Breitling and Herbert Nitsch - Great Heights, Extreme Depths

Jun 03, 2010
The famous watchmaking house Breitling has long enjoyed close ties with aviation professionals. Now, the brand is particularly delighted to associate itself with the outstanding personality of Herbert Nitsch, nicknamed The Flying Fish. An airline pilot and a free-diver, he succeeded in conquering both great heights and extreme depths.

For his incredible accomplishments in the field of freediving, including his top achievement of descending on a single breath to the depth of 214 meters, this sportsman has earned the title of The Deepest Man on Earth. With this record, Herbert Nitsch demonstrated his unique ability of holding the breath for more than 9 minutes. Within 2010, Herbert sets the target to become the first breath-hold athlete to break the 300-meter mark.

A man of unrivalled mental and physical strength, Herbert Nitsch has already established about 30 world records in the eight official disciplines of free-diving. Approved by the International Association for the Development of Apnea (AIDA), they include constant weight, constant weight without fins, free immersion, variable weight, no limit, static apnea, dynamic apnea and dynamic apnea without fins. In April 2010 in the Bahamas, the athlete surprised his admirers with his new achievements: he set new records in free immersion and in constant weight.

Herbert is a self-taught free-diver, a pioneer in every way. His mind-blowing career in the domain of free-diving started with a coincidence, which can be regarded as a sign of destiny. In 1999, while the athlete was on his way to the scuba diving holiday in Egypt, his diving equipment got lost somewhere in transit. Therefore, he turned to snorkeling instead of scuba diving and practiced it during the entire vacation. This kind of sport helped him to discover his natural talent for free-diving.

Herbert Nitsch also works as a part-time pilot for Austrian Airlines Group. This challenging job requires high security related and risk avoiding attitude, which helps him to achieve his ambitious goals in free-diving.

In his attempt to cross physiological borders, Herbert succeeds in achieving goals that seem beyond the limits. The high-performance Breitling Superocean watch, submersible to 1,500 meters, is a perfect timekeeper to accompany Herbert Nitsch in his activities, both in the air and underwater.

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