Breitling History

1884 Léon Breitling opens his first workshop in St. Immure, Switzerland, and manufactures pocket chronographs.

1892 The Breitling workshop relocates to La Chaux-de-Fondes.

1915 Léon Breitling’s son, Gaston, invents a wristwatch chronograph for pilots.

1923 Breitling patents the independent chronograph push piece.

1926 The company registers a patent for the 1/10th of a second counter.

1934 Breitling patents a wrist chronograph with second return to zero push piece, created by third-generation Willy Breitling.

1936 Airplanes are equipped with Breitling on board chronographs and the company begins working with several armed forces.

1952 Breitling make public the Navitimer   wristwatch. The chronograph is build for aviators and collectors and is capable of measuring both speed and fuel consumption levels.

1962 Astronaut Scott Carpenter gives the Navitimer Cosmonaut its first test in orbital flight aboard the Aurora 7.

1969 Breitling make public the Chronomat. It houses the Calibre 11 self winding chronograph movement, developed by Breitling, Heuer and Hamilton- Buren.

1984 The Chronomat becomes the watch of choice for the Italian acrobatic aviation team, the Frecce Tricolori.

1989 Breitling launches the Chronomat Yachting watch that incorporates a regatta racing counter.

1995 The Breitling Emergency watch saves the lives of 13 people aboard the Mata-Rangi raft.

1999 Breitling travels the world with Bertrand Piccard and Brian Jones in the Orbiter 3’s successful non stop around the world balloon flight.

2001 Breitling develops the Super Quartz movement with an annual variation of just 15 seconds.

2002 Breitling celebrates the 50 anniversary of the Navitimer and expose an emblematic model. The company also makes public the Avenger Sea wolf watch, water resistant to 10,000 feet.

2003 Breitling forms an alliance with Bentley Motors, in which Breitling styles the distinctive dashboard instruments for the Bentley Continental GT and supports Team Bentley fir the La Mons race.