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Breitling Chronographs: A Brief History

Founded by Léon Breitling in 1884, Breitling has played a compelling role of supplying the world with its impeccable, high performance watches. It is a family run business and is one of the few remaining independent Swiss watch brands. In 1915, Breitling played an important role in the development of the wrist chronograph by inventing the first independent chronograph pushpiece. Eight years later Breitling patented this system by separating the stop/start functions from that of resetting. This innovation enabled the user to add multiple successive times without resetting the stopwatch to zero – a very useful feature in both sports and aviation where timing can be crucial. In 1934 Breitling perfected the modern chronograph by adding a second independent reset pushpiece. These developments and Breitling’s reputation meant that by the late 1930s, Breitling was supplying on-board chronographs for aircrafts, with customers including the Royal Air Force. Another significant landmark was achieved in 1969 when Breitling developed the world’s first automatic chronograph mechanism.

This stunning brand has been loved by pilots for decades due to the performance and build of the watches. It is one of the only major brands to present the world with chronometer-certified movements throughout all of their models, giving you a faultless and accurate timepiece. Furthermore, Breitling develops and produces all of its own mechanical chronograph movements in its in-house workshop – a rarity in the field of Swiss watches.

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