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Why Breitling is the Choice of Aviators and Astronauts

by on January 12, 2017 in All about Popular clocks and Luxury Watches Why Breitling is the Choice of Aviators and Astronauts

Village Watch Center Presents a Time Piece with a Unique History

Breitling is a watchmaker that stands apart for a variety of reasons. We at Village Watch Center in Boston love a watch and a company with a unique history and story. Breitling fits that description for a variety of key reasons. As we buy used Breitling watches and sell Breitling watches, we find a different sort of customer that appreciates the history and meaning behind these watches. We have spent years cleaning Breitling watches, maintaining Breitling watches, and repairing Breitling watches and we can tell you that these watches are something special.

A Watch that Saves Lives...

Breitling has a long history that is deeply connected to the history of flight. The company designed watches that served the unique needs of pilots. The mechanical self-winding technology used by Breitling in the 1940’s led to these watches being the standard for pilots. The design and precision was especially helpful and durable in a time when cabins of aircraft were still not climate controlled. The Breitling brand continued to advance as aviation advanced. A special feature in some Breitling designs is a backup signal that resulted in downed pilots being located from ninety nautical miles away after a crash.

A Watch that is Literally Out of this World...

Scott Carpenter, one of the original astronauts in the Mercury Space Program, approached the company in 1961 with a unique problem related to space flight. The twelve hour dials of ordinary watches throughout history only served in an environment where the sun could be used as a point of reference. This proved problematic in orbit, of course. Carpenter asked the watch company of aviation to consider a twenty-four hour dial to serve astronauts. Breitling obliged and soon this feature appeared as an option in some Earthbound designs as well.

Contact us at Village Watch Center in Boston to explore the unique designs and history available with Breitling.

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