British watchmaker Bremont has unveiled a collection of watches produced as a part of a tie-up with the British Ministry of Defence (MoD). As part of this deal, Bremont will be allowed to legitimately use the signs, symbols and heraldic badges of the Royal Navy, British Army and the Royal Air Force.
The Armed Forces Collection comprising three watches – a field watch, a monopusher chronograph and a diver with a supercompressor-style case – are loosely inspired by the ones supplied to the British Military during the WW2-era. The original watches, supplied by 12 companies, are referred to as the “Dirty Dozen” by collectors. Of the lot, Vertex Watches has restarted production of watches that are faithful to the 1940’s era watches.
Bremont has for some time now produced watches for military squadrons around the world. These watches, however, are not available for purchase to the general public. All the timepieces in the Armed Forces Collection feature a new, more traditional two-piece case with a screw-in, stamped caseback as opposed to Bremont’s characteristic Triptik tripartite case construction.
The Bremont Broadsword is a three-hander housed inside a 40 mm hardened steel case. The black dial has a date window at 3 o’ clock and a small-seconds dial at 6. Luminous spots on the hour markers and slim hands ensure optimum legibility. The caseback features the heraldry of the three armed forces alongside the engraved text “Approved by Her Majesty’s Armed Forces”. The watch is powered by the self-winding BE-95-2AV, a chronometer-grade movement that beats at 4 Hz (28,800 vph) and has a power reserve of 38 hours. Water resistant to 100 meters, the Broadsword is paired with a khaki green sailcloth strap and is priced at $3,445.
The Bremont Arrow represents the British brand’s first monopusher chronograph. Cased in 42 mm hardened stainless steel, the pusher at 2 o’ clock is used to start, stop and reset the chronograph. As far as aesthetics go, the watch plays on the same British military DNA as the Broadsword. The subdial at 9 o’ clock marks the running seconds while a 30 minute counter is placed at 3 o’ clock. The watch is powered by the chronometer-grade BE-51AE movement which has a power reserve of 48 hours. The stainless steel caseback is engraved with Her Majesty’s Armed Forces heraldic badges and the watch is paired with a RAF blue sailcloth strap. Price $4,745.
The Argonaut is a professional diving watch with a supercompressor style case. The 42 mm wide hardened steel case has two crowns – the one at 2 o’ clock is used to set the time and date while the crown at 4 is used to operate the unidirectional internal rotating bezel. Water resistant to 300 meters, this retro-styled diving watch has a black dial with a custom mint color SuperLuminova. The orange minutes hand really pops on this dial. The watch is powered by chronometer-grade BE-92AV automatic chronometer which has in the past been used to power the Solo-34 timepiece. It has a 42 hour power reserve and an escapement that beats at 4 Hz (28,800 vph). Price $3,695