In his classic novel The ideal Materials , Tom Wolfe writes that a telltale method of identifying a military test pilot back at the early days of the Cold War was looking at his wrist. “The wristwatches had about two thousand calibrations on these and dials for recording everything short of the sound of enemy guns. These brilliant wristwatches were practically fraternal insignia one of the pilots.”
Bremont does a lively business creating bespoke (dials, hands, rotors, etc.) variations of its watches for various global army regiments, squadrons, and special operations components. Maybe most famously was the original U-2 Squadron watch, which was a shameful DLC edition of Bremont’s well known MBII that, in addition to this rigorous ejection seat testing the firm does, was also verified to perform flawlessly at the extreme altitudes at which the U-2 spy plane flies. The opinion proved so fascinating to civilians that Bremont u2 51 jet venom replica watches produced a series of standard variants of it and it has become one of the most well-known watches. This spring, the business introduced a new edition, the U-2/51-Jet with some further tweaks that bring about some design cues from some other Bremonts, resulting in an attractive twist on an already handsome view. I had an opportunity to spend some time with the new U-2 last week through Bremont’s Townhouse event in nyc.
The guts of this U-2/51-Jet remain basically the same as the MBII upon which it relies and it’s an opinion that didn’t really need further technical refinement. Everybody knows that the Omega Speedmaster was profoundly analyzed for use by NASA, but the MBII can give it a run for the money for a glutton for punishment. The opinion was initially developed in collaboration with Martin-Baker, the British company that produces ejection seats for the vast majority of the world’s military jets. The watch was put through precisely the same battery of tests as the seats , from salt fog exposure and high/low temperature extremes, vibration and G-force evaluations, all the way up to a live ejection on the wrist of a crash test dummy. Moreover, the U-2 was also examined for proper operation at 80,000 feet within an unpressurized cockpit, along with its 100 meters of water resistance.
Along with its ability to endure such extreme testing, the MBII/U-2 is, like all Bremonts, a certified chronometer, with its movement tested by COSC in Switzerland, then supported by Bremont u2 51 jet replica watches review after it’s cased up in Henley-on-Thames. That movement, based on an ETA grade, is well decorated, constructed, and corrected by Bremont, and given the new moniker, BE-36AE. The auto-winding rotor is decorated to resemble the radial engine of a plane, now a Bremont signature. In the MBII along with the conventional U-2, this motion is concealed behind a solid caseback and iron movement cover for protection from magnetism, but at the new /51-Jet variant, it is visible through a somewhat trick smoked sapphire display crystal that makes it seem like the movement itself is DLC-treated.
The case of this U-2/51-Jet is your recognizable 43mm steel”Trip-Tick” three-part design that is unique to Bremont, with a upper section included of the bezel and strap horns, an anodized aluminum knurled”barrel” mid-section, and then the caseback secured with screws. Inside, the motion is held in place with a proprietary rubberized shock-absorbing ring. The Bremont u2 blue fake watches case is a versatile and attractive design that manages to straddle sporty and elegant equally and wears well for its dimensions. It’s also, of interest to those who deem it important, entirely produced in England on Bremont’s own machinery at Silverstone and then treated using a black Diamond-Like Coating.
Each one the traits described are common to the full MBII and, by extension, U-2 watch household. So the somewhat oddly-named U-2/51-Jet then, is really more of a design derivation of an existing watch, but despite its similarities, it’s a significant change. First off, the”51-Jet” name gives some hints. The”Jet” refers to the black case and barrel ending, which was derived from a military edition made at the request of the RAF’s 100 Squadron. “51” refers to this P-51 Limited Edition Bremont created a few years back that made use of a tinted luminescent paint that falls somewhere between ecru and café au lait. The colour was popular enough that Bremont supersonic limited edition clone watch has since used it again on a version of its ALT1-ZT chronograph. Set off against the black situation and minimalist dial of the U-2, it provides a warmth to that which might otherwise be a really crude watch.
Some people harbor a strong dislike of tinted lume, often referred to pejoratively as”faux-tina”. However, my perspective, as I’ve expressed before, is that it’s merely another colour on the palette that is accessible, and if it’s appealing on a vintage watch, why not on a contemporary one? There’s no planned illusion that this is a classic watch having decayed tritium about the dialup, but only a shade that is eye-pleasing into many.
Staying with the dialup, it’s considerably different from the other U-2 watches in the scope, all of which have oversize 6, 9 and 12, with hashes for another hours, and day and date window. The U2/51-Jet does away with the day display and uses the hash-and-Arabic dial out of its Solo watches. Together with the tinted lume, it provides an oddly nostalgic vibe to what’s a resolutely modern pilot’s watch, a vibe that’s finished off with all the heat-blued steel handson. There is also hardly any text on the dial–only the Bremont kingsman replica emblem above and also a small anti-shock symbol below the arbor for the hands. Furthering the minimalist fashion is the time consuming ring, which deletes the second hashes of another U-2s for simple Arabics at every 5-minute interval.
The U2/51-Jet comes mounted on one of the top black leather straps I have seen, which is absent of visible stitching, using a black DLC pin buckle. Bremont generally does a good job with straps and this is no exception. But personally, I would likely move the watch to some nylon or Cordura strap also, with all the softness of those creamy markers, I think that it would look surprisingly good on tan or olive drab.