Of the new crop of Breguet Marine Pre Basal Replica watches, this simple three-hand Marine 5517 in ceramic is my favored option (here since the ref. 5517TI/G2/TZ0 with the matching bracelet). ABlogtoWatch first coated the introduction of this Breguet Marine 5517 watch here, and now I go hands-on this intriguing and high-end casual Swiss watch that has a lot of details to talk about.
Breguet recently re-introduced its important Marine collection. The high-end to daily-casual Marine collection was constantly about marrying Breguet’s rich history of fine watchmaking with the trendiness of a marine-world themed causal game watch. Between the Marine and the Type XX set, Breguet has always had the potential to create very good athletic watches — when they put their mind to it. The great thing is that, moving forward, we’ve been told that Breguet will nevertheless, indeed, focus on sport watches at a bigger way.
Last year,Breguet Marine Équation Marchante 5887 surfaced the refreshed Marine watch set with all the Marine 5527 Chronograph on a ring (aBlogtoWatch hands on here). That version is related to the Marine 5517, as it has the same color dial and is a part of the same family, however I happen to enjoy the three-hand model more, if just because the dial is much more symmetrical in layout (the chronograph is”lop-sided,” thanks to a larger subdial).
Breguet’s challenge with the Marine is important. As the timepiece collector globe continues its fascination with other high-end marine-theme watches, such as the Patek Philippe Nautilus, Vacheron Constantin Overseas, and Audemars Piguet Royal Oak, the Breguet Marine isn’t typically a part of the same conversation. From a high quality and heritage level, it ought to be. So what’s holding the Breguet Marine back? In my view, it is partially due to deficient marketing — but more immediately, since the Marine watch is not distinctive enough, per se. What do I mean with this? Well, in case you find that a Royal Oak round the room, you know what it is. A semi-trained eye can pick out a Royal Oak in a bunch due to the distinctive shape of this circumstance. Breguet’s difficulty is that, right now, the Marine does not have that knowledge power.