Aviation and Breitling watches are like a mother and her child, with out one, the other wouldn’t exist. Every watch designed, every chronograph tested, every screw inserted was influenced by aviation throughout their existence.
Taking a look at Breitling history of watch designs cannot not be done without looking at the history of aviation. From 1884 until today, the rich influence of man in the air is not just noticable but clearly evident.
In 1884 the a star was born as Leo Breitling opens his workshop specializing in chronographs and precision counters for systematic and industrial purposes only, soon that passion will be focused on consumers around the world.
In 1891 German Otto Lilienthal, the father of aviation flew 50 meters in his glider. The very next year Leon Breitling relocated to La Chaux-de-Fonds, the Mecca of watch making.
In 1913 Aldophe Pegoud, king of the air, loops the first loop in aviation. The next year Leon Breitling dies and his son Gaston takes over the family business. The very next year Breitling consumption with aviation begins as the company led by Gaston creates the first wristwatch chronograph and provides pilot with the first instruments.
Today Breitling continues Gaston and Leon’s vision by continuing the goal of providing aviation employees the tools they need to beat time, and watches that consumers can use for a lifetime.