Breitling Superocean Heritage 46 vs. The Mako XL: Which Diver Watch Wins?

November 27th, 2012 Posted in Watch Comparisons | 10 Comments

If we’ve learned anything about Orient Watches it’s that the company produces exceptional timepieces at an affordable price. Not so sure yet?

Well then, check out today’s diver watch duel: the Breitling Superocean Heritage 46 vs. the Orient Mako XL, and tell us which watch you think wins.

Breitling Superocean Heritage 46

Breitling’s Superocean Heritage 46 is a truly classic diver. In fact, the current model mimics the original 1950s design. Furthermore, leave it to Breitling to offer 3 different sizes for the Superocean Heritage 46: small, sleek, and classic with a 38mm diameter, perfectly average at 42mm, or a bit more bulk at 46mm.

The Superocean features 200m water resistance, a unidirectional rotating bezel, and a screwed-down crown. Pair these traits with Breitling’s own caliber 17, 25-jewel mechanical movement and sapphire crystal, and you have a pretty fantastic diver watch.

All that said, Breitling’s Superocean Heritage 46 does come at a cost, and a fairly expensive one too. At around $4,200, you may want to settle for a more affordable alternative like the Orient Mako XL.

Check it out.

Orient Mako XL

You may be familiar with the Orient Mako, essentially the little brother to the Mako XL. As you might imagine, one major difference between the 2 watches is that the Mako XL is a bit bigger than the classic Mako, with a 44.5mm case diameter as opposed to a 41mm one. What else does this watch have to offer?

As a diver watch, the Mako XL offers nearly all the same features as the Breitling Superocean Heritage 46, including 200m water resistance, a unidirectional rotating bezel, and a screwed-down crown. Orient’s caliber 46943 mechanical movement equips this classic diver watch.

Like the Breitling diver, the Mako XL is available in a variety of great colors from bold, bright orange to classic black, white, and navy hues. Whichever look you prefer, each is complete with a solid, stainless steel band with a safety clasp for added security.

Date and day calendars complement a clean dial while lots of lume on the indices and large watch hands show an obvious improvement from the classic Mako.

That said, you might think the Mako XL is significantly more expensive than the Mako and perhaps up there with the Breitling Superocean. Not so. At $290, the Mako XL offers a great and affordable alternative to the Superocean.

In your opinion, which diver watch wins? Tell us below!

  1. 10 Comments | Tell us what you think!

  2. By Anahita Ahmadi Soufivand on Nov 26, 2012

    Your watches are very good and works very wall!

  3. By Eric on Nov 27, 2012

    The mako only on price. However, how hard would it be to incorporate a hacking movement?

  4. By Fabian Diaz on Nov 29, 2012

    I would have a Mako for daily use, and ,for special occasions I would purchase a two tone Rolex Date or DateJust.

    Or better yet : not only one Mako, but maybe 2 very different ones, one with metal bracelet and discreet dial,the other with rubber strap and yellow or red dial.

    So, less than 300 for each Mako, plus less than 2.000 for the vintage Rolex,the total investment would be about 2.500…it beats the Breitling and still saves money.

  5. By Mike Andrzejewski on Nov 30, 2012

    I like the bold looks of the Mako. The Breitling has an interesting strap, however it doesn’t integrate well where it’s joined to the watch. The overall package of the Mako works better in my opinion.

  6. By Steve on Dec 3, 2012

    I have the XL and it’s an interesting comparison but it’s really apples and oranges.

  7. By Jim on Feb 6, 2013

    I just ordered a black Mako yesterday and I can’t wait to get it. After all of the GREAT reviews I read in the forums and elsewhere, I couldn’t resist. I just hope the regular Mako won’t look too small on my wrist, but if it does – I’m getting the XL.

  8. By Ken DaSilva~Hill on Mar 6, 2013

    If one is actually intending to use a watch for watersports or scuba ( air diving to normal sport depths ) the Mako wins by clear miles. The difference in timekeeping qualities are negligable, both watches are certified to the same depth, both watches are clear to read ~ although in my opinion the Mako’s bezel is far better for practical diving use, having clear numbers and minute indicators, and the face better for its bold and easily seen batons. For diving safety both watches will need to be inspected and have their seals checked every two years to ensure their integrity, this will cost an arm and a leg for the Breitling but be economical for the Orient. A watch which costs 4 grand is a liability if lost or damaged, a watch that costs $300 can be replaced immediately by most divers and you can be back in the water. The Brietling says you can afford an expensive watch ~ so what? The Mako says you are likely to be a serious watersports enthusiast and know the real value of a sensible instrument when your life may depend upon it!

  9. By Chris on Mar 15, 2013

    These watches look great. Stylish and well built.

  10. By Tom Trueheart on May 25, 2013

    The Mako looks better, has one more feature, and is cheaper, you can’t beat that!

  11. By Ausman on Sep 29, 2014

    Why these 2 watches are being compared is confusing to say the least. Now the Orient Mako vs Seiko SKX007, that’s a comparable line up.

    I’d take the Seiko all the way.

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