RAF centenary year inspires Bremont’s 2018 pilot watch collections

Bremont Airco 2018 1

2018 is a big year for Bremont as its long term support for aviation, watchmaking and the armed forces come together in the centenary year of the Royal Air Force.

The British business has two key aviation-related updates in the form of 40mm models in the Airco range that first launched in 2017 and a stealthy looking U-2/51-JET added to the U-2 range.

Bremont has unveiled three  additions to the Airco family including the introduction of a Mach 3 model.

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The Airco, named after Aircraft Manufacturing Company Limited, one of the first British military aircraft manufacturers, is a classic pilot’s watch, and the Airco Mach 3 has been designed in the signature blue of the RAF.

Bremont co-founder, Giles English, suggests that the 2018 Airco has the potential to be the most commercial launch of the year.

“Nick [English] and I have always loved our blue dialed watches, which have proved rather popular within other ranges over the years. This particular pantone not only looks handsome on the dial but we love the subtle nod to 100 years of British military aviation which is at the heart of what inspired the Airco line. These timepieces are designed to be understated classics that can really stand the test of time,” he predicts.

Bremont has also updated Mach 1 and Mach 2 models in the Airco family with white dial versions in 40mm cases.


Bremont Airco Mach 2 with white dial.


The U-2/51-JET combines the brand’s trademark vintage ‘51’ lume, originally found on the Limited Edition P-51, together with heat treated steel blued hands.

As well as drawing inspiration from some of the past Bremont U-2 models, the U-2/51-JET adds a new dimension to the range taking fresh design cues from a military project commissioned by the RAF’s 100 Squadron to celebrate their centenary and complement their Hawk T1 Jet aircraft.


Bremont’s U-2 Jet 4.


The watch is designed to survive in the toughest aviation and military environments, and has been tested on missions flying at 80,000 feet for over 12 hour stints and at temperatures as low as -50 degrees.

It uses Bremont’s renowned antishock rubberised movement mount, designed to withstand the MB ejection seat programme.

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