BREITLING - instruments for professionals!

Since its founding in 1884, Breitling watches have been tightly associated with the civil and military aviation and all possible means of flying (gliders, balloons, motor and jet airplanes, space flights...) Many timepieces have features utilized by fighter pilots worldwide and it is of outmost importance to have the watches precise and reliable. Every single piece of Breitling watch is carefully manufactured and tested in most harsh environment. Breitling wristwatches are renowned for precision in timekeeping and all watches are COSC Certified Automatic Chronometer movements, (even the quartz movements!) This is the fact no other watch manufacturer in the world can boast with.
 
 

TECHNOLOGY

 
Movements - The only brand in the world with all watches COSC certified (only 5% of all watches produced in Switzerland are COSC certified).
 
If we take Chronomat for example, which is the most successful Breitling model and its incredible movement calibre 13 is made of 140 different components that are all hand built. In the process of manufacturing, the movement goes through 41 quality control checks.
 
Cases - Cases are of exceptionally high quality, technically complex and robust, but aesthetically very attractive. Breitling watchcase is designed to withstand 435 tons of pressure during the production. After that the case goes through 13 polishing operations that are done manually. There are about 60 different parts manually installed on the case.
 
Dials - All dials are highly readable and offer all necessary information in one glance, like in the car instrument panels. About 50 operations are necessary in production of the dial.
 
Crystal - All watches have anti-reflective scratch resistant sapphire crystal.
 
Straps - All leather straps are made from outer skins, which are stronger and more durable. Production process consists of 150 different operations, and mostly uses crocodile, lizard, buffalo and calf skins.
Rubber band are more appropriate because of their resistance to moister and are specially suitable during sports and diving.
All straps are available in standard sizes, a XS and XL sizes are available on request.
Steel straps are made of high quality steel, titanium, 18 ct yellow, pink and white gold and platinum.
 
Breitling collection is divided into 5 main lines: NAVITIMER, WINDRIDER, PROFESSIONAL, AEROMARINE and Breitling for BENTLEY.
 
 

HISTORY
 

1884 - in St. Imier, in the Jura mountains of Switzerland, Leon Breitling opens a workshop specialising in making chronographs and precision counters for scientific and industrial purposes. In 1914 Leon Breitling dies and the company is passed over to his son Gaston, a year later Gaston creates the first wristwatch chronograph and subsequently provide pilots with the first wrist instruments. By 1923 Breitling had developed the first ever independent chronograph pushpiece.
Gaston’s son, Willy Breitling takes over control of the company in 1932 and in 1936 Breitling becomes the official supplier to the Royal Air Force. The Chronomat is introduced in 1942 - the first chronograph to be fitted with a circular slide rule. The company also widens its professional clientele to include the American armed forces. 1954 saw the creation of the Navitimer, a wrist instrument equipped with the famous navigation computer. This super chronograph becomes a firm favourite among the pilots across the globe. By this stage, Breitling is already supplying the major international airlines with cockpit clocks. In 1962, astronaut Scott Carpentar wears the Cosmonaut chronograph during his orbital flight aboard the Aurora 7 space capsule.
 
1969 saw Breitling introduce the first ever self winding chronograph. This technical feature represents a major breakthrough for the entire Swiss watchmaking industry. In 1979 Ernest Schneider takes Breitling from the founders grandson Willy. in 1984 Chronomat was launched and marks the return of the chronograph. It becomes the best selling line in the Breitling collection, a position it has held ever since. Soon afterwards in 1985, the Breitling Aerospare is launched.
 
In 2009 Breitling has created a new highly exclusive version of its leading Chronomat model. This illustrious instrument is equipped with the B01 calibre, the very first movement to have been designed and manufactured in the brand’s workshops. The new Chronomat B01 is also distinguished by its expertly reinterpreted design - a rotating bezel decorated with exclusive engraved numerals, and a dial with hourmarkers or Roman numerals in a refined combination of colours, materials and levels - giving it a special place in the world of chronographs.
 
Today, Breitling chronometrie is still established in La Chaux-de-Fonds, the town where Leon Breitling opened his first chronograph factory 110 years earlier.
 
 

MAINTENANCE

 
Like any valuable precision instrument BREITLING watches deserve special care. It is important to protect them from jarring and knocks by hard objects and not to expose them to chemical products, solvents, dangerous gasses and magnetic fields. Breitling Chronograph is designed to run smoothly at temperatures raging between 0 and 50 oC.
The movement of your chronometer is protected by a sophisticated case fitted with water resistant gaskets. Under the influence of certain external factors such as perspiration, cosmetics, perfumes or dust, this gasket progressively deteriorates and must be periodically replaced ideally every 2 years.
 
Moreover we recommend an annual water resistance test, which takes only a few minutes, performed by your authorised Breitling agent.
 
The length of life of Breitling leather straps like all leather objects varies considerably according to the conditions they are worn. In particular, water, cosmetics and perspiration accelerates the aging process.
 
 
Useful tips:
 
  • Do not immerse leather bands into water, as they could change colour and shape.
  • Do not operate chronograph pushers under water.
  • After swimming in the sea or swimming pool, rinse the watch with lukewarm water and wipe it with a soft dry cloth.
  • If the watch is frequently exposed to water, it is necessary to replace the gaskets annually.
  • Clean the case and the strap with a soft toothbrush and liquid soap, then rinse with lukewarm water and dry with a soft cloth.
  • Avoid exposing the watch to temperatures below 0 and higher then 50 oC.
  • Avoid exposing the watch to magnetic fields.