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Bremont Supermarine S500 Watch Review

Bremont Supermarine S500 Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

Bremont, a British brand closely associated with aviation, has produced several chunky diver’s watches since 2010, including the 43mm Supermarine and 44mm S2000.  However, by 2018, the time had more than come for some new subaquatic offerings, and Bremont stepped up with a totally new 40mm watch series in the S300, as well as an updated 500m Supermarine they’re now simply calling the S500. Here, in a wrist time review in which I promise not to attempt to write with a British accent, I’ll share my experiences wearing the newly updated Bremont S500, both on land and beneath the mighty Great Lakes waves. Very well, off we go then, chaps.

Bremont Supermarine S500 Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

Boasting a stainless-steel case with Bremont’s signature “Trip-Tick” three-piece design, 500 meters of water resistance, and a screw-down crown in an uncommon 2 o’clock position, the original Supermarine collection was well received by the watch-buying public and rounded out Bremont’s largely flight-centered collection. In fact, the Supermarine was even adopted by Bremont fans in the British military, with special editions having been ordered by (not to be confused with issued to) none other than Royal Navy Clearance Divers.

Bremont Supermarine S500 Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

While a diving watch through and through, the Supermarine is named after the Supermarine S6B Schneider Trophy Seaplane, a British-made amphibious aircraft for those who absolutely can’t be bothered with a land-based runway, making the Bremont Supermarine a diving watch with a tip of the bowler to the aviation history felt so strongly through much of Bremont’s collection.

So, is the Supermarine simply a watch for Bremont fans to take snorkeling on vacation, or is it actually a functional professional diving watch deserving of its decidedly badass amphibious heritage? Luckily, for our readers, I just so happen to be a commercial diver, and I endeavored to put the Supermarine through its paces. But first, some background.

Bremont Supermarine S500 Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

Bremont Supermarine S500 Dial

Bremont’s SupermarineS500 differentiates itself from its predecessor with an updated dial. The case, crown, strap, bracelet, and other elements are exactly the same. This is more a case of Bremont refining their divers and diving watch aesthetic to create a cohesive line of ocean-going, aviation-inspired, watches to suit the watch buyer, who has likely changed since 2010.

The original Supermarine featured a sector dial, a day/date function, straightforward rectangular or circular hour markers to match the lollipop hour and sword minute hands, and a seconds hand not even featuring its own lume (but the ISO rating, gasp!). While the original featured a functional and distinctive design, for me, it was a little bit busy for what a diver’s watch dial should be, the prime function of which is legibility in the subsea environment.

Bremont Supermarine S500 Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

With the updated Supermarine S500, time-telling elements have been dialed back, so to speak, with similarly shaped hour markers as a base design, but with less going on overall compared to its predecessor. Gone are the mostly decorative sector dial design, day function, and the lollipop hour hand, replaced with an attractive pair of Super-LumiNova inlaid sword hands, a lumed and red-tipped seconds hand, and less obtrusive date-only window in their respective places. While there was never anything particularly wrong with the old design, the new version is one notch closer to true tool watch than the original, with more of an emphasis on actual time telling. It’s also interesting to note the other new divers from Bremont, the smaller S300 series, have a dial very similar to the Supermarine S500, tying the whole dive watch offering together.

Bremont Supermarine S500 Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

Lume is, frankly, excellent on the S500 dial, with Super-LumiNova in plentiful supply everywhere you might ever need it. The watch lights up like a torch and lasts all night, a fact I checked on a recent eight-week diving job that saw me working underwater and underground on overnight shifts. In that truly as-dark-as-dark-can-be environment, the S500 shined like a beacon for the length of my five hour bottom times and beyond, proving the watch to be a functional tool for deep, dark diving adventures.

Bremont Supermarine S500 Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

Trip-Tick Case

Bremont hasn’t changed anything in the case design. The Supermarine S500 still has the well-loved three-piece, 43mm design originally built for the Supermarine, with a center section Bremont calls the “barrel,” in DLC-coated black to contrast with the polished and brushed stainless-steel portions found elsewhere. Case finishing is perfect, as it should be for the price, with refined bevels and alternating use of polished and brushed finishes. However, thinking for a moment as a diver more than a watch nerd, I can’t but wonder whether a three-piece design might be less water-resistant than a more traditional case design. Indeed, there have even been one-piece watch cases in the annals of diving history, with Seiko’s titanium and ceramic tuna series being the most obvious example, the longevity of which speaks to their water-tightness in real use.

Bremont Supermarine S500 Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

A three-piece case construction (I’m sorry, Trip-Tick) on a diving watch seems a bit like asking for trouble. Typically, in diving, the fewer gaskets and seals a piece of equipment has, the less likely it is to leak, especially over time and after hard use. However, in this case, it’s fair to assume most S500 wearers will seldom take their watches diving, and I’m confident the design is as stout as need be in practical, daily use. And, for what it’s worth, the watch was absolutely worry-free for me when used for actual diving, and I was really trying to live up to Bremont’s “Tested Beyond Endurance” slogan.

Anti-magnetic considerations are also taken in the Supermarine S500, with a soft iron Faraday cage to protect the watch from magnetic fields common in the commercial diving environment, due to all the large equipment carrying heavy current. While you don’t always see this kind of anti-magnetic protection in divers, it’s a nice feature and lends security to the COSC-graded timekeeping ability of the movement ticking within.

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  • IanE

    Well, you have to hand it to Bremont, they really are the Masters …. of dull.

  • What fresh hell is this?

    This one doesn’t elicit any emotion at all

  • I like the first generation supermarines but they’ve gone downhill with every new iteration…plus you can get a Planet Ocean for this kind of money

  • SuperStrapper

    Nothing much to write home about here.the trip till case is nice but hard to notice unless you’re looking for it. Otherwise, as already mentioned, the look is fairly uninspired. Safe.
    The lume shot looks nice, but are the hour markers a different colour for application? They look wear compared to the other lumed elements, which really do light up nicely and show Luke was properly applied evenly and richly.

    • Berndt Norten

      Bright Hand Luke?!? (you made a funny typo, or, autocorrect did)

      • DanW94

        “What we’ve got here is a failure to illuminate”

        • FS1900

          Now that there was brilliant.

      • SuperStrapper

        George thinks they’re so cute and I’d feel bad robbing him the pleasure.

  • Hannibal

    Uninteresting, overpriced…this is one very dull and uninspired watch for the price of way more compelling watches from more established brands (Omega, Breitling…etc.). And I still can’t, figure out who actually is the target demographic of Bremont, they produce decent but pretty plain watches for ridiculous prices…thumbs down.

  • Raymond Wilkie

    NABBW.

    • PollyO

      Northern Adonis Belts Bastardly Welshman?

      • DanW94

        Notoriously Angry Bremont Bashing Wilke…

    • Timestandsstill

      National Association of Baby Boomer Women…… seriously?

    • Playboy Johnny – Team Mariu$

      I had a funny one for you…. but it was deleted : (
      They have to protect Brewmont.

    • Lurch

      Not Another “Bleep” Bremont Watch

      • Raymond Wilkie

        You got it! 🙂

  • Larry Holmack

    Yeah, I can just hear my wife…” That ugly watch cost how much???? And what the hell is a Bremont???”
    Sorry guys, this a plain Jane, sitting on a bar stool, in a night club full of Super Models, hoping to get noticed. It’s not happening….and neither is this watch.

    • Phil Ormsby

      Maybe not in your mind. I love mine and picked it over the other well used slags in the nightclub.

      • Larry Holmack

        Well … Everyone has their own likes and dislikes. An ugly, overpriced dive watch doesn’t do anything for me. Been there, done that… didn’t want the t-shirt.

        I prefer something with a little more style, but that’s just me.

        • Phil Ormsby

          And yet, no examples of what, in your mind, constitutes a supermodel. Just more ‘lets jump on the bandwagon’ and slag off a perfectly decent watch because it’s not your style. Got it.

  • Boris N. Natasha

    All too often dive watch reviews are done by those who’ve never made it into the water with the watch — some review a watch just through promotional pictures — so Benjamin, I appreciate the effort here, and that shot of your commercial dive helmet with the S500 strapped to it was just awesome!

  • The price of that Kirby Morgan helmet makes the watch look rather inexpensive……

  • Brian Hemphill

    I really dig this watch. I like the unique case and lug design, simple clean dial and perceived durability.

  • PR

    With all the build up on Page 1, did the watch even as much as touch water? No pictures of an actual dive? What was the point of this article exactly? Just to list features and specs and say it’s great?

  • Pete L

    Nice enough but not special enough for the money.

  • MeaCulpa

    I think a bunch of Seikos also are far more attractive and interesting but also cheaper. There’s also Sinn in the same price range and perhaps a Marathon for those wanting to be all butch. I honestly can se the appeal or who the intended buyer of this thing is.

  • egznyc

    And I thought I was the only weird guy who went to sleep wearing a watch. Turns out I like to know what time it is when I wake in the middle of the night, and it’s easier to fall back asleep if I don’t turn on any lights.

    • I always wear a watch to bed as well! I will stress out if I wake up and don’t know the time.

      • WINKS

        A bedside table clock doesn’t work for you?

        • Well, I first have to reach for my glasses in the dark before I can look at a table clock. Also, my bedside table is high so I can’t see it from my bed (even with glasses) — I would literally have to get out of bed to read the time.

          • WINKS

            Oh dear… why not get a projection alarm so the time is projected on the ceiling at the push of a button ? You can read the time without glasses or having to turn your head. Simples!

      • The cable box past the foot of the bed does the job for me. But only since I got my eyes lasered 20 years ago.

  • Marceau Ratard

    It’s a fine watch but as usual with Bremont your a paying quite a lot for what you get. Mido make a 600 meter diver that is the same size, COSC movement, 80-hour power reserve and costs under $2K. For similar money I’d get a new Seamaster 300M.

    I’m sure Bremont is doing fine as a company and they do produce some genuinely good looking watches, but it is hard to justify what you get for your money.

  • Gerard Maio

    I would think less of you as a person if you paid full price for this watch.

  • George Yang

    How could it be sapphire? It’s matte black…

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