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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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  • Black steel Breitling Bentley GMT Midnight Carbon Ref: M47362

    Breitling

    Bentley GMT M47362

    2010 £5,750.00
  • Breitling Avenger Seawolf A17330

    Breitling

    Avenger Seawolf A17330

    October 2010 £2,150.00
  • Breitling Titanium Aerospace E79362

    Breitling

    Aerospace E79362

    Pre-owned UNUSED £1,750.00
  • Breitling Chronomat BO1 ABO11012

    Breitling

    Chronomat BO1 AB011012

    Pre-owned UNUSED £4,590.00
  • Breitling Navitimer 01 UB012721

    Breitling

    Navitimer 01 UB012721

    April 2017 £6,950.00
  • Breitling Chronomat BO1 ABO11012

    Breitling

    Chronomat BO1 AB011012

    Pre-owned UNUSED £4,250.00
  • Breitling Chrono Superocean II A17364

    Breitling

    Superocean A17364

    November 2010 £1,995.00
  • 18ct yellow gold Breitling Superocean K10340

    Breitling

    Superocean K10340

    April 2017 £4,950.00
  • Breitling Chronomat Evolution, Red Arrows 40th Anniversary Model A13356

    Breitling

    Chronomat A13356

    September 2005 £4,750.00
  • Breitling Avenger Seawolf A17330

    Breitling

    Avenger Seawolf A17330

    January 2014 £2,450.00
  • Breitling Bentley Motors A25362 Special Edition

    Breitling

    Bentley A25362

    September 2007 £3,950.00
  • Breitling Bentley A13363

    Breitling

    Continental GT A13363

    February 2010 £4,150.00
  • Breitling Superocean Chronograph Model reference A73310

    Breitling

    Superocean A73310

    July 2016 £3,250.00
  • Breitling Bentley GMT Chronograph A47362

    Breitling

    Bentley Supersports A26364

    September 2010 £4,250.00
  • Breitling Superocean Heritage 46 A17320

    Breitling

    Superocean Heritage 46 A17320

    December 2008 £2,750.00
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Previously in stock

  • Breitling Chronomat BO1 ABO11012

    Breitling

    Chronomat BO1 AB011012

    Pre-owned UNUSED £4,950.00
  • Breitling Avenger II Seawolf A17331

    Breitling

    Seawolf A17331

    June 2016 £2,500.00
  • Breitling Chronomat Evolution

    Breitling

    Chronomat Evolution

    June 2005 £3,750.00
  • Black Steel Breitling Super Avenger Military M223301

    Breitling

    Super Avenger M223301

    February 2014 £3,950.00
  • Breitling Chrono Colt II A73380

    Breitling

    Colt A73380

    June 2006 £1,695.00
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