A Luxurious Version Of Breitling Emergency II watch

Emergency beacons are great insurance for aviators and sailors, but they aren't worth much if a disaster leaves you in one place and the beacon in another. Just to be safe, you might as well Swiss Breitling strap the beacon to your wrist, which is what the Breitling Emergency II Watch does. The Swiss-made wrist chronograph watch provides those who travel in remote, risky places with a dual-channel emergency satellite transmitter that activates with a twist and a yank.

The Emergency II is an improved version of the earlier Breitling Emergency, which only transmits on a single analog frequency. It’s intended for survival situations that can happen without a second's warning, such as plane crashes, ship sinkings, mountaineering accidents and the sort of potentially fatal mishaps that can occur in deserts, jungles and ice caps around the world.

The aesthetics of the Emergency II are not exactly what one would call slim and elegant. In fact, it easily wins the perennial “My watch is bigger than yours” contest, which sailors and scuba divers are forever playing, by weighing in at 140 grams (4.9 oz) – and that’s without the strap.

This weight comes from not only the massive titanium case, but also because that case holds a PLB Category 2 beacon micro-transmitter. This in itself required a lot of R&D to squeeze the electronics into even a Swiss Designer Watches Online the size of a doorstop. It also has to work for 24 hours, so that means a bespoke battery that can not only punch out enough power for a satellite to pick up, but that can also be recharged regularly, so that power will actually be there in an emergency.

Part of the battery’s problem is that the Emergency II works on two different frequencies. These mean different power demands ranging from 30 to 3000 mW, hence the need for a rechargeable lithium-ion battery separate from the watch movement’s silver oxide battery. The watch even comes with its own charger/tester case to make sure it's working probably. “Maybe” isn’t a word you want to associate with whether or not an emergency beacon is working.

The Emergency II puts out signals alternately on two frequencies. The first is a digital signal on 406 MHz that goes out for 0.44 seconds every 50 seconds, and the second is an analog signal on 121.5 MHz lasting 0.75 seconds every 2.25 seconds. This dual frequency isn’t just to be thorough. It’s a strategy that not only helps to ensure that the emergency signal reaches the search and rescue teams, but also helps them to zero in on the target.