One of the best-selling Breitling collections is undoubtedly the Breitling Chronomat, a beloved mechanical watch that boasts a rich history and an all-purpose style. In the 1940s, the brand began using the name Breitling Chronomat by combining the words "chronograph" and "mathematics" as they worked to perfect the piece’s rotating slide rule bezel—a pilot’s most prized feature. After patenting the bezel technology in 1941, the Breitling Chronomat quickly became one of the brand’s best watches, later serving as the inspiration for their infamous Navitimer in 1952. Since its inception, the Breitling Chronomat has been revamped over time with a refreshed introduction in 1984 celebrating Breitling’s centenary. This new, reimagined Chronomat collection was designated as a pilot watch, introducing rider tabs to the design. Although there were similarities between the original and refreshed collection, it was a significant milestone in the brand’s history—it was also the return of the mechanical Swiss chronograph which had nearly disappeared during the Quartz Crisis. In the 1970s and early 1980s, the watch industry pushed to popularize quartz watches, largely replacing mechanical watches around the world, so the return of the Breitling Chronomat is a remarkable resurgence. Interested in learning more about how Breitling overcame obstacles throughout history? Read this article about their rebound and growth, or see how the Chronomat stacks up against the sporty Omega Seamaster when you watch this expert review.
Learn More About the Breitling Chronomat
There are several key design elements that make the Breitling Chronomat a standout timepiece. Its signature rotating bezel is highlighted by rider tabs, and the rider tabs at the 3 and 9 marks are interchangeable to either count up or down. Additionally, the Breitling Chronomat is known for its stainless steel integrated Rouleaux bracelet with a butterfly clasp—a relaunched style bracelet in 2020. Aside from its stunning aesthetic, this piece is also a masterclass in precision with a COSC certification, water resistance up to 200 meters, and chronometer-certified in-house calibre with a 70-hour power reserve. For those interested in complications, the Breitling Chronomat also includes chronograph and GMT functions.
When it comes to discussing specific models, there is no shortage in conversation. For example, the current Breitling Chronomat that was released in 2009 is the first of its kind to be produced entirely in house, simply adding to the list of Breitling’s capabilities and innovation. The Breitling Chronomat B01 42 is also an interesting piece, showcasing a Super-LumiNova® coating—a luminescent material meant to enhance legibility in all lighting conditions. Or, if you’re interested in unique limited edition models, the Breitling Chronomat Frecce Tricolori is magnificent. In fact, all models except for this one have a red chronograph second hand, making this piece a must-have for Chronomat collectors. Overall, the Breitling Chronomat collection offers a variety of dial options as well, such as the Chronomat Bentley which has a green dial and black contrasting chronograph counters, and the Chronomat Longitude ref. A20048 which flaunts a red dial. If you’re interested in other in-demand models, check out the pre-owned Frecce Limited Edition, Chronomat 32 quartz watch, and the Chronomat Vitesse. You can also discover more about the diverse collection by reading about the Jet Team Chronomat 44s.
Buying A Pre-Owned Breitling Chronomat
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