Founded in 1884 by Léon Breitling, Breitling remains as one of the last independent Swiss watchmakers. From the early days of the company’s history until today, Breitling has only strengthened their relationship with the aviation space and enjoys its status as the “official supplier to world aviation”. Breitling is known for their technically complex aviation watches that assist pilots in their navigation, however, they are also a very popular watch brand for non-professionals, prized for their masculine, sporty, and technically supreme watches.
Popular Breitling Collections
The most popular collection within Breitling’s catalog is undeniably the Navitimer introduced in 1952. By incorporating the slide rule into the watch, the Navitimer became a vital instrument for pilots everywhere to assist in aerial navigation. To complement their aviation watches Breitling set out to create expert diving watches with the Breitling Superocean in 1957. Another diver’s watch collection by Breitling is their Avenger series with some models boasting waterproofness to 300 meters and others to an incredible 3,000 meters.
In 1984, in the midst of the quartz trend, Breitling announced the Chronomat — a mechanical movement chronograph that is still one of the flagship lines of the brand. The Breitling Colt was built with the armed forces in mind and includes chronograph models, automatic mechanical editions, as well as quartz watches. The Breitling Cockpit watches are distinguished by their Roman numerals and bezel with rider tabs and include the popular Lady Cockpit luxurious sports watches for women, many of which are adorned with diamonds.
Breitling Watch Movements
Breitling has always been a pioneer in the development of the chronograph having invented the first independent chronograph push piece followed by the second independent reset push piece and thus created the modern look of the chronograph wristwatch. Breitling had been part of a joint venture including Heuer to develop the automatic chronograph movement and in 1969 Breitling unveiled the first self-winding chronograph movement.
In the early 2000s, Breitling took the important step to equip all of its models with chronometer-certified movements and in 2009 the company presented the Breitling Caliber 01 — their first automatic movement built entirely in-house. Breitling also has their in-house SuperQuartz movement, which is ten times more accurate than a regular quartz movement.
Experts in chronographs, diver’s watches, and luxury sports watches, Breitling instruments are sought after by watch fans around the world. A bevy of their iconic timepieces, such as used Breitling Navitimer watches, secondhand Breitling Chronomat watches, pre-owned Breitling Superocean watches , and previous owned Breitling Colt watches can be found in the secondary market.