Last year we told you about the release of British watch maker Bremont’s inaugural dive watch, the Supermarine 500. Highly praised for combining the functionality required from a dive watch with the classic characteristics of a dress watch, the Supermarine 500 was a great success. To commemorate and follow up0 the first model’s outstanding performance, the company will be presenting the Limited Edition ‘Supermarine Descent’ at Basel World this year.
The Supermarine Descent retains all the classic style cues and practicality of its namesake, however, the case has been treated with a sleek black DLC coating which contrasts superbly with the generously applied green superluminvoa highlights. This actually looks and feels like a watch that a professional marine or commando would wear.
Like the original the Descent has been designed and built using Bremont’s unique Trip-Tick three piece case construction which gives it a water resistance depth of 500m or 1660ft whilst at the same allowing it to retain the classic curved profile of the 42mm case design, a design feature which received high-praise in the Supermarine 500.
Other than the aesthetic enhancements the Descent retains all the strong functional characteristics of its predecessor, including Bremont’s rigorously tested ‘anti-shock’ movement mount which has been designed to help protect the movement against large shocks. The movement is also housed inside an Anti-Magnetic faraday cage to protect the balance, balance spring and escapement from any effects of magnetization.
Limited to 407 pieces – the top speed achieved by George Stainforth in 1931 in the Supermarine S6B Schneider Trophy Seaplane from which the watch takes its name – the recommended retail price will be £3,195 (approximately US$5,000) and we daresay will be available for purchase from Jura Watches after its official release at Basel.
The Final Word
In reality this new limited edition from Bremont is simply a very minor modification of the original but it looks so cool that we just don’t care. More importantly though Bremont has not done what so many other brands do and created a limited edition model which looks similar to the original but cost three times as much. The limited edition Descent will only cost you £200 (US$315) more than the original, which we think is very reasonable for a high-quality DLC coating.
We were big fans of the original Supermarine 500 and believe that the new limited edition Descent will be just as successful.
Category: Basel World