Bremont has a long history of partnering with military organizations for special, limited-edition collections. The brand’s latest collaboration is their biggest yet — the UK-based firm is working with the Ministry of Defence to produce a series they’ve aptly dubbed the Armed Forces Collection. As the MoD’s official watch partner, Bremont will become the sole watch manufacturer allowed to officially use the signs and heraldry of the Royal Navy, British Army, and the Royal Air Force. It is, however, worth noting that these are not commissioned pieces, and what makes this partnership distinct from past military collaborations is that these watches are available to civilians.
Inspired by the legendary “Dirty Dozen” WWW timepieces, the new collection is built around three watches: Broadsword, Arrow, and Argonaut.
History snapshot: During World War II, the British imported Swiss wristwatches and issued them under the A.T.P. moniker (Army Trade Pattern); most of these were 29–33-millimeter chrome or steel-cased watches with white or silver dials, luminous pips or baton indices, running central or sub-seconds, and 15-jewel movements with snap or screw back cases. However, the MoD eventually decided that these watches, which were essentially civilian models with military dials and spec/issue numbers, weren’t cutting it in the field, and they drew up a specification for a new wristwatch designed to fit the particular needs of Her Majesty’s Government — an ideal military watch where, yes, form followed function.
The new spec resulted in the W.W.W., the acronym for Wrist, Watch, Waterproof, but the watches themselves have become known colloquially as “The Dirty Dozen,” both as a reference to the famous 1967 war film, and because the timepieces were produced by a total of 12 Swiss firms. Click here to learn more