In 1984 Breitling presented for the first time the new version of its model of success “Chronomat”. Then as today the self-winding chronograph calibre Valjoux 7750, well known for its reliability, served as movement. The design of the watch was done in close cooperation with the Italian aviation squadron “Frecce Tricolori”.
Today, in an era in which virtually all the watches of higher quality grades are driven by mechanical movements, it is often forgotten that in the early 1980's the quartz crisis still reigned. At that time, many Swiss producers scrapped their production facilities for mechanical watches, as it was commonly assumed that this watch genre was finally passé. Even Rolex had begun to manufacture watches with quartz movements. During this phase, the Breitling Chronomat was one of the first back on the market with a mechanical chronograph movement, and its great success contributed to the resurgence of the mechanical watch.