Founded in 1884 by Léon Breitling, Breitling SA is a Swiss watchmaker, mostly known for its precision-made chronometers useful to aviators. In 1942 Breitling introduced the Chronomat, a chronograph with a slide rule and manual winding for the U.S. Army Air Force.
Launched in 1952, Breitling’s most iconic watch is the Navitimer. This classic aviator chronograph was a further development of the Chronomat and featured a complex bezel with logarithmic, double rotating slide rule scale to calculate fuel consumption, rate of climbing and average speeds. The Navitimer was officially recommended as the pilot’s watch of choice by the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA).
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