The Breitling Story
The traditional company was founded in 1884 by G.- Léon Breitling in the Swiss Jura. Breitling himself played an important role in the development of the wrist chronograph. Thus, in 1915, he invented the first independent chronograph pusher.
In the same year also one of the first wristlet chronographs in the world arose. Eight years later, the system was perfected and the start, stop and neutral functions were separated. Thus, several consecutive timescales could be added without having to set the pointer at zero position. The patented invention proved very useful in sporting competitions and flight time measurements. In 1934, Breitling succeeded in creating the second independent trigger for the zero position and the chronographer received his modern face. In 1941, Breitling created an astounding timepiece, a chrongraph with practical slide rule and manual lift, the "Chronomat". The naming is a word creation from "chronograph" and "mathematics".
With the development of the Chronomats, Breitling succeeded in establishing an indispensable safety device for flight navigation and thus became a supplier to the British and American Air Force.