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Breitling

Swiss  •  b. 1884

Biography

The firm started by Leon Breitling in 1884 is best known for its technical aviation and oceanic watches. Today, all models are outfitted with certified chronometer movements, used for accurate timing. Early aviation pioneers in specialized chronograph timepieces, Breitling introduced the circular slide rule to watches in the 1940s for use by pilots. The firm’s most iconic chronograph, the Navitimer, was introduced in 1954 and continues to be manufactured today. Another key model is the Duograph, a split-seconds chronograph that was Breitling's most prestigious wristwatch during the 1940s through '60s. Their watches are built on their reputation for precision and sturdiness.

Insights

  • A stainless steel "Duograph" split seconds chronograph, formerly owned by Formula 1 racecar driver Jack Brabham, achieved 56,250 CHF during the 15 May 2016 START-STOP-RESET thematic Phillips Watches auction.

  • Astronaut Scott Carpenter wore a Navitimer with 24 hour dial on his 1962 space flight.

  • Breitling has been associated with many adventure endeavors including the first circumnavigation of the globe in the Breitling Orbiter.

"Breitling is well known for its technical aviation and oceanic watches."

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