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Breitling

A brief history of Breitling watches

Breitling was founded in 1884 in St. Imier, Switzerland by Léon Breitling. The company has a long history of creating chronographs for use in science, sports and industry. In 1892, the brand moved to larger premises in La Chaux-de-Fonds. These premises were named the Montbrillant building, a nomenclature that would subsequently be used for various Breitling chronographs.

In 1915, Breitling launched a wristwatch featuring a chronograph complication. Gaston Breitling, Léon’s son, had the inspired idea to introduce a push piece at 2 o’clock to start, stop and reset the chronograph functions.

In 1923, the start and stop functions were separated from the reset. The crown incorporated the reset function allowing the wearer to time successive events by repeatedly pressing the start / stop button without having to reset the registers.

The evolution of the chronograph continued. Willy Breitling, Léon’s grandson, had the idea to add a second push piece at 4 o’clock for resetting the stopwatch function. This design was subsequently copied by many watch brands and remains the norm for modern-day chronographs.

Jack Heuer approached Breitling in 1967 with the aim of sharing the development costs necessary to produce a new self-winding chronograph. Codenamed “Project 99”, the movement became the legendary Calibre 11, reputedly the first self-winding chronograph when released in 1969, albeit this may be contested by some brands. The Calibre 11 was housed in the legendary Heuer Monaco and Breitling Chrono-Matic collections.

Interestingly, all modern-day Breitling models, both mechanical and quartz, are certified chronometers, independently tested by COSC.

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  • Breitling Bentley 6.75. M44364

    Breitling

    Bentley 6.75

    August 2014 £4,250.00
  • Breitling Navitimer Montbrillant Datora A21330

    Breitling

    Montbrillant Datora

    £3,250.00
  • 7853100

    Breitling

    Navitimer 92

    January 1995 £2,650.00
  • Titanium Breitling Aerospace E79362

    Breitling

    Aerospace Titanium E79362

    August 2008 £2,250.00
  • Breitling Airwolf A7836334

    Breitling

    Airwolf A7836334

    May 2014 £2,250.00
  • Breitling Airwolf. A78363

    Breitling

    Airwolf A78363

    February 2012 £2,250.00
  • Bi-metal Navitimer Cosmonaute D12022

    Breitling

    Navitimer Cosmonaute

    December 2001 £3,250.00
  • Breitling Navitimer Montbrillant Datora A21330

    Breitling

    Montbrillant Datora

    2006 £3,250.00
  • Breitling Navitimer 01 UB012721

    Breitling

    Navitimer UB012721

    Pre-owned UNWORN £6,450.00
  • Bi-metal Breitling Windrider Chronomat B13352

    Breitling

    Windrider B13352

    October 2001 £2,250.00
  • Breitling Avenger Seawolf A17330

    Breitling

    Avenger Seawolf

    Decembr 2010 £2,450.00
  • Breitling Steel Transocean Unitime Chronograph AB0510

    Breitling

    Transocean Unitime

    October 2012 £5,250.00
  • Breitling Super Avenger Chronograph A1337053/A562

    Breitling

    Super Avenger A1337053

    £4,950.00
  • Breitling Chronomat Blackbird M4435911/BA27

    Breitling

    Chronomat Blackbird

    2011 £3,350.00
  • Breitling Colt A17035

    Breitling

    Colt A17035

    December 1997 £1,250.00
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Previously in stock

  • Breitling Superocean Heritage A1732124

    Breitling

    SuperOcean Heritage

    December 2012 £2,250.00
  • S22162

    Breitling

    Navtimer A23322

    March 2007 £3,750.00
  • Breitling Avenger Skyland A13380

    Breitling

    Avenger Skyland A13380

    March 2008 £2,850.00
  • Breitling Navitimer Cosmonaute Flyback A22322.

    Breitling

    Navitimer Cosmonaute

    October 2002 £3,650.00
  • Breitling Superocean 44 A17391

    Breitling

    SuperOcean A17391

    December 2012 £1,950.00
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