Alongside its regular production models, Bremont has long been creating bespoke versions of its watches for personnel in the world’s militaries, customising dials and casebacks with the logos and insignias of their units. These custom-made designs were always limited, however, and only ever made available to those in uniform, while the rest of us civvies could only look on and admire. Well, those days of gazing at a distance are over, and Bremont has just announced an official partnership with the British Ministry of Defence (MoD), sanctioning Bremont as the only luxury watch producer allowed to use the symbols, signs and Heraldic Badges of all three of the Ministry’s services – that is the British Army, the Royal Navy, and the Royal Air Force. In celebration of this momentous occasion, Bremont are also releasing an entirely new range. Dubbed the Bremont Armed Forces Collection, these military models will be available to everyone. No uniform required.
Introducing three entirely new designs, with each one drawing its inspiration from the ‘Dirty Dozen’ watches commissioned by the British Army during WW2. The first of the trio is the Bremont Broadsword, and its design is the most reminiscent of the famous, now highly sought-after, dozen WWW watches. Featuring a sub-seconds dial at 6 o’clock, a date at 3, and the BE-95-2AV movement with a power reserve of 38 hours, it also uses a 40mm case with a water resistance of 100 metres.
Next up is the only chronograph in the collection, the Bremont Arrow. Far from an ordinary chrono, it houses the 48-hour BE-51AE automatic calibre, with its start, stop and reset functions all controlled by a monopusher at 2 o’clock. Its symmetrical dial features a running small seconds at 9 o’clock, a 30-minute counter at 3 o’clock, and a date at 6 o’clock. While its case is also good for 100 metres and measures a slightly larger 42mm.
Rounding off the collection, and further honouring Her Majesty’s Armed Forces, the final piece is the Bremont Argonaut. A 300-metre rated dive watch, with an inner-rotating bezel controlled by a crown at 4 o’clock, inside is the BE-92AV automatic movement with a power reserve of 42 hours. And bright orange markings add a dash of extra colour, and legibility, to the inside on its 42mm case.
All pieces feature a black metal dial with hour markers coated in a custom mint coloured Super-LumiNova, and C1 lume filling the hands. And every model is chronometer rated, in true Bremont fashion. With each and every caseback engraved with all three Heraldic Badges of Her Majesty’s Armed Forces. However, instead of Bremont’s proprietary Trip-Tick case protecting the movement, a specially hardened two-piece stainless-steel case design is used.
As if Bremont’s military cred required any extra proving, this brand new partnership and collection is a badge of honour for the British brand. Its watches have long been known to be “Tested Beyond Endurance” and with the MoD’s seal of approval, I’m curious to see what’s next.
Bremont Armed Forces Collections Australian pricing
Bremont Broadsword, $4400, Bremont Arrow, $6100, Bremont Argonaut $4750.