The 5 Bremont models we chose for our shop, and why …Time+Tide
Bremont may have only been around since 2002, but since its inception, founders and brothers Nick and Giles English have made sure that the hard-charging British watchmaker has been at the forefront of not only innovation but also military collaboration and integration. In fact, you can find a Bremont strapped to the wrist of a great many servicemen and women across the globe, and there’s a very good reason for this – the British watches offer a great level of robustness and tool watch real-life functionality that borders on being unparalleled in the horological industry. For this reason, Time+Tide is proud to stock a curated selection of the British marque’s timepieces at our market place. These are just some of the excellent timepieces we can now offer:
Bremont Supermarine Type 301
This diver’s watch offers up the quintessence of a military-inspired amphibious timepiece, thanks to 300 metres of water resistance, highly legible dial with creamy Super-LumiNova indices, unidirectional rotating bezel and a highly legible dial, which is capped by an anti-reflective, domed sapphire crystal. Powering the rugged dive watch is Bremont’s Calibre 11 ½”’ BE-92AE, a self-winding movement that offers up chronometer certification, 21 jewels, 38 hours of power reserve and an operating frequency of 28,800 (4Hz) vibrations per hour. The robust movement is shrouded in a 40mm stainless steel case, which features both brushed and polished elements and Bremont’s patented Trip-Tick case construction. The Type 301 is paired with a matt brown leather band with traditional brushed steel pin buckle, which adds to the utilitarian savoir faire of the watch’s overall aesthetic.
A more modern interpretation of the 301, the Supermarine 300 is a handsome dive watch, thanks in no small part to its eye-catching white dial. Also, like the 301, this fit-for-purpose amphibious timepiece utilises a 40mm stainless steel case with Bremont’s patented Trip-Tick construction, and thanks to a screw-down crown and caseback, is water resistant to 300 metres (30ATM). Powering the 300 is Bremont’s Calibre 11 ½’’’ BE-92AV. This self-winding movement is good for 42 hours of power reserve and features 25 jewels, Glucydur balance and Anachron balance spring and Nivaflex 1 mainspring, as well as an operating frequency of 28,800 (4Hz) vibrations per hour. Paired with a navy and white NATO strap, the Type 300 also comes with an interchangeable Temple Island navy rubber band, adding a degree of versatility to the timepiece.
The epitome of Bremont’s interpretation of a modern officer’s dress watch, the Airco Mach 2 Anthracite blends proper utilitarian practicality with date night dressiness. The highly polished 40mm stainless steel case measures a relatively slim 12.5mm thick, ensuring that it will more than comfortably fit beneath even the most French of cuffs. The Opaline matt metal dial, with integrated chapter ring and polished nickel numerals and markers, runs a clinic in proportionality, and the splash of red on the centering 12 o’clock arrow is a nice touch. Powered by the Bremont Calibre 11 ½’’’ BE-92AE, Airco Mach 2 benefits from 38 hours of power reserve, 21 jewels, Glucydur balance and Anachron balance spring and Nivaflex 1 mainspring and an operating frequency of 28,800 (4Hz) vibrations per hour. The evening-ready ambience of this watch is perfectly rounded off by a black leather band with contrasting stitching and a traditional stainless steel pin buckle.
Bremont MBIII Orange Barrel
The Bremont MBIII Orange Barrel , pictured here on a Time+Tide strap, perfectly personifies what the British watchmaker is all about – flight and the close dynamic between man and the machines that allow us to slip the surly bonds of terra firma. For those who don’t know, Martin-Baker is a British company that has been engineering, developing and manufacturing ejection seats for aeronautical purposes since the 1930s. Bremont’s long-standing relationship with Martin-Baker is celebrated with this MBIII, their third collaborative timepiece. As is the way with all pilot’s watches, the 43mm stainless steel case, complete with Bremont’s patented Trip-Tick construction, is sizeable on the wrist, and utterly gorgeous thanks to its knurled orange flanks. The case also plays host to Bremont’s patented inner bi-directional Roto-Click bezel, which is operated via the crown located at four o’clock. Thanks to the no-nonsense dial layout and anti-reflective coating on the sapphire crystal, legibility is a doddle – another essential of a good pilot’s watch. Powering the timepiece is Bremont’s Calibre 13 ¼”‘ BE-93-2AE, a self-winding movement with 42 hours of power reserve, GMT complication, Glucydur balance and Anachron balance spring and Nivaflex 1 mainspring, 21 jewels and an operating frequency of 28,800 (4Hz) vibrations per hour. Another nod to the traditionalism of a pilot’s watch, the MBIII is paired with a black leather band with contrasting stitching and a brushed stainless steel pin buckle.
Representing the personification of a “mil-spec” watch, Bremont really is playing to their strengths with this no-nonsense, weapons-grade three-hander. As stated on its engraved caseback, this rugged timepiece has been Approved by Her Majesty’s Armed Forces, and bares the insignia of all three branches of the British military – Army, Air Force and Navy. The 40mm stainless steel case features brushed and polished elements, and the crown is tastefully oversized, ensuring tactility and ease of use when adjusting the time. Water resistant to 100 metres, the Broadsword houses the English watchmaker’s Calibre 11 ½’’’ BE-95-2AV, which offers 31 jewels, Glucydur balance and Anachron balance spring, Nivaflex 1 mainspring, an operating frequency of 28,800 (4Hz) vibrations per hour, 38-hour power reserve and chronometer certification. Equipped with a complementing military green textile strap, this watch presents as a compelling proposition for anyone looking for a no-nonsense tool watch that is officially tough enough for combat.