Breitling Watches Buying Tips

Written by: Jatinder Sandhu

An image of the Breitling Chrono-Matic Blacksteel Watch

Breitling Chrono-Matic Blacksteel Watch

Breitling watches are famous for being one of the last Swiss manufacturing companies to produce its own mechanical chronograph movement, entirely developed and manufactured in its own workshops.  Being so exclusive, the best place to buy an authentic professional grade watch that promises all the reliability and precision of a Breitling is to go directly to the the Breitling manufacturer’s website.  The entire line of Breitling watches are not your ordinary luxury timepieces; the company has been a leading innovator in chronograph technology since 1884.  The precision of these watches are intended for scientific or sports and recreational purpose, for a user that demands nothing less than the best.

How to Spot a Breitling that’s Pretending

Knock offs are abundant on the internet, and the only places that are authorized to sell Breitling watches are establishments like Tourneau that sell exclusively sell luxury watches.  Breitling offers a comprehensive directory of retailers listed by the city and it may be difficult to get to a location if you do not live near a big city.  If you have no choice but to purchase online from an independent seller, things to look out for  whether or not documents of authenticity are being provided.  Also, you should request an ample number of images from the seller, to compare it to the original from the Breitling website.

Key things to keep in mind when determining if a Breitling watch is fake or authentic:

  • Breitling is one of the world’s only major watch brand to equip all its models with Swiss chronometer-certified movements, and any Breitling watch claiming to have Japanese Quartz or Automatic movement is a knock off.
  • Look at the 360 degree view on of the model of the watch you are interested in purchasing, and compare the markings to the ones displayed on the images provided by the seller.  The over-sized hands and inscription on the dial are key things that separate the original watch from knock offs.
  • Compare the specifications promised to the ones promised of the original watches featured on
    An image of the Breitling for Bently GMT Watch

    An authentic Breitling for Bently GMT

    An image of a fake Breitling for Bently GMT Watch

    An image of a fake Breitling for Bently GMT Watch

    Many replicas of Breitling watches are pretty to look at, but do not have the durability or precision of the authentic Breitling watches.  After only looking at the aesthetics on the Breitling for Bentley GMT Watch, it is difficult to discern much of a difference on a first glance.  The authentic watch is adorned with anti-reflective crystal both inside and out, while replicas are often coated with a mineral crystal coat on the outer layer to make them appear authentic.  Part of the reason to buy a Breitling is to enjoy the high-tech features that they offer, some of the GMT’s include being chronometer-certified by the COSC, the mechanical self-winding feature, high-frequency (28,800 vibrations per hour), having 38 jewels, and 1/8th of a second chronograph.

Deals on Breitling

If you’re trying to find a middle ground between an great deal without compromising the authenticity of your Breitling watch, then shopping on is a great option.  They offer authentic Breitling watches at wholesale prices, and just may be the compromise between luxury and bargain that you’re looking for.