100% Swiss since 1884

The Breitling adventure started in 1884 in the Swiss Jura region when Léon Breitling founded a workshop dedicated to chronographs and to sports, sciences and industry-specific meters. Quickly, Breitling started partnerships in various fields such as sports and car competitions but also in aviation.

In 1915, Breitling invents the first chronograph featuring an independent push button which the brand will improve in 1923 by separating the “start/stop” and “flyback” functions. This system allowed the addition of successive lapses of time without reset.

In 1934, Breitling created the second independent push button for flyback which was quickly adopted by its competitors.

In the 1930s, Breitling introduced chronograph dashboards for plane cockpits in their ranges. These would equip the famous propeller-driven fighters of the Royal Air Force during the Second World War.

In 1952, Breitling launched the Navitimer model: a chronograph featuring a circular slide rule used for operations related to air navigation. The close relationship between Breitling and the aeronautics industry continues today as the brand is still partnering with elite pilots worldwide - including the aerobatic air team Breitling Jet Team.

In 1969, Breitling innovated again by presenting the first automatic winding chronograph movement and, in 1984, following the dark times of mechanical watchmaking, Breitling contributed to the rebirth of the mechanical chronograph by launching a model that would become one the finest in their range: the Chronomat.

With experience in the difficult field of aeronautics - in which the reliability of information is vital - Breitling is obsessed with the quality of their instruments. As a consequence, all their movements (mechanical and quartz) undergo very strict testing from COSC - “Contrôle Officiel Suisse des Chronomètre” or Swiss Chronometer Testing Institute - which is the highest benchmark in terms of precision and reliability.

All watches are designed and manufactured in an ultramodern plant named Breitling Chronométrie located in La Chaux–de–Fonds, Switzerland. Cases, dials or straps: each element is designed, manufactured and tested to meet the demands of intensive use in the most extreme conditions.