Wednesday, October 7, 2020

For your enjoyment only


The story of Breitling began on 1884 when a 24 years old watchmaker Leon Breitling founded the small watch manufacturing workshop in Saint-Imier, Switzerland.

Leon Breitling specialised in the production of chronographsBy early 1930 Breitling had 40 different chronographs on offer.

In 1939 Breitling signed a large contract with the British Air ministry to make flight chronographs for the Royal Air Force. After WW2, Breitling was an official supplier to Douglas, KLM, BOAC, Lockheed, Air France and United Airlines.

To this day, Breitling chronographs are regarded as true pilot's watches known for their reliability and precision.

Featured in this video is the restoration of a 1953 Breitling Ref. 178 with 18K rose gold case and a Venus 170 mechanical column wheel chronograph. The previous restorer was unable to get the chronograph running and in desperation simply glued both pushers to the case, permanently disabling them. Cleaning the grim of the dial and deoxidising movement parts was a serious challenge. The entire restoration took 9 working days to complete. 

Video recorded and edited by Michael Johnston.

Watch it here:

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