Breitling Emergency

Matt Dearden

English born professional pilot, writer, blogger and columnist. Currently flying the Pilatus PC-6 Turbo Porter in Papua, Indonesia.

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12 Responses

  1. Anonymous says:

    Hi Matt,

    Curious which of the watches, B1 or Emergency you like better? I’m considering one or the other! I’m in Indonesia quite often doing a different kind of flying. Great photos. Thanks!

    • Matt Dearden says:

      Of the two, the B-1 is probably the better watch. The lume is much better (although perhaps it’s because yellow faced Breitlings have thinner black hands and thus less lume), it’s got backlit LCD screens, lots more features and an easier interface to access them all.

      That said, I love my Emergency. It’s such a unique watch with the built in ELT and if I could only keep one, it’s the one I’d keep.

    • Christian says:

      Thanks for your comments. I decided to go with the yellow face Emergency and think I got one of the last ones prior to the new model coming out. The B-1 will stay on my list as well. Looks like some great flying you are doing. Be safe!

      Blue Skies,


    • Matt Dearden says:

      Great choice and enjoy your new watch! It really is one of the most unique ones out there and who knows if/when Breitling will release a new version!

  2. Great review. I also own a B-1 and am about to pull the trigger on an Emergency. My only concern is the large crown for the antenna. Does it dig into your wrist at all? How does the Emergency compare to the B-1 on you wrist? They’re nearly identical in size and weight, so I assume they feel similar. Thanks.

    • Matt Dearden says:

      Hi Scott,

      The B-1 and Emergency wear very much the same on the wrist being of near identical size and weight. The extra crown does not dig into my skinny wrist at all and I tend to wear my watches a little loose too. The LCDs are a little harder to read on the Emergency as the digits are slightly smaller and thinner but still perfectly readable.

      Hope this helps :o)

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    • Thank you for the reply. I’m looking at a black-faced Emergency superquartz with the rubber Diver I strap, so it should actually be a *little* lighter than my B-1, with its heavy Fighter bracelet.

      You should do a B-1 review with pics, similar to the above. Mine is a superquartz with grey dial. Best watch I’ve ever owned. In fact, it’s one of the main reasons I’m having hard time justifying buying the Emergency…

      Breitling should have used B-1’s LCD displays on the Emergency superquartz (especially for the backlight)! Oh well, great watch, regardless. Fly safe!

  3. Never mind, just found your B-1 review! Well done. I love mine!

  4. William says:

    Hello Matt,

    Have you seen, or have you been considering the new Breitling Emergency?

    • Matt Dearden says:

      I’ve not seen one in the metal yet, so am reserving judgement until I so. I fear it’ll be far to big for my tiny wrists though; my current one is probably about as big as I can get away with.

  5. Mark Mullen says:

    Thanks for the review Matt, I’ve always fancied one of these and have just seen a lovely white faced one for sale at good money, might treat myself.

    Mark (from PH)