A Guide To Buying A Breitling
One of the most revered watch brands in the world, Breitling watches are an unrivalled example of Swiss craftsmanship. The official supplier to the world of aviation, Breitling are also the world’s only watch brand to equip every major model with chronometer certified movements.
What is a chronometer certified movement? A movement which has been tested and certified by an official neutral body: the Official Swiss Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC), to ensure the highest precision and quality.
If you’re considering a Breitling, or you’ve got your heart set on one but unsure which model is for you, this guide will take you through the different Breitling collections; listing their features, benefits and differences.
Breitling Navitimer; Retro & World Famous
The Breitling Navitimer could quite easily carry the crown of ‘Breitling’s most famous watch’. The oldest collection (having launched in 1952), the Navitimer was, and still is, designed with aviation in mind; with the iconic slide rule feature allowing pilots to perform all calculations that a flight plan requires.
It is this impressive feature that makes the Navitimer one of the most practical tool watches for use inside a plane’s cockpit. To this day, the Breitling Navitimer continues to be favoured by professional pilots and aviation admirers.
Navitimer at a glance:
Water resistant to 30m
43mm to 48mm case size
Our collection of Breitling Navitimer watches starts from £4,920 or £92.25 per month with 4 years interest free credit
Those who want one of the most iconic Breitling watches
The cult watch collector
Professional pilots or fans of aviation
Those who like a retro, vintage-inspired style
Those who want a Breitling in-house movement
What's an in-house movement? This is a movement produced and assembled entirely by the brand themselves. This arguably means more control over the production, and a more exclusive product. Shop all watches with in-house movements here.
Breitling Colt; Sturdy, Reliable, Attractive Price Point
Sturdy, reliable and functional, the Breitling Colt is a superb watch with a VERY attractive price point – for a timepiece from arguably one of the world’s greatest watch brands.
Breitling have equipped models in the Colt line with either a Breitling SuperQuartz™ movement, which is ten times more accurate than standard quartz, or an automatic movement – both of which are chronometer certified by COSC.
Built for action, achievements and thrills, Breitling Colts boast solid construction and come complete with the high quality feel you expect from a heritage Swiss watch brand.
Colt at a glance:
36mm to 44mm case size
Water resistant to 200m
Our collection of Breitling Colt watches start from £1,690 or £31.68 per month with 4 years interest free credit
Those who want an entry level Breitling
Being robust and reliable, even within an adventurous lifestyle
Breitling Chronomat; The Impressive All-Rounder
Boasting a chunkier and heavier looking case, the Breitling Chronomat is a definite all-rounder. Built to withstand the most extreme conditions, the Chronomat is a robust and sturdy watch equipped with both a diver’s bezel and a chronograph function.
It was originally designed in 1984 to equip the Freeze Tricolori military aerobatic display team, and today the Chronomat has become an iconic and distinctive collection. Most watches in the Chronomat collection come with a Breitling in-house movement.
Chronomat at a glance:
Water resistancy ranges from 100m to 500m
38mm to 47mm case size
Our collection of Breitling Chronomat watches start from £6,230 or £116.81 per month with 4 years interest free credit
Those who want an impressive and imposing watch on the wrist
Those who want Breitling’s in-house movement
Those who want a bit of everything; part pilot watch, part diver’s watch
Breitling Avenger; Fit For All Adventures
Fit for all adventures, the Breitling Avenger line boasts unrivalled power, precision and functionality. With water resistance going up to a staggering 3,000m, the Avenger is similar to the Chronomat with its ultra-sturdy construction, but with a slightly simpler case design and the option of less-busy dials.
Avenger at a glance:
44mm to 48mm case size
Water resistancy ranges from 300m to 3,000m
Our collection of Breitling Avenger watches start from £2,910 or £54.56 per month with 4 years interest free credit
Fans of the Chronomat model but want a more accessible design and price
Those who want a trustworthy companion on extreme adventures
Breitling Superocean; The Dedicated Diver’s Collection
First created in 1957 in the middle of the dive watch boom, the Breitling Superocean is a wonderful choice for those who want a diving watch. Echoing the functions and elegance of the original 1950s model, this diving watch is the meeting point of exceptional engineering, easy legibility, stunning design and phenomenal levels of water resistance.
Smart, stylish and made for ocean adventures, Breitling Superocean watches are equipped with either COSC certified self-winding mechanical or SuperQuartz movements.
TIP: If you’re looking for something a little more retro but still innately sporty, explore the Breitling Superocean Heritage collection. Celebrating its 60th anniversary this year, the Superocean Heritage line closely resembles the first 1957 Superocean model.
Superocean at a glance:
36mm to 46mm case size
Water resistancy ranges from 500m to 2,000m
Our collection of Breitling Superocean watches start from £3,060 or £57.37 per month with 4 years interest free credit
The ultimate diving tool
Those who want a distinctive and recognisable design
Those looking for a heritage timepiece
Breitling Professional; Technical Expertise, Designed For Professional Pilots
Filled with the highest level of technical expertise, the Breitling Professional collection is built to military specifications and showcases an impressive list of functions blended with optimal user friendliness, readability and ergonomics.
Professional at a glance:
43mm to 46mm case size
Water resistance to 100m
Our collection of Breitling Professional watches start from £3,260 or £61.12 a month with 4 years interest free credit
Those who want a tool watch packed full of functions and technical features
There are some Breitling collections we haven't covered in this guide, for example Transocean, Galactic and the Breitling for Bentley line, as we wanted to give you a good starting point with the main collections. You can read about these other collections here.
Also check out our online Breitling Buying Guide here, which includes five reasons to buy a Breitling watch.