Peer through a loupe and you will also find blued screws and appealing perlage finishing on the plates and bridges.The instance — at 43 millimeters in diameter, it is big but not ostentatiously so — is constructed in Bremont’s now-famous ‘Trip-Tick” style, with a black PVD-coated case centre sandwiched between stainless steel bezel and the caseback, which in classical tool watch fashion is affixed to the situation middle by five screws. The design, including the curved lugs, make for both a comfortable wrist match in addition to a very appealing side perspective. The watch is stylish enough to wear with jeans and T-shirt but will even draw admiring glances peeking in the sharp cuff of a dress shirt. And needless to say, it gets the perfect color-coordinated attachment into a navy blue suit.With its military DNA and air-travel performance, the Bremont ALT1-WT earns a renowned spot in Bremont’s growing repertoire of complex watches, and I found it an ideal travel companion even though, during the weeks I spent with it, I just used the world-time index to inform myself at the workplace when it was too late to call Europe or too premature to call Los Angeles.
British watch brand Bremont, best known to the watch world for their aviation watches, has also produced dive watches since 2009. Starting with the Supermarine S500 – a 43mm, ceramic bezeled, crown-at-two-o’clock tool watch – Bremont have subsequently added to their diving range over the years, first with the larger 45mm S2000 in 2013 and more recently with the 40mm S300 collection last year. Now, Bremont have announced a redesign of the S500 range to include the new Bremont S500/BK and S500/BL. Here, we’ll focus on the brand new Bremont Supermarine S501, a combination of styling cues from the vintage-inspired S301 range with the 43mm case size and 500m water resistance of the S500.
Bremont’s S300 and S301 collection differentiated itself from its larger siblings with a more vintage look in a smaller 40mm package which quickly became popular. The new S501 makes use of those same vintage styling cues with its metal dial featuring applied hour markers and hands similar in style to the S300. Of course, this still being a diver’s watch, Super-LumiNova is used throughout, this time with a bit of a vintage tint, for easy yet old school nighttime viewing.
Also new on the S501 is the use of an exhibition caseback, making the Bremont modified rotor on the calibre BE-36AE automatic chronometer visible. The BE-36AE also features 25 jewels, a glucydur balance, an Anachron balance spring, a Nivaflex 1 mainspring, 28,800bph rate, and a 38-hour power reserve. Like other Bremont movements, the BE-36AE is COSC chronometer tested and certified. The BE-36AE is essentially a Bremont-modified Swiss ETA 2836 and is shared with the rest of the S500 series.
A knurled effect on the dial, copper band around the two o’clock crown, and a ceramic bezel also styled after the S301 are the other novel aspects of the S501. Other than these updates, the “Trip-Tick” three piece, 43mm wide by 16mm thick case, double anti-reflective sapphire crystal, and 22mm lug width remain the same from previous S500 models.
While not a groundbreaking redesign or a totally new watch, the S501 shows Bremont’s ability to adapt to the vintage obsessed market of the day. By combining the looks of the S301 with the more tech-forward tool watch approach and larger size from the S500 range, Bremont seems to have another winner. The new Bremont S501 will be available for $4,775 on either a vintage leather strap or stainless steel bracelet. bremont.com