How to Operate a Breitling Watch

A Breitling watch is a high-end watch that is available in both men’s and women’s versions and in dozens of sizes and styles. Some Breitling watches have a single dial on them and others have one or more subdials on the face. Luckily, no matter what model of watch you have, the instructions on how to operate the different types of Breitling watches are almost identical. If you know how to set one, you can set any of them.


Wind your watch. It relies on wrist movement to keep the pendulum running. If it’s new or you haven’t been wearing it, you need to wind it instead. Turn the crown (the knob in the center of the right side) counterclockwise to unlock it. Then wind it about 50 times clockwise. You don’t have to be exact. More is always better.

Pull the crown out all the way and push it back in halfway. Now it’s in the correct position for you to set the date. Turn the crown counterclockwise to the date before the actual date. (If today is the 30th, set it as the 29th.) You will correct it in Step 3.

Pull the crown out the rest of the way to set the time. Turn it clockwise. Watch to see when it flips the date to the correct day. Now you will know your watch is on the a.m. setting. Continue to turn the crown until the time is right on the largest set of hour and minute hands on the watch face. Push the crown back in. Then turn it counterclockwise to lock it in place.

If you have any subdials, now is the time to set them. Unscrew the top button on the right side of your watch by turning it counterclockwise. Then push it to move the hands on the first subdial on your watch face. Once you have the right time, turn it clockwise to screw it back in. Do the same with the bottom button to set any additional subdials.

Turn the bezel ring (which is the large circle that surrounds the entire watch face) in either direction. Stop when the dot on it lines up with the largest minute hand. The dot will move around your watch each 60 seconds so you can use it to time anything from 60 seconds to 60 minutes.