The Breitling family tradition for quality and accuracy in timekeeping has continued
for nearly a full century.
There are the achievements of L. Breitling, who along with his
son and successor Gaston Bretling, developed and built the very first wrist chronograph,
to Willy Breitling, the founders grandson, who modified and improved the modern
The early Breitling watch featured both center chronograph seconds as well as a 30 minute totalizer. Breitling was awarded a patent in 1923 for inventing the independent pushpiece, and another in 1926 for 1/10 second totalizer.
Willy Breitling then defined the modern watch, when in 1934 he invented the second, return-to-zero pushpiece. The Breitling watch as we know it was now complete. To this day, this style of chronograph remains one of Breitlings best selling timepieces.
Since then, it has been Breitlings mission to continually improve and redefine itself. The Breitling watch is available in steel, precious metals, or titanium, with a myriad of dial treatments, straps and bracelets. Not to mention the many different and highly specialized features from alarms to emergency transmitters. Breitling Watch remains poised for the 21st century and beyond as a force in precision timekeeping.
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