Bremont Codebreaker Limited Edition Watch Announced

Bremont Codebreaker Limited Edition Watch Announced

Bremont Codebreaker Limited Edition Watch Announced   watch releases

Bremont just announced its latest limited edition piece, the Codebreaker watch. Much like the EP-120, the P-51, and last year’s Victory, this new model follows Bremont’s pattern of creating limited edition watches that are connected to famous military icons and often incorporate materials sourced from specific historic examples. The Codebreaker commemorates Bletchley Park’s involvement in World War II military intelligence. Essentially the headquarters for British code breaking and decryption, Bletchley Park is responsible for unlocking the secrets of the German Enigma and Lorenz machines, which helped to greatly expedite the end of the war. Bremont is paying tribute to the successes of Bletchley Park by designing a watch that not only looks the part but also incorporates actual physical elements from Bletchley Park and the technologies they helped to develop (or crack). Additionally, Bremont will share some of the proceeds from the sale of the Codebreaker to help support continued plans for the restoration and preservation of Bletchley Park.

Bremont Codebreaker Limited Edition Watch Announced   watch releases

The Codebreaker is styled after 1940′s officer’s watches and in this aesthetic Bremont really shines. The Codebreaker is Bremont’s first flyback chronograph, offering a two register display and a 24 hour GMT hand with a matched scale on the rehaut. Powered by the fully decorated Bremont BE-83AR, the Codebreaker’s movement has 39 jewels and a power reserve of 46 hours. As a brand deeply invested in aviation and military connections, it is great that Bremont now has a flyback chronograph, allowing a single pusher press to stop, reset and start the chronograph.

Bremont Codebreaker Limited Edition Watch Announced   watch releases

Bremont Codebreaker Limited Edition Watch Announced   watch releases

The Codebreaker, like most Bremont watches, measures 43mm wide and can be had in hardened steel or rose gold. Exhibiting a charming mix of signature Bremont style and vintage military elements, the Codebreaker looks really good, with excellent legibility and a distinctive dial layout. The Codebreaker incorporates two small sub dials, placed low on the main dial, that offer running seconds and a 30 minute display for the chronograph. The GMT display uses a full sized hand with a red arrowhead pointer that references a simple 24 hour scale placed outside the railroad minute track on the outer edge of the dial. There is a date display at six and a balanced use of Arabic numerals to complete the military aesthetic.

Bremont Codebreaker Limited Edition Watch Announced   watch releases

14 comments
Fraser Petrick
Fraser Petrick

If Bremont wants to buy my silence they can courier me a gold Codebreaker and I won't reveal that Field Marshall Montgomery wore two badges on his beret because he was bipolar.

CG
CG

I'm disappointed... a proper reliquary should have bones and hair and teeth. And it's not even Parkerized!

Ryan B
Ryan B

I am so glad they didn't screw this up. All other watch companies need to take notes for they might learn a thing or two.

Ulysses31
Ulysses31

I generally think Bremont aren't very attractive and usually overpriced, but this one is gorgeous, especially the gold version.  Lots of interesting and distinctive touches that aren't obtrusive unlike so many of their timepieces that have at least one fugly flaw.  The restraint exercised here has paid off.  I wouldn't mind a watch themed purely on Turing himself, having a personal bias towards computer science; he gets far too little credit and deserves so much more since our country treated him like crap.

Panagiotis
Panagiotis

Love the gold one! I would have gone with a shorter hour hand though to make the two hands easier to differentiate...

DangerussArt
DangerussArt

Romain Jerome, are you listening?  This is how you do that whole "DNA" thing.

MarkCarson
MarkCarson

BTRUERMIONNGT =  BREMONT + TURING

Every other letter on the rotor forms these words (the brand and for Alan Turing)


I agree: "Even without the historical connections, the Codebreaker is a seriously cool watch"

Lqdbreakz
Lqdbreakz

I'm not a huge fan of Bremont, but I find this piece to be absolutely fantastic. I love when a brand decides to look outside the box to source materials that served an actual purpose for the theme they are portraying with a particular piece. Bremont didn't just slap "code breaker" on the dial and call it a limited or special edition. No, they sourced specific materials and implemented them into the watch. Bravo!

MarkCarson
MarkCarson

@CG Geez, you made me go look up what 'Parkerized' meant. Turns out it only can be done to steel (so the gold case is  out) and not to stainless steel either. So I'd say that 'omission' is acceptable on these watches. But no inclusion of hair, teeth and bones may still be valid complaints. But whose? Turing's?

CG
CG

@MarkCarson @CG  OK I'll agree to a point on Parkerizing: stainless can be anodized to look like Parkerizing but gold is a no no... but never saw an officer even with a gold watch! Generals have Rolexii and Omega. I think Patton was the only Gen to flaunt a gold watch... family money. But it irks me that all these "homage" military watches have no Parkerizing, OD or black crinkle epoxy finish not even a smidgen! Any self respecting retro military watch should have at least ONE "homage" to Uncle Sugar's Big Green Machine! As to hair/teeth/bones? Any will do... as long as it's not mine; like the comedian sez: "...Hey, I ain't dead yet."

CG
CG

Yeah it really is a superb looking watch, those were just a few pet peeves. Well let's see, in those days civilians wore fedoras and broadcloth suits Brit milspec was baby poop brown but they did have a great camo pattern.

MarkCarson
MarkCarson

@CG I year ya, but Bremont (being British) may not care as much about Uncle Sam's Big Green Machine as you do. So perhaps the question becomes, what is typically WWII British looking? Or what would the crypto-geeks and spooks of the day wear? Maybe a OD green canvass strap? I think the vintage brown leather strap in the first photo looks appropriate.

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