Breitling SA was founded in 1884 and is based in Grenchen, Switzerland. In 1915 Breitling launched their model Chonograph-Bracelet including a chronograph indicator and a counter to 30 minutes. The evolution of this invention became one of the core themes of the company. In 1923 Breitling presented another innovative feature: the introduction of the first autonomous chronograph pusher. In 1934 the second pusher followed, which made it possible to reset the watch to zero. Breitling also produced cockpit clocks for the Royal Air Force as well as diving watches.
In the 1950s the model Superocean was developed. In the 1980s Willy Breitling eventually sold his company to Ernest Schneider. Breitling’s best sold watch is the Chronomat, together with the aviator watch Emergency, which is produced since the 1990s and bears an emergency call transmitter. Since 1999 every single watch produced by Breitling is subjected to chronometer testing by COSC. On Baselworld 2009 Breitling showed an impressive self-designed chronograph movement.