The countdown has begun! I will guide you through my watch flipping journey. One by one. From the first to the last. What made me buy it? What made me sell it? Almost 400 watches has come and gone during the years. Instead of boring you with too much technical details I will try to focus on giving you my thoughts and refelections and at the same time trying to add a personal touch to my journey by sharing some moments when the watches has accompanied me through life. Read and enjoy!
I remember back in 2006 when everybody started talking about this crazy guy
on Discovery Channel who was dropped in the wild to find his way back to
civilization and was only to rely on what nature had to offer. The guy
was none other than Bear Grylls and the show was called Man vs. Wild (Born
Survivor in some countries I think). This was just when I had started to pay
real attention to watches and while everyone else were discussing all the disgusting things Bear was eating I was more interested in the Breitling Emergency on
Bear’s wrist that I immediately noticed. “Wow! That must be the ultimate survival watch if Bear’s using
it.” He was using both a yellow faced and a black faced Emergency but the
yellow one was the one that got stuck in my mind. In the later seasons he became
sponsored by Bremont and wore their ALT1-P chronograph and Supermarine diver.
He was also seen using several different Casio’s.
Buying a used Emergency is a little different from buying other used watches. The watch
has to be registered in Breitling’s customer register. The seller I bought mine
from didn’t mention this which meant that if I would have activated the
distress signal by mistake he would have been held accountable. I however chose
to get it re-registered in my name at a Breitling AD and when I later sold it I demanded
the new owner to do the same and to show me a copy of the re-registration
papers. This service was free of charge from Breitling and went very quick to
#140 - The Breitling Emergency ref. E76321.
Wore it on my favorite Breitling rubber.
When I finally decided to seriously start looking for one I couldn’t find a
yellow one so I settled with an orange faced. I was confident that an
Emergency would turn me into a natural born survivor machine the moment I put it on my
wrist but no. It was awesome to wear though. Big, sure, but due to the titanium
case and rubber strap it weighed close to nothing. Looked super cool in my opinion! But was it
really such a good watch for survival? Not so sure about that I’m afraid. I
wouldn’t say it felt fragile in any way but with a WR of only 30m I’d hardly
dare to wear it in the rain under my rain jacket. If I’d be shipwrecked on an
island I think I’d be better of wearing a tough solar G-Shock instead. I
suppose the Emergency is pretty useless after the distress signal has been
activated and the battery is finished.
A cup of coffe in the sun post lunch.
There are a couple of versions of the Emergency. The one I had is the one I like
the most; the superquartz. It looks better than the first version and the
latest version, The Emergency II, is just too big and bulky for any human being
to wear without looking ridiculous. Not even The Rock would pull that one off
in a decent fashion. Then there was a version called Emergency Mission with
analog sub dials instead of the digital displays. Didn’t like that one. I’m not
100% certain of this but I heard rumors that the frequency the Emergency is transmitting
on had been taken out of use so I don’t know if the old Emergency lost its rescue
ability. Without it it’s not that cool. Then you’re better off with a regular
Aerospace which basically has the same functions except for the distress