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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 Windrider Crosswind A13355

    Breitling

    Crosswind A13355

    April 2003 £2,650.00
  • Breitling Colt A17035

    Breitling

    Colt A17035

    December 1997 £1,250.00
  • reitling B1 Ref: A78362

    Breitling

    B1 A78362

    April 2007 £2,150.00
  • S21858-10

    Breitling

    Seawolf E17370

    September 2003 £2,150.00
  • Breitling Chronomat B13050.1

    Breitling

    Chronomat B13050.1

    December 1998 £2,450.00
  • Ladies Breitling Callistino B72345

    Breitling

    Callistino B72345

    £2,250.00
  • Breitling Montbrillant A41370

    Breitling

    Montbrilliant A41370

    January 2011 £2,950.00
  • Breitling Avenger Seawolf A17330

    Breitling

    Avenger Seawolf

    January 2014 £2,450.00
  • Breitling Chrono Superocean II A17364

    Breitling

    Super Ocean II A17364

    June 2013 £2,150.00
  • Breitling Avenger Seawolf A17330

    Breitling

    Avenger Seawolf A17330

    April 2013 £2,350.00
  • Breitling Avenger Seawolf Chrono M73390

    Breitling

    Avenger Seawolf

    April 2010 £2,950.00
  • Breitling Colt GMT+ A32370

    Breitling

    Colt GMT+

    December 2009 £1,750.00
  • Breitling Chronomat Evolution Blackbird A44359

    Breitling

    Blackbird A44359

    November 2008 £3,500.00
  • Titanium Breitling Aerospace E79362

    Breitling

    Aerospace Titanium E79362

    Dated 2007 £1,750.00
  • Breitling Chronospace A23360

    Breitling

    Chronospace A23360

    December 2014 £3,350.00
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Previously in stock

  • Breitling Emergency Mission A73321

    Breitling

    Emergency Mission A73321

    June 2003 £3,450.00
  • Breitling Avenger II Chronograph A13381

    Breitling

    Aveneger II A13381

    February 2015 £3,250.00
  • Breitling Chronomat Evolution Model A13356

    Breitling

    Chronomat Evolution

    February 2007 £2,350.00
  • Breitling Bentley Motors T. Model Ref A25363

    Breitling

    Bentley Motors T A25363

    October 2006 £4,350.00
  • Breitling Bentley GT A13362

    Breitling

    Bentley GT A13362

    March 2007 £3,150.00
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