Bremont auctions collector’s edition Supermarines to raise money for WWII memorial

Bremont Supermarine HMS Olympus

Bremont is auctioning a Collector’s Edition Bremont Supermarine, created to commemorate the 75th anniversary of HMS Olympus, a Royal Navy submarine that was sunk by a mine off the coast of Malta in May 1942.

Proceeds from the auction, which runs from now until November 30, will be given to the HMS Olympus Memorial Fund.

Three watches are in the sale: S300/BL, S300/BK and S301, all with an HMS Olympus crest on the dial.  Current highest bids range from £1500 to £1750.

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The HMS Memorial Fund is supported by marine archaeologist and Bremont Ambassador Timmy Gambin, who in May took part in a special ceremony and unveiling of a monument to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the sinking of the sub.

Ninety men perished in what has been known as one of the worst naval disasters of the Second World War. Only nine of the vessel’s crew members survived after swimming seven miles back to shore in cold water.

The spot where the 283-foot-long submarine sank in the Mediterranean Sea was a mystery for 70 years and was only discovered in 2011 using side-scan sonar technology to survey the seabed. This was a project in which Mr Gambin was heavily involved as the archaeological director of the Aurora Trust, a team of expert divers.

“It was an extremely poignant and moving moment in the deep and silent Mediterranean Sea. Our Bremont timepieces were an integral part of our setup – ensuring that the dive teams worked within the strict time parameters necessary with such extreme diving”

 

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