The 10 Best Breitling Watches For Men
This wiki has been updated 9 times since it was first published in July of 2018. Breitling has been making watches in Switzerland since 1884, and their reputation for exquisite craftsmanship and attention to detail is undeniable. Many of their timepieces are geared toward pilots and mariners, though some more modern technologies and styles have crept their way into the company's lineup, so you're sure to find something just right for you on our list. When users buy our independently chosen editorial recommendations, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. If you'd like to contribute your own research to the Wiki, please get started by reviewing this introductory video.
April 07, 2020:
With so many fantastic models produced through the years, it'd be tempting to make this list up with some of Breitling's greatest hits, even if those hits aren't in the company's current lineup. But we wanted to make sure that you could actually get your hands on these timepieces if you fell in love with them, so we had to send off such models as the Bentley Flying B Jumping Hour and the TransOcean Silver Analog included on our previous list.
Fortunately, the company still has a huge selection of top-tier pieces, many of which come in at entry-level luxury prices, like the surprisingly affordable Aviator 8 Automatic Curtiss Warhawk. You'd have to look no further than the IWC Spitfire to find a comparable pilot's watch (though admittedly the Warhawk has as much infantry influence as it does aviation). And that IWC offering retails for nearly an extra $1,000.
Part of what allows Breitling to come in a little cheaper than its competition is actually a result of what some watch snobs would turn their noses up at, specifically the fact that Breitling outsourced for its movements up until 2009 to ETA and Valjioux. Ultimately, that allowed them to be in a financial position to take their time developing the B01 in-house caliber that still adorns their most coveted chronographs, and that time saved translated to lower production costs.
They've since developed a number of in-house movements that are chronometer-certified and capable of competing with most of the top brands for accuracy, like the B04 you see in the Navitimer GMT B04. They even have several models that can make a die-hard mechanical enthusiast consider turning to quartz in their Exospace B55, Aerospace Evo, and the Emergency we added to our special honors list.
Premier B01 Bentley Chronograph A classy edition to a long-running collaboration with car maker Bentley, this model is rendered in fine 18-karat red gold, with a burl elm dial inspired by the wood grain seen on the dashboards of their luxury vehicles. This eye-catching brown hue is offset by matching black subdials and tachymeter track, and its case boasts a surprising 100 meters water resistance. It is, however, one of the priciest offerings in their lineup. breitling.com
Top Time Limited Edition In the 1965 James Bond flick Thunderball, Q outfits Sean Connery's 007 with a modified version of this capable chronograph. Now, the company has reissued it with a 41mm case and a nubuck leather strap that's as supple as the dial is playful. It's reasonably priced for a model with such history, but its water resistance is only 30 meters. breitling.com
Emergency Black Titanium Dedicated survivalists understand the importance of packing light, and the equal importance of having the right tools on you for a given adventure. This model, in addition to its lightweight titanium construction, degree-marked compass bezel, and dual LCD readouts, actually has an integrated distress beacon that can help rescue services pinpoint your location if you get in above your head. breitling.com