By Jon Gaffney
on 8.20.10

Britain has a wealth of history. With the exception of being responsible for Greenwich Mean Time, most of that history has little to do with the watch world. Bremont, from our account, seems ready and poised to change that by bringing a British timepiece to the table and producing some awe-inspiring timepieces. GP got to spend some quality time (pun intended) with the Bremont MBII ($4,950) recently and long story short, I’ve been nothing but impressed.

The Bremont MBII is a collaborative watch between Bremont and Martin-Baker, the producer of every airplane ejection seat used by the British Military. The MBII is a derivative of the Bremont MBI, a watch that can only be purchased by people “lucky enough” to have ejected from a crippled plane. The MBII is built around a Swiss-assembled modified calibre 13 1/4″ BE-36AE, a movement with a laundry list of features including: 25 jewels, 28,800 bph, 38 hour power reserve, Anachron balance spring, Nivaflex 1 mainspring, hour/minute/second, date and day function. As such you needn’t worry about it keeping good time.

The MBII is a derivative of the Bremont MBI, a watch that can only be purchased by people “lucky enough” to have ejected from a crippled plane.

Clocking in with a 43mm case, I was a bit apprehensive of it wearing well on my 7 1/8″ wrist. The apprehension turned out to be quite unwarranted, as the MBII not only wore well, but felt closer to 41mm (a good thing). The internal rotating bezel worked flawlessly, and was a unique premium feature. Each twist of the knob was met with a satisfying thump as it clicked into place. The subtle aeronautical queues on the watch were a nice touch, propeller on the bezel knob, ejection seat handle on the second-hand, even a propeller paper weight was included with the watch.

All said the Bremont MBII is an excellent contemporary tool watch from a company dedicated to challenging paradigms. Be sure to keep them on your radar.

Author’s Note: The one nitpick about the MBII is the strap. For a timepiece of this caliber, it feels out of place. Perhaps the criticism is harsh considering the fact that it’s a velcro strap, but it still seems, a bit off. Perhaps a call to GasGasBones is in order.

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