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Bremont Endurance Limited Edition Watch

Bremont Endurance Limited Edition Watch Watch Releases

Back in 2014, English explorer Ben Saunders set out to complete the longest human-powered polar journey in history, with a Bremont prototype Terra Nova GMT on his wrist. After Saunders completed the expedition from Ross Island to the South Pole (and back), Bremont made the watch commercially available and it eventually proved to be one of their most successful limited edition models. This year Bremont is releasing a natural follow-up to the Terra Nova with the Bremont Endurance Limited Edition. Named after the barquentine lost during Sir Ernest Shackleton's ill-fated Trans-Antarctic expedition in 1914, the watch is meant to mark Saunders' 2017 west-to-east traverse from Berkner Island to the Ross Ice Shelf via the South Pole and the Shackleton Glacier. Even without the intended ties to the romanticism and glory of polar exploration, the watch manages to combine an appealing set of useful functions and features with real-world practicality and style.

Bremont Endurance Limited Edition Watch Watch Releases

At its core, the Bremont Endurance Limited Edition stems from the Supermarine 500 series of dive watches – but with a few distinct features. Like the Terra Nova before it, the watch features an all-titanium 43mm case with 500m of water resistance. A bidirectional compass bezel replaces the usual dive bezel and a 24-hour GMT hand is added for the sake of orientation during times of 24-hour daylight. These are essentially the hallmark features of the watch and while most wearers won't be chipping away at thick slabs of pack ice on the Weddell Sea, the Endurance Limited Edition would do just fine on a casual mountain hike or while traveling through different time zones. Other features include Bremont's anti-shock movement mount, an automatic helium release valve, sapphire exhibition caseback, and the protector for the crown at 2 o'clock.

Bremont Endurance Limited Edition Watch Watch Releases

Like most Bremont watches, legibility appears excellent with a prominent handset, domed sapphire crystal, and thick markers treated with Super-LumiNova. This, however, brings us to a small area of disappointment and that is the overall length and design of the 24-hour GMT hand. While the Terra Nova featured a full-length GMT hand with yellow accents that reached the 24-hour scale, the GMT hand on the Endurance Limited Edition has been shortened considerably and the brand has also incorporated a directional 'N' into the hand's construction. Whether this was done at the request of Ben Saunders for legibility or navigational purposes is uncertain, but it may be a design feature a few enthusiasts take issue with. Besides that, the dial is clear and well-detailed with the signature embossed globe motif at the center and a neatly integrated date window at 3 o'clock.

Bremont Endurance Limited Edition Watch Watch Releases

Powering the Bremont Endurance Limited Edition is what the brand refers to as the BE-93-2AE automatic. Also found in the Terra Nova and watches like the Bremont Oracle II, the movement is a modified ETA 2893 with a Glucydur balance, Anachron balance spring, and a Nivaflex 1 mainspring. Operating frequency is 28,800bph with a power reserve of 42 hours and COSC Chronometer-certification. This was a logical choice considering how much Bremont has gotten out of the movement and unlike the Terra Nova, it's entirely visible through the sapphire exhibition caseback, which is cool when you consider the nice decoration Bremont puts into the custom skeletonized rotor. It's also worth noting that the Bremont Endurance Limited Edition will come with either an orange NATO-style strap or a full titanium bracelet – Bremont will also include a rubber "Temple Island" strap with either option.

Bremont Endurance Limited Edition Watch Watch Releases

I'll admit that I've lost hours upon hours hunting the older Bremont Terra Nova, so I was excited to see Bremont produce another timepiece in collaboration with Ben Saunders. The watch is a change of pace and after that wave of new dive watches came in during 2017, I'm happy to see Bremont revisit an older, highly limited design. Like the Terra Nova, the Bremont Endurance will be limited to 300 pieces and is priced at $6,395

About the Author

Michael is a Seattle-based writer who first became interested in watches during his grade school years. He has a penchant for design, aviation, music, and anything sci-fi or gear related. When he’s not writing about watches or contributing to a number of other projects, he enjoys catching up on his favorite books, tinkering with guitars, and exploring the trails of Washington—with a watch on his wrist, of course.
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  • Tea Hound

    They just don’t give up do they?

    • JosephWelke

      Well, money.

  • PleaseSpellRoman4AsIV

    I like the original Terra Nova, and they managed to clean up the looks on this one slightly. Pity that I just bought my first dive watch, this would have been a serious contender. Still looking forward to checking it out in person on their townhouse event.

  • IanE

    Very strange GMT hand; if one didn’t know one would think it was a compass hand: stupid!

    • BNABOD

      Like T. rex hands

  • $6400 for a modified ETA? When Tudor releases their Black Bay GMT at Basel this year, they’re going to eat Bremont’s lunch.

    • You mean the meager crumpets they packed along?

  • barbarian1534

    How thick it is?

  • SuperStrapper

    I didn’t read the article: what is its endurance limited to?

  • R Ramki

    Double dipping on the Terranova I see. Some inspiration from Omega here, we will start seeing white side of the poles and grey side of the poles limited editions next

  • Playboy Johnny

    More garbage.

  • “Even without the intended ties to the romanticism and glory of polar exploration, the watch manages to combine an appealing set of useful functions and features with real-world practicality and style.”
    Thank God Bremont did not tap into the profound misery, despair and hardship of polar exploration. You know… the real part of it.

    • Kuroji

      You mean the cannibalism? The strap could be made of human flesh and the dial inked in blood, just like the Necronomicon Ex Mortis!

  • Marius

    The triplets from Brewmont seem to be inhabiting another galaxy, far, far away from The Milky Way.

    Aesthetically, this watch looks quite kitschy and cheap. The dial looks rather modestly-finished, especially if you look at the first picture which shows that the hands have a rather mediocre finish. Furthermore, Brewmont continues to present outsourced ETA movements as their own calibers. For instance, the movement of this watch, which actually is an ETA, has been designated as BE-93-2AE. I find that quite difficult to understand considering the notorious movement scandal that Brewmont was involved in. I’m also quite surprised that watch blogs tolerate this behaviour without openly criticizing Brewmont for this rather deceiving marketing strategy.

    Lastly, the $6,500 price has very little in common with today’s market realities. I’m struggling to understand who would pay $6,500 for an ETA-equipped steel watch produced by a no-name brand (apart from watch enthusiasts, I doubt that many have heard of this brand) when for around $7,800, one could buy the explorer’s watch par excellence, namely the Rolex Explorer II, featuring a much better fit & finish; a very capable in-house movement; a much more versatile design; as well as the excellent built quality that Rolex is known for.

    • That’s without mentioning that the Tudor Heritage Black Bay Chrono will also turn tight, little, cheaper circles around this Brewmont.

    • Tempvs Mortvvs

      Are you really surprised of all that? I mean, it’s all about the money for everyone involved and blogs such as this work for the industry in general and for some brands in particular. Who pays for their salaries, trips, infrastructure and resources? Not you or me or any reader. I just wish they were open about it and stopped pretending to give honest opinions and reviews with the readers’ interest in mind. A stupid wish, i know. And at least here they don’t delete every adverse comment…

      • Michael Peñate

        Thought the Terra Nova was awesome, felt like this one looked pretty cool, and then I wrote about it. My honest opinions are in the article and I think I’m pretty open about that.

      • Playboy Johnny

        They have in the past deleted comments un-flattering to Bremont.

    • Tea Hound

      You’d have to be a fucking idiot to buy this watch. End of.

      • Playboy Johnny

        Thank you!!

      • BNABOD

        Such refreshing clarity in the comment section is a nice change of pace

    • Kuroji

      I know I’m supposed to like the Rolex Explorer II, but I just can’t.

    • BNABOD

      Consider me puzzled 6500 clams. I meant what in the holly hell is this???!
      I could walk in an AD pay full price for a Tudor chrono , a breitling w B01 movement, a GS sbgm027, à GS hi beat gmt for less. Mind blown

  • Tea Hound

    Derivative, nasty, over-priced shit #4.

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  • Kuroji

    No back shot? WTF?

  • wolverbilly

    Awesome: an “automatic” He valve on a watch clearly not suited for any kind diving, much less the saturation kind. Everything about Bremont is a perfect reflection of where watchmaking is with the newer brands: all marketing (creating an imaginary heritage, no less) and no real thought to making a solid, well-engineered watch. They really are the anti-Rolex.

  • IG

    If the GMT hand isn’t set to the local time, you can’t use it for orientation by the Sun…

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