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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 Transocean Day Date A45310

    Breitling

    Transocean Day-Date

    December 2013 £2,850.00
  • Breitling Airwolf. A78363

    Breitling

    Airwolf A78363

    June 2011 £2,650.00
  • Breitling Chronomat Blackbird M4435911/BA27

    Breitling

    Chronomat Blackbird

    2011 £3,750.00
  • Breitling Superocean Heritage 38 A37320

    Breitling

    Superocean Heritage

    October 2010 £2,350.00
  • Breitling Avenger II Chronograph A13381

    Breitling

    Aveneger II

    February 2015 £3,775.00
  • Breitling Chronomat Evolution Blackbird A44359

    Breitling

    Blackbird A44359

    November 2008 £3,650.00
  • Breitling Bentley 6.75. M44364 with carbon coating

    Breitling

    Bentley 6.75

    February 2016 £6,410.00
  • Breitling Super Avenger II Chronograph A1338111

    Breitling

    Super Aveneger II A1338111

    January 2015 £3,775.00
  • Breitling Bentley Motors T. Model Ref A25363

    Breitling

    Bentley Motors T A25363

    October 2006 £5,350.00
  • Breitling Starliner A71340

    Breitling

    Galactic

    April 2008 £3,950.00
  • Breitling Navitimer A23322

    Breitling

    Navitimer A23322

    Breitling Navitimer A23322 £3,850.00
  • Breitling Chronomat Evolution Model A13356

    Breitling

    Chronomat Evolution A13356

    February 2007 £3,750.00
  • Breitling Colt GMT+ A32370

    Breitling

    Colt GMT+ A32370

    December 2009 £1,950.00
  • Breitling Chronomat BO1 ABO11012

    Breitling

    Chronomat BO1

    Pre-owned UNUSED £5,795.00
  • Breitling Special Edition Chrono-Matic

    Breitling

    Chrono-Matic

    Pre-owned UNUSED £3,750.00
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Previously in stock

  • Breitling Cockpit A49350

    Breitling

    Cockpit A49350

    May 2008 £3,750.00
  • Breitling Superocean Heritage 38 A37320

    Breitling

    Superocean Heritage

    £1,750.00
  • Titanium Breitling Avenger Chrono E13360

    Breitling

    Avenger Chrono

    July 2002 £2,450.00
  • Breitling Bentley 6.75. A44362

    Breitling

    Bentley 6.75 A44362

    October 2007 £3,450.00
  • Breitling B1 Ref: A78362

    Breitling

    B1

    April 2007 £1,795.00
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