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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 Chronomat Evolution

    Breitling

    Chronomat Evolution

    June 2005 £3,750.00
  • Breitling Bentley Motors A25362 Special Edition

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    Bentley A25362

    September 2007 £3,950.00
  • Black Steel Breitling Super Avenger Military M223301

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    Super Avenger M223301

    February 2014 £3,950.00
  • Breitling Bentley A13363

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    Bentley A13363

    February 2010 £4,150.00
  • Breitling Superocean Chronograph Model reference A73310

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    Superocean A73310

    July 2016 £3,250.00
  • Breitling Chrono Colt II A73380

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    Colt A73380

    June 2006 £1,695.00
  • Gents steel Breitling Bentley GMT Chronograph A47362

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    Bentley GMT Chronograph

    November 2013 £4,950.00
  • Breitling Bentley GMT Chronograph A47362

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    Bentley Supersports

    September 2010 £4,250.00
  • Breitling Superocean Heritage 46 A17320

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    Superocean Heritage 46

    December 2008 £2,750.00
  • Breitling Le Mans A22362

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    Bentley Le Mans

    £5,500.00
  • Breitling Steel Navitimer AB0123

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    Navitimer AB0123

    January 2016 £4,950.00
  • Breitling Blacksteel Chronograoh M13341B7

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    Superocean II M13341

    November 2014 £3,150.00
  • Breitling Colt A17380

    Breitling

    Colt A17380

    £1,850.00
  • Black Steel Breitling Super Avenger Chronograph M13370

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    Super Avenger M13370

    £3,250.00
  • Breitling Avenger Seawolf Chrono M73390

    Breitling

    Avenger Seawolf

    April 2010 £3,250.00
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Previously in stock

  • Breitling Superocean Heritage Chrono A1332024

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    Superocean

    May 2008 £3,250.00
  • Black Steel Breitling Navitimer MB012822

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    Navitimer MB012822

    May 2016 £5,650.00
  • Breitling Colt Automatic II A17380

    Breitling

    Colt A17380

    June 2005 £1,850.00
  • Breitling Superocean A17360

    Breitling

    Superocean

    April 2003 £1,750.00
  • Breitling Transocean Day Date A45310

    Breitling

    Transocean A45310

    April 2016 £3,150.00
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