The Emergency is an expedition watch by Breitling, which was first introduced to the market in 1995. It is a watch with quartz movement, especially developed for adventurers and researchers. Via a built-in miniature transmitter it can establish contact with the outside world on the aviation emergency frequency 121.5 MHz. In flat terrain or at quiet sea a person can be located from a rescue plane, flying at 6,000 m, up to a distance of 167 km.
Thus in 2003 the two British pilots Steve Brooks and Hugh Quentin-Smith could be rescued after a crash of their helicopter in the Antarctic after activating their Breitling Emergency. The world-famous American adventurer and millionaire Steve Fossett, in turn, also owned such a watch, but when he was lost at his flight on 3 September 2007, did not wear it at that time.
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