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Breitling SA

Information about Swiss watchmaker Breitling

Breitling is a luxury brand of Swiss watch produced by Breitling SA, a private company founded by Leon Breitling in 1884. Breitling is based in Grenchen, in the canton of Solothurn. The company has been making watches since 1884 and is well-known for their precision-made timepieces. All their watches are manufactured in Switzerland and are made from Swiss components.

Breitling was once a manufacturer of aircraft cockpit instruments and has always had an affinity with the aviation industry. Breitling has moved with the times and has consistently implemented new technology to provide pilots with useful aviation equipment and, as such, are true aviation pioneers.

The styling of Breitling watches is characterized by polished cases and bracelets with large watch faces, which aims to improve readability.

In 1961, Breitling was approached by Scott Carpenter, one of the original astronauts in the Mercury Space Programme, with the idea of incorporating a 24-hour dial as opposed to the more traditional 12-hour dial. The result was the 24-hour navitimer that Carpenter wore on his space flight in 1962.

Breitling watches remain particularly popular with aviation fans such as pilots and engineers but they also appeal to many other people who appreciate a fine watch with a unique design.

Breitling have offered certified chronometers in all their models exclusively since 2000.



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Lot FS27/162

Lot FS27/162: Breitling. A Gentleman's Gold Plated 'Navitimer' Wristwatch

Breitling. A gentleman's gold plated 'Navitimer' wristwatch, the circular black dial with centre seconds hand, three subsidiary dials and tachymetric bezel in a gold plated case with two buttons and winder in the band, the movement inscribed 'Breitling Watch Ltd, Swiss, Seventeen jewels unadjusted, 178, 22, WOG', the stainless steel back stamped '1021175' and '806', on a 'Fixoflex' bracelet.

Estimate: £1,500 - £1,800
Realised: £1,350

Lot FS16/130

Lot FS16/130: Breitling. A Gentleman's Stainless Steel 'Breitling' Chronometer Wristwatch

Breitling. A gentleman's stainless steel 'Breitling' chronometer wristwatch the circular dial with Arabic numerals, 'Telemetric' outer numerals, two subsidiary dials for 60 seconds and thirty minutes, centre-seconds hand with two buttons and winder in the band, the case numbered '752858 - 1191' and on leather strap.

Estimate: £600 - £700
Realised: £600