The New Bremont Vulcan Limited Edition Monopusher Chronograph
A powerful reminder of British military might on your wrist.
Bremont, a British watch manufacturer based in Henley-on-Thames, was co-founded by brothers Nick & Giles English in 2002. Since then, Bremont has released quite a few timepieces marked by collaborations with the UK’s Ministry of Defence, most likely being the only watch producer allowed to use the heraldic badges, emblems and symbols of all three branches of the military – the Royal Navy, British Army and the Royal Air Force, to decorate the casebacks. Keen on celebrating Britain’s aviation history and military might, Bremont added another commemorative pilot’s watch to its Armed Forces Collection, inspired by the Avro Vulcan high-altitude strategic bomber, operated by the Royal Air Force from 1956 until 1984. Meet the Bremont Vulcan Limited Edition Monopusher Chronograph.
The new Bremont Vulcan will appeal to history buffs and fans of British aircraft from the Cold War era and to those of you looking for a good-quality, military-inspired chronograph with a story to tell.
The Vulcan is presented in a 42mm diameter, 100m water-resistant case with polished and satin-finished surfaces. The two-piece case is crafted from the hardened stainless steel used by the military. The bezel holds in place a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal with several layers of anti-reflective treatment. The black matte dial has several notable features, like the running seconds sub-dial at 9 o’clock with a two-tone camouflage pattern or the 30-minute counter with the nuclear symbol, a nod to the Avro Vulcan warplanes’ atomic arsenal of the past. The inscription – Avro B-1 1952 – over the date aperture at the bottom of the dial, positioned at 6 o’clock – reminds you that B-1 was the prototype of the Vulcan, which took off in 1952. For this new Bremont Vulcan, brand designers chose cathedral-style skeletonised hour and minute hands coated with white Super-LumiNova, which glows blue in the dark, as do the Arabic numerals, hour markers and sub-counter hands. The central chronograph hand is painted RAF blue to highlight the military connection further.
The caseback on the new Bremont Vulcan is full steel, decorated with the British Air Force’s badge and an image of the Avro B-1 Bomber, still leaving plenty of space should you wish to add something to the picture. There’s a statement of approval by Her Majesty’s Armed Forces, as the watch is said to be “designed and approved by the MoD under Her Majesty’s Reign”. Mind you; soon, it will be His Majesty’s.
As we mentioned, the Bremont Vulcan is a mono-pusher chronograph; to start, stop or reset, there’s just one pusher at 2 o’clock. The watch is powered by the modified BE-51AE movement (Sellita SW510 MP), with a chronometer certification; it ticks at 28,800vph and promises a power reserve of 56 hours when fully wound.
The Bremont Vulcan Limited Edition chronograph is offered on an RAF blue sailcloth strap closed with a steel pin buckle, with an additional camo sailcloth strap. The watch is sold with silver cufflinks made from aluminium from the original airframe of Avro Vulcan XH558 Spirit of Great Britain, the last Vulcan aircraft to retire from military service. The Bremont Vulcan is released as a limited 250 pieces edition, and the watch will set you back GBP 4,295 (or about EUR 5,040). For more information, please visit www.bremont.com.
No reported case thickness makes me instantly assume this is a chunky 15mm+ thickness watch. We’re on to you Bremont!