Bremont ALT1-C Gold Watch Hands-On

Bremont ALT1-C Gold Watch Hands-On

Bremont ALT1 C Gold Watch Hands On   hands on

What do you get when you take the Bremont ALT1-C and HMS Victory watches and combine them together? Well the ALT1-C Gold (ALT1-C/RG) of course. Today we bring you a hands-on look at this British dress watch that is Bremont’s first ever non-limited gold timepiece. It has the face of a classic dress watch, but the soul of an aviator. Let’s take a look.

When Bremont as a brand debuted several years ago, one of their first models was the ALT1-C. On their website it is now called the “ALT1-C Classic.” Now that didn’t take very long to become “old.” Available in five colors, the ALT1-C is a staple bi-compax chronograph of the brand. You gotta love the available version in British racing green. Of course the ALT1-C is still in production as one of the brand’s successful models. But, Bremont has since debuted a range of other chronographs, as well as limited edition chronograph watches. One of them is the HMS Victory.

Bremont ALT1 C Gold Watch Hands On   hands on

Bremont ALT1 C Gold Watch Hands On   hands on

If you aren’t familiar with how Bremont releases products; there are two types. On the one hand there are standard, non-limited models such as the ALT1-C, Supermarine, and Solo. Then there are unique limited edition models that take a cue out of the Romain Jerome playbook by including materials from interesting vehicles. Examples were the limited edition P-51 Mustang, as well as the HMS Victory. That means a little bit of metal from a historic P-51 plane was used in the watch, as well as wood from the original HMS Victory ship.

The Victory (hands-on link above) was a beautiful looking chronograph with a new more classic feel to it compared to the more instrumental design of most other Bremont watches. It came in both steel and 18k rose gold, but was limited to 250 pieces each. We don’t even know if all the Victory pieces have been delivered to dealers, but Bremont has followed up with something that offers a very similar look with the ALT1-C Gold. However, this newer traditional looking dial will only be available in a gold case. No steel… for now.

8 comments
Panagiotis
Panagiotis

I figured out what's been bothering me. The dial does not match the case at all. When you go for rose gold, IMO you automatically forfeit any right to call the watch a tool. So you either go for class and a healthy dose of bling, or you stick to steel/white gold. 

Case in point, make the hour markers applied rose gold, and do the same with the logo and properller (a la breitling) and you've got a handsome watch right there without any major design changes! The dial is just too flat and uninteresting (not to be confused with unclutered which is a good thing)

If you want an idea of how i would picture it, check out the Stowa 1938 chrono with applied *everything* and imagine how good this watch would look like that...

Ulysses31
Ulysses31

A clean, simple dial.  Decent looking for a Bremont, but I don't think gold works very well with the monochrome dial.

hobycook
hobycook

I am on a quest to purge my collection of ETA 7750's.  At a certain point don't you start to wonder what you're really doing when you look at 6 watches, each of which cost orders of magnitude more money than the last, but all of which contain the same inexpensive (if utterly reliable) machine?  My new motto is "Say NO to ETA if you're paying more than $2k!"    

jmsherer21
jmsherer21

Beautiful watch!  This Bremont says class all over it. 


Ryan B
Ryan B

Bremont is slowly becoming one of my favorite companies. Love the simple dial design.

SuperStrapper
SuperStrapper

It is nice, even though I'm no fan of red or rose gold. I guess this watch has been busy on the review circuit, I'm quite distracted by all the scratches all over it - some angles it looks like it was dragged behind the jalopy on a bumpy cross-country tour.

Lesthepom
Lesthepom

How to make complicated simple normaly chronograph watches have dials that are rather cluttered looking but this one looks quite clean and simple I also like the propeller to underline the name

Are they going to make there own movement as a quality looking watch like this at this price would be more desirable with an in house movement I know they do a fair bit of work to it and that rotor looks good

Panagiotis
Panagiotis

@hobycook What in-house chrono options do you have (except the Japanese) in the 2k range? I can't think of any off the top of my head...

Or are you just mentioning 2k as a starting point for 3 handers?