On July 1st, 2015, Breitling Replica Uk was finally given approval to sell one of their most innovative products here in the United States after several years of effort with various official agencies – namely, the FCC. In 2013, at the watch industry trade show Baselworld in Switzerland, Breitling Replica introduced the much anticipated follow-up to their famed “Breitling Replica Emergency” watch – a timepiece which was quickly adopted by adventurers around the world thanks to its built-in emergency beacon technology. The original Breitling Replica Emergency was introduced in 1995 and contained a one-time use 121.5 MHz frequency beacon antenna which when activated created a signal that search-and-rescue organizations monitored.
According to Breitling Replica, around 40,000 Emergency watches were sold between 1995 and 2010 when the original model was eventually discontinued. More so, according to Breitling Replica, no false alarms were ever recorded coming from a Breitling Replica Emergency watch, and about 20 people were rescued thanks to someone wearing and using a Breitling Replica Watches Emergency. So why, then, did Breitling Replica discontinue this popular and impressive product? As I understand it, the 121.5 Mhz frequency was being deprecated (at least partially) in favor of the higher frequency 406 Mhz signal – which has a longer range and can help track moving targets in ways the 121.5 Mhz signal was not able to. Thus, Breitling Replica once again needed to innovate in order to satisfy the needs of modern search and rescue operations.
In 2009, Breitling Replica truly began work on what would be a follow-up to the Emergency. The goal was to not only include the 406 Mhz frequency signal in the follow-up model, but to maintain its ability to transmit a 121.5 Mhz signal. Thus, what would eventually become the Breitling Replica Emergency II needed to have the ability to transmit on both emergency signal frequencies, as the only 121.5 Mhz signal was still used for various purposes and sometimes both signals were used by search and rescue professionals to track and pinpoint those in emergency situations.
Development on the Breitling Replica Emergency II was a distinct challenge for Breitling Replica because the smallest device existing at the time which contained antennas to send signals to both frequencies was “about the size of two packs of cigarettes.” Breitling Replica was determined to reduce the size of this technology to exist in a package small enough to wear on the wrist. One of the major issues was power consumption because the 406 Mhz signal required vastly more power than the 121.5 Mhz frequency.
The solution was the introduction of a higher output rechargeable battery – the first of its type in a Breitling Replica watches. Those who are familiar with Breitling Replica watches also know their unique position in the luxury watch industry. Even though Breitling Replica produces luxury items for status-conscious individuals, they are unique in the watch industry for also producing a range of high-technology electronic wrist watches for mostly aviation professionals. Items like the Breitling Replica Emergency II are among them, and it gives Breitling Replica a unique personality amongst its peers in the luxury watch landscape.
In 2013, Breitling Replica finally introduced the Emergency II watch at Baselworld (I went hands-on with it here). The final product housed in an all-titanium case was wearable, but nevertheless quite large at 51mm wide. Still, Breitling Replica had delivered on its promise to itself to produce a new dual band version of the Emergency collection to satisfy the most current needs of professionals around the world who wanted the benefit of wearing a PLB (personal location beacon) that could save their life anywhere in the world. Even though the Breitling Replica Emergency II battery needs to be recharged, it can go a couple months between charges.
Even though Breitling Replica debuted the Emergency II in 2013, it was not until now in the summer of 2015 that the watch is finally available for sale in the United States. Why did it take so long? More so, the Emergency II is still not certified for sales in some other important countries such as Russia, Canada, and Germany (it should be noted that even if the Emergency II watch is not certified for sale in a country someone using an emergency beacon in that country will still get rescued). The issue comes down to the fact that as a personal location beacon various government agencies need to approve the sale of the device in their country. The experience Breitling Replica has gained from working with various government agencies in approving the Breitling Replica Emergency II further makes them distinct from most other Swiss watch brands.
To talk about the approval process for the Breitling Replica Emergency II watch to be sold in the United States, I spoke with Mr. Jean-Paul Girardin, the Vice President of Breitling Replica in Switzerland. From almost the outset, Breitling Replica knew that the FCC needed to approve the Breiting Emergency II watch for sale in the United States, as they did, after all, have to go through a similar process with the original Emergency. What Breitling Replica didn’t count on was how long it would take this time around. Even with that said, Breitling Replica compliments the relative efficiency of the UK agencies as compared to those in some other countries.
Even with the original Emergency watch, Breitling Replica needed to request a special waiver from the FCC for the timepiece’s approval. The Breitling Replica Emergency II proved more difficult because it was the first device of its type. In fact, Breitling Replica explained to me that they actually needed to work with the FCC to create certification standards for a dual-band rechargeable and wrist-wearable PLB device.
Even before Swiss Replica Watches sought certification by the FCC, they needed to certify the Emergency II watch with various international agencies such as RTCM and SARSAT. The 406 Mhz frequency, you see, is tracked by satellites, so a universe of new considerations applied. Breitling Replica commented that approval by the relevant international agencies for the Breitling Replica Emergency II required about a year, and it was another 18 months or so after that to finally obtain FCC approval.
After originally obtaining permission to sell the initial Emergency watch in the United States in 2001, Breitling Replica succeeded in obtaining permissions to sell the Breitling Replica Emergency II in early June of 2015 after countless government meetings, lawyers, and consultants. The FCC order granting the waiver makes for an interesting read. One can easily glean that Breitling Replica needed to make a comprehensive case as to why the Breitling Replica Emergency II was not only a useful device, but a necessary and proven life-saving device. More so, that the benefit of having a wrist watch style dual band PLB available was in the public interest. Very few Swiss watches can ever claim to actually positively serve the public interested. Despite its circa $15,000 price tag, the Breitling Replica Emegency II watch now can.