Top 10 Hands-On With The Bremont Victory – An 18th Century Warship on Your Wrist (Video & Live Pics) Replica Buying Guide

While visiting Bremont’s new London boutique a few weeks ago, we were able to go hands-on with their Victory watch. More than just named after the famous warship, the Bremont Watches Opinion Replica Victory actually contains wood and metal from the ship itself, which, if you didn’t know, was Lord Nelson’s flagship. All in all, it’s a cool chronograph with serious historical nods. It’s also Bremont’s first truly complicated watch.

Picking up the Bremont Watches Paris Replica Victory, you might not immediately notice the historical bits of the watch. The dial is definitely vintage, nay, ANTIQUE inspired, though rather clean. The chronograph minutes and hours registers are at 12 and 6 o’clock respectively, and at 3 and 9 o’clock are retrograde indicators for the date and running seconds. The seconds retrograde only goes to 30, which is slightly odd – because you have no way of knowing whether you’re looking at the first 30 seconds, or the second, though it is very cool to watch in action. The case is 43mm in diameter and 17mm thick, which makes the Victory a pretty substantial piece on the wrist, though entirely wearable. You can see the dial in action here:

Turning the watch sideways though, you’ll see the name “Victory” along with some nautical designs engraved, letting the copper PVD inner case layer show though. This copper is from the HMS Victory, and was harvested during normal repairs. If you continue turning the watch over, you’ll see the ornate display case back. Behind the hand-etched sapphire is a ring of oak, again taken from the HMS Victory, along with a heavily decorated rotor.

That there is copper and oak on the Bremont Victory from over 250 years ago – the HMS Victory was laid down in 1759 – is pretty remarkable. Throw in the fact the Victory was Lord Nelson’s flagship during the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805, and you’ve got some pretty amazing history residing on your wrist. The ship is still in commission, with its own crew and captain, though it has been dry docked since 1922 in Portsmouth. The National Museum of the Royal Navy worked with Bremont on this piece, and a portion of the profits from each watch go back to the museum to help continue preservation work on the Victory.

40 pieces were made in 18k rose gold ($30,000) and 250 were made in steel ($18,500), though all of the rose have sold and only a handful of steel remain. If you’re interested, contact the folks at Bremont to see if they can track one down for you.

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Ever since first learning about horology, he’s garnered extensive knowledge within the area, and spends a lot of his time sharing his own opinions among other writers, collectors, and dealers. A connection to the RAF is not anything new for the British watchmaker, that has always associated itself with and taken design inspiration from aviation.The Bremont 1918 has a 30-minute chronograph, another hour hand for monitoring another time zone at a 12-hour format, an AM/PM index for the second time zone, along with the date. It’s powered with the caliber BE-16AE, which is a modified Valjoux 7750 and beats at 28,800bph with a 42-hour power reserve, and features a COSC certification. To be pedantic, we should mention that the strict definition of a GMT view means it displays the second time zone in 24-hour format — but using the AM/PM index, well… close enough. Like preceding Bremont limited variations, a great deal of effort was put towards the design of the rotor, which in this case seemingly has wood and metal veneer from 4 distinct airplanes in the WW1 and WW2 eras — a Bristol Blenheim, a Supermarine Spitfire, a Hawker Hurricane, and a 1917 SE5a.

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Gallery images and video courtesy of Alt1tude.com

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