Legendary Swiss watch manufacturer Breitling has utterly perfected how to craft a luxury chronometer timepiece. The company was founded in 1884 by Leon Breitling, and since its inception the brand has been devoted to using the finest quality Swiss made components. Breitling watches are highly favored among divers and aviation professionals because they’re so reliable and well crafted.
The watches are also popular with car aficionados, as Breitling has collaborated with motor company Bentley to produce a number of stunning limited edition pieces. Due to the exquisite quality of the materials used and the technologically advanced designs, most Breitling models are quite pricey.
Here are ten of the most expensive Breitling watches of all time.
10. Emergency II Titanium – $17,750
This is one of the Breitling watches that’s a prime example of how well the company melds function and style. It looks sharp and masculine, and can easily complement a wide range of casual attire. However, the Emergency II Titanium was built to be a rescue beacon and the ultimate tool for military, rescue, and safety workers as well as outdoor explorers. This model features a dual frequency transmitter and is the first timepiece to incorporate the technology. It also has a 1/100th second chronograph, world time function, countdown timer, full calendar, and an alarm.
9. Windrider Blackbird (J44359) – $25,999
One of the most sophisticated looking Breitling watches is the Windrider Blackbird, which is a striking limited edition timepiece. Its bezel is lined with diamonds, as is the watch’s strap. The 44 mm case is made of white gold, and its multi-function dial has a swirled background of black and deep blue. The automatic movement drives its date function and chronograph, while anti-glare sapphire glass protects the display.
8. Bentley GMT Light Body – $26,860
The Bentley GMT Light Body is trendy, modern, and has a design that’s distinctive. It’s one of many collaborations between Breitling and Bentley Motors, and the watch features a dual time zone system that’s adjustable. To change time zones while traveling with this watch, all one has to do is pull out the crown and turn it. Comfort is provided by the watch’s lightweight titanium case and ergonomic design, and asymmetrical lugs and a raised motif add more style.
7. Bentley Flying B No. 3 – $32,300
This luxurious watch pays homage to the Winged B, Bentley’s iconic hood ornament. It has a distinguished rectangular case and a dial with three square counters. Like all of the Breitling watches in the Bentley collection, this timepiece is the epitome of refinement, class, and innovation. Some of its fine features include a guilloche motif that mimics the radiator grille on Bentley vehicles, mother of pearl inlays, and an engraved caseback that depicts the Flying B mascot.
6. Chronomat 41 – $34,950
Breitling watches are known for their precision and performance, and the Chronomat 41 is an incredible example of the brand’s dedication to superb craftsmanship. It has an excellent fuselage and a chronograph that’s self-winding. The blue dial is attractive and handsomely designed, while the 41 mm case has a slight curve that makes it comfortable for all to wear. Case options include polished steel, rose gold, and rose gold and steel. The aviation watch comes equipped with innovative guard controls and a screw locked crown.
5. Mark VI Complications 29 – $65,200
The Mark VI Complications 29 timepiece hosts an incredible number of functions, but the real star of this watch is its beautiful style. It looks classy, refined, and has a bit of vintage charm, yet is far from outdated. Four sub-dials display the watch’s chronograph, moon phases, and perpetual calendar with the weekday, date, and month. Its convex sapphire display has an anti-glare coating on both sides, and the silver storm dial makes this timepiece even more functional. Inside is the Breitling Calibre 29B mechanical movement.
4. Breitling Bentley Collection (R4436563/A657) – $173,500
What’s interesting about this Breitling watch is its name, which does little in the way of standing out and doesn’t truly pay justice to the beauty of the timepiece. This 18 carat rose gold beauty is studded with diamonds all over the dial, bezel, and strap. It truly matches the image of both the Breitling and Bentley brands and is grand, luxurious, and quite stylish. Few dress watches can match the look of this one, and it would be the ultimate complement to formal and business attire. Of course, all of this luxury doesn’t come cheap, and the price tag of the R4436563/A657 tops $173,000.
3. Bentley Motors Complications Collection (L18841Ta-B788-761P) – $174,280
Many of the Breitling watches designed for the company’s Bentley collections make a play on the car maker’s automobiles, and the L18841Ta-B788-761P from the Bentley Motors Complications Collection is no exception. What sets this timepiece apart is its bezel, which is reminiscent of the radiator grille that one would find on a Bentley car. The dial is also auto and racing inspired, and it has a red seconds hand to complete the look. The platinum case is not only sleek, but blends well with the modern aesthetic of the watch’s design.
2. Bentley Mulliner Tourbillon – $175,000
Look through the transparent caseback of the Bentley Mulliner Tourbillon and you’ll find an intricately designed movement that is beautiful in and of itself. The mechanical, had wound Breitling Calibre 18B movement has 26 jewels, a 1/6th of a second chronograph, and 15 minute totalizer. However, it’s just the beginning of what makes this watch so special. A fine 49 mm case, rotating pinion bezel, and variable circular slide rule also bring an edge to the timepiece. In addition, the leather strap is available in ten color options and the dial comes in 15 hues that match the range of Bentley bodywork shades.
1. Breitling Bentley Flying B (J28362) – $255,000
While all of the Breitling watches included in the Bentley Flying B collection are luxurious, this one is downright lavish. Just 50 units of the limited edition timepiece were produced, and its rarity is only part of what makes it so expensive. This model is diamond studded at every angle, from the dial and bezel to the entire case and strap.