First of all, Season's Greetings to all of you!
With reference to the topic matter, I have the following query:
I know this issue has been touched on before, but I would like to have a definitive answer once and for all.
How much does Breitling modify / add to their ETA sourced ebauches in comparison to brands like Omega, TAG Heuer, IWC, Panerai etc? I am asking this query after reading some threads pertaining to this matter on various forums, some of which got me worried.
Actually, some of the TS of these threads claimed that Breitling merely finetunes the movements so that they meet COSC requirements but doesn't add any of their own components to the ebauche. These aforementioned TS allege that, hence, Breitling actually operates on a similar level as TAG in this regard (they even went as far as to label Breiting a purely marketing driven brand!) and does not match Omega nor IWC, which do add their own components and rebuild the entire movement from scratch, respectively.
Being a staunch Breitling supporter and a proud owner, this reasoning set out above seems highly unlikely to me and far from factual.
Please could you, the more knowledgeable WISs, shed some light on this matter?
Many thanks in advance.