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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 Starliner A71340

    Breitling

    Starliner

    December 2011 £3,950.00
  • Breitling Chrono Superocean II A17364

    Breitling

    Superocean

    May 2011 £1,720.00
  • Breitling Steel Superocean Steel Fish A13341CE

    Breitling

    Superocean A13341C3

    December 2015 £3,250.00
  • Breitling Navitimer Montbrillant A41330

    Breitling

    Montbrillant A41330

    March 2005 £2,950.00
  • Breitling Superocean Steel Fish A17390

    Breitling

    Superocean Steel Fish

    October 2009 £1,950.00
  • Breitling Chronospace A23360

    Breitling

    Chronospace

    December 2014 £3,750.00
  • Titanium Breitling Avenger Chrono E13360

    Breitling

    Avenger E13360

    June 2001 £2,450.00
  • Breitling Chrono Superocean II A1334102. Automatic Breitling 13 caliber movement

    Breitling

    Superocean Chronograph

    April 2015 £3,550.00
  • Breitling Windrider Wings A10350

    Breitling

    Wings

    2008 £1,750.00
  • Breitling Superocean GMT A32380

    Breitling

    Superocean

    September 2013 £2,350.00
  • Breitling Colt Quartz A53035

    Breitling

    Colt A53035

    April 1999 £1,550.00
  • 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
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Previously in stock

  • Navitimer AB0120

    Breitling

    Navitimer AB0120

    March 2016 £3,950.00
  • Breitling Superocean Heritage Chrono A13320

    Breitling

    Superocean A13320

    Pre-owned UNUSED £3,250.00
  • Breitling Chrono Superocean II A1736402

    Breitling

    Superocean 42

    January 2015 £2,150.00
  • 18ct yellow gold Breitling Superocean K10340

    Breitling

    Superocean

    £4,950.00
  • Breitling Navitimer A13022

    Breitling

    Navitimer

    September 1998 £2,950.00
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