The new Breitling Emergency II presented at Baselworld 2013

The new Breitling Emergency II presented at Baselworld 2013

The Emergency II is equipped with a dual frequency transmitter compliant with the specifications of the Cospas-Sarsat international satellite alert system.

In 1995 Breitling launched the first wristwatch with a built-in emergency micro transmitter. Operating on the 121.5 MHz international air distress frequency, the Emergency was designed to enable accurate homing in on pilots or passengers following a plane crash. It was designed for constant wear on the wrist and thus as a complement to the standard onboard aircraft equipment. The Emergency has been tested and worn in daily use by aviation professionals and aeronautical teams. It has proven its worth in many search and rescue exercises and has become synonymous with safety and reliability for pilots around the globe. Around 40,000 such watches have been sold, and these exceptional instruments for locating and rescuing people in danger have indeed already saved a number of lives.

!!! These are pictures of the “old” Breitling Emergency !!!

The "old" Breitling Emergency
The “old” Breitling Emergency
The "old" Breitling Emergency
The “old” Breitling Emergency

!!! These are pictures of the “old” Breitling Emergency !!!

The "old" Breitling Emergency
The “old” Breitling Emergency
The "old" Breitling Emergency
The “old” Breitling Emergency

!!! These are pictures of the “old” Breitling Emergency !!!

The "old" Breitling Emergency
The “old” Breitling Emergency
The "old" Breitling Emergency
The “old” Breitling Emergency

 

 

Building on this successful and extensive experience, Breitling today presents the new Emergency II.

 

The maritime, aviation and land operations comprise three steps: alert, homing and rescue. The alert and homing phases used the same 121.5 MHz analog frequency up until 2009, when Cospas-Sarsat decided that it would phase out satellite processing at 121.5 MHz frequency and that alerts would be triggered only on 406 MHz – a digital frequency able to offer enhanced security, to provide more comprehensive information and to reduce the number of false alarms. The 121.5 MHz signal is nonetheless still received on land, by ships at sea and by airborne aircraft, and remains the most efficient and reliable system for homing in on victims. Distress radio beacons must thus be of the dual frequency type in order to guarantee accurate homing.

The international Cospas-Sarsat system is based on a network of satellites in low- altitude earth orbit (LEOSAR) and in geostationary orbit (GEOSAR); it also comprises ground receiving stations as well as control and coordination centers. Its mission is to provide accurate and reliable distress alert and homing data. Supplying this information helps search and rescue (SAR) authorities provide fast and efficient assistance to persons in distress. Since its launch in 1985, the Cospas-Sarsat system has helped save more than 26,000 lives.

 

The new Breitling Emergency II presented at Baselworld 2013
The new Breitling Emergency II presented at Baselworld 2013

 

The Emergency II is the world’s first wristwatch equipped with a true dual frequency distress beacon. Representing the culmination of five years of development, the Emergency II called for avant-garde solutions that have contributed to the advancement of microelectronics and microtechnical engineering. As the first wrist-type dual frequency PLB (Personal Locator Beacon) and thus worn at all times, the Emergency II is intended for a wide range of users in a variety of fields around the world, including aviation, navigation, climbing, trekking, hiking, exploration, extreme sports, etc.

The Emergency II is equipped with a micro transmitter alternately operating on two separate frequencies over a 24-hour period. It transmits a first digital signal on the 406 MHz frequency intended for satellites and lasting 0.44 seconds every 50 seconds; as well as a second analog signal on the 121.5 MHz homing and rescue frequency, lasting 0.75 seconds every 2.25 seconds.

The development of this dual frequency transmitter specifically designed for the Emergency II was a major technical challenge, essentially due to its dimensions that had to be adapted to the wrist. Conducted in cooperation with an institute specializing in aerospace, defense and industry, it notably involved creating a new circuit exclusively dedicated to this instrument in order to be able to transmit on two frequencies and to do so within an extremely compact volume. The result is a record in terms of both miniaturization and guaranteed reliability, which lays down new benchmarks reaching well beyond the sphere of watchmaking.

 

The new Breitling Emergency II presented at Baselworld 2013
The new Breitling Emergency II presented at Baselworld 2013

 

The Emergency II is notably distinguished by its ingenious and extremely user- friendly integrated antenna system. Its two extendable antenna “sections” housed in the lower part of the watch, are manually deployed on each side of the case. One of the main challenges consisted in finding a miniaturized device serving to transmit alternately on the two frequencies, with the antenna length varying according to the wavelength. Breitling therefore developed an original system in which, according to circumstances, the transmitter uses either part or the entirety of the two antennae.

The beacon of the Emergency II was designed to simplify handling as much as possible. Deploying the antenna automatically activates the transmitter. To do this, the user must first unscrew and pull out the cap on the main antenna on the right- hand side of the case. The cap automatically comes free of the antenna when it is deployed to the right length. This operation releases the cap of the second section, which the user can then deploy according to the same principle. A clear reminder of all the stages is provided by a series of inscriptions on the watch. Once the two antennae are deployed, all that remains is to ideally position the watch so as to guarantee the best possible transmission performance.

The energy issue was a crucial element in developing the Emergency II. The Cospas-Sarsat prescriptions notably demand that beacons should be capable of transmitting for 24 hours, including at -20°C. In addition to these requirements in terms of duration and temperature, the dual frequency transmitter features its own specific characteristics due to its alternate operation at very different power levels (30 mW for 121.5 MHz and 5 W for 406 MHz, meaning 170 times higher) – a characteristic that entails atypical current draw. Not to mention the need to accommodate all this within a wristwatch.

After considerable research, it became apparent that the ideal solution was to opt for a rechargeable battery able to deliver more power than a standard battery. There was however no product of this type that matched the profile of the Emergency II. In collaboration with one of the cutting-edge institutes in this field, Breitling therefore developed a brand-new rechargeable battery specially created for this beacon-watch. A state-of-the-art product for storing energy and which has contributed to the advancement of research in this promising field.

The Emergency II is not only a personal survival instrument. It is also an electronic chronograph featuring all the functions useful to professionals and adventurers: 12/24-hour analog and digital display, 1/100th second chronograph, alarm, timer, second time zone, multilingual calendar and battery end-of-life indication. It is equipped with a thermo compensated SuperQuartzTM movement ten times more accurate than standard quartz and chronometer-certified by the COSC (Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute) – the highest industry benchmark in terms of precision and reliability. The “watch” and “transmitter” parts have been designed as two distinct elements, totally independent in terms of both operation and energy source and thus ensuring enhanced security.

 

The new Breitling Emergency II presented at Baselworld 2013
The new Breitling Emergency II presented at Baselworld 2013

 

Movement: Breitling Caliber 76, officially chronometer-certified by the COSC, thermo compensated SuperQuartzTM, 12/24-hour analog and LCD digital display, battery end-of-life indicator. 1/100th second chronograph, timer, 2nd time zone, and multilingual calendar

Case: titanium; resistance to 5 bars; cambered sapphire crystal, glare proofed on both sides; bidirectional rotating bezel; compass scale; diameter 51 mm.

Dials: Volcano black, Cobra yellow, Intrepid orange.

Strap/Bracelet: rubber Diver Pro III / titanium Professional

 

The new Breitling Emergency II presented at Baselworld 2013
The new Breitling Emergency II presented at Baselworld 2013

 

 

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4 Comments

  • great watch and outstanding concept, sadly i enquired about the price recently twice that off the old model. the watch itself is amazing.

    • I saw the emergency 2 in gatwick airport on promoting it and the breitling rep said the uk price is £12,500 wow I said why so expensive……(his words were) they want people who are pro,s ie pilots ship captains etc to buy it instead of normal people who,ll never use the functions…….I own the 1st edition emergency and nearly had to pull the responder out on a hike in the ibiza mountains as I got lost and I ain’t no pilot or captain………thev,ve priced the normal bloke on the street out shame I like the new watch but at 12 grand they priced me out so my new watch will be a Rolex submariner.
      Shame on breitling if it would of been 5/6 grand I would buy one but not now……they,ve lost a customer in me but that’s what they want the normal person out and the rich people wearing there product.

  • Hats off to Breitling not only are they making great watches, they are also saving lives through these!

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