Brand Exclusive: Bremont Revisits an Old Classic – NEW Diving Models Added to S500 Line
The first diving watch Bremont ever produced was the 43mm Supermarine 500 which was introduced back in 2009. Co-Founders Nick and Giles English had wanted to build a robust but beautifully engineered diving watch that was very practical in design, but also tied into the brand’s strong aviation heritage. The watch had to also hold its own against any other mechanical professional diving watch in terms of engineering, design and price point. The range was named as a tribute to the brothers’ love of the iconic British aircraft manufacturer responsible for the
Supermarine S6B Schneider Trophy Seaplane and of course the incredible Supermarine Spitfire.
One new entrant to the range is the Supermarine S501 which has drawn direct inspiration from the S301 released in 2017. The more vintage feel was a big differentiator within this series and has proved incredibly popular since its launch. Translating some of those design cues into the slightly bigger size was a natural development. Once again, the black dial is accented by coloured applied indexes which use the company’s iconic ‘P-51’ Super-LumiNova®, the new look unidirectional ceramic rotating bezel has also been carried on along with the band of copper around the crown to set off the indexes.
A knurled effect on the dial has been incorporated for the first time, an effect also seen on the middle barrel of the MB range, which adds certain depth to the face of the watch. Bremont has used an exhibition case back with this model, another first for the Supermarine range, enabling the beautifully finished and decorated movement to be showcased. Much of the development for the thicker crystal case back came from a military project, something that was critical to ensure the watch could still reach depths of 500m.
Additionally, Bremont is releasing two new variants of the S500, the S500/BL and the S500/BK. Both models are an evolution of the original S500 line-up. Whilst the S500/BL no longer has a solid 20 minute marker on its sapphire bezel, the day date window has been kept from the original design. The blue dial has been updated to match the same pantone as the S300 Blue and the applied indexes are filled with C3 lume. The S500/BK draws on some of the design elements from the more technical S2000 model, its black dial is framed by a new unidirectional ceramic
bezel insert. Still very much aviation inspired, the closed case backs of both models feature an engraving of the Supermarine Seaplane, something that has become somewhat of a trademark of this range, and subtly highlighting the connection between sea and air.
Nick English, Bremont Co-Founder; “Having introduced, and seen such a positive response to the new S300 range last year we felt it was time to revisit our original diver’s watch. We have always believed this line to be a huge amount of watch for the price point with the innovative ‘anti-shock’ technology it houses, which can also be found in the MB range, from the movement suspension mount to the anti-magnetic faraday cage in the models with closed case backs.
The Supermarine has become a bit of an explorers watch of choice due to the watch being immensely durable. We have elite military forces both in the UK and US wearing the Supermarine line, and some inspirational ex-military like the Row2Recovery duo who have just smashed the world record for the fastest row across the Atlantic. We’re incredibly proud to have created a product which military and dive professionals alike can rely on.”
Inspired by Bremont’s core principles, these specialised 43mm dive watches are all built to chronometer specification and are certified to 500m. Over-engineered in all respects, the design of the Supermarine has been built using Bremont’s unique Trip-Tick® three-piece case construction and features the distinctive off-set crown with crown protector on the side of the inner barrel.