Horological Heroes: Breitling Watches

By Leo Parker. 

If you’re a fan of high-end timepieces, chances are that Breitling are a watchmaker that are well and truly on your radar because, truth be told, there are few bigger or better luxury watchmakers out there than this colossus of horology.

Breitling have one of the richest histories in the world of high end watches and they were originally founded in 1884 and have, in the intermittent 120 years or so, been responsible for some of the most jaw-dropping and technically proficient watches ever produced and from their humble beginnings when they were founded by Leon Breitling in a small workshop in the Jura region of Switzerland, they have gone on to become one of the most recognised, respected and sought after brands in the world.

It is fair to say that the allure of Breitling proves pretty strong and they are able to boast some mightily impressive brand ambassadors who are on board to showcase the excellence of their watches – most recently of which would be David Beckham, who was used in a recent advertising campaign to show off the spectacular Breitling Transocean series of luxury watches – and you can see him in action below.


It goes without saying that Breitling enjoy such a prestigious position within the luxury watch industry because of the impeccable quality of the timepieces that they produce and not many watchmakers can boast a collection of different series of watches quite as mesmerising and impressive as those which emerge from the Breitling stable – you can check out a few of their best collections below:

Breitling Navitimer


You’ll be hard pressed to find a more visually engaging and technically impressive series of luxury watches than that of the Breitling Navitimer collection. This stunning series of watches from the Swiss watchmakers were originally launched in 1952 as a highly precise timepiece for pilots and their popularity has endured and many pilots’ today will consider a Breitling Navitimer as their timepiece of choice.

Breitling Montbrillant


The Montbrillant collection from Breitling is another of the most striking series of luxury timepieces and it is named after Montbrillant Street, which was home to the Breitling factory between 1892 and 1979 and it is certainly one of their standout collections of watches. This stunning collection takes its design lead from the 1940s era and the wonderful, classic style of these watches appeals to horology aficionados the world over.

Breitling Superocean


Breitling are particular well known for their aviation style, pilot type watches but they also boast an exceptional series of luxury watches for those who spend their time out at sea as opposed to in the air and this collection goes by the name of Breitling Superocean. This luxurious and hard-wearing series of watches was devised and released in the 1950s as a diving instrument for military divers and it is still used by many military personnel to this day.

This is just a selection of the watch collections that make Breitling one of the very best in the business and why they have been at the very top of their industry for well over a century.

See more Breitling watches at The Watch Gallery.

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