As one of the most renowned names in watchmaking since 1884, Breitling's watches encapsulate unerring precision and unparalleled luxury. Boasting a rich heritage in aviation, diving and world-famous sporting events, a Breitling watch comes with significant prestige.
Each timepiece has been carefully crafted and adapted over the years, resulting in the latest iconic designs that are recognised all over the globe. Every model effortlessly combines durability with timekeeping accuracy, so you can be sure that our men’s and women’s Breitling watches will uphold their high quality and stand the test of time.
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“Throughout its existence, Breitling has produced many watches that now hold iconic status. Revered by wearers and collectors alike – years, even decades, after their original release, the luxury watch house is synonymous with aviation chronometers, such as the legendary Navitimer, its Chronomat and Superocean timepieces.”
Lisa Broun - Senior Luxury Watch Buyer
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History of Breitling Watches
Leon Breitling founded the brand in St Imier, Switzerland, in 1884. He honed his craft by creating pocket watches and other time-measuring instruments, quickly developing a prestigious reputation. By 1889, the brand had already patented its widely popular chronograph – famous for its easy-to-use, simplistic design.
After Leon Breitling passed away in 1914, his son Gaston Breitling took over the family business, fuelled by the pioneering spirit and passion for meticulous watchmaking that had been passed down to him. Just one year later, the brand launched one of the world's first wrist chronographs that included an additional push-piece stopper uniquely incorporated into its design.
The first release of the Navitimer, which would later become one of Breitling’s most enigmatic watches, came in 1952. As the name suggests, this watch was designed as a timer for pioneering navigators and has been a go-to timepiece for aviation professionals ever since.
In 1984, Breitling celebrated its 100th anniversary with the launch of an entirely new automatic Chronomat, instantly distinguishable by its bezel riders and unique link strap. Although released for this special occasion, the design was based on a watch that was created a year prior for the Frecce Tricolori – the world-famous Italian aviation acrobats.
1985 saw the introduction of the Aerospace Breitling watch. This quartz timepiece featured a titanium exterior and combined analogue and digital displays. Later that year, the vastly popular Navitimer was adapted to feature a new self-winding mechanism. Breitling has since gone from strength to strength, refining its powerful watchmaking skills to produce further intricate models to serve adventurers and the general public.
Why buy a Breitling Watch?
If you’re looking for a timepiece that encompasses durability, robustness, precision and luxury, look no further than our extensive range of men’s and ladies Breitling watches for sale at Mappin and Webb. Each piece is carefully crafted to ensure impeccable timekeeping that is suited to even the most challenging of sporting pursuits.
Our men’s Breitling watches include a variation of designs from the Navitimer, Endurance, Avenger and the Superocean to the timeless Premier Heritage collection. Among the ladies' Breitling watches in our collection are the women’s Navitimer, Chronograph and Superocean Heritage range.
Whether you’re a keen explorer on the lookout for your next masterpiece or you’re searching for a memorable keepsake for someone special, Breitling watches have something to suit each requirement within their ever-expanding collection. We do not doubt that you’ll find the ideal Breitling watch that perfectly pairs with your preferences.
Whether you’re looking for men's or ladies' Breitling watches, a piece that is detailed and decadent or stylish and understated, Mappin and Webb has something for you.
The Breitling men’s Chronomat combines style with functionality and comes in 42mm and 44mm sizes. These Breitling watches are water-resistant to at least 200 metres – perfect for divers, sailors, and those who like to adventure on the open water.
The iconic Navitimer 1 B01 model is one of the most popular Breitling watches within our men’s range, featuring a 46mm display with three detailed sub-dials. Complete with a rotating bezel and a comfortable leather strap or stainless steel bracelet, this timepiece is a firm favourite with aviation professionals due to its specialised technology and power reserve of up to 70 hours.
The Breitling Chronomat ladies' watch features a classic dial available in various colours and carefully outlined with glistening diamonds. These elegant timepieces are water-resistant up to 100 metres and come in 32mm and 36mm sizes.
Caring for your Breitling Watch
After finally purchasing your item, it’s important to do everything possible to keep it in immaculate condition. This will ensure its value is maintained over time.
At Mappin and Webb, we are proud to offer exclusive insurance for all our Breitling watches. Under the Mappin and Webb Care plan, your investment will be protected against accidental damage, theft and malfunction. Choose between our three and five-year protection plans and rest easy knowing that no matter what unforeseen circumstances may be ahead, your Breitling 1884 watch is secure.
As a bonus, any luxury timepieces over £10,000 will also receive a complimentary watch winder and five-point annual health check when you take out a Mappin and Webb care plan.
Find your Breitling Watch today
If you’ve always aspired to add a Breitling timepiece to your collection, Mappin and Webb is here to turn that dream into a reality. Explore our full collection of Breitling 1884 watches for sale. Simply browse our collections online today. Alternatively, if you’d like to see these iconic timepieces up close, get in touch and arrange to visit one of our UK boutiques where our friendly team of advisors will be sure to help you find the perfect Breitling watch for you.
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