Bremont is a British watch company founded in 2002 by two brothers, Nick and Giles English. They saw Bremont as very much a British company but knew they needed the experience of the Swiss to build credibility. They went on to set up a workshop in Bein, Switzerland where the brothers aimed to produce high quality watches with the finest mechanical movements.
The Bremont Codebreaker is an outstanding example of the level of quality the brand produces. The brand released the watch back at Baselworld this year. They worked with the Bletchley Park Trust to create this particular piece which is “a historically and mechanically important Limited Edition Watch.”
Bletchley Park played a major role in World Ward II where it became the site of the UK’s main decryption establishment, the Government Code and Cypher School, where ciphers and codes were decrypted, including the ciphers generated by the German Enigma and Lorenz machines.
General Dwight D. Eisenhower famously quoted “The intelligence… from you (Bletchley Park)… has been of priceless value. It has saved thousands of British and American lives and, in no small way, contributed to the speed with which the enemy was routed and eventually forced to surrender… (It was a) very decisive contribution to the Allied war effort.”
The Bremont Codebreaker incorporates historical artefacts from Bletchley Park with a percentage of the proceeds from its sale used towards the ongoing restoration of Bletchley Park.
The Codebreaker features a never seen before Flyback Chronograph GMT automatic movement with Incabloc shock protection and a 46 hour power reserve. A red arrow hand points to a 24-hour scale that sits outside the minutes track, inside of which are the Arabic hour numerals, two sub registers and a date at the 6 position. The rotor has been designed to replicate the drum of a Bombe machine incorporating parts of an original German Enigma rotor which is viewable through an open case back. A total of 240 stainless steel and 50 rose gold versions of the Codebreaker have been produced.
Images courtesy of The Watch Gallery