Breitling, Léon

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Léon Breitling (1860-1914)

Léon Breitling was a Swiss watchmaker and founder of the well-known watch brand Breitling.

Léon Breitling was born in 1860. After the end of the apprenticeship he went into businnes for himself and 1884 at the young age of 24 years founded the small manufacturing "G Leon Breitling" in Saint-Imier (Bernese Jura) . There he produced complicated watches, chronographs and chronometric instruments. 1892, he moved with his company to La Chaux-de-Fonds to larger production facilities. The company now called itself "Leon G. Breitling Montbrillant SA Watch Factory" and had 60 employees.

Léon Breitling died on August 11, 1914 and left the company's succession to his son Gaston.