History Of Breitling Watches

Leon Breitling first established Breitling Watches in 1884 and since that time the company has become famed for the production of high quality and extremely prestigious watches. While the watches were once created almost solely for use in aviation, they have become as popular as a status symbol or luxury watch as they have for their aviation uses. With that said, many of the watches still offer features like the flyback function, split second, and even 24 hour dial.

Aviation Use

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The Navitimer

One of the distinguishing features of a Breitling watch is the large dial. This was introduced because it was easier for pilots to see when flying their planes, and most models use an all mechanic automatic winding mechanism. Some high end luxury models may include diamonds on the strap or the dial of the watch, adding to their value and their appeal.

Among the company’s many accolades and boasts is the fact that their watches have been used in space. The Navitimer is one of Breitling’s most famous and most renowned watches. A circular slide rule was added to the watch which made it especially beneficial for aircraft pilots.


Although the watch was first introduced to the market in the 1940s, in 1961, astronaut Scott Carpenter approached Breitling with the idea of using a 24 hour dial instead of a 12 hour dial as night and day do not exist in space travel. The company liked the idea and not only created such a watch for Carpenter but started selling similar models under the name Cosmonaute Navitimer.

The Bentley 23 Le Mans Watch

Breitling sponsored the Bentley 24 Le Mans 24 hour team between 2001 and 2003 and a commemorative model of their watch, called the Limited Edition Breitling Bentley 24 Le Mans Watch was released as a result and as a means of celebrating the partnership.

Breitling Watches

Breitling watches have a strong history and the company continues to manufacture high quality and great looking watches. There are many different models of watch available from the Swiss manufacturer and while many still accommodate use by aircraft pilots, they are also highly sought after for their good looks and their luxury status.