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A Guide To Breitling Watches

Breitling is among the most famous brands of watchmakers in the world. Renowned for precision and accuracy, as well as style, Breitling watches are made in Switzerland, the home of high-quality horology. Here, we will take a closer look at a brand that has been a byword for style since 1884. You can find an extensive range of used Breitling watches here at Mark Worthington.

Breitling's roots as a company are in Leon Breitling's St Imier workshop in the 1880s. There, Leon crafted some of the world's finest chronographs, and his innovation and creativity soon earned his company a fine reputation. It was Leon's son, Gaston, who, after his father's death in 1915, continued to produce innovative and groundbreaking watches.

Further generations of the family would oversee the company's development through the 20th century until the 1970s, when it was bought by entrepreneur Ernst Schneider. His family oversaw the company until 2017, when Ernst's son Theodore Schneider sold it for just over $870 million.

Of course, a company does not end up being worth that kind of money without producing watches of the highest quality. Diving and aviation watches have always been a Breitling speciality, and this is why Breitling watches are well-known for having large faces which are easy to read. No one wants to have to squint to make out numbers when the pressure is really on, either underwater or in the air.

Breitling watches have been associated with celebrities since at least the 1960s. For example, a Breitling watch featured in the James Bond film Thunderball. Bond, played by Sean Connery, is handed a very special Breitling watch, equipped with a Geiger counter, by Q. It was also in the 60s that a special version of the Navitimer watch was designed by NASA astronaut Scott Carpenter, who actually used the watch in space during his mission aboard the Aurora7 spacecraft.

In the 1980s, French singer Serge Gainsbourg sported a Breitling Navitimer, a model which has undergone several transformations over the years. Nowadays, much of Breitling's branding revolves around 'squads' of celebrity ambassadors. There are four of these squads: Jet Squad, Surfer Squad, Cinema Squad and Explorer Squad. The squads bring together high-achieving individuals from sport, entertainment and other areas of life. Some of the people in the squads are Hollywood actors Brad Pitt and Charlize Theron, and surfers Kelly Slater and Stephanie Gilmore.

This type of celebrity endorsement highlights the premium quality of Breitling watches. Of course, if you want to get your hands on a new Breitling watch, you must be prepared to pay the kind of prices that such high quality demands. It is possible to buy new Breitling watches in the UK, but you will be paying premium prices for the latest models.

Used Breitling Watches Offer Good Value

For many people, buying used Breitling watches is a better option when it comes to acquiring one of these superb timepieces. Here at Mark Worthington, we have an extensive range of used Breitling watches, with plenty of different styles and models available. You can browse the full range of used Breitling watches on our website, where most of our Breitling watches come with original paperwork, and box.

One of the most sought-after ranges of watch made by Breitling is the Breitling for Bentley range. Combining British style with Swiss accuracy, these watches are intended to reflect a lifestyle where luxury and accomplishment combine. Adorned with a winged B, these watches are all about performance and elegance. A number of watches from this much sought-after range are available at Mark Worthington.

Breitling for Bentley combines British style and Swiss precision

One example of the Breitling for Bentley range is the Supersports B55 wristwatch. Part of a 500-piece limited series, this is a very sporty watch. Its titanium case combines sturdiness and style. It is also compatible with your phone. Another great watch in this range is the Flying B A44365 Chronograph. Design features of this watch include mother of pearl hour markers and a chocolate brown dial. Other limited edition watches in the range have names like Le Mans, highlighting Breitling's links with top-quality sporting events over the years.

Breitling remains one of the finest brands of watch in the world. Worn by people who enjoy looking stylish as much as they do working hard, Breitling watches combine precision Swiss engineering with classic European style. The Breitling for Bentley range epitomises the values and mentality of this company which has roots in the 19th century, but is also at the forefront of 21st century innovation. Navitimer, Transocean and Chronomat are evocative words not just because of the proven quality of the watches that carry those names, but also for the depth of tradition that surrounds everything about Breitling.