The award winning British watch brand Bremont introduces their latest timepiece MBIII in association with Martin-Baker, the British aviation company which is responsible for supplying 70% of the world’s air-forces with fighter ejection seat technology.
In 2007, Martin-Baker approached Bremont to create a definitive aviation watch which could withstand the same rigorous testing programme as the ejector seats themselves. Two years later, the Bremont MB range (MBI & MBII) was born. The limited edition Bremont MBI was solely for pilots who had ejected from an aircraft using a Martin-Baker seat. This rather select group includes US congressmen and senators, CEOs of leading FTSE and Dow companies, and the chiefs of six air forces around the world. While the MBI is reserved for the few, the MBII is available to all and has become a Bremont best seller. Its unique case design, distinct coloured barrel, and ground-breaking technical features made it an instant favourite among aviators in the military and civilian worlds alike.
Now Bremont expands its Martin-Baker range with the eagerly anticipated MBIII model.The introduction of a new GMT movement able to simultaneously keep the time in two time zones takes this heritage one step further. Yet the MBIII very much retains the classic DNA that has made the MB a must-have for any serious collector. It has been put through the same intensive, extensive testing schedule that includes shock, vibration, temperature extremes, and salt-fog tests:
- ACDT – Aircraft Carrier Deck Test: Simulates the level of salt fog and humidity that an aircraft carrier deck would endure during a 6 month tour.
- AT – Altitude Test: The watch is taken up to 100,000 feet for 60 minutes before being rapidly brought down again.
- ETD – Extreme Temperature Endurance: The watch is held for one day in temperatures as low as -40° C, and then up to +40° C for a further 24 hours.
- Vibration: Shakes and vibrates the watch on the wrist of a test dummy to simulate a 30 year life of a helicopter.
- Ejection Tests: Live ejection launches put the watch under extreme g loads and forces.
Along with the Terra Nova this is the first time that Bremont has introduced a non-chronograph GMT movement into any of its watches and to further differentiate it from the MBII is introducing a bronze aluminium barrel as an option to the watch (in addition to anthracite and the iconic orange). The bronze was specifically inspired by a number of military watches Bremont has done in the past based on the anti-reflective coating used on their cockpit canopies.
As with the original MB watches, in terms of design the MBIII is very much inspired by the MB ejection seats themselves, featuring characteristics such as the knurled effect on the barrel matching components on the seat and the yellow and black loop at the end of the second hand which is a direct reference to the ejection pull handle.
Model: MB III
C.O.S.C chronometer tested and certified.
Modified calibre 13 1/4” BE-93-2AE automatic chronometer, 21 jewels, Glucydur balance, Anachron balance spring, Nivaflex 1 mainspring, 28,800 bph, 42-hour power reserve, Bremont moulded and skeletonised decorated rotor.
Hour/minute/second, date at 3H, 24H GMT hand.
Hardened stainless steel Trip-Tick® construction with case barrel in various colours
Inner soft iron anti-magnetic Faraday cage to protect movement
Protective patented anti-shock movement mount
Patented inner bi-directional Roto-Click® bezel operated by crown at 4H
Case diameter 43mm, lug width 22mm
Case Back: Stainless steel decorated case back with 6 stainless steel screws with polished heads
Crystal: Domed anti-reflective, scratch resistant sapphire crystal
Water resistant to 10 ATM, 100 metres
Black metal dial with SuperLumiNova® coated hands and numerals.
Embossed calf-skin leather strap with pin buckle and NATO military nylon strap