A specialist of technical watches, Breitling has played a crucial role in the development of the wrist chronograph and is a leader in this complication. The firm has shared all the finest moments in the conquest of the skies thanks to its sturdy, reliable and high-performance instruments. The world’s only major watch brand to equip all its models with chronometer-certified movements, the ultimate token of precision, Breitling is also one of the rare companies to produce its own mechanical chronograph movement, entirely developed and manufactured in its own workshops.
Trained in the tough school of aviation, a domain where safety is of vital importance, Breitling displays the same obsession with quality in all its 100% Swiss made "instruments for professionals". Breitling is the world's only major watch brand to submit all its movements (both mechanical and quartz) to the merciless tests of the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC).
Leon Breitling founded Breitling watches in Saint Imier, Bernese Jura in 1884. The Breitling Watches are all made using top quality Swiss components, with these components Breitling makes two movements to use in their watches. These movements are the calibre B01 and the calibre B04 with an added GMT module.
In 2009 Breitling developed the BR01, this is a mechanical watch movement. This Breitling movement is used in the Breitling Chronomat 01 which was the first ever watch entirely produced by Breitling.
The Breitling watches Chronomat has always since then used a Breitling movement right up to the very latest Breitling watches.
The Breitling Watch Company always fits certified chromometers in all of their models. The pieces do follow main brands which is either scuba diving (SuperOcean) or their Aviation Models (Navitmer).
The main recognised styling of Breitling watches is recognised by highly polished cases, bracelets and large watch faces designed to improve readability.
The Breitling Emergency Watch contains a radio transmitter that is used for civil aviation on a specific frequency that is used as a back for airborne beacons. For Military users the Breitling Watches are tuned to a different frequency for emergencies.