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For pilots and others in love with flight, no brand is more closely associated with the world of aviation than Breitling. From the beginning, watchmaker Léon Breitling, who opened his shop in the Swiss Jura Mountains in 1884, was focused on chronographs and their uses in the burgeoning fields of sports, science and industry.

After Léon’s death, in 1914, his son Gaston continued along his father’s trajectory. An early fan of aeronautics, Gaston introduced one of the first wrist-worn chronographs, a welcome upgrade for pilots used to executing complex maneuvers while juggling a pocket watch.

In 1934, Gaston’s son Willy made another leap in the chronograph’s evolution, patenting the first wristwatch with two pushers — one to start and stop elapsed time and one to reset — a feature now taken for granted.

But perhaps the most significant development under Willy’s leadership was the Chronomat watch. Introduced in 1942, it featured a patented rotating slide-rule bezel for making calculations on the fly. This innovation led to the 1952 creation of the brand’s signature timepiece: the Breitling Navitimer.

Designed in partnership with the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, it was adopted as the official watch of the AOPA in 1959 and remains the world’s most iconic pilot’s watch. Not content to rule just the air, Breitling developed dive watches as well, including the Superocean, released in 1957, and the Transocean, which followed in 1958. The house also took its show on the road, producing dashboard clocks and then watches in partnership with luxury automaker Bentley.

The Navitimer, however, still reigns supreme among pilots everywhere. Given the stature earned by Top Gun since its release — as well as the excitement around Top Gun: Maverick — it's never too late to pick up a vintage Breitling Top Gun Navitimer, displaying the official logo of the United States Navy Fighter Weapons School, for yourself or your favorite wingman.

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Breitling Super Avenger Chronograph 48
Breitling Super Avenger Chronograph 48
Breitling Navitimer B01 Chronograph 46
Breitling Navitimer B01 Chronograph 46
Breitling Chronomat 44
Breitling Chronomat 44
Breitling Superocean Automatic 42
Breitling Superocean Automatic 42
Breitling Chronomat 01 Blue Mother of Pearl Steel Mens Watch AB0110 Box Card
By Breitling
Located in Atlanta, GA
Breitling Chronomat 01 Blue Mother of Pearl Steel Mens Watch AB0110 Box Card. Automatic self-winding officially certified chronometer movement. Chronograph function. Stainless steel ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Breitling

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Breitling Avenger Black Dial Men's Chrono Stainless Steel Watch A13370
By Breitling
Located in Dallas, TX
Breitling Avenger Black Dial Men's Chrono Stainless Steel Watch A13370 - Automatic self-winding movement. Chronograph function.. Stainless steel case with rotating bezel (49mm diame...
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21st Century and Contemporary Swiss Breitling

Breitling Chronomat 32 White Dial Rose Gold Ladies Watch R77310
By Breitling
Located in Atlanta, GA
Breitling Chronomat 32 White Dial Rose Gold Ladies Watch R77310. SuperQuartz? thermocompensated quartz electronic movement with an EOL indicator. 18k rose gold case 32.0 mm in diamet...
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21st Century and Contemporary Breitling

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Rose Gold

Breitling Superocean II Yellow Dial Steel Mens Watch A17367 Unworn
By Breitling
Located in Atlanta, GA
Breitling Superocean II Yellow Dial Steel Mens Watch A17367 Unworn. Automatic self-winding movement. Stainless steel case 44 mm in diameter. Stainless steel screwed-down crown and pu...
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21st Century and Contemporary Breitling

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Steel

Breitling Navitimer 01 Blue Mother of Pearl Dial Steel Mens Watch AB0121
By Breitling
Located in Atlanta, GA
Breitling Navitimer 01 Blue Mother of Pearl Dial Steel Mens Watch AB0121. Self-winding automatic officially certified chronometer movement. Chronograph function. Stainless steel case...
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21st Century and Contemporary Breitling

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Breitling SuperOcean Heritage Chronograph DLC Steel Mens Watch M13313 Unworn
By Breitling
Located in Atlanta, GA
Breitling SuperOcean Heritage Chronograph DLC Steel Mens Watch M13313 Unworn. Automatic self-winding movement. DLC-coated stainless steel case 44 mm in diameter and 15.6 mm in thickn...
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21st Century and Contemporary Breitling

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Steel

Breitling Chronoliner Black Dial Steel Mens Watch Y24310 Box Card
By Breitling
Located in Atlanta, GA
Breitling Chronoliner Black Dial Steel Mens Watch Y24310 Box Card. Self-winding automatic officially certified chronometer movement. Chronograph function. Stainless steel case 46 mm ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Breitling

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Breitling Chronomat 44 Black Dial Steel Mens Watch AB0115 Box Card
By Breitling
Located in Atlanta, GA
Breitling Chronomat 44 Black Dial Steel Mens Watch AB0115 Box Card. Self-winding automatic officially certified chronometer movement. Chronograph function. Stainless steel case 44.0 ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Breitling

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Steel

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Breitling Super Avenger Chronograph 48
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Breitling Navitimer B01 Chronograph 46
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Breitling jewelry & watches for sale on 1stDibs.

Find a range of Breitling jewelry & watches available on 1stDibs. Each of these unique items was designed with extraordinary care, often using stainless steel. We have 4 pieces in this collection as well as a number of other designs by this jeweler.
Questions About Breitling
  • 1stDibs ExpertAugust 24, 2021
    As the name suggests, the Breitling Emergency watch has an integrated antenna system and is used in emergency situations. When the beacon is activated, the watch broadcasts a distress signal of approximately 100 miles and remains operational for 48 hours unless turned off. Find a wide range of vintage Breitling watches on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 22, 2021
    Breitling's streamlined and minimalistic Colt watch is a good watch for everyday. Though it's not considered a luxury watch, it is a great option for anyone interested in a functional sports watch.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    No, Bentley does not make Breitling watches. However, the luxury automaker has collaborated with the Swiss watchmaker to produce timepieces in the past. You can find a range of Breitling watches from some of the world’s top sellers on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMay 5, 2023
    Breitling watches are so special due to their precise timekeeping, and this precision is why no brand is more closely associated with the world of aviation than Breitling. Since the founding of the watchmaker in 1884, Breitling has developed innovations to make its watches more accurate and easy for pilots to use. An example is the Chronomat watch. Introduced in 1942, it featured a patented rotating slide-rule bezel for making calculations on the fly. This innovation led to the 1952 creation of the brand’s signature timepiece: the Breitling Navitimer. The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association adopted the Navitimer as its official watch in 1959, and it remains the world’s most iconic pilot’s watch to this day. On 1stDibs, shop a range of Breitling watches.
  • 1stDibs ExpertJune 15, 2023
    No, Breitling doesn’t use natural diamonds in their watches as of the fall of 2022. At that time, the luxury watchmaker switched from gemstones sourced from nature to artisanal laboratory-made diamonds. On 1stDibs, find a selection of Breitling watches from some of the world’s top sellers.
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 13, 2023
    Yes, many people consider Breitling watches to be luxury. Breitling is associated with quality workmanship and luxe materials all over the world, and the price of its timepieces at retail reflect that reputation. From the beginning, watchmaker Léon Breitling, who opened his shop in the Swiss Jura Mountains in 1884, was focused on chronographs and their uses in the burgeoning fields of sports, science and industry. Shop a collection of Breitling watches from some of the world’s top sellers on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Yes, anyone can buy Breitling’s Emergency watch. This watch is one of Brietling’s masterpieces and includes an internal locator beacon which can send a distress signal to local emergency services. Shop a collection of properly vetted Breitling watches from some of the world’s top sellers on 1stDibs.

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