One of the many highlights from the first day of Baselworld 2013 was the news that Breitling have released an updated version of its Emergency watch. The Breitling Emergency II is the first watch in the world to feature a dual frequency beacon.
The new distress beacon now operates at the digital frequency of some 406MHz, compared to 122MHz or the Emergency I, and is compliant with the Cospas-Sarsat international alert satellite which is used by search and rescue teams around the globe, meaning that you can now be rescued in even the most remote places on earth.
Whilst you may think that this is nothing new from the Breitling Emergency I, the truth is that because the transmitter on the original version of the watch used a much lesser frequency, you needed near perfect conditions and pretty much flat terrain for the signal to be picked up by search and rescue teams.
As well as the updates to the distress transmitter, the Emergency II features an updated dial which includes 12 hour and 24hr analog display along with a digital display. It also comes with a 1/100th second chronograph, second time zone and battery life indicator.
In fact, such is the power needed to run the updated emergency functions of the watch, the Emergency II comes with a battery docking station that enables you to top up the battery as and when required.
These new features on the Bretiling Emergency II means the new watch now measures a whopping 51mm in diameter, compared to the 43mm of the Emergency I. The titanium case houses a Breitling Calibre 76 quartz chronograph movement, which is complete with a thermo-compensated Super Quartz.
The Breitling Emergency II is available in a choice of three dials: Volcano Black, orange or yellow Intrepid Cobra with either a titanium or Diver Pro III rubber bracelet.
The launch of the Breitling Emergency II is fantastic news for the adventure seekers out there who might often find themselves stranded in some far flung and remote location. For the rest of us, we can relax safe in the knowledge that if we ever need to launch a distress signal then the Breitling Emergency II goes a long way to guaranteeing your safe return should you ever got lost on a late night milk run to Tesco’s.
The official video from Breitling about the new Emergency II can be found here.
Movement: Bretiling COSC certified calibre 76, Thermocompensated SuperQuartz.
Functions: Displays hour, minutes, 1/100th of a seconds chronograph, second time zone, alarm / clock, multilingual calendar, battery life indicator, countdown timer and dual frequency PLB tag.
Case: 51mm titanium case with bi-directional bezel, complete with engraved compass and anti reflective sapphire crystal on both sides. Water resistant to 50m.
Dial: Black, yellow or orange dial includes luminescent analog as well as digital LCD and 12 and 24 hr display.