Under the Eyes of the Watchman

Breitling has begun selling the world’s first wristwatch with a dual-frequency locator beacon in the Philippines

by Mags Ocampo

Now that they’ve cleared the proper channels to facilitate the Brietling Emergency II’s functions, the luxury watch brand has begun selling the world’s first wristwatch with a dual-frequency locator beacon in the Philippines

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The Emergency II’s rescue system operates through the removal of the watch’s locator beacon. Once the beacon is used, the watch may be presented at any Breitling store for replacement.

In the age of the #liveauthentic hashtag, more and more people seem to be investing in experiences by visiting exotic lands, climbing the steepest mountains, and diving into the ocean as far as their lungs (and a tank of oxygen) can take them. True, adventure is out there – but so is danger. The allure of exploring the wilderness on your own for a little soul-searching comes with a hefty price: the possibility of getting lost, stranded, or even killed. How can you ensure that you’ll be “living authentic” instead of dying all alone on your first day out?

Luxury watch brand Breitling has an answer to that: the Breitling Emergency II, the world’s first wristwatch with a dual-frequency locator beacon. Through the company’s partnership with institutions like the Cospas-Sarsat international satellite alert system, the Emergency II’s built-in personal locator beacon has helped save a couple of its wearers from various distress situations, including an entire family trapped by a fire.

The original Emergency series was developed in 1995 and focused greatly on aviation. The watches became a staple for many pilots around the globe and around 40,000 units were sold. The Emergency II, however, is meant to handle all kinds of distress situations – whether they be on land, at sea, or in air.

The Emergency II’s rescue operations are comprised of three steps: alert, homing, and rescue. Once the watch’s search-and-rescue functions are employed, it sends out a signal on two separate frequencies (406 MHz and 121.5 MHz) over a 24-hour period through its extendable antenna. As soon as the signal reaches Cospas-Sarsat, a verification process ensues and then authorities in the area of the distress signal are alerted.

With a sturdy, stylish, and light body, it would be an understatement to call this watch handy.


The bulkiness of the Breitling Emergency II is explained by the watch’s dual frequency locator beacon, a hefty piece of equipment that can spare sleekness for safety.

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Purchasing the Breitling Emergency II is simultaneous with a rigorous registration process that requires the customer to present proofs of residence, in order to ensure that Cospas-Sarsat has the customer on their records.