Since 1884, Breitling has been creating high-quality, visually stunning timepieces. It is a Swiss watchmaking company well renowned for its technically advanced, extremely precise chronographs, such as the Transocean Ultimate Pilot, which provided concurrent readings in all 24 time zones.
It dates back to the 1930s and has a lengthy history with aviation. The association saw it make cockpit clocks, sponsor aviation groups, and have its aerobatics squad compete internationally. It is now the only luxury watch brand authorized to use the Red Arrows logo on its timepieces, thanks to a relationship with the Royal Air Force. Despite being among the most well-known luxury brands in the world, Breitling is exceptional in that it is managed autonomously. Some of Breitling’s top and finest timepieces are featured in this article.
1. Navitimer Automatic 35
The Navitimer is the most well-known model of Breitling. With its now-iconic slide rule bezel, the Navitimer upped the ante for pilots’ timepieces when it was introduced in the 1950s. The detail-packed dial is a masterwork in design, and it never feels overloaded. It is, without a doubt, the quintessential pilot’s watch.
The Navitimer Automatic 35 is delicate and elegant, combining the vintage charm of a genuine legend with the refinement of a modern watch. The 35 mm case boasts a beaded bezel and a range of exquisite copper, silver, blue, or diamond-set white mother-of-pearl dials. The case also comes in a multitude of materials including 18k red gold and stainless steel. The Navitimer Automatic 35 is driven by the Breitling Caliber 17, a COSC-certified chronometer, and comes with a matching bracelet or a gleaming brown, blue, or burgundy alligator strap that accommodates both a folding buckle and a stainless-steel pin.
2. Top Time Limited Edition
The recognizable aesthetic of the Breitling Top Time appeals to men and women who appreciate the perfect balance of design, tradition, and chronograph efficiency. Top Time was founded in the 1960s with a single objective: to provide a selection of “ultra-modern chronographs” to address the needs of active and young professionals. The sports watch not only resonated with that generation, but it also drew young ladies in with its strong highlights and evident elegance.
Currently, the Top Time offers a contemporary view of this stylish chronograph, complete with one of the most identifiable dials ever created, dubbed the “Zorro dial” by aficionados. The Top Time features a stainless-steel case with a brown nubuck strap and a stainless-steel pin clasp in a 41 mm size. It is limited to 2000 pieces and features a COSC-certified Breitling Caliber 23 chronograph movement.
3. Heritage II B20
With its textured rubber band, distinctive black dial, and illuminated hands and indices handy when you’re 200 meters submerged, this Superocean is a real and serious-looking dive watch. Breitling’s timepieces all have chronometer-certified movements, which is unusual for a prominent premium watchmaker. The brand crafts all mechanical chronograph parts in its workshops.
Even in the roughest of situations, the Superocean Heritage II B20 Automatic 42 combines style and performance to give unparalleled precision. Experts and watch enthusiasts alike prefer this timepiece. It has a 42mm stainless steel case with a date complication and a 70-hour power reserve.
4. Superocean Heritage 57 ‘Rainbow’
The Superocean Heritage ’57 Capsule series pays homage to both the legendary 1957 SuperOcean and the 1960s’ beautiful, laid-back surfing attitude. This vibrant version is only available in a limited edition of 250 pieces. Two defining components of the original SuperOcean are present in the 42 mm stainless-steel case: a dial with large indices and a concave bidirectional ceramic bezel. This vibrant Superocean Heritage ‘57 is driven by the Breitling Caliber 10, a COSC-certified chronometer, and comes with a black calfskin leather strap or a mesh bracelet that accommodates both a folding buckle or a stainless-steel pin.
5. Avenger II Seawolf
The renowned Avenger II Seawolf super-diver model combines a powerful look with remarkable performance, as well as being water-resistant to a depth of 3,000 meters. A unidirectional rotating bezel, a valve to equalize pressure variations between the inside and exterior of the watch, and a screw-lock crown with a non-slip grip are all featured in the case. The COSC chronometer-certified self-winding caliber ensures utmost reliability and precision.
6. Premier B01 Bentley British Racing Green
Breitling’s connection with one of the biggest names in luxury motoring is commemorated with this Premier B01 Chronograph 42 Bentley. It has a stainless steel case that is 42 mm in diameter. It boasts a British racing green dial with contrasting 30-minute chronograph counters and black tiny seconds on the inside, which signify the Manufacture mechanical movement. The self-winding high-performance chronometer-certified Manufacture Breitling Caliber 01, which comes with a five-year warranty, is visible through a transparent sapphire caseback. A seven-row stainless steel bracelet or a green nubuck leather strap are offered for the Premier Chronograph 42 Bentley. On your wrist, two of the world’s most stylish high-performance names.
7. Chronomat B01
Breitling’s all-purpose timepiece is ideal for any activity. The brand’s Chronomat has a special place in its past. The brand made a daring bet on an admirably designed mechanical watch when it was unveiled in 1984, at a period when ultra-thin quartz timepieces were the norm. It’s based on the Frecce Tricolori chronograph, which was designed and produced in 1983 in collaboration with the prestigious Italian airborne unit. Breitling’s centennial was commemorated in style with the Chronomat, which heralded the restoration of the mechanical chronograph to its proper position at the company that had earned its worldwide recognition on these wonderful watches.
The Chronomat has a 42 mm casing and the characteristic bezel with the four-rider tabs, which is available in a range of materials including 18k red gold and stainless steel. The Chronomat is available in a variety of dial colors, including silver, black, blue, and copper, and is paired with the trademark “Rouleaux” bracelet. It is driven by the Breitling Manufacture Caliber 01, a COSC-certified chronometer.
Breitling’s best-selling and most popular watches are the Navitimer 01 and Superocean Heritage. For the most part, Breitling watches are more accurate and trustworthy, as they are all COSC certified chronometers. Breitling’s quartz timepieces, in reality, are an uncommon breed of higher-quality quartz movements classified as COSC certified quartz movements, which are more precise and reliable.