Bremont AIRCO Mach 1 and Mach 2 Watch Review
Friday - 28 July 2017
The release of Blockbuster hit, Dunkirk last week tells a miracle true story during WWII. With little hope of survival, the British troops were surrounded by the German enemy. Rescue ships were targeted by those flying the German Luftwaffe planes leaving little hope, until the mighty Supermarine Spitfire Mk1 arrived! Bremont’s relationship with military aviation is closely linked to the film with their Ambassador John Romain flying some of the planes featured in the movie.
As Director of the Aircraft Restoration Company at Duxford Airfield, he was responsible for providing an authentic account of the planes that saved the day. The Blenheim MKI is the only flying plane left in the world that he could provide and fly on screen.
Military aviation history is a core influence to the Bremont brothers with the AIRCO range inspired by the pilot’s watches of World War Two. Aviation at this time was crucial with the Spitfire and Dunkirk demonstrating it’s capabilities; a time where the production of pilot watches really accelerated. Advancements in aviation have been such an essential piece of operational equipment throughout the history of aviation for calculating speed, distance and fuel.
The AIRCO collection are named after the ‘Aircraft Manufacturing Company Limited’ - an apt title with the company being one of the first British military aircraft manufacturers. With a refined, vintage charm, the 40mm pilot watch is much smaller and slimmer than their predecessors. With two designs in the AIRCO range - the Mach 1 and the Mach 2 - the instruments are very much influenced by those worn in WWII. Both dials are slightly different yet the clear, concise and elegant feel is equally witnessed.
The AIRCO Mach 1 proudly presents a black dial with white numerals, a date dimply at 3 o’clock, syringe shaped hour and minute hands and a red second hand with an arrow head. The AIRCO Mach 2 is timeless with a grey watch face with silver indices, a date display at 6 o’clock, and sharp hands.
Both showcase the BE-92A automatic chronometer with the transparent case back and is protected by a hardened stainless steel Bremont Trip-Tick construction.