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Breitling Watches

Breitling are world renowned for excellent timepieces and the Aeromarine, Navitimer, Professional and the Windrider are no exception. Breitling watches are designed primarily for use in aviation and its related fields and range includes the Aeromarine, Navitimer, Professional and the Windrider. As well as being a practical tool, Breitling watches such as the Aeromarine, Navitimer, Professional and the Windrider are also a symbol of status ans appreciation of the finer things. The timepieces designed by Breitling including the Aeromarine, Navitimer, Professional and the Windrider are suitable for all conditions and many come equipped with a wide variety of functions.

Breitling come from the Canton of Jura in Switzerland. The principle focus of Breitling is to produce watches that are certified chronometers for aviation use, although in recent times they have become more associated with luxury and high-end watches for the rich and famous rather than for aviation related use. Every Breitling watch comes as default with a set number of aviation functions although the chronograph has become something of a status symbol rather than a genuine tool. Breitling watches always have a large face to accomodate the chronograph and to allow better visibility and to allow the display of more information on the analog dials. Some Breitling timepieces also feature a completely automatic winding mechanism that is mechanical in nature and does not use any electronic components. Many Breitling timepieces are equipped with additional functions such as the flyback function, split-second, moon phase display, date display and various complications.

Breitling gets it's raw movements from ETA and Valjoux and are modified versions of the Breitling Chronometrie Workshops before they undergo COSC certfication. All of the companies watches are manufactured and assembled in house in Switzerland. Some of the steel case models that Breitling offer are actually more expensive than their Titanium or Gold versions due to the high quality of the 38 jewel self-winding movement. There are a number of special editions that also feature diamonds that have been set into the bezel or bracelet. During the 1940's Breitling added a circular slide rule to the bezel of the chronograph on their watch for use by aircraft pilots. This evolved into what is now known as the Navitimer model and was offered as the official Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association timepiece during the 1950's and 1960's. In response to a request by Scott Carpenter (one of the original Mercury astronauts) Breitling produced a 24 hour dial watch that was relevant to space-flight (there are no day and night cycles in space so a 12 hour dial is useless) and Scott went on to wear this during his 1962 space flight.

Breitling also produce the Emergency watch that contains a small radio transmitter with a range of 90 nautical miles. It can transmit on the 121.5 MHz civilian aviation distress frequency of the 243 MHz military distress frequency, and is advertised as a back-up device for emergency beacons. The Breitling Emergency Navitimer was actually used by two British pilots, Squadron Leader Steve Brooks and Flight Lieutenant Hugh Quentin-Smith when their helicopter crashed in Antartica, the two pilots were adrift in a lifeboat until a Chilean Otter aircraft located them by following the distress beacons broadcast by their Emergency watches.