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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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Old 16 January 2024, 02:02 AM   #2
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Looks great on the bracelet OR strap!
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Old 16 January 2024, 02:55 AM   #3
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Golden era, indeed! Purpose built instruments for professionals. The watch looks great, looking forward to seeing more pictures!
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Old 18 January 2024, 11:46 AM   #4
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Such a fun piece! Love mine. Looks great on that strap!



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Old 19 January 2024, 02:45 AM   #5
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Thanx Guys for your comments


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Such a fun piece! Love mine. Looks great on that strap!



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That's a great combo. I was looking for old school Breitling rubber straps, but it seems that they don't look too good after 15-20 years in the box. This newer version would go just fine. Perfect for summer

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Old 22 January 2024, 04:57 PM   #6
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Nice looking watch
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Old 24 January 2024, 12:03 AM   #7
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Looks the part on you man … especially in that denim jacket
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Old 27 January 2024, 03:56 AM   #8
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Old 9 February 2024, 06:16 PM   #9
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Don’t forget the bold colors this watch can handle so well !!
And if you decide to go all the way, add the matching UTC



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Old 9 February 2024, 10:38 PM   #10
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I do like the colors.
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Old 10 February 2024, 05:18 PM   #11
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This is a fantastic watch. It’s always great to see a real tool watch; the emergency is a great looking, honest, purpose built watch. Looks really sharp!


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Old 14 February 2024, 04:08 AM   #12
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Picture perfect. Love the night shot!
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Old 14 February 2024, 04:47 AM   #13
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Picture perfect. Love the night shot!
Thank you, glad you like the shot

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Old 15 February 2024, 03:18 AM   #14
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Don’t forget the bold colors this watch can handle so well !!
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This combo is actually quite epic. The only thing missing here is a Sunday's watch: This one

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Old 15 February 2024, 03:23 AM   #15
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I had no idea they made one of these in 18K Yellow Gold!
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Old 15 February 2024, 04:12 AM   #16
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They sure did. And having that is the ultimate flex one could wear
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Old 15 February 2024, 05:04 AM   #17
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They sure did. And having that is the ultimate flex one could wear
Agreed! This is my favourite era of Breitling watches.
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Old 15 February 2024, 06:00 AM   #18
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Agreed. When Breitling had no problems putting pin-up girls next to their watches

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Old 26 March 2024, 12:00 PM   #19
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Love the Emergency! Sadly I sold mine some years ago and have kicked myself ever since!! We saw some great country together!
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Old 26 March 2024, 11:28 PM   #20
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Old 27 March 2024, 11:46 AM   #21
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Thanks. Wish I'd have taken more of it
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Old 5 April 2024, 03:42 PM   #22
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Doesn't have solar function, but I'm gonna charge it a bit anyway

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Old 6 April 2024, 08:11 AM   #23
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Doesn't have solar function, but I'm gonna charge it a bit anyway
Very nice pictures in this topic, you are a true Breitling Emergency Ambassador . Such a cool watch and crazy value for money regarding it’s “complication”!
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Old 12 May 2024, 04:19 AM   #24
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Very nice pictures in this topic, you are a true Breitling Emergency Ambassador . Such a cool watch and crazy value for money regarding it’s “complication”!
Thanx man!
New photo dump of sketchy situations










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Old 13 May 2024, 07:41 AM   #25
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Old 14 May 2024, 04:40 PM   #26
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How can you resist the temptation to set off the emergency function doo-dabs?
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Old Yesterday, 05:57 PM   #27
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The epic WHITE gold “stealth” Emergency J56321 is featured in this article with some beautiful pictures. Many other extremely rare Breitlings from the nineties in the spotlight as well, great read and pictures! (full 18K yellow gold blue dial Superocean ref K10040 ! )

https://www.fratellowatches.com/a-co...ing-collector/
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