Bremont B-52 Squadron Watch

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Bremont B-52 Squadron Watch

Post by rockmastermike » Fri Apr 18, 2014 8:49 am

Although not a LE, a squadron watch is a rare watch and exclusive to members of elite military squadrons around the world. The squadrons themselves determine who is eligible for one but I think it's usually pilots/aircrew making them even more exclusive within the squadron. The pilot's call sign is engraved on the back which adds to its mystique.

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The B-52 is built from the ALT1-Z pilot platform and borrows a few styling cues from the vaunted P-51 LE. With that foundation and the built in scarcity this should be an amazing watch. It is. And more than amazing, it is extraordinary.

Right off the bat, it is a visually striking watch, with deep black dial, contrasting white markings on the subdials and the internal timing bezel. The lower left crown operates the "roto-click" bezel with crisp and reassuring clicks as it rotates. And a little red added on critical parts such as the second hand, 24hr hand, chrono hand and triangle on the internal bezel.

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The combination of (just right) size and sharp grooves make the crowns easy to grip and use. The chrono pushers are smooth and operate confidently. Crowns and pushers are polished and provide a nice variation to the brushed finish of the upper case. Also the stitching in the strap perfectly matches the color of the numbers on the dial.

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Moving in closer to the dial, you see the concentric rings within the sundials, although found on many other watches, I love it. There are still enough watches out there that don't do this that I really appreciate the ones that do. I know Bremont is excited to be able to have London on their dials due to changes in the last few years

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Here are a couple of differentiators from the ALT1-Z. First note the 24hr ring is grey and muted...not the bright white of the timing bezel. (This is also a feature on the P-51) It is design detail that keeps the dial from being overpowering and from a functionality perspective, it's there when you need it and dissolves into the dial when you don't.

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Another difference, with the same intent and result, is the treatment of the 24hr hand. It is not chrome on the B-52, it is black to match the dial...again, a great design detail meant to be available when need and fade away when not in use. A tasteful (not oversized) red arrow at the tip is the only visible part.

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A borrow from the P-51 is the color of the numbers and hands....the B-52 is a vintage aircraft so it makes sense and is in beautiful harmony with the black dial. Also note the silver paint underneath the numbers. Pairs well with the polished hands on the dial and another detail that you notice when looking closer at the dial... subtle beauty.

The patina color and the polished hands are a perfect combination of vintage and modern working in concert.

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All printing on the dial is extremely sharp and again, not overwhelming, everything has it's place and looks magnificent up close and simply brilliant on the wrist.

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In the end I am fascinated with the squadron watch concept and absolutely love this B-52 version. I'm pretty sure I would do something regrettable should the opportunity arise to own another.

A quick video with text from the Bremont web site:

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Post by giosdad » Fri Apr 18, 2014 8:55 am

Outstanding review and pictures. Congratulations on seizing the opportunity to add this to your collection.
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Post by dukerules » Fri Apr 18, 2014 8:56 am

Such an awesome piece, and that is a great review.

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Post by matt.wu » Fri Apr 18, 2014 8:59 am

:clap: :headbang:

Nice, Mike.
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Post by rockmastermike » Fri Apr 18, 2014 9:08 am

Thanks, guys. I've owned many watches between Timex and JLC and all things considered this might be the nicest/coolest one.

Oh, yeah, I forgot to mention....I love the "wobble" it just fills me with joy it wobbles. I know, crazy, right!?!

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Post by homathetes » Fri Apr 18, 2014 9:09 am

Great breakdown! Very special

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Post by AntonioPD » Fri Apr 18, 2014 9:17 am

Excellent write-up Mike! Bremont really does it right in subtle ways, and you've highlighted that extremely well. Thanks!
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Post by zepp21 » Fri Apr 18, 2014 9:54 am

Awesome Mike! Just curious but what's the call sign on yours?

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Post by rockmastermike » Fri Apr 18, 2014 11:24 am

Thanks again to everyone, this was/is a great watch to review and spend time with

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Post by cdnwatchguy » Fri Apr 18, 2014 12:04 pm

That is fantastic.
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Post by tmw » Fri Apr 18, 2014 12:47 pm

Glad it's in your hands!
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Post by rockmastermike » Fri Apr 18, 2014 12:54 pm

Seems the background music I used on the video is causing it to be blocked.....I'll work on that

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Post by aikiman44 » Fri Apr 18, 2014 12:57 pm

That one bombs 'em into the Stone Age!
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Post by FlyPenFly » Fri Apr 18, 2014 1:09 pm

nice review!

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Post by rockmastermike » Fri Apr 18, 2014 1:32 pm

I removed the audio clip, hopefully that will unblock the video.
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rockmastermike wrote:I removed the audio clip, hopefully that will unblock the video.
Thanks
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Post by CGSshorty » Fri Apr 18, 2014 7:09 pm

Great pictures Mike.
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Post by toxicavenger » Fri Apr 18, 2014 7:20 pm

Awesome pics and great review Mike

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Post by BBK357 » Fri Apr 18, 2014 7:26 pm

Awesome review! Damn you one-upped mine! Lol.

I truly love this watch. I was pm'ing Todd to try and snatch it but it didn't work out. You enjoy it buddy, it's a keeper.
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Post by ericf4 » Sun Sep 28, 2014 11:59 am

Just reread this review and man RMM calls out details I never noticed in the days I've owned this. It's so hot its crazy. Great review RMM!!
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Post by AntonioPD » Sun Sep 28, 2014 4:58 pm

ericf4 wrote:i plotzed in my pants.....
You must need a new wardrobe now that you own this watch E. :lol:

You're right - outstanding write up. :thumbsup:

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Post by rockmastermike » Sun Sep 28, 2014 5:16 pm

Thanks, guys - enjoy it!

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Post by AntonioPD » Sun Sep 28, 2014 5:18 pm

Pat and I get to see the 52 on Wed, Mike. Can't wait!
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Post by SpaceCowboy » Mon Sep 29, 2014 6:18 am

Great review Mike! I totally missed this one.

Not a fan of Bremont yet, but this pulled me in that direction, that's for sure. :)

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