To mark the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, watchmaker Bremont has created a limited edition box set featuring two classically styled timepieces perfect for honouring the pilots of WWII. Each box set also includes a once in a lifetime opportunity to fly in an actual Spitfire fighter aircraft which was part of Britain’s air campaign during the 1940s. Only 80 Bremont Battle of Britain box sets are being released.
Each Bremont box set comprises a pair of watches inspired by the Spitfire and the Hurricane aircraft. The Bremont BOB Spitfire stands tall thanks to a dial design inspired by the Smiths clocks that can be found in the Spitfires that flew during the Battle of Britain. It operates the BE-54AE automatic chronometer movement within a 43mm case with hour, minute, seconds and date functions. Power reserve comes in at 42 hours, and the BOB Spitfire watch is water-resistant to 100 metres.
The closed case back features a beautifully stamped top profile of the Supermarine Spitfire aircraft, the most widely produced and strategically important British single-seat fighter of World War II. The strap is made from vintage black leather with off-white stitching.
The second watch is the Bremont BOB Hurricane inspired by the fighter plane of the same name which is capable of exceeding speeds of 300 miles per hour (428km/h) thanks to a 1,200 horsepower Rolls-Royce engine.
The Hurricane timepiece operates the BE-92AE automatic chronometer movement and is slimmer than the Spitfire watch with a 40mm stainless steel case and hour, minute, seconds, date and stop second functions. Power reserve comes in at 38 hours minimum, water resistance is 100 metres, and the strap is made from vintage brown leather with a stainless steel buckle.
Customers will be eligible for a flight in a Spitfire at Duxford in the UK, which is included in the purchase of the watch set. Bremont has arranged this with its partners, the Aircraft Restoration Company, offering each customer an unforgettable and commemorative experience. The box which these watches has a disc which can be engraved with the date of the flight.
“The Battle of Britain was such an iconic time in British history, and all of the airmen from both sides were superheroes of the day,” says Nick English, co-founder of Bremont.
“The fact that we have come up with a beautifully engineered set of timepieces commemorating the battle, and with it comes the unique opportunity to experience the adrenaline and history of flying in a wartime Spitfire, is a totally unique offering in the marketplace. It’s all rather special, really.”
The Battle of Britain was a major air campaign fought over southern England in the summer and autumn of 1940. After the evacuation of the British Expeditionary Force from Dunkirk and the Fall of France, Germany planned to gain air supremacy in preparation for an invasion of Great Britain. The pilots of RAF Fighter Command, flying iconic aircraft including the Hurricane and Spitfire, were supported by a vast network of ground crew during the battle. Ultimately, the Luftwaffe was defeated by Fighter Command, forcing Hitler to abandon his invasion plans.
The Bremont Battle of Britain box set is available now from the watchmaker’s official website. The box sets are going for $26,495 each.