In 1884, Breitling was founded by Léon Breitling in Saint-Imier, Switzerland. However, it’s based in Grenchen, Switzerland. It’s famous for its precision-made chronometers designed particularly for aviators. In 1979, the company was sold to Ernst Schneider and till 2017, the Schneider family operated Breitling, when Theodore Schneider, Ernst’s son, sold 80% of the company (the majority stake) for over $870m to CVC Capital Partners and 20% of the company is still operated by the Schneider family. Through the years, Breitling didn’t produce movements in-house but sourced movements from suppliers such as ETA, Valjoux, and Venus. In 2009, Breitling started using movements completely designed and manufactured by this Swiss watchmaker in its own workshops.
Breitling is famous for its sophisticated, resilient, luxurious watches, proving their quality more than their practical aviation functions. Breitling’s watches undergo tests for chronometer certification, marketing watches towards either aviation (Navitimer) or diving (SuperOcean). Breitling’s watches are characterized by its large watch faces to ensure reliable readability, as well as polished cases and bracelets, symbolizing elegance and expertise.
Celebrities wearing Breitling
Scott Carpenter, an astronauts of the Mercury space program, told Breitling in 1961 of the idea of incorporating a 24-hour dial rather than the normal 12-hour dial, as in space, there’s no day and night and therefore, Breitling designed the 24-hour Navitimer version, the Cosmonaute Navitimer, and Scott Carpenter wore it inside the Aurora 7 spacecraft on May 24, 1962. In 1965, James Bond in his movie, Thunderball, was wearing a Breitling. Also, Gordon Ramsey, the famous chef and the star of Hell’s Kitchen, Kitchen Nightmares, and the author of hundreds of books, is a fan of Breitling, wearing Breitling Navitimer, Breitling Chronomat Longitude, or Breitling Chrono Avenger. Also, Bear Grylls, the Man vs. Wild star, wears a Breitling Emergency watch to make sure that help would be in the way when he or his camera man gets in trouble. The astronaut and legend, Buzz Aldrin, wears a Breitling Emergency Watch.
Most popular Breitling models and collections
Breitling’s watches are famous for their aviation features and the company’s success in such field started in 1952 with the announcement of the production of Navitimer
It was launched in 1952, with a circular slide rule. It can perform all the calculations required in a flight plan and it quickly has become popular and reputable among pilots. Shortly after, such watch has become the official watch of AOPA, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association which is the most important organization of pilots in the world, and the official supplier for the aviation world.
*Avenger II SEAWOLF
It’s ideal for sailors and divers with its water resistance up to 10,000 feet. It has a cobra yellow dial, making it easy to read in the depths, partnering perfectly with the satin steel case, bezel, and bracelet.
* Breitling TRANSOCEAN
It’s closely linked to the aviation industry, reflecting the wonders of long-haul and luxury travel. It’s of a simple design with its soft brown leather bracelet, clean wide dial, and shining steel bezel, representing elegance and indulgence.
Breitling price range
You can get Breitling watch starting from around $2,000.
At the same time you can own one for almost $45,000.