1884: Leon Breitling opens a workshop specializing in making chronographs and timers, in the Jura mountains of Switzerland.
1915: Breitling creates the idea of the single pushpeice chronograph.
1923: Breitling perfected the chronograph with start, stop and reset.
1931: Chronograph clocks for aircraft cockpits.
1934: Second independent pusher to chronograph as modern watches are today, then in 1939 Breitling onboard chronographs which the Royal Air Force used in World War II fighter planes. The company in following years becomes the official supplier to world wide aviation, in planes such as DC-8.
1952: Breitling launches the world famous Navitimer equipped with a circular slide rule.The Breitling Navitmer is a very collectable iconic watch and is in the current range today with Breitling’s in house B01 movement. Navitimers hold good prices and rise for rare or “mint examples”. A few years later in 1957 the Breitling Superocean was launched, a professional diving watch which today still continues to be a popular choice of Breitling with lots of different versions.
1962: Navitimer Cosmonaute with a 24 hr dial, accompanies Scott Carpenter on his orbital flight of three times round earth.
1984: Breitling launches the Chronomat with the Elite Frecce Tricolori flight team.
1995: The Emergency in born with a distress transmitter then followed in 1996 the Breitling Wings automatic watch is introduced, below is an example of this model sold by ourselves earlier this year.
1999: Non stop balloon flight round the world in the Breitling Orbiter 3.
Breitling have a professional jet team performing aerobatic appearances, which is made up of seven L-39C Albatros training jets and really something to see. Breitling also have a Super Constellation from 1955, a beautiful four engine civilian plane known as Super Connies.
2009: Breitling designed and produced the in house mechanical chronograph movement- Breitling calibre 01. The first model to encase this piece of fantastic engineering is the Chronomat and is chronometer certified by COSC and all other models including Super Quartz.
Pre owned Breitling Chronomat, Crosswind, Sirius, Superocean, mechanical chronographs, Toptime vintage, please don’t hesitate to contact us for repairs and sales.