Breitling S.A. is a private company founded in 1884 in Grenchen, Canton of Solothurn, Switzerland specializing in the design, manufacture and distribution of wristwatches. Breitling is known for precise chronometers for aviators. Breitling S.A. was founded in Saint-Imier, Bernese Jura by Léon Breitling in 1884. Breitling watches are made in Switzerland using Swiss components. Breitling makes two movements: the caliber B01 and the caliber B04, a B01 with the GMT module.
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ETA and Valjoux are the main suppliers of ébauches used in certain Breitling watches. The ébauches, are completed in Breitling workshops before leaving to COSC (Contrôle Officiel Suisse des Chronomètres). In 2009 Breitling developed the BR01, a mechanical movement chronograph, used in the Breitling Chronomat 01, the first watch produced entirely by Breitling . Since then the Chronomat has used a Breitling movement with the latest additions (2012) being the GMT Limited Chronomat, a special edition; and the Breitling Chronomat 44 GMT, both with the B04 movement.
The company certifies all its models. The clocks are usually marketed for diving (SuperOcean) or for aviation (Navitimer). Aviation models such as the Navitimer offer functions used for aviation as complications, since their utility in aviation has been replaced by electronic instruments. The style of Breitling watches is characterized by polished cases and bracelets, and large spheres that are designed to improve readability. Many models have purely mechanical mechanisms. (i.e. it does not use electronic components) and often have complications. In the 1940s, Breitling added a circular calculation rule, to the bezel of his chronographs used for aviator pilots. This became the famous Navitimer. During the 50s and 60s, a version of the Navitimer was offered by the Association of Pilots and Owners of Aircraft (AOPA, for its acronym in English), with the logo on the dial.
In 1961, Scott Carpenter, one of the original astronauts in the Mercury space program, approached Breitling with the idea of incorporating a clock with a 24-hour dial, instead of the normal 12-hour clock. This was necessary because of the lack of day and night during space travel. Breitling complied and produced the 24-hour Navitimer, which Carpenter used in his 1962 space flight. Breitling proceeded to produce the 24-hour version, called Cosmonaute Navitimer, with the Breitling and AOPA logos.
For military uses, the Emergency has a miniaturized transmitter operating on the frequency 243.0MHz, military frequency. Under normal conditions the signal can be received up to a range of 90 nautical miles (167km) or by aerial search up to a height of 20,000 feet (6,000 m)
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