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Léon Breitling first opened a workshop in La Chaux-de-Fonds in 1884, making pocket watches and chronographs. His son Gaston initiated the production of wristwatches in 1914 for the military in the First World War.
Often associated with flying since 1936 when Willy Breitling (Leon's grandson) launched a chronometer for instrument panels in aircraft cockpits. The firm has a long association with Boeing, Douglas and Lockheed. In 1952 the Navimeter, a super chronograph designed especially for pilots.
In 1970 Breitling introduced the Breitling GMT, a chronograph with two hour hands (one for 12 hour system, one for 24 hours system).
A year later the Breitling Unitime simultaneously shows time in all countries of the World. Ernest Schneider (qualified pilot) acquired the company in 1979. He has been very careful to preserve its tradition.
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