The Breitling Emergency
is an interesting wristwatch
made by (surprise!) Breitling
. This heavy-duty unique watch
has a built-in radio transmitter
, and may be used should one be stranded
due to an emergency, such as a plane crash
or a boat
The watch is made in Switzerland, and the radio transmitter is made by Dassault A.T., a French company. The transmitter operates on one of the international emergency frequencies, 121.5MHz. Most military installations and emergency organizations monitor these frequencies 24 hours a day.
In the event of an emergency, the user would unscrew an antenna knob on the lower right-hand side of the watch. Inside the tube is a wire antenna. The transmitter will automatically transmit once the antenna is deployed. If the watch is used for a bona-fide emergency, Breitling will re-condition the watch and reset the transmitter for you. If a watch is used during a non-emergency, you can get in trouble with the local law enforcement folks and Breitling won't reset the watch.
The US Navy was offering these watches at a discount to some of their aviators. The watch is extremely expensive, and comes with a case and a video on how to operate the unit.