The Chronomat is one of Breitling’s most seminal – and most popular – models, an aviation-inspired sports watch that helped define the brand’s identity and was an early forerunner of its legendary Navitimer. Launched in 1941, its name derives from CHRONOgraph for MAThematicians. The original Chronomat earned a patent as a clever instrument whose circular slide rule made it relatively easy to perform various time/speed measurements and mathematical operations, which made it supremely popular for sporting and technical professionals.
This is a very well-built, no-nonsense watch. It has a distinctive Breitling look about it, resembling a pilot’s tool with its clean, technical face and three subdials. A matte finish makes it quite unobtrusive, despite being reassuringly heavy on the wrist.
There are many versions of the Chronomat to choose from – steel or gold for the case and bezel, and a choice of rubber, metal, calfskin, alligator, or NATO strap – so you can get the look you want.
The Chronomat is most commonly worn on a heavy-duty metal bracelet, which comes with a superb deployment clasp. This easy-to-use flip-lock system with two buttons ensures a snug and secure fit.