story of Breitling began on 1884 when a 24 years old watchmaker Leon
Breitling founded the small watch manufacturing workshop in Saint-Imier,
Leon Breitling specialised in the production of chronographs. By early 1930 Breitling had 40 different chronographs on offer.
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
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.