In the early years, Breitling was relatively niche. An important reason is that the watches of Breitling in the early years were mainly sports, and the size and thickness were relatively large. In recent years, Breitling aviation chronograph, mechanical chronograph, super ocean, marine culture and other series, taking into account different sizes, plus the introduction of the elegant series that take the formal leisure route, the popularity of Breitling has risen immediately, and the people who wear Breitling have also become more popular. More and more.
Although compared to Rolex and Omega, Breitling’s Phuket degree and popularity in the country is still a little behind. But Breitling’s main series, all of them can play, and their historical status can compete with Rolex and Omega. At the same time, Breitling is the originator of the chronograph field. Without Breitling, there would be no subsequent Speedmasters and Daytona. Let’s take a look today, Breitling’s three major sports series.
Breitling Mechanical Chronograph “Red Arrow” Edition
Navitimer is the most iconic style of Breitling. If one watch best represents Breitling, it is it. For aviation timing, the name Navitimer is made up of the words Navigation and Timer. Every player knows that the feature of Breitling aviation timekeeping is that the dial has flying sliding teeth. You can change the correspondence between the numbers on the outer ring and the numbers on the dial by rotating the outer ring, so as to perform some flight data conversion. Because of this, aviation timekeeping was originally a watch exclusively for the American Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. It was not until 1956 that it was sold to the public. In contrast, Speedmaster was born in 1957, Daytona was born in 1963, and in 1952, even the water ghost was not launched. Breitling Aviation is very ahead of time.
It can be seen that Breitling’s aviation timekeeping in the 1950s has its current style. buy watches online
Breitling aviation timekeeping has used Valjoux 72 and Venus 178 manual chronograph movements or the Caliber11/12 and ETA7750 automatic chronograph movements jointly developed by Breitling TAG Heuer for a long time in history. The main models of Breitling aviation chronographs currently on sale have been replaced with Breitling’s self-produced B01 series of automatic chronograph movements (including the development model of B01), with observatory certification and a 5-year warranty. Breitling aviation chronographs on sale include 48 mm, 46 mm, and 43 mm. And it also includes a large three-needle model for men 41 and 35 for women (the large three-needle is a universal movement), covering all aspects, how to buy and how to have it. Due to the flight sliding teeth, the inner circle of the aviation chronograph has many digital scales, which increases the recognition of the watch and makes it very conspicuous to get started.
In 1969, aviation timekeeping using the Valjoux 72 manual chronograph movement.
In the 1970s, Breitling TAG Heuer Caliber 12 was used for aviation timekeeping, which was characterized by automatic winding and the crown on the left.
The price-performance ratio of Breitling Aviation Chronograph B01 is relatively high in the same level. Like the 43mm belt model, the public price is less than 60,000. In contrast, the public prices of Omega Automatic Speedmasters such as the 9300/9900 movement, the IWC (new self-produced movement version), and Zenith el primero are higher than it.
Super Ocean is Breitling’s famous diving watch. Blancpain’s 50 Fathoms was born in 1953. Then in 1954, the Rolex Water Ghost came out; in 1957, the Omega Seamaster 300 (the standard seahorse for modern diving watches) came out, and the Breitling Super Ocean came out. It can be seen that Super Ocean is the first batch of modern diving watches in the world. In the same year as Omega Seamaster, it ranks among the top in the world. The early Breitling Super Ocean, including the big three-hand 1004 and the chronograph 807, was characterized by the use of an upwardly inclined bezel to protect the mirror surface.
In the 1960s, Super Ocean also replaced the Caliber11/12 jointly developed by Breitling TAG Heuer, which is characterized by the crown on the left side of the case. The Breitling Super Ocean on sale today has two branches, one is Super Ocean and the other is Ocean Culture.
In 1970, using Breitling TAG Heuer Caliber12 Super Marine Chronograph, pay attention to the crown on the left.
The Super Ocean on sale is Breitling’s professional diving watch. In addition to the configuration of professional diving watches, it is also very fashionable. There are yellow, orange, blue, white and black colors on the disk. The size also covers from 36 to 46 mm. Because Breitling’s new Super Ocean uses a universal movement (with chronometer certification) and a steel bezel (with plating).
Marine culture is Breitling’s retro diving watch, and its appearance is closer to the historical original version in 1957. Among them, the Ocean Culture B20 uses the better-performing B20 automatic movement (which can be regarded as a self-produced movement, the Tudor MT56 series Breitling version), which is certified by the observatory and has a power of 70 hours. In addition, the Ocean Culture B20 is also very cost-effective. Compared with diving watches such as Omega and IWC, the public price is lower. It should be noted that the Ocean Culture 57 is a model that completely imitates the historical prototype in 1957 and uses a universal movement. Please pay attention to distinguish the two watches B20 and 57.
Chronomat is another chronograph that focuses on flying after Breitling’s iconic Navitimer. The modern version was launched in 1984. Some players may ask, why do we have a mechanical timing series with aviation timing? The reason is that quartz watches were popular in the 1970s and 1980s. In 1979, the Breitling family sold the Breitling brand. Under this environment, the new receiver planned to launch a brand new mechanical watch, which is the mechanical chronograph series.
The prototype watch of the mechanical chronograph series was originally designed for use by the Italian Air Force Tricolor Arrows aerobatic team, and then sold to the public in 1984. The biggest feature of Breitling mechanical timekeeping is that there are 4 raised “small squares” on the bezel. The raised squares are used to protect the mirror surface. At the same time, the bullet-shaped roller bracelet is also a major feature of mechanical timekeeping.
The new mechanical chronograph currently on sale restores the appearance of historical models and is more fashionable. The raised squares of the bezel and the roller bracelet are all preserved. At the same time, in addition to the steel ring version, a ceramic ring version (super mechanical chronograph) has also been added. The ceramic ring model size is 44 mm, and the steel ring model size is 42 mm. Mechanical chronograph B01, using Breitling’s self-produced B01 automatic chronograph movement, is certified by the Observatory. Compared with Navitimer, the watch head bracelet of mechanical chronograph tends to be an integrated design, which has a stronger sense of movement and is 200 meters waterproof. At the same time, the mechanical chronograph B01 is also very cost-effective.
Did Breitling invent the chronograph?
Some players think that Breitling invented the chronograph, but it is not. Breitling’s greatest contribution to the chronograph is the invention of the “chronograph button.” Before Breitling, the buttons of the chronograph were integrated with the crown. Press the crown once to start, press again to stop, press again to return to zero, and cycle in turn. This kind of design cannot achieve continuous timing again after the timing is stopped. It is also not conducive to waterproofing.
Breitling copy invented the independent chronograph button in 1923, separating the chronograph button from the crown. The timing button is placed at the 2 o’clock position to operate the start and stop, and the crown continues to be used to control the return to zero, so that it can be continuously timed. Then in 1934, Breitling completely separated the chronograph button from the crown, the start and stop were at 2 o’clock, and the zero-return was at 4 o’clock, thus the modern chronograph structure was born. It can be said that without Breitling, there would be no modern chronographs, no later Speedmasters and Daytona.