Made in the late 1990s. Oversized, water-resistant, titanium aviator’s quartz chronometer wristwatch with digital display for the chronograph, perpetual calendar with date, day, month and year, world time indication, alarm, micro antenna with aviation emergency frequency 121.5 MHz.
Price (2004): $2,500
Price (2014): $3,500
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Breitling was formed in 1884 in Grenchen, Switzerland. It is known for its precision watches which are often designed for aviators or divers. The watches often feature large watch faces to increase visibility and are known for large polished cases. Most models have an automatic winding system.
Founded by Leon Breitling, the company uses Swiss components, and currently makes two movements. Its ebauches are supplied by ETA and Valjoux. The company developed its own mechanical chronograph movement, BR01, in 2009.
The company's most popular models include the Navitimer and the Emergency, which was designed to broadcast a distress frequency for civilian aviation uses.
Breitling has also produced watches for Bentley, and sponsors aeronautical projects such as the first circumnavigation of the globe by a balloon, jet pack flights and two aerobatics teams, Breitling Jet Team and Breitling Wingwalkers.
The Breitling Emergency is the world's first wristwatch with a built-in dual frequency personal locator beacon, launched in 1995.
Made in durable titanium with a stainless steel bezel, the Emergency was designed especially for the use of pilot's, though it is available to customers who do not hold a pilot's licence on the proviso that they sign an agreement that they will pay for a rescue operation should they trigger the distress became.
The model is synonymous with the Breitling Orbiter 3 project, which was the first balloon to orbit the Earth without landing. A commemorative version was released alongside the flight, with a production run of just 1,999.
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