Bremont is brand new to the luxury watch world; well relatively speaking that is. It was established in 2002 by Nick and Giles English with the aim of producing high-quality pilot’s watches and reinvigorating the watch industry in Great Britain. The watches that they sought to create would not only be superfluous fashion pieces but, tried and true tool watches made and tested to maintain in extreme conditions, like ejecting out of a fighter plane. Literally.
Martin-Baker, the manufacturer of the ejection seats found in 70% of the world’s fighter planes, approached Bremont to make the definitive aviation watch that could withstand the extreme forces experienced in an ejection. After two years of development, Bremont responded to this request with the MB variety of watches. I spent a week with all the Bremont MBII to find out how it measured up to everyday use as a desk pilot.
The case on the Bremont MBII consists of tempered steel and constructed with Bremont’s Trip-Tick construction. The steel goes through a heat healing and carbon diffusion process that increases the hardness amount to 2000 vickers, about seven times the hardness of standard 316L stainless steel, which will see to it that the case still looks great after years of use. The proprietary Trip-Tick case structure consists of 3 components: the bezel and sapphire crystal, the center case with a ceramic or DLC centre barrel, and the steel case back.
This particular model is fitted with the orange aluminum middle barrel making it stand out from the audience. At 43mm wide and 14.5mm thick, the MBII is not a small watch but it is also well proportioned so that it sits well in your wrist. Don’t overlook that this watch was commissioned to endure exceptional conditions so, to shield from magnetic fields, there is a soft iron Faraday cage and, to guard against heavy G-forces, the motion is placed in an anti-shock mount letting it float at the case if there’s a shock.
The motion is a modified ETA 2836-2 branded as the BE-36AE calibre by Bremont. This is a reliable, workhorse automated movement that is certified as a chronometer for accuracy within -4 to +6 sec every day by COSC. Power reserve will run about 38 hours if you go a day without wearing it you will be OK. Should you go a couple of days without wearing it, then it won’t be a big deal to correct the date and day indication since the MBII is equipped with a fast change purpose for both.
Though you can not see it because of the anti-magnetic cage, the motion is highly completed with perlage on the mainplate and bridges, blued screws, along with a skeletonised, gold-plated automatic rotor.
MBII About Your Wrist
Wearing the Bremont watches MBII is enjoyable. This watch is staunchly seated in the instrument watch category and it feels the part. It’s notable on the wrist but not overly large, with a legible dial that is going to be instantly recognizable to anybody who has ever sat in the cockpit of a plane. It matches the tool category much more when you notice the hour markers and hands are coated in as many as 20 coats of luminous paint to make certain they may be read from the dark. You will also notice that there are just two crowns around the watch at four and two o’clock.
The first, at 2 o’clock is for correcting the time, day, and date. You can also manually end the motion on this crown. The second, at four o’clock, would be to restrain the inner rotating bezel. This can be key for time checkpoints in flight, or your espresso. I really used it to time my baby son’s naps. Trust me, this is an easy feature that comes in handy. The domed sapphire crystal sits flush against the bezel superbly and can be coated in two layers of an anti-reflective remedy to decrease glare and enhance legibility even more.
So, at this point, I believe you can tell this luxury watch is seriously over-engineered in the very best of ways. That’s why we enjoys watches like this, we all know it will survive anything we could possibly put it through and still look good all the while.