Breitling History Timeline
|Léon Breitling founds his company, focusing on precision pocket chronographs.
|Breitling makes wristwatch history by releasing a chronograph with two separate pushers, a significant innovation at the time.
|Breitling buys a patent for a chronograph watch with a slide-rule bezel, then releases the Chronomat the following year.
|The Navitimer, a pilot’s watch with a slide rule specifically for navigation, is introduced.
|Scott Carpenter orbits the earth with a custom 24-hour-dial Navitimer on his wrist.
|Along with Hamilton-Büren, Dubois Dépraz and Heuer-Leonidas, Breitling helps create the self-winding chronograph movement.
|Ernest Schneider acquires Breitling at the height of the quartz crisis.
|Breitling introduces a new Chronomat as the face of their relaunched brand.
|The Emergency watch, equipped with a micro-transmitter for remote location signaling, is introduced.
|The Schneider family sells 80% of their share in Breitling to CVC Capital Partners, and the remaining 20% the following year.
|Georges Kern is appointed as the CEO of Breitling, setting the stage for some more subtle Breitling releases as well as their e-boutique.
|Partners Group acquires a majority stake in Breitling. CVC retains a minority stake.
|Breitling acquires Universal Genève.
In terms of sales, Breitling consistently ranks as one of the world’s top 10 luxury watch brands.