Bremont Armed Forces Collection

Bremont’s always had a pretty strong military association. Not only do they have their famous Martin Baker ejector seat models, but they’re arguably the watch of choice for military squadrons across the world. Seriously, the number of those pieces they’ve done is staggering. Now though it’s official: Bremont is now endorsed by Her Majesty’s Armed Forces – and the resulting collection is one of the watchmaker’s best.

The collection is split into three very different watches, each devoted to a specific wing of the armed forces, one each for the Army, the Navy and the Royal Air Force.

Bremont Broadsword

Bremont Broadsword

First up is the Army and the Bremont Broadsword, an updated take on the classic Dirty Dozen design created during WWII. There’s nothing superfluous here, just a rugged, practical and of course militaristic watch. It’s a vintage-feeling 40mm with a black dial and plenty of lume. It’s even finished on a seriously comfortable canvas strap. Most importantly though, is its construction.

Bremont Armed Forces Caseback

Bremont has, for the first time, changed their TripTick, three-part case construction for a simpler two-piece case. That should give some indication of where the Broadsword lands on their roster, namely the entry-level. That’s a very good entry-level too; the Broadsword is an accessible £2,595.

Bremont Argonaut

Bremont Argonaut

Next up is the Argonaut, essentially what you get if you combine the Dirty Dozen design with a professional diving watch. Rather than an exterior bezel which can be knocked, it instead has a rotating inner bezel, operated by a second crown at 4 o’clock. Again, the dial is black with plenty of lume for underwater readability and the 42mm case is water resistant to 300m – all in line with professional ISO standards.

It’s a different look for a professional diver and one that suits the armed forces inspiration nicely, especially with the flash of orange to differentiate the minute hand. The Argonaut is also almost as accessible as the Broadsword at £2,795.

Bremont Arrow

Bremont Arrow Chronograph

Finally, we have my favourite of the triptych of military timepieces, the Arrow, the RAF watch. I’m a huge fan of monopushers. They might not be as useful as chronographs you can stop and start, but it gives the whole watch a tool look. It also roots it more firmly in that WWII aesthetic. Otherwise, it’s simply a nicely-shaped 42mm chronograph with a pretty damn satisfying pusher and its BE-51AE chronometer-certified movement.

Bremont Armed Forces Collection

Price-wise it sits at the top of the pack at £3,795, not a surprise given the extra complication of a chronograph. I’d be more than happy to pay that extra.

Lovely a trio as these watches are, there’s more than just homage here. Bremont was officially selected by the MoD to produce watches for the armed forces and these are the result. They’re essentially Bremont’s first military watches that anyone can buy. Better yet, they’re just incredibly handsome timepieces.

Price & Specs:

      • Model Name: Bremont Broadsword
        Ref: HMAF-Broadsword-D
      • Dial/Case: 42mm diameter x 20mm lug width, satin and polished two-piece MoD stainless steel case
      • Movement: Calibre BE-95-2AV, automatic chronometer
        Functions: Central hour and minute, sub-seconds dial at 6H, date at 3H
        Water Resistance: 100m
        Frequency: 28,800 bph (4Hz)
      • Power Reserve: 38h
      • Price & Availability: £2,595
      • Model Name: Bremont Argonaut
        Ref: HMAF-Argonaut-D   
      • Dial/Case: 42mm diameter x 20mm lug width, stainless steel (hardened) case
      • Movement: Calibre BE-92AV, automatic chronometer
        Functions: Central hour, minute and seconds, date at 3H
        Water Resistance: 300m
        Frequency: 28,800 bph (4Hz)
      • Power Reserve: 42h
      • Price: £2,795
            • Model Name: Bremont Arrow Chronograph
              Ref: HMAF-Arrow-D
            • Dial/Case: 42mm diameter x 20mm lug width, white-gold case, diamonds
            • Movement: Calibre BE-51AE, automatic chronograph, COSC-certified
              Functions: Hour/minutes, small seconds counter at 9H, date at 6H, chronograph centre sweep seconds hand, 30 minutes counter at 3H, monopusher at 2H
              Water Resistance: 100m
              Frequency: 28,800 bph (4Hz)
            • Power Reserve: 48h
            • Price & Availability: £3,595

More details at Bremont’s website.