Bremont, the English watchmaking brand founded by brothers Nick and Giles English in 2002, is renowned for its line-up of aviation and military-inspired watches with a strong British accent. The latest model to report for duty in Bremont’s Armed Forces Collection is the Broadsword Bronze. Unlike many military-themed watches, Bremont has legitimate credentials and enjoys an official partnership with the Ministry of Defence (MoD) since 2019. This partnership allows Bremont to use the signs, symbols and Heraldic Badges of the Royal Navy, British Army and Royal Air Force. Initially available exclusively to personnel of Her Majesty’s Armed Forces, civilians are now able to purchase official Bremont Military timepieces.
The Broadsword collection is Bremont’s contemporary take on the ‘Dirty Dozen’, a series of timepieces made to MoD specifications for its armed forces during World War II. Robust, waterproof timepieces with black dials, white text, luminous paint, subsidiary seconds and chronometer specifications, a distinguishing feature of the watches – known in military code as W.W.W. (watch wristlet waterproof) – was the engraving of the Broad Arrow or pheon, to denote property of the British crown.
Seafaring bronze case
For 2020, the Broadsword collection welcomes three variations in bronze cases, a material associated with naval engineering thanks to its corrosion-resistance to saltwater. Measuring 40mm across, the case is made from CuSn8 bronze, a strengthened copper alloy with 8% tin. The tin content reinforces the case making it more resistant to corrosion. The steel screw-down caseback and bronze screw-down crown ensure water-resistance to 100 metres, and the reverse is stamped with the badges of the Royal Navy, the British Army and the Royal Air Force. The casebands are engraved with three speed lines, and the oversized bronze crown is decorated with the Bremont propeller logo, the same motif that appears on the dial below noon. The two-part bronze case is brushed for a sporty look and, like all bronze cases, will develop its own patina over time.
Three dial colours
Available in slate, sotek (military green) and tobacco, the metal dials feature most of the specifications of the original Dirty Dozen. Large white Arabic numerals, dark backgrounds, running seconds at 6 o’clock, and plenty of white Super-LumiNova on the hands and dial give the watch its military credentials while the date window at 3 o’clock adds a practical, everyday function that civilians will appreciate. A domed, anti-reflective scratch-resistant sapphire crystal protects the dial.
Like the specs for the Dirty Dozen, the BE-95-2AV automatic movement is chronometer rated. The movement is, in fact, a top-execution chronometer-rated (ISO 3159 standard) Sellita SW260-1 finished to Bremont specifications. Beating at 28,800vph, the movement can store power for up to 38 hours to keep the hours, minutes, subsidiary seconds and date in sync.
A choice of three different 20mm straps is available: brown nubuck with white stitching, grey vintage-style leather and khaki vintage-style leather. The retail price of the Bremont Broadsword Bronze is GBP 2,995.
More information at Bremont.