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Bremont Supermarine Waterman Limited Edition Watch Hands-On

Bremont Supermarine Waterman Limited Edition Watch Hands-On Hands-On

The first instructions during our breathing exercise with Mark Healey – a world renowned freediver, big-wave surfer, and ocean environmentalist – were “Breathe in and fill your butt with air.” The breathing exercises were a quick intro to some of Mark’s breathing techniques that he uses to prep himself for a free dive. Truth be told, it would most likely help me during the daily grind and work schedule to release some stress and to literally “take a breather.” And, while I wasn’t able to experience freediving in the warm California waters off Santa Monica Pier, I was able to get my hands on the new Bremont Supermarine Waterman during its quaint launch event at Shutters on the Beach.

Bremont Supermarine Waterman Limited Edition Watch Hands-On Hands-On

All images by John Kim

Bremont Supermarine Waterman Limited Edition Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Bremont’s new Limited Edition Waterman extends the lineup of their already well received and distinctly designed dive watches with a few updates and is limited to 300 pieces. The Waterman is released in collaboration with Mark Healey, and will have a percentage of its sales proceeds contributed towards Sustainable Coastline Hawaii; a local grassroots non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness about plastics in our oceans (about 8 million metric tons) through beach clean-ups, ocean plastic recycling, educational programs, and waste diversion services among other things.

Bremont Supermarine Waterman Limited Edition Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Bremont Supermarine Waterman Limited Edition Watch Hands-On Hands-On

The Waterman’s DNA comes from the S501 Supermarine, with its 43mm case diameter, 60-click unidirectional sapphire bezel, COSC-certified chronometer movement, anti-shock movement mount, and sapphire crystal caseback, all rated to 500m of water resistance. Where it differs is the BE-93-2AE automatic movement with a 42-hour power reserve, GMT complication (shared with the new Endurance and MBIII), inset white crosshatched dial, blue and white sapphire bezel, blue dial markers, blue rubber and kevlar straps, and a two-tone black-to-blue GMT hand. I’m guessing you’ve realized the water theme of this watch.

Bremont Supermarine Waterman Limited Edition Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Bremont Supermarine Waterman Limited Edition Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Aside from the movement, most of the changes are cosmetic, but in my opinion, drastically give it a differentiating characteristic from its Supermarine brethren. One of the subtle changes, whether intentional or not, was the blue and white bezel. The color combination wasn’t what piqued my interest, but the fact that they used white for the first 20 minutes instead of blue. While this may have been purely design focused, I hear it could make sense from a diver’s perspective because, if you’re diving deep and long enough, requiring you to go through decompression, the white markers would be very visible versus the aesthetic trend of coloring the first 20 minutes red or yellow, or some other bright color. Reason being, most colors will eventually look blue-green based on diving depth. Having the first 20 minutes “colored” white would give it a high contrast from the deep blue, making it more legible for decompression.

Bremont Supermarine Waterman Limited Edition Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Bremont Supermarine Waterman Limited Edition Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Here’s a fun fact: freedivers rarely need decompression or get “the bends” because they take one deep breath to dive, and the time spent at deep depths are seconds compared to hours and minutes when scuba diving.

The screw-down 2 o’clock crown and single sided crown guard are visually pleasing and the threading of the crown is smooth. A 43mm case is a daunting size for most and with someone having a smaller wrist, it could be a deal breaker. But after trying it on, I felt that the wearability was an acceptable fit and it didn’t feel as large as something like the 42mm Bell & Ross BR-03 models. That being said, this is not a “cuffable” watch, as it is a real tool watch, tall and chunky, which I personally like, but it could prove to be an issue when trying to pair it with a button-up suit ensemble.

Bremont Supermarine Waterman Limited Edition Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Bremont Supermarine Waterman Limited Edition Watch Hands-On Hands-On

The dial has a subtle texture and color that keeps you engaged and the blue colored markers along with the chapter ring and black hands give the watch high legibility points. The date at 3 o’clock is unobtrusive, crisp, and blends in well with the overall aesthetic of the watch. I’m personally a fan of date windows out of pure functionality, but dive watch die hards, may prefer a more sterile dial.

Bremont Supermarine Waterman Limited Edition Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Bremont Supermarine Waterman Limited Edition Watch Hands-On Hands-On

If you watch the Bremont Waterman video, you’ll hear Mark Healey say, “The Bremont Waterman is literally the only thing that stays on my body from down below the surface of the ocean all the way through the rest of my life.” Now, I don’t know if Mark wears his watch everyday and I know it’s a marketing/promotional video, but when I was inspecting his personal watch, with the Temple Island blue rubber strap, you could see a few nicks and scratches here and there, and I’d like to imagine they weren’t of the desk diving kind. One large patch of scuffing looked like he had scraped it up against some rough coral.

Bremont Supermarine Waterman Limited Edition Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Bremont Supermarine Waterman Limited Edition Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Having gotten to speak with Mark, Giles, and Nick, during the launch, it’s very apparent that the passion and fervor for the Bremont brand isn’t an act and is quite positively honest and I also like that some of the proceeds of this watch are going to a grassroots charity that personally holds a place in Mark’s heart, from his home in Hawaii. Bremont has continually had a way of including personal stories in their collections, and it makes it easy to want to be a part of this brand’s culture and history, so that you can also embed your own story into a timepiece.

The 300-piece Limited Edition Bremont Supermarine Waterman will be available August 1st at a price of $5,995. bremont.com

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  • Raymond Wilkie

    Let the haters begin….

    • wickets

      how could you not…..its a hideous looking watch that reminds one of a $50 seiko 5, Plus i bet in bright sunlight on the beach its barely legible

    • Kuroji

      Hatters gonna hat.

  • JosephWelke

    Do you know, I like this. It’s very legible and the Trip-Tick case is always interesting. This is too large, though, in breadth and depth, and at almost $6K US it’s too expensive for a mostly-ebauche movement. Call it $4K and you might have something.

  • SuperStrapper

    Delicate cross hatching in the inner dial is actually quite nice but might just be too subtle; you can only see it when you’re at macro range.

    Other than that the watch looks kinda cheesy. From a distance it has the appearance of a fashion watch in diver style.

    • John Kim

      The cross hatching is actually quite visible. Photographs don’t do the details justice without the use of dramatic lighting to give emphasis to shadows and contrast.

      And, I do understand how you could see the watch looking like a fashion watch from a distance.

  • Playboy Johnny – Team Mariu$

    Very simple looking watch. Too thick with an ugly case. I have no idea in the world, what makes the brothers think this watch with a pedestrian movement is worth 6k? I won’t even attempt to get some comparables past the moderators.
    A very restrained: “hell no”

  • Mr. Blandings

    Please forgive the ignorance, but could someone recommend a similar style strap as the textured version that is on this watch?

  • BNABOD

    I am right there w JosephWelke , too big too expensive …got to handle them at Heathrow Terminal 5 recently and was left unimpressed all around. Considering what you can get w other brands in that price range this is a mega hard pass

  • PR

    i would think using the new Supermarine models for a LE would be a better move rather than the 500 especially since the Terranova sequel came out as well, LEs with this case design are getting a bit repetitive. I want some new designs from these guys like the Mach 1, enough with rehashing.

    Price wise for those complaining just don’t buy these for retail , either find them used or look for an AD that will work with you and they are really quite well made and feel very good to wear.

  • Jon Heinz

    I’ll cop to liking the aesthetic on this one. It’s quite Hawaii but also quite Florida too, which is where I live. I’m also fond of Hawaii and it’s been waaayy too long since I’ve been, but I digress. This would be cool to have plus a couple strap changes to switch it up a little, the only thing…yup, there are many other enticing options out there at this price point. You have to want one of these specifically I guess, or maybe you can afford to pick it up as an occasional change of pace. I can’t, LOL.

  • Roberto Guimaraes

    Should have been around 4-4.5k.

  • Pete L

    Not normally a fan of Bremont but I like this. Priced too steep for what it is but I really like the sector dial and the white/blue contrast bezel. Nice size albeit a little tall which is not a problem for a diver really and would make a great all round holiday watch.

  • LetoAtreides69

    Too thick but the cases on these are pretty awesome looking. I looked at a supermarine and quite liked it, but the price is just unreasonable. The AD was willing to move on the price, but I still didn’t feel comfortable paying through the nose for it. I get why people hate em, but they are making some pretty nice looking watches. This thing however isn’t great looking and too expensive.

    • Cases are indeed awesome – cliche, but one of those things that you’ve just gotta handle to appreciate.

  • Mr. Snrub

    Looks good, price sucks, cut, print, Bremont.

  • Rockymet

    “warm California waters off Santa Monica Pier”? JK must have written that in a warm cocktail lounge in Shutters, water is much too cold there for my sensitive butt.

    Decent looking Bremont though, the world really needed another medium quality dive watch.

    • John Kim

      Well, I guess “warm” is relative dependent on where you’re from and I’m originally from the Pacific Northwest. You must be from a very warm place.

  • Timestandsstill

    I’ll just say that they seem to have some very loyal and supportive dealers and from what I’ve heard the watches sell through well.

    Obviously they appeal to someone

  • Timestandsstill

    Call me whatever, but most brands that experience success and increased sales seem just as likely to raise their prices ?

  • Ulysses31

    In all the years i’ve been looking at Bremont watch reviews here, there may have been just one that gave me a slight twitch in the trouser department. This isn’t one of those. Just another ugly ungainly lump of a thing at a consumer-mocking price point.

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