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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 Superocean Heritage AB202012

    Breitling

    Superocean AB202012

    February 2018 £2,850.00
  • Breitling Superocean Heritage 46 A17320

    Breitling

    Superocean A17320

    November 2016 £2,950.00
  • Breitling Avenger II Seawolf A17331

    Breitling

    Seawolf A17331

    February 2014 £2,550.00
  • Breitling Navitimer Spatiographe A36330

    Breitling

    Spatiographe A36330

    December 2002 £3,250.00
  • Breitling Colt GMT A32370

    Breitling

    Colt GMT

    October 2010 £1,750.00
  • Breitling Titanium Aerospace E79362

    Breitling

    Aerospace

    August 2010 £1,750.00
  • Breitling Bentley GT A13362

    Breitling

    Bentley A13362

    March 2006 £3,950.00
  • Breitling Avenger Skyland A1338012/B861

    Breitling

    Avenger Skyland A13380

    July 2009 £2,950.00
  • Breitling Navitimer Montbrillant Datora A21330

    Breitling

    Montbrillant Datora

    2002 £3,150.00
  • Breitling Navitimer Cosmonaute Flyback A22322.

    Breitling

    Navitimer Cosmonaute

    October 2002 £3,650.00
  • Breitling Avenger II Seawolf A17331

    Breitling

    Seawolf A17331

    £2,500.00
  • 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
  • Titanium Breitling Aerospace E79362

    Breitling

    Aerospace Titanium E79362

    August 2008 £2,250.00
  • Breitling Airwolf A7836334

    Breitling

    Airwolf A7836334

    May 2014 £2,250.00
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Previously in stock

  • Bretling Navitimer Olympus A19340

    Breitling

    Navitimer Olympus

    £3,950.00
  • Breitling Bentley GMT Chronograph A473621

    Breitling

    Bentley A47362

    May 2018 £4,550.00
  • Breitling Chrono Superocean II A17364

    Breitling

    Superocean A17364

    July 2010 £2,250.00
  • Breitling Chrono Superocean II A1334102

    Breitling

    Superocean Chronograph

    April 2015 £3,550.00
  • Breitling Colt A74388

    Breitling

    Colt A7438811

    Pre-owned UNUSED £1,450.00
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