Best of British
We meet the chaps at Bremont, and attempt to make a very tough watch
Posted: 28 Oct 2013
This no-nonsense regime led to Bremont being approached by Martin-Baker - the ejection seat manufacturer - to develop a watch that would survive the 20g force of being ejected from a moving plane. After months of testing and development (including the addition of a Faraday cage to avoid magnetisation of the movement, and the installation of an anti-shock case to protect it against extreme g-force when a pilot pulled the ejection lever), the Bremont MB series was released. There are two versions: the MBI, distinguished by its red housing and only available to pilots who have actually ejected, and the MBII, available to the public.
This brought the brand to the attention of the military, and led to a raft of unique, limited-edition pieces for squadrons and elite units around the world. "Some of them I can show you," says Nick, "and, erm... some of them I'd probably best not." He leads me upstairs to the watch-assembly area and shows us the collection. "There's the Apache ones, the ones we've done for the stealth bombers, the Chinook guys, the U-2 and then there's these guys," he says, pointing at a box marked Special Forces. Military specials have clearly become big business for Bremont, and it's easy to imagine commandos and pilots comparing watches on the deck of some mighty aircraft carrier.