World Record Balloonist's Breitling Watch Sold in Charity Auction
Wednesday - 15 August 2012
Piloted by Bertrand Piccard and Brian Jones, the Breitling Orbiter 3 was the first hot air balloon to fly around the world non-stop. The balloon took off from Château-d'Oex, Switzerland, on March 1st 1999 and landed in the Egyptian desert 19 days, 21 hours and 55 minutes later - travelling a total distance of 25,361 miles. It remains to be longest flight within the earth's atmosphere in any form of flying machine. Piccard and Jones were both given Breitling watches to wear during the flight.
The Breitling Emergency timepiece has a built-in micro transmitter broadcasting on the 121.5 MHz aircraft emergency frequency. In the event of a crash or forced landing, the watch sends a signal to rescuers which will broadcast for 48 hours with a range of approximately 100 miles.