Give Me a “B”! Breitling’s Endurance Pro Goes to College (and Joins the Football Team)
Princeton University, the U.S. Naval Academy, University of Alabama, and University of Michigan fans will want to get a look at these special edition, US-exclusive watches.
Inspired by the popular Breitling Sprint of the 1970s (which sported a pulsometer), the Endurance Pro collection from Breitling has always presented lightweight SuperQuartz-powered time-keeper options that are also accessibly priced. It’s no wonder that the Sprint and the Endurance Pro have been perennially popular with athletes and divers.
Still, despite its popularity with athletes, it was a bit surprising to see a luxury Swiss watchmaker take an interest in college football.
However, in a recent press release for the new US-only University Edition timepieces from the Endurance Pro collection, Thierry Prissert, President of Breitling USA, said: “When I went to my first collegiate football game in Alabama, the passion and enthusiasm I saw first-hand from the fans had me so inspired. I knew this would be the perfect alignment for a custom Breitling Endurance Pro University of Alabama Edition watch.
“With this idea came the vision to expand the University Editions with three other iconic colleges: Princeton University, the United States Naval Academy, and the University of Michigan.
“Their signature school colors compliment the already colorful Breitling Endurance Pro collection, and we knew students, alumni, and fans of these universities would like to showcase this school spirit on their wrists.”
Now, that makes perfect sense! Let’s take a closer look!
Hold That Tiger!
Currently ranked second in the Ivy League Conference college football rankings, the Princeton Tigers command a die-hard fan base, to be sure. Luckily for them, the bold Endurance Pro Princeton University Edition chronograph reflects that fandom with the school’s logo between 3 and 4 o’clock and the Princeton coat of arms at 6 o’clock on the tigerlike orange-and-black dial and etched into the caseback.
Meanwhile, additional orange details, like a brilliant orange rubber strap embossed with the word “Breitling” on both its halves, complete the game without becoming an overly facile striped design.
Ann Arbor Effect
The University of Michigan football team has a long, long history of college sports dominance. In fact, as of this writing, not only is it ranked second in the Big Ten Conference, but it is also ranked third in the country overall.
So, for the Endurance Pro University of Michigan Edition, Breitling used a similar design and color approach as it did with the Princeton timepiece. This time, however, the University of Michigan’s classic deep blue and maize yellow colors dominate. And like all the University Editions detailed here, the chronograph sub-dials are color-matched to the main dial for a subtler, less technical approach.
Finally, the University of Michigan Edition has the school’s iconic Michigan “M” at the 6 o’clock position, its logo between 3 and 4 o’clock, and the full university seal on the caseback. Perfect for Wolverines fans.
While the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, doesn’t rank particularly high in the NCAA standings, the ONLY game diehard fans of college football really care about is the classic Army vs. Navy game. And in 2022, the Navy Midshipmen lost by only three points to the Army Black Knights of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York, so Navy fans expect big things of their team in 2023.
Thus, the deep navy blue colorway featured on the Endurance Pro United States Naval Academy Edition is required gear for dyed-in-the-wool Navy fans, be they part of the student body (known as the Brigade of Midshipmen), players, alumni, or just fans of the game, who want to be “A.J. Squared Away.”
Plus, with the Navy “N” at 6 o’clock on the dial, the school’s logo between 3 and 4 o’clock, and the anchor insignia used on the academy’s service dress uniforms engraved on the caseback, this might be the most stylish of the University Edition chronographs.
Fresh off its Sugar Bowl victory in December, the University of Alabama football team finished the 2022 season ranked fourth nationally. And fans who purchase the Endurance Pro University of Alabama Edition will be seeing a lot of red (or, better yet, CRIMSON).
From the bright crimson, double-embossed “Breitling” rubber strap to the crimson dial details to the crown ring to the chrono pushers, there is no denying that the University of Alabama model is proud to have been swept up by the Crimson Tide.
This time around, in addition to the university’s logo between 3 and 4 o’clock, the Bama team logo is at 6 o’clock. Meanwhile, the school’s famous “Where Legends Are Made” campaign logo adorns the caseback.
The Varsity Team
The four ultra-lightweight, 44mmm Endurance Pro University Editions feature a bidirectional rotating bezel. Plus, as a nod to the collection’s decades-old inspiration and so you can monitor your heart rate in the heat of “battle,” the inner bezel includes a pulsometer scale.
The bold rubber straps are all crafted from tough Diver Pro material, and the COSC-certified Breitling Calibre 82 movement with precision SuperQuartz technology provides the beating heart of the collection.
Finally, in addition to Super-LumiNova coating for the hour and minutes hands, water resistance to 330 feet, and a red central seconds hand, expect a small seconds sub-dial and 1/10th second and 30-minute chronograph counters.
I’d say we’re ready for kick-off!
Pricing & Availability
All four of Breitling’s Endurance Pro University Editions are available only at the brand’s retailers in the U.S. and via Breitling’s website for $3,700 each.
(Photograpy by Liam O'Donnell)