles the look of typical DLC finishes. The case is water resistant to 100m and it also has a unidirectional bezel, which can be used for timing events. The bezel features four raised tabs, which makes it easy to operate even if you are wearing gloves.
The dial’s clever use of font and arrangement keeps all the information highly legible, even with the all the digits on the dial. The Breitling Colt Skyracer dial has a matte black finish marked by large Arabic numeral hour markers. The large hour markers are actually painted on the dial, but done so with a shadow effect that gives the markers the illusion of depth. It also prevents the dial from looking too flat and uninteresting.
Around the hour markers is a railroad-style minutes track, with every fifth minute marked. And on the inside of the hour markers, there are additional 24-hour markings – very handy if you ever need to quickly reference military times. At 3 o’clock, the date window is nicely executed with the date wheel matching the color of the dial. The sword-style hour and minute hands are thick and lumed for night legibility. The seconds hand stretches all the way to the railroad minutes track and has a striking red tip.