Development History of Breitling
In 1884, Léon Breitling, the founder, established Breitling company. In the beginning, this company mainly produced pocket watches.
In 1914, Breitling started to make luminant wrist watches and wrist watches with second chronograph function for the army.
In 1915, Gsinceton Breitling, the son of Léon Breitling, made the first chronograph watch that is also the first chronograph watch for the pioneer pilots. In quick succession, he designed the world first independent chronograph button that divide the crown from start, stop and zero functions.
In 1927, Willy Breitling, the grandson of Léon Breitling, started to make matched precise timepiece for instrument desk of the aircraft control cabin, because he foresaw the large demands of aircraft timepieces and the other vehicle timepieces after Charles Lindbergh flied across the Atlantic by “Spirit of St Louis”. Since then, the friendship between Breitling with aircraft industry started. Boeing Douglas and Lockheed are the customs of Breitling.
In 1936, Breitling became the nominated supplier of British Royal Air Force, providing professional military flight wrist watches for air force.
In 1979, Ernest Schneider took over the company. Breitling had been the most outstanding watch brand that makes durable and multi-functional wrist watches with various unique styles.
Over 100 years, Breitling has played an important role in the world watchmaking industry. Its watches have unique characteristics because of experiences of making watches for aircraft industry.
Moreover, it constantly pays attention to function orientation of wrist watches and makes its watches meet the demands of every walk of life, including aviation, navigation, guidance, diving and so on.
Breitling is the wonderful combination of practicability, functionality and pluralism. It is not only a kind of timepiece, but also a precise instrument with the good name of “airborne computer”.
At present, it keeps its spirit of improving, making perfection more perfect, making super chronograph watches for the sea, the air and the land.
Here, you will see some popular wrist watches for these three fields.
1.Chronograph Watches for the Sea
- Deep Sea
In 1958, Breitling had made professional diving watch-“Deep Sea” with 1,000 gauss water resistance, which safety factor is 10 times higher than Rolex’s and Omega’s. There is recording time bezel and nitrogen pressure explosion system on the full steel watch that can ensure the safety of the diver.
In 1957, Superocean came out. With clear and easy to read dial, shockproof glass and 200m water resistance, this series showed the outstanding watchmaking technique. Later, diving watches become increasingly popular, the waterproofness of Superocean has reached to 500m, 1,000m and even 1,500m and 2,000m.
- Superocean Héritage
Breitling has started to conquer the ocean by Superocean. Superocean Héritage is designed to pay a tribute to the classic and the ocean. The watches of this series keeps the classic “B” logo of Breitling and classic luminant triangular minute hand.
- Avenger Seawolf
The latest edition ref. A17319101I1X1 has a water resistance to 3,000 meters. It is tailor designed for extreme environment for professional divers. It applies sturdy and durable titanium case, black military leather strap and yellow dial with luminant details and caliber 17.
2.Chronograph Watches for the Land
Since 2002, Breitling has started to cooperated with Bentley. Breitling makes advanced vehicle-mounted timepiece for the Bentley Continental and also makes special wrist watches inspired by Bentley cars. These watches features chronograph sub-dials and tachymetre scales, which can help the drivers have better controls of both the time and the speed.
Except for Bentley cars, Breitling has a close relationship with Norton motorcycles, and also, Breitling made special wrist watch inspired from Norton-ref.AB0118A21B1X1. Premier can be reliable timepieces for drivers. Besides, this series is the most elegant series of Breitling. It is also suitable to be dress watches. Brad Pitt endorses for it.
This series is famous for its electronic property. Except for mechanical movements editions, there are some quartz movements edition. They are equipped with SuperQuartz™ that is 10 times preciser than common quartz movements which ensure the high performances of Colt. A point must be emphasized is that all Breitling self-made movements have the certification of COSC.
This series is the master work of fashion and elegant series, which is suitable for any occasion. Each edition is well-designed. With various colors and sizes to choose, decorated with diamonds, mother-of-pearl and so on, this series is both reliable timepiece and attractive accessory.
3.Chronograph Watches for the Air
In 1952, Navitimer came out that is the most legendary series of Breitling. The most typical feature of this series is its Circular Slide Rule that achieved the 217,012th Swiss patent in 1941. The revolutionary breakthrough can help the pilots do some simple multiplication and division and metric/imperial alternative conversion and calculate the speed and time of liftoff and landing. With the affirmation of AOPA, this series is the most welcome watch for pilots and captains.
- Aviator 8
This series is also tailor made for the aviators but its is more elegant than Navitimer and easier to operate. Its watches have large sizes with clear Arabic numerals and hands and the other details, which are easy to read. Together, they have large crowns that are easy to adjust.
This professional series is designed for astronauts which is a little different with Navitimer and Aviator 8 because of its electronical chronograph functions. However, it also features Circular Slide Rule and its bidirectional rotating bezel is large so that it is easy to adjust even the astronaut wears heavy gloves.
In 1958, Transocean came out in order to commemorate that civil aviation entered into a new boom period. Its watches have superb diamagnetism, shockproofness and waterproofness. Together, their fashion lines, simple designs and exquisite details also attract the hearts of the global travellers.
All the time, Breitling plays an essential part in the world watch market. Except for the professionals, common watch wearers also rely on this watch brand because each piece of perfect fake Breitling watch has the equivalent high quality service of aviation standards.