Nowadays, the Chronomat that we know and love first saw the light of day in the 1980s. The Breitling business was taken over in 1982 by Ernest Schneider and along with business changes, came changes to the Breitling Chronomat.
In 1983, the skilled entrepreneur collaborated with the aerobatic demonstration team of the Italian Air Force “Frecce Tricolori”, in order to develop a new aviation watch.They did not keep the world waiting as Breitling successfully presented the new generation of the Chronomat in 1984. The design of the new chronograph (Ref. 81950) took into account all wishes of the “Frecce Tricolori” pilots: the wristwatch was not only equipped with a tachymeter and a scale accurate to one-hundredth of a second, but also included conspicuous rider tabs that improved the grip of the watch and protected the sapphire crystal. The crown and the chronograph pushers are also designed to help pilots handle the watch without any difficulty. The robust features of the men’s watch along with it's comfortable operations were immediately met with the approval of aeronauts.
Various special editions - e.g. the Breitling Chronomat Hong Kong Royal Air Force (Ref. A13050), the Breitling Chronomat US Air Force (Ref. A13050), or the Breitling Chronomat 44 GMT (Ref. AB04203J) - are reminiscent of the fact that the Chronomat is not only a brilliant chronograph but, first and foremost, an excellent aviation timepiece.