In 1884 Léon Breitling founded the company Breitling in Saint-Imier, Switzerland. Following his death, his son Gaston took over the company’s factory. Already by 1923 Gaston had invented a clockwork with a stopwatch, and it was not long after that the company Breitling introduced the first ‘automatic’; a watch that is self-winding through the movements of the wrist. A Breitling watch is recognised for its large size, strength and robustness, with a multitude of features such as a large variety of numbers and a chronometer. Well-known models are the Navitimer, Chrono-Matic and Windrider.