The Breitling brand is known worldwide for their time keeping perfection put in almost all their time pieces. To prove they’re towards the top of these game in 1999 they took your decision to challenge their production against the renowned testing procedures of the COSC. (Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute). After passing this every one of the Breitling watches now carry the Officially Certified Swiss Chronometer designation.
A Breitling watch with the COSC certificate should operate within -4/+6 seconds per day. If you have Breitling with the SuperQuartz movement then it shouldn’t lose or gain any more then 10 seconds in a year. Different models may have different movements and newer versions of old models may have updated movements as Breilting are always improving and refining. In theory you shouldn’t manage to over wind your watch as they’ve a protection mechanism built in. If you have a vintage model then you definitely simply need to wind it until it stops and don’t force it any more as you might risk damaging the key spring. If your watch has completely stopped then it will need approximately 40 turns in a clockwise direction to completely wind it.
With their precise ways of manufacture, the Breitling watch was always hard to copy and produce replica watches. Today’s technology has changed this, with anyone determined enough, to be able to get the equipment needed to create good quality replicas and cloned Breitlings. This brings both positive and negative points for the customer. The most obvious down fall is that it’s hard to distinguish an authentic from a phony and this has turned into a skill and art in itself. On a positive note this means that most people are now able to afford a Breitling watch, and with the high standard of the clones, not many will know that you are wearing a replica.