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An overview of the different designs of the Breitling boxes

At Watchmaster, all watches sold by us are verified by our master watchmakers. But what to do if you don’t have an expert at hand? As collectors already know since a long time, the box of a watch is almost as important as the watch itself, because it helps to ensure its authenticity. Since several watch boxes have passed through our hands over the years, we have decided to pass this knowledge on to you and have started a small series. In addition to Breitling, we presented the boxes from Rolex, Omega and TAG Heuer.

 

A yellow Breitling Box

Bakelite as base and yellow as base colour

In general, the design of Breitling boxes does not show such a clear, linear development as Rolex does. The basic colour is always yellow, with small variations and changes in format and size of the watch case. From the mid-1960s to the early 1970s, Breitling, for example, used boxes that were similar to VHS cassettes looking at their narrow, square design. Meanwhile, the Breitling Emergency comes in a large yellow case, which is described in more detail below. We therefore decided to describe the boxes of individual models in order to give you a healthy cross-section of the optical possibilities.

 

A yellow Breitling Box

The Bakelite watch case

The Breitling watch box made of Bakelite has always remained the same. Developed in 1905 by the Belgian chemist Leo Hendrik Baekeland, the synthetic resin soon became established in the production of numerous products thanks to its robustness and durability. From domestic appliances such as door handles, pans and pots, telephones to luxury items, everything was possible. After cooling and hardening, Bakelite is resistant to magnetic waves, heat and acids, but is also relatively brittle, so that it can easily break in the event of impact. Breitling reinforces its Bakelite box with wood flour and presses it in France.

 

A yellow Breitling Box opened

 

Another note on our own behalf: While the dimensions of a box can simply be measured, it goes without saying that descriptions of style or design are subjective to a certain degree and therefore perspectives may not always overlap. So, don’t be afraid if, for example, the inside of your boxes doesn’t shine in the brightest yellow. However, if you have any questions or would like to get more information about purchase and financing options, please visit our website or call our competent customer service.

 

A Breitling Box with a military pattern

 

From Montbrillant to Emergency: Discover these 5 Breitling models and their boxes

Even though no linear development can be observed with the Breitling, as for example with the boxes from Rolex, we still want to give you a rough overview. That’s why we’ve been digging through the decades and put together a small selection that ranges from vintage to the latest technical innovations.

 

Model #1: Breitling Chrono-Matic (Reference Number: 2111-15)

Year: 1972

Size of the box: 13.5 cm x 6 cm x 2.5 cm

 

One of the oldest models, the Chrono-Matic comes in a slim yellow wooden box with a thin silver line on the side. Logo and lettering are printed on the front. The logo is still the old, simple B. (The winged B with anchor became standard in 1984.) The lid can be opened up to a 45° angle. The watch lies vertically on a thin layer of fabric, the bracelet is held in place by a white clip. It comes with an international identity card that confirms the authenticity of the Breitling. In addition, there is a piece of paper listing jewellers or boutiques that were licensed by Breitling to repair the watch.

 

A thin Breitling Box

Model #2: Breitling Colt Chronograph Quartz (Reference Number: A73350)

Year: 2015

Size of the box: 15 cm x 13 cm x 9.5 cm

Size of Bakelite box: 12 cm x 12 cm x 8 cm

 

The box of the Breitling Colt Quartz is rectangular in shape and held in a pale yellow. In the middle is the winged B with anchor as well as the lettering and year of foundation. Further information, such as the model number, is not printed on the packaging, but can be taken from the enclosed paper. If you open the box, you will find the Bakelite box surrounded by a small silver-coloured cardboard base. Horizontally behind the box lies a bright yellow cardboard slipcase containing the warranty (printed on yellow paper covered with the logo), the COSC certificate for the chronometer, the instructions for using the Colt and an information booklet about Breitling’s services. The case itself features a silver embossing of the logo with lettering and year of foundation. You will find the watch embedded vertically in brown velvet, once you open it. On the underside of the lid there is another embossing.

 

Model #3: Breitling Montbrillant (Reference Number: H30030.1)

Year: 1999

Size of the box: 12.5 cm x 12.5 cm x 10 cm

Size of the Bakelite box: 11.5 cm x 12 cm x 8 cm

 

The box of the Breitling Montbrillant has a square shape with the yellow silhouette of airplanes that breaks through the black-yellow grooved design that most likely represents air lines. On the front of the lid there is only the lettering, without logo or founding year. When the box is opened, it will unfold on the sides and reveal a short, multilingual information text about the Bakelite box with a flat lid. On it is the usual bright yellow slipcase with embossed logo, which contains besides the already mentioned brochures, guarantees and certificates. Additionally, a slide rule is included (instructions included) with which the pilot can calculate time, distance, speed, fuel consumption and other minor flight problems. A list of authorized dealers is also provided. The lettering on the Breitling case is printed in yellow and a lively font. If you open it, you will again find the silver logo of the brand with lettering on the lower right side.

 

Black Breitling Box that is opened

Model #4: Breitling Superocean Heritage 46 (Reference Number: A1732024.B868.152A)

Year: Series exists since 2007

Size of the box: 11 cm x 8.5 cm x 7.5 cm

Size of the travel case: 17 cm x 14 cm x 11 cm

 

The lid is black and robust with central logo, lettering and year of foundation in glittering brown and framed by a rectangle. On the front and back of the lid, four small brown „screws“ are stamped on the left and right, giving the box a soft, metallic touch. The lid does not reach all the way down to the bottom, but leaves a small edge downwards, which is yellow or brown depending on the model. If you open the box, you won’t find a Bakelite box this time, but a travel case in black leather with an embossed logo. Under the travel case there is a small secret pocket with the yellow slipcase containing the guarantee, the COSC certificate and a user manual.

 

Model #5: Breitling Chronomat 41 (Reference number: AB0140)

Year: 2013

Size of the box: 18 cm x 17 cm x 10.2 cm

Size of the Bakelite box: 17 cm x 13.7 cm x 9 cm

Size of the travel case: 17 cm x 14 cm x 11 cm

 

The design of the box clearly sticks out from the others. A formation of airplanes (kept in a cool 3D design) winds its way over the lid, with the logo printed over it on the front with the lettering and year of foundation. If you open the lid, the front of the yellow bottom folds forward and you can open the Bakelite box. With its rounded top and larger dimensions, it is an update compared to the square, flat box that the Montbrillant, for example, comes with. If you open it, you will find the travel case in black leather that protects the watch.

 

A leather Breitling Box

Model #6: Breitling Emergency Night Mission: (Reference Number V76325G1.BC46)

Year: 2017

Size of the case: 38 cm x 35 cm x 27 cm

Size of the travel case: 17 cm x 14 cm x 11 cm

Size of emergency case: 22.5 cm x 21 cm x 15.5 cm

 

The absolute highlight, however, is Breitling’s Emergency, which comes in a yellow, shockproof and waterproof protective case made by Peli. The case is closed with two buckles, which can be opened via a push button. If you open the case, you will find the clock on the right-hand side and the travel case on the left. These are embedded in a black, grooved template for protection, on which the model name is embossed on the lower side. If you take out this protective cover, you will find two more cases on which „Breitling Emergency“ is also embossed. One contains the charger for the digital emergency transmitter. The mechanism and technology latent in the Breitling are very complex. In the second case there is a USB stick sewn into a yellow leather corset (the earlier Emergency models still came with a CD), a brown leather slipcase with COSC certificate, warranty and short instructions as well as a multilingual instruction manual. Below the cases are the Emergency Terms of Use, a registration form to register your watch in the satellite system (COSPAS / SARSAT) used by the Emergency, and information on how to register the transmitter with the necessary authorities.

 

A close up of the Breitling Logo