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Author:  vulcanpilot [ Sat Jul 27, 2019 8:15 am ]
Post subject:  A couple of B55 questions

Sadly, my daily wear is now an Apple Watch 4 (and for the past 3 years a series 1) and my Aerospace Avantage/Co Pilot seldom gets worn. It lives in the drawer of my winder with my wife’s Colt Oceane ... and we both have had the issue when we have come to wear it, batteries on the way out or flat.

BUK now charges an eye-watering amount to do very little intervention to change the battery (£140 and £95 for the Aerospace/co-pilot), and I have just had an almighty row with them over my Aerospace ... it went in for a full overhaul in late 2017 and both watch and co-pilot batteries lasted less than 2 years. Sent it in and they claimed the watch had never been in to them before for work (so what are the stamps in my warranty book then) and they sent me a pro-forma invoice for over £700 of work ‘required’. Anyhow, cut a long story short, after getting a bit shouty, they agreed that “something had gone seriously wrong” with their processes and procedures and they would sort it out for me as a gesture of goodwill - they basically redid the overhaul!

So, I decided I would get shot of all of my quartz battery Breitlings ... can’t take a joke, shouldn’t have joined eh? Roll forward, been offered a B55 Exospace at a good price, brand new.

Now, I’m interested because theoretically (possible firmware issues aside) I won’t ‘need’ to get BUK to change the batteries every couple of years.

My questions ... all the B55 Exospace I’ve seen appear to have BLUE hands with the Titanium case ... the one offered has silver hands ... can’t find any info on the Breitling site about whether hand colour was an option. Does anyone know?

Also, does anyone know the bezel protector number for the B55 ... as per, the darned AD has taken it off and it’s been bunged in a box with loads of others and he doesn’t want to hunt through to find one that fits. If I had the number I could get him to locate it in the box.

TIA

Author:  Arcam [ Sat Jul 27, 2019 8:27 am ]
Post subject:  Re: A couple of B55 questions

vulcanpilot wrote:
Sadly, my daily wear is now an Apple Watch 4 (and for the past 3 years a series 1) and my Aerospace Avantage/Co Pilot seldom gets worn. It lives in the drawer of my winder with my wife’s Colt Oceane ... and we both have had the issue when we have come to wear it, batteries on the way out or flat.

BUK now charges an eye-watering amount to do very little intervention to change the battery (£140 and £95 for the Aerospace/co-pilot), and I have just had an almighty row with them over my Aerospace ... it went in for a full overhaul in late 2017 and both watch and co-pilot batteries lasted less than 2 years. Sent it in and they claimed the watch had never been in to them before for work (so what are the stamps in my warranty book then) and they sent me a pro-forma invoice for over £700 of work ‘required’. Anyhow, cut a long story short, after getting a bit shouty, they agreed that “something had gone seriously wrong” with their processes and procedures and they would sort it out for me as a gesture of goodwill - they basically redid the overhaul!

So, I decided I would get shot of all of my quartz battery Breitlings ... can’t take a joke, shouldn’t have joined eh? Roll forward, been offered a B55 Exospace at a good price, brand new.

Now, I’m interested because theoretically (possible firmware issues aside) I won’t ‘need’ to get BUK to change the batteries every couple of years.

My questions ... all the B55 Exospace I’ve seen appear to have BLUE hands with the Titanium case ... the one offered has silver hands ... can’t find any info on the Breitling site about whether hand colour was an option. Does anyone know?

Also, does anyone know the bezel protector number for the B55 ... as per, the darned AD has taken it off and it’s been bunged in a box with loads of others and he doesn’t want to hunt through to find one that fits. If I had the number I could get him to locate it in the box.

TIA
Based on my experiences with the B55 I would go with the B50, still chargeable, better battery life and no buggy firmware.

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Author:  vulcanpilot [ Sat Jul 27, 2019 1:47 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: A couple of B55 questions

It was the ‘connected’ function for block flight times that I was attracted to, being a pilot ... it’s what I used the co-pilot for (yep, used as intended, not just an ornament) and I realise there have been ‘issues’, but my view is that under warranty if there are, then BUK fix it, and if they can’t, they replace it. AIUI the B50 has a basic flight timer function but isn’t connected to an app?

I don’t have a lot of time now for Breitling, but I still love the look of the professional series (I’ve had Breitlings since the first Chronospace). I am hoping I’m one of the lucky ones, and can’t imagine they are still selling them if they all have problems ... do they?

Author:  Arcam [ Sat Jul 27, 2019 2:33 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: A couple of B55 questions

I would like to hear your views on the B55 if you get one and use it as intended for a month or so.

I have tried over 9 of them over an 18 month period and non of them worked as intended 100% of the time.

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Author:  vulcanpilot [ Sat Jul 27, 2019 2:57 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: A couple of B55 questions

Sure thing.

So, what actually ARE the issues? Understand some people have had firmware update problems, but haven’t actually found much else. Is the firmware now ‘stable’ or still buggy? I’m wondering if it’s an app issue rather than a firmware problem per se.

Doesn’t fill me with confidence and wonder just how they can sell the things if they are quite so bad. Not like it’s a £50 Chinese Apple Watch knockoff is it? It’s supposed to be a ‘timepiece for professionals’ ...

I kind of wish the Apple Watch was more useful in the ‘office’ but you have to make a concerted effort to tilt your wrist to light up the display, not always possible.

Author:  Arcam [ Sat Jul 27, 2019 3:20 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: A couple of B55 questions

Main issue is one of repeated disconnection, once connected the app works great. For your flight functions you may be happy with them, the phone/message side is where the bulk of the issues occur with random functions stop working and the watch drops the connection but does not reconnect without manual intervention.

There are a few threads on this forum re the B55, have a search and you will get a sense of the frustration the B55 and Breitling support deliver.

I must say I love the look and feel of the B55 but the support is very poor, plus for a supposed in house movement with a £5k+ price tag why does it only come with 2 years warranty?

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