Breitling SA was founded by Leon Breitling in Saint-Imier, Bernese Jura in 1884. Leon was only twenty- four years old at the time! Breitling is now owned by CVC Capital Partners after the company purchased a majority stake (80%) for $870 million in 2017.
Breitling is world famous for its sponsorship of major aeronautical events which include the first circumnavigation of Earth by balloon!
Every employee at Breitling receives a complimentary watch! The watch model is determined by the level of the employee who is permitted to select a watch from a variety of options.
Both Leon Breitling and his son Gaston, who inherited the company, died unexpectedly at a very young age.
In 1969 Breitling invented and produced the first self-winding chronograph movement.
The company’s SuperQuartz technology (2001) is ten-times more accurate than standard quartz.
The name Breitling did not appear on the watch dials until forty years after the company was founded!
The first wristwatch chronograph was developed and introduced by Breitling in 1915.
In 1952, Breitling chronographs became the favorite choice among pilots throughout the world after it introduced the “navigation computer” which was able to handle all the calculations necessary for a flight plan.
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