Breitling Emergency

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Breitling "Emergency"
© Breitling
Breitling "Emergency", yellow
© Breitling

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[1]. 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.


Quartz movement Breitling 76 (SuperQuartz), certified chronometer (current model)


Titanium (optional: white gold, yellow gold)
D 43 mm, H 15.7 mm
Sapphire crystal with anti-glare treatment on both sides
Scaled rotating bezel with compass specifications
Waterproof to 3 atm


Dial with analog and digital indication in yellow, orange, black and blue
Arabic numerals and luminous hands


Analog indication of hours, minutes
Digital indication of seconds, date and day of the week
Chronograph with a precision of 1/100 sec.
Countdown function
Dual time zone, alarm function
Warning signal when battery exhausted
Working temperature –10° to 85°C
Transmitter on 121.5 MHz (international emergency frequeny) with power 30 mW: max. 48 h
Transmitter on 243 MHz (military frequency) with power 25 mW: max. 24 h
Energy supply of the transmitter: 2 independant 3V lithium batteries


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