The collaboration was born out of a long-standing friendship between Bremont Co-Founders Nick and Giles English and George Bamford, as well as a mutual respect and admiration for each other’s craft.
The resulting Special Edition, limited to just 250 pieces, represents a distinct twist on Bremont’s signature Supermarine S500, combining Bamford’s passion for vibrant lume and DLC finish with Bremont’s tactical and notoriously robust diving range. The DLC finish is beautifully contrasted with the ‘California Blue’ Super-LumiNova® across the newly styled hands and indexes, befitting for its California dial, a design first for both Bremont and Bamford. The highly legible dial is enhanced by increased luminosity as a result of its ‘layered dial’ construction. Instead of a single plate, a layered dial is comprised of a solid disc of luminous material which is covered with a plate with index apertures to expose the lume as characters.
“I have known Nick and Giles for a while now and we became firm friends when I was moving into my Mayfair ‘Hive’ office 7 years ago and they were parking a very cool Jaguar in a car park opposite. I always said we should do something together and this project feels so right. Our signature black with a raised ceramic bezel and unique arrow hand, as well as the California dial, work so well on one of their iconic watches. I love the California dial and the integration of two styles. I feel it represents the blend of two British brands working together. Also using what feels like a military blue, it emulates the crossover and bringing together of Bamford Watch Department and Bremont.”George Bamford, Founder, Bamford Watch Department
The 43mm S500 was first introduced into Bremont’s collection in 2009 as the brand’s first mechanical dive watch. Designed to not only be incredibly tough but also beautifully engineered and entirely fit for purpose. The range was named as a tribute to the founders’ love of the iconic British aircraft manufacturer responsible for the Supermarine S6B Schneider Trophy Seaplane and of course the incredible Supermarine Spitfire. For this reason, an etching of the Supermarine Seaplane can be seen on the closed case back of the new Bremont S500 Bamford.
“The S500 Supermarine is an icon of our brand and it’s been hugely exciting collaborating with George to produce this special edition. Projects such as this provide so much design inspiration and it’s been an incredibly natural process with George sharing so many of the same interests, from aviation to automobiles and vintage military timepieces. We’re proud to be pioneering a British watch collaboration of this sort and we’re equally as proud of the result, a watch that sublimely fuses the Bremont and Bamford design aesthetic.”Nick English, Co-Founder, Bremont
BREMONT S500 BAMFORD SPECIAL EDITION
Modified Calibre 11 1/2’’ BE-36AE automatic chronometer
Anachron balance spring
28,800 bph (4Hz)
38-hour power reserve
Increased shock resistance from a modified automatic winding bridge.
DLC ‘Jet’ treated stainless steel Bremont Trip-Tick case construction with uni-directional bezel.
Ceramic bezel insert with polished raised markers.
Protective patented antishock movement mount.
Automatic helium escape valve and crown protector.
Case Diameter: 43mm. Case Length: 51mm
Case Depth: 16.5mm. Lug Width: 22mm
DLC ‘Jet’ treated stainless steel screw-in and decorated case back.
DIAL & HANDS
California dial with Super-LumiNova®.
Matte black hands filled with Super-LumiNova® (Blue emission).
Domed anti-reflective, scratch resistant sapphire crystal.
50 ATM, 500 metres
Black sailcloth with light blue side stitch with Jet treated pin buckle.
RATINGS & CERTIFICATION
Chronometer rated to ISO 3159 standard.
Limited to 250 pieces.