“Do not unscrew the antenna cap. We repeat, do not unscrew the antenna cap unless it is actually an emergency.” This was more or less the message that Breitling emergency series replica watches kept telling me when I was reviewing the Breitling Emergency II watch a few months ago. If you know anything about what Breitling’s iconic Emergency watch does, then the reason for their caution shouldn’t be difficult to understand. The Emergency II watch, like the original Emergency before it, is a timepiece with a distress beacon built into it – and such functionality makes it among the most interesting and arguably “special” modern high-end watches of our time.
There is a lot to say about the Breitling Emergency II watch and its modern history, which in some instances is actually more interesting than the watch itself. You might recall that it was years ago back in 2013 when Breitling first debuted the Emergency II timepiece. Shortly thereafter, it was not until a few years later that the watch was available for purchase, and even longer after that until the Breitling Emergency II was legally available for sale in the United States.
Breitling copy watches UK actually needed to work with some special lobbyist-style people in Washington D.C. to convince the US Government to make an exception to their device communication rules in order for the Emergency II to be legally sold. The reason is because the Emergency II is the only wearable device of its kind to be battery-powered and transmit dual frequency emergency broadcast signals (they call it a “PLB,” which means “Personal Locator Beacon”). I don’t recall all the details since it was a while since I looked at the paperwork, but I believed Breitling in their story that the process to get the Emergency II available for sale in the US was both arduous and expensive.
The Emergency II differs from the Emergency I in a host of ways. In many ways, the simplicity of the original Emergency is missed because it was more wearable, and one didn’t really need to worry about the battery as much. On this latter note, the Emergency II doesn’t have a short battery life (they claim 2-3 years when fully charged assuming you don’t use the antenna of course), but rather comes with rechargeable battery fake Breitling watches and docking station. The idea is that before a critical mission, the user will fully charge the battery because if they need to use the emergency beacon, it will need a lot of juice. So in a lot of ways, this is sort of an upgrade, and the new watch uses more energy for the signals since it has two of them to send pings on.