Breitling: A Brief History of Timepieces

Written by Debbie. Posted in Breitling, watch history

The Swiss luxury watchmaker Breitling SA has a long and storied history of innovation. Founded in 1884 in the French-speaking area of Saint-Imier, Bernese Jura, in Switzerland by Leon Breitling. The 24 year-old Leon Breitling founded his company after deciding to devote himself to the exclusive and demanding watch fields of chronographs and timers with precision instruments intended to for science, sport, and industry. Consistently high quality and devotion to advancement led to several industry-changing innovations throughout the years.

In 1892, after significant growth of the company, Leon Breitling moved operations to La Chaux-de-Fonds, the center of Swiss watchmaking at the time, where the company continued to thrive.

In 1915, a year after the death of Leon Breitling and his subsequent replacement as head of the company by his son, Gaston, came its first major innovation: the creation of the first independent chronograph push piece, effectively heralding the emergence of the wrist chronograph. These watches became the first wrist instruments in use by pilots at the time. And in 1923, the company separated the start/stop functions from the resetting function, seemingly perfecting this system. This made their watches capable of adding several succeeding times without returning the watch hands to zero. This patented innovation became a useful tool to calculate flight times and for timing sports competitions. Their next innovation came in 1934, two years after Gaston’s son Willy Breitling took control of the company, when they lead their competition in the creation of a second independent reset push piece enabling either incremental or cumulative time keeping.

The Breitling Navitimer circa 1952.

The 1952 Breitling Navitimer.

The next couple of decades saw Breitling SA further establish itself as the leading supplier to aviators after more significant developments from the company. They became the official supplier to the Royal Air Force in 1936 and shortly thereafter, in 1942, they unveiled the Breitling Chronomat. This was the first chronograph to be fitted with a circular slide rule and led to Breitling becoming the supplier to the American armed forces as well. In 1952, with the creation of the Navitimer wrist chronograph featuring the circular slide rule to perform all navigation-related calculations, the brand quickly became a favorite of aviators in all fields. in 1962, astronaut Scott Carpenter wore a Navitimer aboard the Aurora 7 space capsule, becoming the first chronograph watch worn in space. During this period in the 1950s and 60s, Breitling’s onboard chronographs became standard equipment aboard commercial airplanes, cementing its status as the top supplier in world aviation.

In 1969, continuing its tradition of leading the world in innovations in the watchmaking field, Breitling SA, in conjunction with Hamilton-Buren and Heuer-Leonidas, created the first self-winding chronograph movement which uses a balance wheel and micro rotor to power the movement as opposed to manual winding. This was a breakthrough in watchmaking and changed the entire landscape of watch manufacturing.

In 1979, microelectronics specialist, aviator and watch manufacturer, Ernest Schneider succeeds Willy Breitling as head of Breitling SA. Under his guidance and later his son Theodore’s, the company would continue in its innovative ways. The first significant innovation was The Aerospace model in 1985 which featured an electronic chronograph crafted in titanium which became an immediate hit with aviators. Ten years later, in 1995, Breitling crafted yet another innovation, aimed at maintaining its standing as the top supplier for aviators, in the Emergency; a multifunction instrument watch designed with a micro-transmitter that broadcasts 121.5Mhz aircraft emergency frequency. In 2001 Breitling introduced the first Superquartz movement, which is ten-times more accurate than standard quartz and became the first electronic movement to meet COSC requirements.

The company continued in its innovative approach to watchmaking when in 2008 it introduced the Breitling Avenger Seawolf Chronograph which through its innovative use of magnets which allows the watch case to remain sealed, thereby allowing this electronic chronograph to achieve depths of up to 1000 meters and maintain functionality. This is yet another example of the myriad of watchmaking innovations that Breitling has created, and will continue to create in the future.

Breitling, In Case Of Emergency

Written by Debbie. Posted in Breitling, Men's Watches, More News, Pilots Watches, Watch Brands

Breitling Emergency Watch For Professionals

I read an article on line recently, where a gentleman, who owns a Breitling Emergency watch was complaining about the cost to maintain it.  I mean, we are talking about a GPS locator, emergency beacon transmitting, life-saving watch here.  So what if it costs $600.00 to replace the battery, this is not your everyday wrist watch.  It is made for professional pilots and seamen, who are sometimes in quite perilous situations.  You must have a pilot’s license to purchase one, and if you don’t you must sign a waiver, which relieves Breitling of all financial responsibilities, if the beacon is set off.  Believe it or not, rescue missions are really expensive, and if you are just someone looking to impress by owning this watch, you flip the bill.  This Breitling Emergency owner even went as far as to complain that the watch must go to Breitling for maintenance, and wished to take it to a “normal” watch shop.  These are not novelty items; the Breitling Emergency is an invaluable tool, which has saved lives.  If you don’t take that seriously, you shouldn’t own one.  My advise for him is to sell his Emergency watch and pick up a nice Timex, they take a licking and keep on ticking…and they won’t put a crunch in his pocket book.

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Get Your Money’s Worth, Buy Authentic Breitling

Written by Debbie. Posted in Authentic Watches, Breitling, Men's Watches, More News, Watch Brands

Authentic Breitling's Worth Every Penny

Are you looking to buy an authentic Breitling Airwolf Chronograph?  If you are, you should know that you cannot pick up this quality timepiece for $300.00!  Even if the ad you just read on line, says you can.  The Airwolf Chronograph by Breitling is a professional aviation watch.  It is fully equipped and is a certified chronometer.  Anyone, other than your brother (who is in dire straits), who tries to offer this watch to you for a ridiculously low price, is probably unscrupulous.  When making these types of purchases, you really must be aware of a few vital facts…the original retail price, is one of those important details.  Now, that’s not to say that you can’t find a Breitling watch on sale, you certainly can, but let’s be reasonable…if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.  Breitling, among other popular brands, are commonly reproduced and replicated.  You might be getting a quality watch, but when you don’t buy authentic, you’re just not getting what you paid for.  An authentic Breitling Airwolf should come with serial numbers and official documentation.  Shopping on line is fun and easy, just make sure you don’t get duped!

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Herbert Nitsch and His Breitling Superocean

Written by Debbie. Posted in Breitling, Diving Watches, Men's Watches, More News, News, Watch Brands

Breitling and Freediver, Herbert Nitsch

Who is Herbert Nitsch, and how did he earn the title “Deepest Man on Earth”?  Well, Herbert is the free diving world’s phenom and the newest representative for Breitling’s Superocean watch.  He is the perfect choice for the job, given the fact that he has acquired 31 world records in free diving.  The Breitling Superocean has traveled that road to the bottom of the sea and back to dry land…but the story doesn’t end there.  Herbert is an extreme pilot, as well, achieving world record status in both arenas.  Nitsch is also known as “The Flying Fish”, as he is the only human to free dive to the incredible depths of 700 feet, on a single, deep breath, as well as being a pilot, who takes his plane to intense heights.  It seems appropriate that Breitling would join forces with this amazing individual.  Breitling has equipped Nitsch with the perfect performance watch for his adventures, the Breitling Superocean.  This precision instrument has accompanied Nitsch on his previous dives, and will be his partner on his next endeavor…an attempt to reach his ultimate goal of free diving to the celebrated 1000 foot mark.  The Breitling Superocean will be on his wrist when he meets that challenge!

Breitling’s Chronomatic Diamondworks

Written by Debbie. Posted in Breitling, Diamond Watches, jewelry watches, Men's Watches, More News, Watch Brands

Breitling Chronomatic Diamondworks Will Blow You Away

Ok, the superior watch makers at Breitling have done it, again.  Wow! That is the reaction I had, and I’m sure you will have, when you get a look at the newest creation from this authoritative watch maker.  The Breitling Chronomatic Diamondworks watch was recently unveiled, and isn’t it spectacular.  The 01 Chronomatic Diamondworks is the 2nd generation of the Chronomatic watch, which was produced in 2009.  Looking over the original Diamondworks, it’s hard to believe that Breitling could raise the bar any higher, but they have.  The 01 Chronomatic Diamondworks is dripping in 18 carat rose gold and diamonds.  The setting of the diamonds is one of a kind, as is the movement which runs the timepiece.  The powerful automatic winding mechanical movement is one of Breitling’s proprietary innovations.  Breitling, leaders in their industry, have infused this watch with some surprising and unique design elements.  The Diamond setting is like nothing you’ve ever seen before.  The diamonds which mark the hours are displayed in a double row, atop a beautiful Mother-of-Pearl dial, and the bezel diamonds are meticulously integrated with numerical carvings, giving off an almost hieroglyphic appearance.  There is no way to mistake this for any other, than a Breitling.  The combination of exceptional horologic design and superior craftsmanship give this watch real collector appeal.

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Breitling Commands Attention

Written by Debbie. Posted in Authentic Watches, Breitling, Men's Watches, More News

Breitling

 

It only takes a quick glance at Breitling to know they are a true quality watch company.  They have been crafting precision instruments since the 1800’s and have gained much notoriety in the world of Aviation.  They have developed watches for pilots and astronauts, alike, and in fact have the prestigious honor of being the first chronograph to be worn in space!  The Breitling “Cosmonaute” was the space watch, loved by pilots for its functionality.  The Breitling Cosmonaute is a 24 hour timepiece, designed especially for space flight, where there is no day and night.  It gave the pilots a better handle on time, and was a unique watch for the time.   The folks at Breitling take watchmaking seriously, and it shows in their work.  Chronographs and Chronometers are their specialty, and they create them with exceptional class.  The Breitling look is as unique and specialized as their craftsmanship.  All Breitling models are large and commanding, made from strong and durable materials, and finished impeccably.  The functionality can’t be beat, and they stand behind their products 100%.  The only thing you have to do is purchase authentically.  Go straight to Breitling or an authorized dealer for your Breitling.  Invest in the real deal.

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Breitling, Technology Unsurpassed

Written by Debbie. Posted in Authentic Watches, Breitling, More News, Pilots Watches

Breitling Professional Waches

 

The Breitling history began in 1884, with its founder the Swiss watchmaker Leon Breitling.  Breitling was a master at his craft and the company has followed his lead ever since.  This Swiss watchmaker is ultimately famous for their certified Chronometers.  These precision instruments were originally designed for the Aviation field, but have mainstream appeal, especially among watch enthusiasts.  All the components making up the Breitling creations are Swiss, and every timepiece is manufactured in Switzerland, at the Breitling factory.  These are authentic watches, with over 150 years of innovation built in.  The Breitling 24 hour Navitimer was born out of an idea from one of the original Mercury Space program astronauts.  Scott Carpenter, a fan and one of the astronauts requested that Breitling convert their usual 12 hour dial to a 24 hour one.  Because of the lack of day and night in space, it would prove useful…Breitling did just that, and in 1962 astronaut Carpenter wore that timepiece into space.  Other extraordinary models were to follow, like the Breitling Emergency, equipped with a radio frequency that actually helped save the lives of two lucky pilots who were downed at sea.  Now, you certainly don’t have to be a professional pilot to appreciate these watches.  At Breitling, technology rules… and everyone loves that!

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Breitling Professional Watches

Written by Debbie. Posted in Authentic Watches, Breitling, Men's Watches

 

Breitling Airwolf

 Breitling Watches are extraordinary.  This watchmaker has loads of technology and innovation that goes into their fine precision instruments.  Be aware that because of their popularity, there are fakes out there.  Breitling is quite proud of the work that has gone into creating these timepieces and the reputation they have gained.  The company wants to warn consumers to make certain they buy only authentic Breitling watches and not replicas…I mean, what’s the point?  You are purchasing the excellence not just the name.  The Airwolf is one of Breitling’s most awesome watches.  Equipped with all the needs of a professional aviator, the Airwolf is a marvelous instrument.  This chronograph has dual digital windows on the face and a perpetual calendar.  The watch is back lit for easy night time reading, and a compass scale.  This Breitling watch is water resistant to 5 bars, and is encased in strong stainless-steel.  Breitling prides themselves on their attention to detail and has built a fantastic reputation as professional timekeepers, but as any professional pilot or diver can tell you…these watches do much more than just keep time.  The instruments that Breitling watches creates take in to account all aspects of the professional wearing them, that’s attention to detail at its best!

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Breitling Releases New Cosmonaute Mens Watch

Written by Debbie. Posted in Breitling

To celebrate its 125th anniversary, Breitling is launching a new, limited edition chronograph called the Cosmonaute. This version is based on the original Cosmonaute which was created in 1962 to accompany astronauts going to space.breitling Cosmonaute

On May 24, 1962 this watch made its first trip to space when worn by Scott Carpenter. In space there can be confusion between day and night, so the Cosmonaute was created to be able to indicate all 24 hours of the day in a single sweep of the dial. Both Carpenter and his Breitling watch were successful in their mission.

Only 1,000 of these new Cosmonaute watches will be produced. The collection maintains the original 24 hour dial feature as well as the design from the 1960’s. The bracelet is an Air Racer.

Breitling watches are known as “instruments for professionals” because they were originally created for aviation pilots. However, as their chronograph features became envied, the watches achieved a certain status symbol among the general public.

Many celebrities have become fans of Breitling watches, the Navitimer being the most favored by John Travolta (himself a licensed pilot), comedian Dave Chapelle, TV host Simon Cowell, musician Miles Davis, and actors Tommy Lee Jones and John Lovitz. Rapper Ludacris prefers the Breitling Super Avenger.


Using their capability to produce precise and elegant timepieces Breitling entered into a partnership with the Bentley Motors and born from that are four collections: the Bentley, the Bentley Flying B, the Bentley GMT and the Bentley Mark VI, all of which have some of the most exclusively crafted and luxurious watches ever produced.

Almost all Breitling watches are men’s watches yet there is a small collection of women’s watches called the Windrider Starliner.

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