Bremont Codebreaker Limited Edition Watch Review


Bremont has unveiled its limited edition Codebreaker, a watch that incorporates historical artefacts from Bletchley Park.

During World War II Bletchley Park became the Government Code and Cipher School, the UK's main decryption establishment, where ciphers and codes such as those generated by the German Enigma and Lorenz machines were decrypted. The work carried out in the Bletchley Park codebreaking factory is said to have shortened the war by at least two years.

The Bremont Codebreaker is available with a stainless steel case (limited to 240 pieces) or rose gold (limited to 50 pieces), with a diameter of 43 mm.

The rotor of the watch contains original material from the rotor of an original Enigma - a machine used to scramble messages into unintelligible cyphertext.

The case back replicates the drum of a Bombe machine, which was used to speed up the breaking of Enigma.

Five of the punch cards used to limited the number of Enigma wheel-settings have been incorporated into the barrel of the Codebreaker, displaying the serial number of the watch.

The crown incorporates original pieces of pine from the floor of Hut 6, where the decryption of Enigma messages from the German Army and Air Force took place.
The Codebreaker is powered by BE-83AR Flyback chronograph movement, with Incabloc shock protection and 46-hour power reserve. Functions include sweep hours, minuates, sweep Flyback chronograph seconds, 30-minute chronograph counter and 60-second hand counter, and GMT second time zone. The date is displayed at 6 o'clock.

The watch has a domed, anti-reflective and scratch resistant sapphire crystal, and comes with a leather strap. It has treated brass hands, and 'London' appears on the etched metal dial. The watch is water resistant to 100 metres.

A percentage of the proceeds from each watch will be donated to the ongoing restoration of Bletchley Park.
The stainless steel version is priced at £11,995, while the rose gold Codebreaker costs £21,950.
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