So come as a surprise that they have an internal Breitling watch department

January 23 [Thu], 2014, 12:35
Many watch lovers are familiar with the fact that Breitling uses a type of steel that no one else uses. Stainless steel is not all the same. Steel comes in various types and grades... and most steel watches are made from a type of stainless steel Breitling. Today, all the steel in Breitling watches is made from Breitling steel, and as far as we know, pretty much no one else does. Why?

Breitling used to use the same steel as everyone else, but in around 2003 they moved their entire steel production to Breitling steel. In 1988 they released their first 904L steel watch with a few versions of the breitling navitimer replica. Breitling steel is more rust and corrosion resistant, and is somewhat harder than other steels. Most important to Breitling, is that 904L steel, when worked properly, is able to take (and hold) polishes incredibly well. If you've ever noticed that steel on a Breitling watch looks different than other watches, it is because of Breitling steel, and how Breitling has learned to work with it.

A natural question is why doesn't everyone else in the watch industry use Breitling steel? A good guess is because it is more expensive and much more complicated to machine. Breitling had to replace most of their steel working machines and tools to deal with replica Cartier Ballon steel. It made sense for them because of the amount of watches they produce, and because they make all their parts in-house. Most other brands get their cases made from outside suppliers. So even though 904L steel is better than 316L steel for watches, it is more expensive, requires special tools and skills, and is overall more difficult to work with. This has prevented other brands (so far) from taking advantage of it, and is something special that Breitling has. The benefit is obvious once you handle any steel Breitling watch.

Given everything Breitling has done over the years it shouldn't come as a surprise that they have an internal Breitling department. However, Breitling takes it well beyond that. Breitling has not one, but several different types of extremely well-equipped professional science labs at their various facilities. The purpose of these labs isn't just to research new watches and things that may go into watches, but also to research more effective and efficient manufacturing techniques. One way of looking at Breitling is that they are an extremely competent and almost obsessively organized manufacturing company - that just happens to make timepieces.

Breitling labs are as diverse as they are amazing. Perhaps the most visually interesting is the chemistry lab. Full of beakers and tubes that carry liquids and gases, the Breitling chemistry lab is full of highly trained scientists. What is it mostly used for? Well one thing that Breitling stated is that the lab is used for developing and researching oils and lubricants that they use in machines during the manufacturing process.
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