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About Breitling Watches
The Breitling brand has been producing stunning timepieces for over 130 years and the brand is responsible for some of the most precise timing devices ever created. Working out of his workshop in the Jura mountains, Léon Breitling focused on making very intricate and complex watches that pushed the boundaries of timekeeping precision.
He continued to make watches and chronographs until his death in 1914, leaving the business to his son Gaston who continued the work of his late father. However Gaston’s time at the helm was tragically short, he died in 1927, rendered the Breitling brand leaderless and it was five years before Gaston’s son, Willy, stepped into the leadership role. Willy picked up where both his father and grandfather had left off, making the most of opportunities within aviation. Willy secured a contract to provide Breitling watches to the British Air Ministry as they featured several timing and conversion rulers that made them invaluable to pilots.
With the introduction of the Breitling Chronomat in 1969, which also witnessed somewhat improbably for the Swiss watch industry, the introduction of electronically controlled wristwatches. Breitling responded to the trend with its own quartz models, including a quartz Chronomat, and introduced quartz versions of the iconic Navitimer in 1973.
In the late 1970s, Willy Breitling was struggling with his health and so decided it was time for an orderly retreat. In April 1979, shortly before his death, he sold the remaining assets along with the familiar brand names to the visionary entrepreneur Ernest Schneider, who remained guardian of the Breitling legacy until 2017. In May of that year Breitling became joined Capital Partners, and Georges Kern assumed the role of CEO. With his team, Georges Kern, who has already had a distinguished career in the watch industry, looks forward to carrying on a rich tradition whose roots go all the way back to a small workshop in St. Imier in 1884.Book Appointment
Frequently Asked Questions
Have a question about buying a Breitling watch from Paul Sheeran Jewellers? Read some of our most frequently asked questions below, or get in touch with our team of specialists for any other queries.
What is the best luxury watch brand to buy as a first watch?
This is entirely a personal preference. We advise doing a little research on each brand to help guide your decision. Personal budget will at times dictate brand or model choice as prices vary, but enjoy the research process and find the watch of your dreams. The luxury watch industry is fascinating and once you buy your first watch, you'll never look back.
Do you resell or exchange watches?
Generally we don't resell or exchange watches and we would only sell new watches from each of the brands we stock, however if you would like to discuss further don't hesitate to contact us.
How often should I get my watch serviced?
We recommend keeping a close eye on the performance of your watch and if you see anything that is not what you'd consider normal performance, get in touch with us and we'd be happy to advise and arrange a service. It is worth noting that in most instances, your watch will need to be checked by us every 1-2 years, this is perfectly routine and depending on the watch brand, falls under the brand warranty.
Typically how long are the waiting lists for new releases?
It very much depends on the brand and how they managed production and availability. Some models are created for specific markets and exclusive occasions however we work very closely with each brand Maison to maximise allocations for the models we know will prove most popular in the Irish market. We recommend getting in touch with our watch team who can advise on how long you'd expect to wait for your preferred model.
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Personalised, attentive service is as important to us as the products we sell. We pride ourselves on going the extra mile for each and every customer knowing that their appreciation of luxury products and service is the most fitting reflection of what we do. Our range of services are all managed in our Dublin store and workshop so that we can confidently deliver a level of service which is unrivalled in the market.