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Breitling Avenger 2 Seawolf

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One of the watches I've always fancied was the Breitling Avenger 2 Seawolf. I wanted a yellow dialed watch, but unfortunately the H Factory one was either too expensive (the Swiss ETA one) or with a shoddy caliper (the one with POS movement), and also I didn't like the pale yellow and black numbers of the older model (here below the old vs the new model):

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Within this year they also released a version that at the beginning was attracting my attention, just to get after few minutes that they completely missed the dial color, using the old one instead of the new "cobra yellow" as they should have done (https://www.intime01.co/breitling/3346-seawolf-ss-1-1-best-edition-superlumed-yellow-dial-number-markers-on-green-leather-strap-a2824super-thick-crystal.html Pic from InTime, TD over RWI):

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I also have been tempted to get the new special edition DLC one as soon as it came on the market (GF Factory, like this: https://www.intime01.co/breitling/3985-avenger-ii-seawolf-pvd-gf-1-1-best-edition-yellow-dial-on-black-nylon-strap-a2824.html):

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but I know I get bored easily with black case watches, so I waited and waited...

 

And finally they managed to release a good SS case one with a proper yellow color (pic from Torobravo, here still with plastic protections on the case):

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Since finally I am well confident about my tinkering skills (and I'm completely NOT confident about the "send back to repair" guarantee option from all the TDs), I went for a wholesaler TD of RWI: http://watchoutlet01.com/watches/breitling/avenger/avenger-ii-seawolf-ss-gf-1-1-best-edition-yellow-dial-on-black-rubber-strap-a2824.html where I chose the "Chinase tracked airmail" saving a good ~95$ (230$+14$ shipping VS 298$+50$ shipping from a standard TD).

It has been a bit of pain to pay because I sent money with WU just 2 days before they told me that their WU receiver had been banned for reaching the receive amount limit, so I had to reverse the payment, and the name they gave me later as new receiver was so long that it wasn't possible to write it completely in the WU online form (I always use online "bank transfer to cash" formula due to the fact that it costs me only 5$ here in Italy, without the stupid commissions of the in-person WU transaction), and therefore I had to call again WU to change that name a little (luckily they permitted me to do that). Anyway just the payment process took more than 15 days...

Finally they messed-up with shipment (after I accepted the QC pics) and sent me the watch over DHL, which is "the evil" here in IT. I had been VERY LUCKY and the watch passed the customs (at least they declared it as I suggested: "Measurement tool") and it arrived from China to Italy in 2 days over the weekend

Anyway it's here now.

Comments about it:

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • the case is really well built, with the most impressive part being the sand-blasted area on the back: smooth and perfectly executed
  • a couple of small defects (already seen in the QC pics, but accepted as fixable by me and you never know the next one which defects could have presented...) are the dial which is a bit rotated, making the date to sit a bit low in the window, and the bezel which is not 100% aligned (let's see after I've fixed the dial)
  • the movement is a standard a2824, it runs quite well but it is COMPLETELY dry (and therefore a bit noisy). I've already disassembled it to service it. The novelty of the movement is that it has an Incabloc spring instead of the classic Asian Novodiac antishock, making it to be exactly like the gen movement
 By the way, a couple of pics of it as I received it and removed all the protective film. The color looks perfect and the way that the polished numbers look shiny or black depending on the light is amazing, but you can see the date a bit low and on the left and the bezel how it should be to be nearly centered with the case:  99df69d04b39b009674a068c2e7acad2.jpg&key=197fd44534b820fb76b2d107f4dc8124274a41676768cc0fc93c1e42aea36ce0482f9761902683e14434a7388f4da401.jpg&key=2198666a259ca50f1b77fc117ccb7853b3f895e81cb12a80ea2d947e9aa89a7f   And this is how I left it this morning before to go to work, but after correcting the dial placement and centering the date (I did it before to start to disassemble the movement for the service):

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Ah, and here the first check to the movement, before starting to work on it:

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And this is why I decided to do the service AFTER the modifications to the dial to center it. Apparently the movement was fully clean but this is what remained in the first cleaning bath, all that gold debris was in the movement:

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About the movement: apart the incablock antishok sprint, it's a pretty standard A2824. It doesn't have any overlay on the date wheel and it is well refinished.

 

Here a pic at the end of the service:

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Here is what I meant for "perfect finishing on the back", it's lovely:

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And finished:

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Plus the obligatory wristy:

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I have the earlier version with not so correct yellow color.. now that the new version is out im super  tempted again!

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1 hour ago, kennycoder said:

I have the earlier version with not so correct yellow color.. now that the new version is out im super  tempted again!

And I bought it off you mate?!! As it happens, I also recently bought the blacksteel version which OP was referring to earlier and its a great watch. Would have gone for the SS version if I didn't already have the one I bought off you. I was thinking that the new blacksteel I picked up might make the earlier one with the off colour dial useless but I still actually enjoy wearing it. I think the SS case, the yellow (even if off) and the grey strap it came with is a really nice combination and I still enjoy wearing it. There's a place for both in my collection for sure! If anything its probably less stand out on the wrist than the blacksteel so flies under the radar a little more. I personally think the new version with the more orangey yellow (if that makes sense) goes really well with the SS and the black rubber. I tried the earlier version with the black strap and just didn't really works as well I don't think so put it back on the grey...

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5 hours ago, GenTLe said:

(I need to run at work now)

When you get back, post us some good pics of your new watch (or after you finished your work on it)

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When you get back, post us some good pics of your new watch (or after you finished your work on it)
I will add the pics and process at the 1st post to make it more readable :)

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That watch outlet is cheap. Looking forward to your pictures. 

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Nice, I have the old swiss wolf.  Never wear it but it looks good in the box.  :lol:

 

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On 12/6/2017 at 11:43, Marcoman said:

And I bought it off you mate?!! As it happens, I also recently bought the blacksteel version which OP was referring to earlier and its a great watch. Would have gone for the SS version if I didn't already have the one I bought off you. I was thinking that the new blacksteel I picked up might make the earlier one with the off colour dial useless but I still actually enjoy wearing it. I think the SS case, the yellow (even if off) and the grey strap it came with is a really nice combination and I still enjoy wearing it. There's a place for both in my collection for sure! If anything its probably less stand out on the wrist than the blacksteel so flies under the radar a little more. I personally think the new version with the more orangey yellow (if that makes sense) goes really well with the SS and the black rubber. I tried the earlier version with the black strap and just didn't really works as well I don't think so put it back on the grey...

No, I still have it. Slightly older release but still awesome.

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Awesome mate!

Looking forward to seeing it assembled back again!

Enjoy wearing it in the best of health Alex!

Cheers!

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Updated the initial post with refinement finished.

I also checked the water resistance to 5 bar: all good to go!

 

 

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Looks the business mate. I'm sold on this version thanks to you! 

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Great job!

Enjoy wearing it in the best of health mate!

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i really envy the way you can tear a watch down and service it... so damn brilliant, what a fantastic job my man. That YELLOW, absolutely jumps out at you. Simply Beautiful

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Thanks guys :)

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Every time I think I've owned all the Breitlings I would ever want to....a post like this comes along and ruins my plan. Great post, great pix. Wish I had the skills to pull one apart and make it truly right. Sadly, sizing a bracelet is about the extent of my expertise. 

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Great job on the watchsmithing, I would love to have that sort of skill... well maybe one day, must order some crappy dhgate stuff to train !

Thank you for the update and pics !

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Looks awesome mate, mine is in the air as we speak!!

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