Evolution of the Chronomat

A lot has changed since the 1940s to say the least.  As of 1942, Franklin Delano Roosevelt was the President of the United States, we were in the middle of World War II, baseball owners were finalizing an agreement to allow each team to have 14 night games, and the Breitling Chronomat looked like a Navitimer!

Chronomat from 1940s, Navitimer 2010

I saw a picture of the old-school Chronomat yesterday and was shocked.  The difference between the current version and the 1942 version of the model is huge.  There is no question in my mind that the 1942 Chronomat looks more like the current Navitimer than the current Chronomat.

Chronomat 1940s, Chronomat Evolution 2010

Apparently the Chronomat was extremely innovative at the time for its circular slide rule around the dial.  Owners of the watch were able to perform a variety of calculations that could be applicable for many different situations in everyday life.  The key to the Chronomat was perfecting the rotation of the bezel.  Once the watch was introduced, it received a lot of attention and has been one of the brand’s most popular models ever since.  I personally love the piece and would love rocking it in a bunch of the different dial configurations it is offered in.

Anyway, for all of those owners of the hip, sporty chrono that is one of Breitling’s hottest pieces today, check out what your watch initially looked like!

The Many Faces of the Breitling Chronomat, circa 1942


4 thoughts on “Evolution of the Chronomat

    • Breitling actually did not introduce the Navitimer until the year 1952. I will be sure to do a blog on the introduction of that model as well! Pictures will be included of course…

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