The Breitling Chronomat, patented in 1941, was the second slide-rule wristwatch on the market. The Chronomat is a blend of modern and traditional details. It was very different from the military style watches that were released in the 1940s. The Chronomat immediately gained popularity due to its usefulness, and it inspired the creation of the Breitling Navitimer in 1952. At its release, the Chronomat was advertised as a watch for scientists, engineers, and mathematicians not for military men or pilots, like many of the other watches at that time. By the end of the war, the Chronomat became known as the watch for the hard-working man of achievement who was ready for the new age.
In the 1950s the dial was redesigned. The pushers that were previously rectangular were changed to round, and the new design of the crown was thicker than in previous designs. Also, the patent number for the slide-rule was moved from the dial to the case back. In the mid 1960s Breitling updated the dial on the Chronomat and added an arrow marker at 12 o'clock. In 1968 a completely new type of case with a patented geared bezel mechanism was developed for the Chronomat. The following year, the first automatic version of the "big case" Chronomats are thought to have been made available to the public. Although Breitling has continued to make small changes since its inception, the Chronomat is often considered a classic and is thought to be one of Breitling's most popular series.
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