This is what the masterminds in watchmaking have to say about Breitling watches. We instinctively think of aeronautics when we consider these precision instruments with their attested chronometer movements and specified mechanical chronographs.
Léon Breitling first established his workshop in the Swiss Jura, in 1884. This Swiss watchmaker was quick to gain the attention of aviation pioneers, heroes he strongly admired, and played an active part in the modernization of aviation equipment; becoming the designated supplier, in 1936, of the Royal Air Force and that of the US Air Force, in 1942.
Léon Breitland was dedicated to creating reliable and accurate instruments; his products were highly trusted and their popularity grew with the introduction of pocket chronographs and wrist-worn chronographs. Furthermore, in the 1960s, Breitling moved on to become the most prominent aviation equipment supplier in the world; earning the title of “official supplier to world aviation”.
The acrobatic patrol: The Breitling Jet Team, an aerobatic company comprising of seven Aero L-39 Albatros jets, has been sponsored by the brand since 2003. The company is known for its participation in major aeronautical events like the Red Bull Air Race.
Right from the start, the brand was outstanding in the face of its competitors when it came to highlighting its singular expertise in terms of chronographs and counters.
Having successfully launched the wrist chronograph, all through the 20th century the family moved on to revolutionize the Breitling brand through innovative designs and brilliant new inventions. The years 1915 and 1934 witnessed the invention of the first independent chronograph pushers; the first automatic chronograph in 1969; and the biggest prize of all…the Chronomat, presented in 1984.
Today, Breitling is certified by the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC), one of the few to be so honored, on all of its luxury watch creations. Breitling watches are regarded as prominent “instruments for professionals” with their enhanced features of durability, water-resistant, high-grade dials, and comfortable-to-wear bracelets.
In Léon Breitling’s native town, La Chaux-de-Fonds, even after five generations, the Breitling brand has kept its independence for the purpose of developing its own quality criteria. It is still a family business; a rarity amongst large Swiss watch brands. Furthermore, with its freedom in innovation, the brand has survived crucial milestones in its truly remarkable history. Second-hand Breitling watches are much sought-after; customers from all over the world are enthralled with their latest designs and functionalities.