The Chronomat has a long and storied history. Ernest Schneider acquired Breitling from Willy Breitling in 1979 when the company was on the brink of bankruptcy. Beginning in 1984, the 100th anniversary of the firm's founding, Ernest Schneider sought to bring out a new mechanical wristwatch. Up until that time, Schneider's Breitling offerings were mostly quartz watches with a military flavour. The Breitling version of the story is that they consulted with the Italian air force aerobatic team known as Frecce Tricolori.
The result was a chronograph with some peculiar case details. First, it had a flat profile. Most large chronographs have lugs that bend downward toward the wrist. Breitling instead put the "bend" in the lug end of the bracelet. The second curious feature of the Chronomat design was screw-on markers at noon, 15, 30 and 45 minutes on the bezel. The rationale for attaching these "rider tabs" with screws was that the bezel could be converted to a countdown timer (although it ratchets in one direction only) by exchanging the 15 and 30-minute tabs.
This particular piece has a mother of pearl dial with diamond batton markers. Enquire for more details.
Model Number: IB011012
Condition: (2) Excellent
Condition Detail: Some light wear but generally in excellent condition.
Case Width: 44x44mm
Case Material: Stainless steel
Lug Type: Normal
Strap Length: N/A
Strap Material: Leather
Complications: Hours; Minutes; Small Seconds; Chronograph; Tachymeter; Date