It was introduced in 1994, and is still under production at the time of writing (2011).
After all, somewhere in the 1960s, there must have been pilots flying a Breguet airplane while wearing a Breguet chronograph…This article will discuss the history of the watch, starting with the vintage Type 20 chronograph; it will then focus on the modern Breguet sports watch, from its design to its movement characteristics.And, since this watch is made to be worn, it will be concluded with a concise owner's review.The name “” refers to a specification issued by the French Ministry of Defense (called “Ministry of War” back then), describing a pilot's wristwatch as part of the airmen's standard equipment.Right after World War , and after having used up their watch stocks (essentially composed of German, British and American surplus timepieces), the French army wanted to provide their airmen with reliable, accurate time instruments.
The French Type 20 watches were directly inspired by the German pilot's chronographs produced by , were forced to face similar obligations, but this do not fall within the scope of this article.
Maybe it's also worth mentioning that a few years earlier, in 1940, the Germans occupied the French horological center of “cousin”, had some dissimilarities: its case was always made of steel, and its movement used some different parts, notably lacking a shock protection device.
As a side note, the famous German horological industry of (Shturmanskie) military wristwatch in the early 1950s.
Before the advent of electronic navigation, time measurement was crucial for pilots, as routes were determined by a series of directions and flight times.
A chronograph, allowing precise measurement of time intervals, is the perfect tool for those tasks.
However, changing direction still involved three different operations on the chronograph: .