The Chronomat is one of the most well-regarded watches in Breitling’s already incredible collection. Introduced in 1983 in response to the Italian Air Force’s famed “Tricolori” aerial demonstration squadron’s need for a new, technologically advanced chronograph, Breitling answered the call with the Chronomat. For almost 50 years, the Chronomat has brought precision timing to pilots and professionals, along with two special design features that make it entirely unique. The first, are the four “rider tabs” at the 12, 3, 6, and 9 o’clock positions. Added to create protective space between the bezel and glass to prevent damage, the 3 and 9 o’clock tabs can be cleverly unscrewed, reversed, and reattached to provide countdown functionality. The other iconic feature is the rouleaux “bullet” bracelet. With its unmistakable texture, the Rouleaux bracelet is a Breitling icon!
Today’s sample is reference number AB0136161C1A1. With a stainless steel case and bracelet, it has substantial heft to match the functionality. Silver subdials pop against the deep blue dial which contrasts fully with the red chronograph seconds hand. The unidirectional bezel turns with a satisfying click while the adjustable bracelet will fit wrists in the 6.5”-7.5” range. The 44mm case houses Breitling’s in-house B01 automatic movement, offering 70 hours of power reserve.