Breitling (Re) launches Chronomat with Rouleaux bracelet

The 1990s icon returns.

Breitling Chronomat replica is one of the most fashionable watches in the late 1980s and 1990s, with a unique Rouleaux bracelet, especially a two-color steel and golden yellow model with a dark blue dial.

Chronomat is the watch of choice for a variety of Air Force squadrons, and it also appeared in the major Hollywood stars of that era, the most famous being Jerry Seinfeld and Bruce Willis. After Swiss entrepreneur Ernest Schneider rescued the quartz crisis, Breitling achieved great success, largely thanks to Chronomat.

Now, Chronomat on Rouleaux bracelet is making a comeback after it was discontinued a few years ago. The brand-new Chronomat B01 42 abandoned the recently unsuccessful facelift style, adopting a tightly executed design that incorporates some elements of the classics of the 1990s.

Chronomat came out in 1984 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Breitling, marking the brand’s return to mechanical watches. In 1979, the late Ernest Schneider took over Breitling in poor condition. Until then, the factory mainly produced quartz replica watches with a military flavor.

After Schneider delivered the first batch of Chronomat to the members of the Italian Air Force aerobatic team Frecce Tricolori and sold it to the public, his hand was hit.

Although it has the same name as the old Breitling chronograph, the Chronomat launched in 1984 is a completely new design. It was surprisingly modern in the 1980s, with several unique elements that gave it a novel look, including four “tabs” that were fixed to the bezel by screws, allowing the wearer to convert the bezel into Countdown timer. In addition, Chronomat can also be used on wheeled or “roller” bracelets, which are composed of long, cylindrical links with tips similar to bullets.

These elements that define the original Breitling Chronomat have been restored in the new model and pay tribute to its history, the series again includes the Frecce Tricolori version.