It is no secret that over the years Bremont has worked on a number of special-order projects at the request of various branches of the British Armed Forces. This work has culminated in what we see here, an agreement which sees Bremont given the license to use signs, symbols, and Heraldic Badges from all three branches of Britain’s Armed Forces – and they're the only luxury watchmaker with permission to do so.
To mark the launch of this new partnership, Bremont has launched the Armed Forces Collection, which includes three MoD-inspired references, all chronometer-rated, non-limited, and available only at Bremont boutiques. All three models features cases made in UK, which is particularly interesting, as it will be the first time Bremont has departed from its Trip-Tick style case, instead opting for a two-piece case construction. Bremont Co-Founder Giles English did mention to me a few weeks ago that "this new case will be limited to the MOD collection."*He went on to say, “it is difficult to think of a more significant recognition that has been received by Bremont in the 12 years since we sold our first watch.”*
While the collection clearly draws inspiration from the original "Dirty Dozen" watches, taking design cues from the original 1940s models, it is important to note that these three new watches have not been commissioned by the MoD for troops.*Rather, they're inspired by the MoD and are meant for civilian use. Here's a breakdown of the three models and what makes each unique.
The Broadsword

The first watch is the Broadsword, inspired by the Army. A no-nonsense three-hander with a distinctive "Dirty Dozen" vibe, the watch starts with a 40mm steel case. The dial side is utilitarian, with the date at three o'clock and sub-seconds at six. The new two-piece steel case houses the chronometer-rated BE-95-2AV movement and, in line with the original specification, the hands and markers have multiple layers of luminous paint applied to them.*You will notice that all three watches have HMAC on their dials, which stands for Her Majesty’s Armed Forces. It's hard not to see this guy being a cracking daily beater, especially on that green fabric strap.*
The Basics

Brand: Bremont*
Model: Broadsword*
Diameter: 40mm
Case Material: Two-piece MoD stainless steel case with satin and polished finishes
Dial Color: Black*
Indexes: Arabic numerals with C1 Super-LumiNova filled hands
Lume: Custom mint color Super-LumiNova
Water Resistance: 100 meters
Strap/Bracelet: Khaki green sailcloth strap
The Movement

Caliber: Modified caliber 11 1/2? BE-95-2AV
Functions: Hours, minutes, sub-seconds, date
Power Reserve: 38 hours
Winding: Automatic
Frequency: 4 Hz (28,800 vph)
Jewels: 31
Chronometer Certified: Chronometer rated to ISO 3159 standard
Pricing & Availability

Price: $3,445
Availability: Boutique Only
The Arrow

Next up is the Arrow, inspired by the Royal Air Force. This is a mono-pusher chronograph (a first for the brand), very much a military classic that never fails to get a great deal of love. The case is 42 mm, with the start/stop/reset pusher at two o’clock. The chrono hand has a red arrow tip designed to contrast against the black metal dial. The dial layout is as one would expect, with sub-dial at nine o’clock for running seconds and elapsed minutes shown on the three o’clock counter.*
The Basics

Brand: Bremont*
Model: Arrow
Diameter: 42mm
Case Material: Two-piece stainless steel case with satin and polished finishes
Dial Color: Black metal dial
Indexes: Arabic numerals with C1 Super-LumiNova filled hands
Lume: Custom mint color Super-LumiNova
Water Resistance: 100 meters
Strap/Bracelet: RAF blue sailcloth strap
The Movement

Caliber: Modified caliber 13 1/4? BE-51AE
Functions: Central hour, minute and seconds, date at 3H
Power Reserve: 48 hours
Winding: Automatic
Frequency: 4 Hz (28,800 bph)
Jewels: 27
Chronometer Certified: Chronometer rated to ISO 3159 standard
Additional Details: Glucydur balance, Anachron balance spring, Nivaflex 1 mainspring
Pricing & Availability

Price: $4,745
Availability: Boutique Only*
The Argonaut

And finally we have the Argonaut, inspired by the Royal Navy. This is my pick of the bunch. Inspired by Greek mythology, the name is inextricably linked with Naval history, having appeared on commissioned ships for nearly 250 years. The Argonaut is Bremont's take on a super-compressor dive watch with an internal rotating bezel operated by the crown at four o’clock. The case is 42mm, but the highlight here is the orange minute hand with custom green Super-LumiNova.*Aside from the larger MoD partnership, this is just a great looking watch.*
The Basics

Brand: Bremont*
Model: Argonaut
Diameter: 42mm
Case Material: Two-piece stainless steel case with polished and satin finishes
Dial Color: Black metal dial
Indexes: Arabic numerals with C1 Super-LumiNova filled hands
Lume: C1 Super-LumiNova
Water Resistance: 300 meters
Strap/Bracelet: Navy blue sailcloth strap*
The Movement

Caliber: Modified caliber 11 1/2? BE-92AV 25 jewels,
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds
Power Reserve: 42 hours
Winding: Automatic
Frequency: 4 Hz (28,800 vph)
Jewels: 25
Chronometer Certified: Chronometer rated to ISO 3159 standard
Additional Details: Glucydur balance, Anachron balance spring, Nivaflex 1 mainspring, Bremont molded and skeletonized rotor
Pricing & Availability

Price: $3,695
Availability: Boutique Only
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