Designed as a safety and survival instrument for distress situations on land, sea or air, the Breitling Emergency is more than just a timepiece – it can literally save your life.
Imagine being stranded alone or in a frightening situation, enjoying an action sport and something goes wrong or getting lost without any chance of being saved by anyone in the immediate area. This can seem like a nightmare situation, but luckily the Breitling Emergency was made specifically for these instances. It was introduced in 1995 as part of the Breitling Professional collection and developed along with major scientific institutes – the ‘watch’ and ‘transmitter’ parts are two separate elements/features meaning that both function independently in terms of energy sources and operational instruments. It combines state-of-the-art technology in a wristwatch that includes intuitive functionality, making it the first wrist-worn dual frequency PLB.
What makes the Breitling Emergency, and its successor the Emergency II so essentially unique, is that it contains an integrated micro-transmitter which enables the wearer to send a distress signal when you most need it. It has a built-in Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) and dual-frequency transmitter so it can send alerts and also guide a rescue mission to a specific location. This makes it an indispensable accessory for pilots, seafarers and other adventurers – even if you aren’t enlisted in a top-secret spy organisation.
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The Emergency is distinguished by numerous microelectronic and micro technical innovations, including a revolutionary rechargeable battery, a miniaturized dual-frequency transmitter and an unprecedented integrated antenna system – three features specifically developed for this model. The Swiss watchmakers estimated 40,000 of these Emergency watches were sold during the Emergency’s first run from 1995 to 2010. According to Forbes, the company claimed 20 people were rescued while wearing this watch. It is also an electronic chronograph featuring all the functions useful to professionals and adventurers: 12/24-hour analogue and digital display, 1/100th second chronograph, alarm, timer, second timezone, multilingual calendar, and battery end-of-life indication.
As an investment niche-watch, The Breitling Emergency is not only for adventurers or action-sport fanatics, but would also make a great addition to any luxury watch collection. There are few watches that live up to their marketing hype, and even fewer that can claim to have genuinely saved lives.