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May 8, 2005

Breitling Emergency Watch — Don't Test It!


No, you want to trust that it will do what it is supposed to do if and when the time comes.

The Breitling Emergency Watch (above) runs $5,285 (£2,775) and up.

Since it appeared in 1995 it has saved the lives of at least 17 people.

Though very large, it needs to be to incorporate a micro–transmitter that acts as a homing beacon for SOS signals to rescuers.

The transmitter is activated by unscrewing a protective cap and pulling out the antenna within.

It will then broadcast for 48 hours a signal on the 121.5 MHz aircraft emergency frequency, with a range of about 100 miles (160 km) over calm seas or flat terrain.

Each watch comes with a no–nonsense warning that if the signal is activated without reason, you will have to pay the cost of any emergency services summoned plus half the retail value of the watch to have it reset.

[via Maria Doulton and The Financial Times]

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it doesnt matter about the frequency as it never reached the satelite anyway it was monitered and homed by aircraft and aircraft still use this signal.

Posted by: jimmy | Feb 11, 2009 3:51:55 PM

Rubbish!!!! I am on the RNLI Lifeboat crew, and I love these watches.
They are stoping monitoring 121.5 but it is IMPOSSIBLE at the moment to upgrade to 406. Ring Breitling themselves and they cant even tell you when or IF it is possible.

This is why the prices are dropping like a lead balloon.

Posted by: Luke | Dec 13, 2008 2:54:30 PM

There all,

I am looking for description of Breitling Freq 121.5 MHZ and instructionsheet.

Thanks a lot

Posted by: Mehdi Poorsorkh | Oct 31, 2008 7:27:06 AM

Do you know how much the upgrade will cost please?

Posted by: Peter | Oct 13, 2007 12:57:52 PM

so if one purchased the emergency now (9/18/06) the company will upgrade the parts for freq 406mhz?

Posted by: mike | Sep 18, 2006 4:16:28 PM

I just bought a Breitling Emergecny watch and I can tell you the rumor about the 121.5 freq fading out is absolutly true.Therefor Breitling demands the watch to be sent back to the manufacturer in which they can upgrade the watch with parts compatible 406mhz freq.I just wanted to clear that up for anyone who had a question about that.

Posted by: tom cruise | May 16, 2006 9:20:23 PM

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