Breitling has received FCC approval to sell its Emergency watch, which features a dual personal locator beacon, in the United States.
The company made the announcement yesterday at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York City. Former astronaut Mark Kelly was on hand for the launch.
The Emergency was first released in Switzerland in 2013, but approval in the U.S. took until now, “because a watch is so much smaller than a traditional locator beacon,” said Breitling USA president Thierry Prissert.
“Breitling has a long history of providing timepieces for the most extreme missions,” Prissert said. “So it is very exciting that we get to continue this tradition with such a cutting-edge timepiece. The original Emergency saved more than 20 lives, and now that the new one is available in the U.S., I hope many adventurers will find it a key piece of equipment.”
“It is a pleasure to introduce the Breitling Emergency now that it is available in the U.S.,” said Kelly. “It is a safety instrument that offers the wearer invaluable piece of mind, even if they never have to activate it.”
The Breitling Emergency will be available for purchase at Breitling Boutiques in New York City; Orlando, Fla.; Las Vegas; and Miami as well as at authorized independent boutiques throughout the U.S.