The Bremont S500 Bamford Special Edition collaboration was born out of a long-standing friendship between Bremont Co-Founders Nick and Giles English and George Bamford, as well as a mutual respect and admiration for each other’s craft.
This unique special edition timepiece represents a distinct twist on Bremont’s signature Supermarine S500, combining Bamford’s passion for vibrant lume and DLC finish with Bremont’s tactical and notoriously robust diving range, boasting water resistance of 50 ATM, 500 metres.
The DLC finish is beautifully contrasted with the California Blue Super-LumiNova® across the newly styled hands and indexes, befitting for its California dial, a design first for Bremont.
The highly legible dial is enhanced by increased luminosity as a result of its layered dial construction. Instead of a single plate, a layered dial is comprised of a solid disc of luminous material which is covered with a plate with index apertures to expose the lume as characters.
This layered design achieves incredible lume performance and adds a lovely visual depth to the dial. The extensive use of black DLC, uniquely accented with blue, marks this timepiece as an unmistakable Bamford collaboration.
The strap is of black sailcloth with light blue side stitch with Jet treated pin buckle. The Bremont S500 Bamford Special Edition is priced at AUD$6,600.
“Our signature black with raised ceramic bezel and unique arrow hand, as well as the California dial, work so well on one of their iconic watches,” said George Bamford, Bamford Watch Department.
Bremont’s mission has always been to play a part in bringing back watchmaking to British shores.
It is not completely unexpected to find that the world sets its time by Greenwich and not by Geneva.
Whilst Geneva and Switzerland may be producing the vast majority of luxury wristwatches today, this certainly wasn’t always the case. In 1800, half of the world’s watches, around 200,000 pieces a year, were produced on British shores by British watchmakers, which is an incredible statistic.
Another interesting statistic is that probably over 60 to 70 percent of the innovation in a modern-day mechanical watch has come from Britain, including every major escapement design.