Bremont Watches has announced a limited edition version of the MBII pilots watch for the British retailer The Watch Gallery. This new model, the MBII/TWG, sports a very handsome midnight blue case barrel (the standard MBII model offers either green, orange, or grey) and has been fitted with a sapphire display back that is similar to what is used on the new Bremont ALT1-WT World Timer.
The MBII was one of Bremont's break out models and effectively offered open availability of the MBI, which is only available to pilots who had actually ejected in a Martin-Baker aircraft ejection seat and is recognizable thanks to a bright red aluminum case barrel. From a watch perspective, the MBI and MBII are noteworthy due to their use of a proprietary anti-shock system which Bremont developed in a partnership with Martin-Baker to protect the BE-36AE movement from the extreme g-forces experienced by some pilots. I really like that the changes to the MBII/TWG are subtle enough to make the watch easily recognizable to a collector or fan but not change the overall style or spirit of the MBII design with additional logos or text.
This new MBII/TWG is limited to just 30 units which will sell directly through The Watch Gallery for £3450 (~$5400 USD). The MBII will always be one of Bremont's signature models thanks to its three piece hardened steel case, internal Roto-click bezel, and specialized anti-shock and anti-magnetic protection. The dark blue color used on the case barrel looks excellent with the brushed surfaces of the case and collectors will appreciate a view of the decorated movement and the added exclusivity of a 30 unit run.
Written by James Stacey