Breitling Emergency watch fetches 5k at Fellows

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By Deepa Narwani

One of the only two watches to have been worn on the first ever round-the-world hot air baloon flight was sold for £5,000 at auction at Fellows this week.

All proceeds from the sale of the Breitling Emergency timepiece, an instrument watch with a built-in micro transmitter allowing rescuers to locate one’s position following a crash or forced landing, were donated to Jones’ charity Winds of Hope.

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The Breitling took to the skies in March 1999 when Brian Jones and Bertrand Picard made the first complete flight around-the-world aboard the Breitling Orbiter 3. The expedition was sponsored by Breitling and each of the balloonists was provided with their own watch.

 

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