December 8, 2013 | Breitling
Breitling Super Avenger Military Limited Series
Breitling recently introduced a new 24-hour military style timepiece called the Super Avenger Military for those who like large, sporty, military watches.
In lieu of 12 traditional hour markers, a military dial utilizes 24 hour markers. So when the hour hand reaches what is normally 3 o’clock on a traditional watch, it is already 6 o’clock on this one. If you are in the military, this may have some utility. However, many companies, such as Victorinox, who uses an arguably simpler method of displaying the 24-hour time format: they print a supplementary military time scale on the inner part of the dial. This allows 24-hour time to be easily read at a glance, while maintaining a traditional 12-hour dial. I am not in the military, so I can not definitely say which way of showing military time is preferred, but I would argue that having both formats — is more intuitive. You see, even if you are familiar with military time, it takes a while to get used to a watch that has this type of display. In theory it is simple, but when you are conditioned to think that 6 o’clock is, well, 6 o’clock, it is hard to then remember that it is actually 12 o’clock on a true 24-hour military dial.