Breitling Watches

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Unworn Breitling Watches for Men and Ladies

Breitling is a privately owned company founded in 1884 in Grenchen, Canton of Solothurn, Switzerland by Leon Breitling who opened a workshop specializing in the making of chronograph pocket watches and precision counters for scientific and industrial purposes. In 1915, during World War I, Breitling recognized rapid advancements in aviation and the need for precision watches. Acting on this, Gaston Breitling, the son of Leon Breitling, introduced the first wrist watch chronograph providing Allied pilots with the first Breitling wrist watch. By 1923, Breitling had developed the first independent chronograph pushpiece for Breitling watches. Breitling developed a watch with a second return-to-zero pushpiece in 1934, making it possible to measure several successive short times with an added function on the watches using the first pushpiece to give the wrist watch chronograph its definitive form. By 1936, Breitling watches became the official supplier to the Royal Air Force marking the beginning of its longstanding ties to aviation. In 1942, Breitling launched the Chronomat watch as the first chronograph watch fitted with a circular slide rule, the same year the company broadened its professional clientele presenting chronomat watches to the American armed forces. The 1950's saw the creation the Breitling Navitimer watch in 1952, a wrist watch instrument equipped with the famous "navigation computer" inside the watch capable of handling all calculations called for by a flight plan. The Navitimer "super" chronograph watch quickly became a favorite among pilots around the world. In 1962 Astronaut Scott Carpenter wore the Cosmonaute chronograph watch during his orbital flight aboard the Aurora 7 space capsule denoting the first Breitling watch to be in space. 1969 marked a breakthrough in the Swiss watch making industry when Breitling introduced the self-winding chronograph watch, a major technical feat in watch making. Since the year 2000, the company exclusively offered certified chronometers in all watch models. Watches offered by Breitling today are oriented towards three watch categories: diving watches such as the SuperOcean watch, aviation watches like the Navitimer watch, and luxury watches such as Breitling for Bentley watch. The Bentley series was a successful collaboration with automotive manufacturer Bentley. Aviation watch models such as the Navitimer watch offer aviation functions largely as complications since their feature in aviation has largely been replaced by modern electronic instruments. The styling of Breitling watches are characterized by polished cases, bracelets and large watch faces which are designed to improve readability on the watches. Many watch models feature an automatic winding mechanism that is purely mechanical, using no electronic components in the watches, and frequently feature advanced professional complications. More recently the Breitling Emergency watch was introduced containing a radio transmitter for civil aviation use which broadcasts on the 121.5 MHz distress frequency. In January 2003, it was reported that two British pilots crashed their helicopter in Antarctica and were rescued after activating their Breitling Emergency transmitter watches. Breitling sponsored the Orbiter 3 project, which in 1999 successfully became the first balloon to orbit the Earth without landing. In April 2013, Breitling announced a new version of the Emergency watch, with the upgraded watch transmitting on the 121.5 MHz frequency, but adds the 406.04 MHz signal monitored by satellites. As a family business Breitling is also one of the last remaining independent Swiss watch brands.