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"Watches like this have saved a lot of pilots' lives over the years. This one's worth about $6000."

-Expert

FactsEdit

  • Fact 1: Breitling SA, a Swiss watch and instrument manufacturer, was founded in 1884 and focuses on high-performance, accurate timepieces for naval and air use.
  • Fact 2: First contracted for the Swiss military, Breitling's Emergency watches feature a built-in location transmitter to aid in rescuing downed pilots.
  • Fact 3: The first commercially available Breitling Emergency watch was released in 1995, featuring a slightly modified transmitter using civilian frequencies.
  • Fact 4: Under ideal conditions, the Breitling Emergency Location Transmitter's 121.5 MHz signal can be picked up by planes up to 90 nautical miles away.
  • Fact 5: In January 2003, crashed British helicopter pilots Steve Brooks and Hugh Quentin-Smith were rescued off the coast of Antarctica when nearby rescue searchers homed in on their ELT watch signals.

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