In 1884, Leon Breitling opened a workshop in the
The Breitling Legacy
Since the first Breitling watch was manufactured over a hundred years ago, the legacy and tradition of quality timepieces has continued on. In 1915, the Swiss timepiece manufacturer successfully developed a wristwatch chronograph and supplied pilots with the first aviation wrist instruments. Since then, Breitling has created genuine certified chronometers carefully designed for aviation use. Today, Breitling watches are revered outside of the aviation world as luxury timepieces and symbols of prestige. Breitling watches are crafted with aviation-specific features such as a large dial for better visibility and to display different informational analog sub-dials. In 1936, Breitling was commissioned as the official timepiece supplier for the Royal Air Force and in 1942, the American armed forces followed suit. By 1952, the company was supplying major airlines with precise cockpit clocks.
The Breitling Watch Collection
Many Breitling timepieces feature a fully mechanical automatic winding mechanism, and many are equipped with special functions such as flyback, split-second, moon phase and date display. The Breitling Emergency watch contains a radio transmitter for civil and official aviation use, which can broadcast distress signals. According to Reuters, the watch made history when two British pilots crashed their helicopter in
Many notable figures have endorsed the Breitling watch. This includes astronaut Buzz Aldrin, singer Celine Dion, John Travolta, Leonardo DiCaprio, Mel Gibson, Sean Connery, and Tom Cruise.
Breitling at Wingate’s
Wingate’s offers a selection of precise Breitling watches for men and women including several varieties of: Bentley, Chronomat, Colt, Emergency and Rattrapante.