The Breitling Chronomatic would certainly be considered a historically important watch in watchmaking. While its striking looks grabs your attention first, it is the movement that powers it that marked a milestone in watchmaking. You see, its movement stems from one of the first, if not the first automatic chronograph movements ever produced.
In the 60’s, while man was racing into space, watch brands were racing to create the first automatic chronograph movement. The main rivalry was between Zenith, who we now know produced the famous El Primero, Seiko and a consortium led by Heuer, Dubois-Depraz, Buren and of course Breitling. Dubbed in secrecy as Project 99, this group of movement and watchmakers were developing their chronomatic movement and while debates rage on as to who really was the first to create an automatic chronograph, all brands mentioned above certainly deserves a place in watchmaking history.
With such an important movement created, Breitling housed many of their chronographs thereafter with the Chronomatic movement, including this Ref. 2110. With a bold and muscular 40mm case, rotatable bezel. reverse panda dial and loud orange accents, this is no demure watch. Instead, it is a timepiece that unapologetically came out of the 70’s, bearing all of the sporty characteristic design traits of the era.