Feature: This Watch Could Save Your Life
For decades now, watches have been able to do more than just tell the time. From day-date displays to moonphases and even dual-frequency distress beacons—watches have consistently proved themselves crucial tools for extreme conditions, as well as your average day in the office. So, let’s take a look at some watches created for hostile terrain and intense environments.
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As in the name, the Breitling Emergency is a purpose-built tool fit for tricky terrain and tricky—or even life-threatening—situations. Its authentic dual-frequency distress beacon is the world’s first and once activated it will emit an alert signal to rescue operations that will help guide them to you, thus potentially saving your life! Perfect for daredevil explorers, the Emergency also features a rechargeable battery, a miniaturised transmitter, and an integrated antenna system.
Rolex Sea-Dweller Deepsea
Described by Rolex as an “ultra-resistant divers’ watch”, the Sea-Dweller Deepsea is engineered for deep-sea exploration. Waterproof up to 3,900 metres, the Deepsea and its prototypes boast an incredible history of timekeeping—and surviving—record breaking dives, such as James Cameron’s 2012 descent to the bottom of the Mariana Trench, which to this day remains the deepest-ever solo dive.
Ball Engineer Hydrocarbon
“Accuracy under adverse conditions” is Ball’s motto and it certainly lives up to it, specialising in creating timepieces for all terrains and temperatures. The Engineer Hydrocarbon, then, focuses on being the ultimate explorer’s watch with references suitable for the dizzying heights of the skies, the dark depths of the ocean, as well as for tearing up the track by sportscar—there is certainly something for everyone in this range.
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