British brand Bremont has introduced a new limited edition that incorporates a piece of American aviation history. Meet the Bremont H-4 Hercules, the rotor of this watch’s movement features birchwood taken from the fuselage of the iconic flying boat of the 1940s. Invented by the eccentric American filmmaker and aviator, the Hughes Hercules H-4 remained the world’s largest aircraft for over seventy years. It was conceived as a strategic airlift flying boat during World War II.
The watch is produced in three case materials - 300 in stainless steel, 75 rose gold and 75 platinum. Each case is 43 mm wide, features Bremont’s characteristic Trip Tick construction, and is 14 mm thick. The case is water-resistant to 300 meters and has an exhibition caseback.
While the steel version has a matt black dial, the rose gold and platinum versions have a brown sunburst face. A two-tone flange with a 24 hour scale sits on the periphery of the dial. It sports applied indices that are either nickel (stainless steel version) or rose gold plated (platinum and rose gold versions) and has matching hour, minute, and GMT hands. A small seconds sub-dial is placed at 9 o’ clock and a date window anchors the dial at 6.
The 25 jewel Bremont BWC/02 movement is based on the proprietary automatic BWC/01 caliber built in partnership with La Joux Perret. The movement bridges and balance cock have been given a grey NAC (Nickel Anthracite Coating) finish and the four bladed propeller rotor is constructed using birchwood from the Hercules fuselage.
The Hercules aircraft, popularly known as the ‘Spruce Goose’ is today placed at the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum in McMinnville, Oregon. Conceptualized during World War II, the Hercules was more than double the size of any contemporary aircraft. Its wingspan was 320 feet, longer than the Statue of Liberty. A grown man could easily walk inside its 11 feet deep wings. The tail was comparable to an eight-storey building. The wings housed eight Pratt & Whitney R4360 28-cylinder radial engines. They produced 24,000 horsepower to lift the 400,000lb fully loaded airframe.
With a 3,000-mile range and cruise speed of 200 mph, the Hercules was designed to carry 400 troops or two Sherman tanks safely across the ocean. A percentage of proceeds from each Bremont H-4 Hercules Limited Edition will go to the Museum in order to preserve the aircraft. The steel version is priced at £9,495.00, the rose gold at £17,995.00, and the platinum edition will cost £24,995.00.