Breitling

Swisstec is an Breitling authorised service centre. Our Breitling qualified watchmakers can undertake work on both current and vintage models. We provide a comprehensive range of maintenance options for your Breitling watch from a simple battery service to a complete service on a mechanical chronograph.

All watches which are serviced are returned with a two year warranty.

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Quality Swiss
watch repair
since 1993

Breitling cases are quite complex in their construction and having received training at Breitling we can also undertake there finishing of Breitling watch in our dedicated polishing department.

Breitling recommend that their quartz watches receive a battery service every 2 years and all watches receive a complete service every 5 to 6 years. However, if the watch is suitable for swimming and diving and is used in water they also recommend the water resistance of the watch is tested on an annual basis.

A brief history of Breitling.
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The main servicing procedure

  • A Complete Service involves the watchmaker checking the watch’s functions, diagnosing the cause of any faults.
  • The complete dismantling of the movement with the correction of any faults and replacement of any damaged / worn parts.
  • All parts are then cleaned in a series of ultrasonic chemical baths which removes all the old oil, grease and dirt.
  • While the movement is being cleaned the case will be completely broken down (case back, bezel, crystal,pushers etc. removed) and, having removed all the seals and gaskets, refinished and cleaned in large ultrasonic tanks.
  • Once the case is clean it is reassembled with new seals and gaskets, which are lubricated as required with special greases. The case is now ready to receive the cleaned movement.
  • The cleaned movement and pristine components are systematically reassembled and lubricated using up to 8 different fine synthetic oils and greases, before having the dial and hands refitted.
  • The watchmaker will now reset the clean movement with the dial and hands mounted into the watch case ensuring there are no hairs or dust in the case and recheck the watch regulation on the timing machine.
  • Once the case is closed the watch is then tested for water resistance and the final aesthetic, timekeeping and power reserve checks are made to ensure the watch is performing correctly.

Battery service

  • The watch is opened and electronic components checked using specific testing equipment.
  • Replacement of the battery and gaskets as appropriate to the watch model.
  • Tested for water resistance. Final aesthetic and timekeeping checks to ensure the watch is performing correctly.

Warranty

We will rectify any defects arising from any service provided by us provided you report such defects to us as soon as reasonably possible. In respect of a partial repair we provide a 12 month warranty and in respect of a full service, a 24 month warranty. We reserve the right to invalidate the warranty if repairs are performed by persons not authorised by us to take such action. Provision of the warranty will be free of charge. We will decide in our absolute discretion whether provision of the warranty will be in the form of a repair or the replacement of a part of the watch. Evidence of purchase must be provided and any replaced parts pass into our ownership. Limit of warranty. The provision of services under warranty neither extends the terms of the warrant nor sets in motion a new warranty period.

The provisions of this warranty do not extend to defects caused by general wear and tear, accident, negligence or lack of care; or component parts that are expected to require periodic replacement.

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Thank you for my watch refurbishment. I cannot express how pleased I am with the end result. Please pass on my thanks to the technicians and everyone involved in restoring my watch to it’s former glory. You are a truly expert professional service from start to finish that I would have no hesitation in recommending to others.

Mr Copas

I now have my watch back, can I say what an incredible service you guys offer! From start to finish it was easy and comfortable, pricing was great and the packaging is second to none. Thank you very much, I will be using you again in the future and letting friends know about your service.

Mr Pope

Excellent company to deal with. Quick to respond to initial contact, followed by detailed quotation and good advice/quick to respond to queries. Case refurbishment work is excellent and looks like it would have 50 years ago when it came out of the factory. Returned quickly and very well packaged inside a hard case. Really pleased, thank you.

Craig Henn

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Brief history of Breitling

Was founded in Saint-Imier in the Jura region of Switzerland by Léon Breitling in 1884, and had some notable firsts in the company’s history. Gaston Breitling, Leon’s son was the first to produce a single push piece chronograph wristwatch and Willy Breitling, Gaston’s son was the first to produce the two pusher chronograph wristwatch we all know and recognise today.

During the “quartz crisis” when many venerable watch houses went out of business Willy Breiling sold the company to Ernst Schneider. Mr Schneider relaunched the brand and rebuilt the company with one of the early successes being the now iconic ChronomatTricolori made in conjunction with the Italian airforce aerobatic team. The brand had always had a strong aeronautical connection and this was developed and enhanced under the Schneider ownership through such models as the Aerospace, Chronomat and Navitimer. In 2017 Theodore Schneider the son of Ernst sold 80% of the company to CVC Capital Partners an equity company from London.

Historically, Breitling sourced movements from suppliers such as Valjoux, ETA, and Venus rather than producing movements in-house. In 2009 under Theodore Schneider Breitling developed the B01, an in-house, self-winding, column wheel chronograph movement. This movement is now used in the Breitling Chronomat 01 and subsequently Navitimer 01 and is also found in some Tudor Black Bay models. Breitling remains the only 100% COSC certified watch brand in the world having all mechanical and quartz movements tested and certificated.