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A Guide to Buying A Breitling Watch

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Last year, us lucky readers and watch-enthusiasts were given a guide on buying a TAG Heuer watch. If a TAG Heuer watch isn’t for you, here is a guide of what Breitling watch to buy depending on your needs.
Breitling are best known for their precise chronometers and aviation watches, but they also produce diving watches and basic luxury watches. The brand was founded in 1884 by Léon Breitling and is one of the last remaining independent Swiss watch brands to still be going strong. They found their fame high in the sky by becoming an official supplier to pilots around the world and their Navitimer watch was even the first chronograph watch to go to space.

Last year the brand collaborated with Bentley, a luxury automobile brand and the Breitling for Bentley collection is now available to buy- or admire- worldwide. The collaboration brought in a new brand ambassador, football legend David Beckham.
The brand has different watch collections for different needs- Aviation, Diving and purely for Luxury. Depending on your needs, here are the shining stars for each collection:


Breitling Navitimer Chronograph AB012012/BB01 435X
breitling navitimerThe Navitimer is the same collection that accompanied an astronaut named Scott Carpenter on an orbit flight in 1962, so needless to say it is a watch you would want as a pilot. Its most notorious feature is its bi-directional bezel that allows the wearer to make mathematical calculations such as average speed and currency conversion. It is water resistant to 30 metres, but I doubt that would be of much use in the air.


Breitling Superocean Chronograph A73310A8/BB72 233X
Breitling SuperoceanThe comparison of the water resistance of this watch to the Navitimer is extortionate. With the Navitimer having a mere 30 metres water resistance, this Breitling Superocean is water resistant to 2000 metres/6600 feet. It also features a unique magnetic system meaning the chronograph controls can be operated via the metal of the case, even 6600ft underwater.


Breitling for Bentley Barnato Chronograph A2536821/G734 756P
breitling bernato
This watch was made as a tribute to the 24 Hours of Le Mans racing group the ‘Bentley Boys’ and named after Woolf Barnato, the main racer of the group and a financier of the Bentley business.  The watch can come with a steel bracelet or a leather, rubber or crocodile leather strap. I think it looks much more traditional and masculine with a brown crocodile leather strap, as seen in the picture.
TAG Heuer and Breitling are undoubtedly two of the greatest luxury watch brands, especially for men, and so hopefully you now have an idea of which ones to go for if you ever decide you want your first or even fifth luxury watch.
You can see these three watches and the Breitling collections at The Watch Gallery.

Charlotte Adams

Charlotte Adams

6 thoughts on “A Guide to Buying A Breitling Watch”

  1. I have a Breitling Orbiter 3 1999 Emergency in Titanium and although it would cost me almost $15,000 to replace today, it’s a wonderful time piece. This is of course despite the nearly $750.00 cost to replace three batteries and servicing every three years.

  2. A top mechanical movement, can be off by 8 seconds a day, and be within specs. A cheap quartz movement is accurate within one second a day. Over the course of a year the Seiko may be off by 48 minutes and 32 seconds, while a quartz movement will be accurate within 6 minutes and 5 seconds. Add bi-annual cleanings at a factory for mechanical watches that can cost $350.00 every two years, and I’ll stick with my EcoDrive which cost $300.00 out the door, and requires NO maintenance. I’ll grant you it is not fine jewelry. Different strokes…as they say.

  3. I feel like you guys are missing the point of mechanical watches! Any 5 dollar battery powered quartz watch can precisely keep the time. I appreciate mechanicals because they are completely electronic free, precisely engineered and look/sound great.
    That said, the prohibitive cost and the need to frequently adjust the time is a tad annoying. 🙂

    1. For many years I felt if it didn’t tick it was not a watch. Many of my colleagues have vintage Rolex Oysters, and they are adjusting their mechanical watches once a week. Many of their older watches were not cleaned at the recommended interval, and some of their watches lose 12 minutes a week!
      I’ve moved into the 21st Century and want accuracy. A cheap quartz movement is super accurate but requires battery changes. My Ecodrive could run forever without needing its case opened because it has its own rechargeable capacitor. No battery changes and it shows me the EXACT time.

  4. Breitling watches are beautiful pieces of jewelry. I owned one, but just like my old Omega, & other mechanical watches they are obsolete as timekeeping instruments. A mechanical chronograph can gain or lose 10-12seconds per month and still be certified. My titanium Citizen EcoDrive has kept perfect pace with the Atomic Clock without adjustment (outside DST/ST) in 2 years! My Citizen may not be jewelry, but my Breitling kept time terribly, if that is important to you in a wristwatch. Eco Drives are solar, can run for 6 months in complete darkness, and are ten times as accurate as any mechanical watch.

    1. Further to what Larry correctly stated, is the very expensive service cost
      of Breitling. I have a Breitling titanium watch which I dearly cherish.
      However, to have a battery replaced costs considerably more tht the Citizen Eco Drive tutanium. Not to mention the time it takes whilst the
      Breitling is in the service (sic) department – usually several weeks. My
      next battery cost may well go towards a new Citizen.

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