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Old 16 January 2024, 01:55 AM   #1
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Sketchy dudes wear Breitling (Emergency)

"Better late than never"

This belongs to the "mini-Grail" realm for me for almost 15 years, harking back to a golden era when watch brands crafted no-frills timepieces designed for rugged use. It possesses a distinctive quality: tailored for both commercial and military aviators in the 90s, the Breitling Emergency featured an integrated Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) transmitting an "E" signal on the 121.5 MHz rescue frequency. Activating the PLB involved unscrewing the sizable lower crown and extending the 1.5m antenna. Prospective buyers were required to sign a contract in six different languages, pledging to deploy the locator exclusively in emergency situations; failure to do so incurred a substantial fine for rescue services. In essence, it's unequivocally the wrong watch for a Saturday night out with friends at a bar trying to make a new record in tequila shots.

And that's precisely why I adore it. It stands as one of the watches that truly embodies the spirit of "The right stuff."

I only have few shots, but I'll keep this thread updated. Thanx for reading/looking

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