Breitling Bentley: Blending Swiss & British Excellence
In 2002, Breitling and Bentley Motors began the longest partnership between a watch and automobile manufacturer, crafting the prestigious Breitling for Bentley collection. Although this union was officially underway after Bentley commissioned Breitling to design the onboard clock for the first Continental GT that debuted in 2003, their relationship dates back to the 1940s. Willy Breitling, the son of Breitling’s founder, adored driving Bentley vehicles which helped forge a seamless partnership in the decades to come. It’s also interesting to explore Bentley’s rich history in racing—between 1924 and 1930, the “Bentley Boys” won the 24 Hours of Le Mans race five times. Then in 2003, they returned to Le Mans with Breitling as their sponsor, winning the first two places. As an ode to this racing feat, the luxury watch brand created the Breitling Bentley Le Mans, a limited edition chronograph. Perhaps most recognized for their performance capabilities, Breitling Bentley watches also offer a range of complications and design elements that mimic physical characteristics of Bentley cars. Interested in learning more about the Breitling brand? Read this article that discusses their Breitling’s Rebound and Growth: A Closer Look.
Explore the Breitling Bentley Collection
If you’re a collector who loves cars as much as you adore watches, a Breitling Bentley is the inevitable choice. Each watch in this collection pays homage to a specific Bentley car with a distinct design tie in—whether a dial has the same varnish as its vehicle counterpart, or a bezel has the same relief pattern as a radiator grill. Despite the stunning Breitling Bentley visuals, these pieces are also known for their technical expertise, complex mechanisms, and range of complications from perpetual calendars to models with a moon phase indicator. Discover a selection of their most impressive pieces and limited edition models.
1. Bentley Motors 30-Second Chronograph
Arguably the collection’s most classic model, the Breitling Bentley Motors is a 30-second chronograph with stop second hands that make two full rotations per minute. This model is no longer in production, making it a highly sought-after piece.
2. Bentley 6.75 Midnight Carbon
This rare Breitling Bentley model is a stainless steel watch coated in black, and its name references the biggest Bentley engine in the Mulsanne limo, their flagship vehicle. Only 1,000 of these limited edition watches were released. Powered by the Breitling caliber 44B, this piece also comes with a 42-hour power reserve.
3. Bentley Barnato 42
Dedicated to “Bentley Boy” racing driver and financier Woolf Barnato, this piece is small and comfortable to wear. Additionally, it’s available in stainless steel and in a special black edition limited to only 1,000 pieces.
4. Bentley Flying B
Unlike other Breitling Bentley pieces, this chronograph is visually different, sporting a rectangular case and beveled sapphire glass. This model is also available in stainless steel or black Midnight Carbon version which is only limited to a run of 100 pieces.
Buying & Selling a Pre-Owned Breitling Bentley
Whether you’re looking to buy, sell, or trade a Breitling Bentley, our unrivaled selection of watches offers collectors and enthusiasts the unique opportunity to discover rare, authentic pieces. If you’re particularly interested in selling one of these watches or learning more about luxury valuation, we recommend reading this article that details the market dynamics. For example, limited edition watches, pieces with precious metals, or collections that feature co-branding like Breitling Bentley can fluctuate in value on the secondary market. If you’d like to explore watches from other brands similar to those discussed here, peruse our pre-owned collections of chronograph, racing, and sport watches.