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Breitling Emergency Orbiter 3, Ref. E56321

CHF 3,500


Fine titanium limited edition BREITLING EMERGENCY ORBITER 3, Ref. E56321, LE 1315/1999 multifunction pilot’s flyback chronograph wristwatch with analog and digital display and emergency SOS transmitter. Made in a limited edition of 1999 pieces to commemorate the First Non Stop Around the World Flight in the “Orbiter 3” in 1999, sold early 2000s. Fully serviced by Breitling with official 2 years warranty, until January 2023. Features perpetual calendar with date, day, month and year, world time indication, alarm, micro antenna with aviation emergency frequency 121.5 MHz, and a titanium flexible link Breitling bracelet. Accompanied by a travel case and original 24 months warranty.

The locator beacon was designed to activate once the antenna was uncoiled, when it would then send a unique SOS signal on the official aviation emergency frequency of 121.5 mHz, helping rescuers to home in on a downed pilot’s location. For its first five years, the watch was only available for purchase by licensed pilots, but Breitling finally persuaded regulatory authorities to allow them to sell to anyone willing to sign an agreement not to activate the distress signal unless it was in a real emergency situation. More so, according to Breitling, no false alarms were ever recorded coming from a Breitling Emergency watch, and about 20 people were rescued thanks to someone wearing and using a Breitling Emergency.

C. Three-body, solid, brushed, graduated bi-directional revolving bezel, micro antennas between the lugs at 12 and 6, case back with 4 screws and test button to test the emergency function, sapphire crystal. D. Blue with luminous Arabic numerals and indexes, Orbiter 3 logo, apertures for the digital displays. Luminous white hands. M. Cal. Breitling B56 (ETA 988.332), with quartz standardization. Dial, case and movement signed. Diam. 43 mm. Bracelet fit up to 18.5 cm wrist. 

Runs great and all functions work as expected. Fully serviced by Breitling, Emergency function is tested and resealed, so the watch is ready for new adventures. Please take a look at the photos for condition. Watch is in very good condition 9/10, running and ready to wear or gift!


Brand Breitling
Model LE, Emergency Orbiter 3
Reference Ref. E56321
Year Circa early 2000s
Movement Quartz, independent emergency transmitter
Calibre Cal. Breitling B56 (ETA 988.332)
Case material Titanium
Case size Ø 43 mm
Bracelet Original Breitling titanium bracelet
Features built-in microtransmitter broadcasting on the aircraft emergency frequency, 24 months official warranty
Box/Papers Travel box, service papers 


Great condition, in fully working order. Minor surface scratches and scuffs through the age. Bracelet fit up to 18.5 cm wrist. Recently fully serviced by Breitling with 24 months official warranty. Original travel box, and service paper (invoice). Never worn after the service.


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