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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 Avenger Seawolf Chrono M73390

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    Avenger Seawolf

    April 2010 £3,250.00
  • Breitling Navitimer A23322

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    Navitimer A23322

    January 2007 £3,950.00
  • Breitling Transocean Day Date A45310

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    Transocean A45310

    April 2016 £3,150.00
  • vinatge Breitling Navitimer Iraqi Air force issue

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    Navitimer

    £3,950.00
  • Breilting Vintage Long Playing

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    Long Playing Chronograph

    £2,750.00
  • Titanium Breitling Cockpit EB501022

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    Professional EB501022

    December 2015 £3,950.00
  • Bi-metal Breitling Windrider Crosswind B13355

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    Crosswind B13355

    April 2001 £3,950.00
  • Breitling Super Avenger A13370

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    Super Avenger

    December 2011 £3,750.00
  • 18ct White Gold Breitling Callisto Boutique J52345

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    Callisto Boutique J52345

    £19,950.00
  • Breitling Chronospace M78365

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    Chronospace M78365

    £3,250.00
  • Titanium Breitling Bentley Supersports Lightbody E27365

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    Bentley

    August 2013 £4,450.00
  • Breitling Super Avenger II A13371

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    Avenger Chronograph

    July 2015 £3,450.00
  • Breitling Superocean Heritage Chronograph A17320

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    Super Ocean

    June 2009 £2,150.00
  • Breitling Avenger Skyland A13380

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    Avenger Skyland A13380

    March 2008 £2,750.00
  • Breitling Navitimer World GMT A24322

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    Navitimer A24322

    February 2012 £4,250.00
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Previously in stock

  • Breitling Superocean A17360

    Breitling

    Superocean

    April 2003 £1,750.00
  • Breitling Chrono Colt II A73380

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    Colt A73380

    January 2008 £1,850.00
  • Breitling Navitimer A23322

    Breitling

    Navitimer A23322

    December 2010 £3,750.00
  • Steel & Rose gold Breitling Superocean Heritage Chrono U13320

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    Superocean Heritage

    £4,150.00
  • Breitling Superocean 44. A1739

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    Superocean A17391

    £2,250.00
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