Despite the numerous modern day applications of the chronograph, the device was originally developed with only one thing in mind - to please a king. In 1821, King Louis XVIII tasked Nicolas Rieussec to invent a device that could determine how long a horse race would last. The invention was the predecessor to the automatic chronograph developed by Breitling
in 1969 in partnership with other firms.
To this day, Breitling
continues to drive innovation in chronograph design. The company's Chronomat 44 Flying Fish has been proven to withstand the rigors of deep-sea diving, capable of working in depths of up to 1,650 feet. The Chronomat 44 comes with an all-black dial, encased in a pure steel body. The watch is a must have for divers who value time.