BREITLING HIGH END WATCHES
HISTORY OF BREITLING
Breitling, the pilot’s watch
When Leon Breitling set up his factory in 1884 in Saint-Imier, Switzerland, the focus was not only to manufacture watches but precise time measuring instruments in the form of timers and chronographs.
In 1914 Gaston Breitling took over the company. When wristwatches were becoming popular, Breitling launched the first wrist-worn chronograph, that operated the stopwatch with by pushing the crown.
By 1915, they developed the first chronograph with the push-piece independent from the crown, being able to handle starting, stopping and resetting the chronograph all from the push-piece.
In 1934, under Willy Breitling, the company launched the first two push-piece chronograph, which enables the wearer to reset the chronograph from the second pusher.
1934 was the year Breitling became the official supplier for world aviation, Lockheed is one of the companies that relied on their cockpit mounted chronographs.
Breitling launched The Chronomat in 1941. Being the predecessor of the Navitimer, it had some of its looks, like the coin-edge bezel and the contrasting hands and dial.
In 1952 Breitling unveiled the iconic Navitimer, the tri-compax chronograph equipped with the bi-directional bezel acting as a sliding ruler that enables pilots to calculate fuel consumption, average distances, and perform necessary calculations.
In 1957 was the year Willy Breitling had stepped into dive watch territory with the 200 resistant Superocean, only to leap to diving chronographs with the Transocean in 1958.
In 1969 Breitling collaborated with Heuer in developing the world’s first automatic chronograph movement, the Caliber 11. It is used in the Heuer Monaco and the Breitling Chrono-Matic.
Focusing on aviation timepieces, but having to face the Quartz Crisis, Breitling developed quartz watches with analog and digital dials.
The Aerospace in 1985, which controls all the functions from the crown, the 1995 Emergency, the B-1 with its more appealing look and a mission-time rotating bezel found only on a handful of watches.
In 1999, with such a vast history in precision timekeeping, Breitling decided to have all their watches, mechanical and quartz, COSC certified, thus being able to offer anyone who wears a Breitling the opportunity to have a chronometer. How do you keep your time?