The Supermarine collection is British watchmaker Bremonts dive watch line. Bremont is an aviator watch brand so there is always an aviation connection with their watches. In this case the ‘Supermarine’ was a water based plane – the s6 and built by the aviation company that eventually created the legendary Spitfire. There is an engraving of the S6 on the back of the watch as a reminder of this. The first Supermarine 500 had a similar type of engraving however that was a view from the front of the plane and the 2000 presents it from the side. So compared to the 500 model where does the 2000 model differ?
Bremont Supermarine S2000 – The Case
Probably the most noticeable change compared the 500 model is its increase in size to an imposing 45mm diameter, although the case shape remains the same as the 500. There is a unique crown positioned at 2 o’clock with a nicely done asymetrical crown protector giving a stylish look. The Bremont Supermarine S2000 bezel has SuperLumiNova coated numerals and has the addition of a red arrow, it retains the attractive sapphire crystal ring from the S500 to give greater scratch resistance.
And of course as previously mentioned more water resistance. Bremont are known for the robustness of their watches, their motto being “tested beyond endurance” and the Bremont Supermarine S2000 is an arguably more durable model than the Supermarine 500 due to the increased engineering required for its improved depth rating of 2000m. Although the extra 1500m is really superfluous to requirements, since 500m depth is perfectly adequate for serious deep water diving, but by creating a 2000m version it gave the watchmaker an opportunity of pushing the endurance of the model further. Having a 2000m rating does of course give the owner more bragging rights and it also positions the watch more competitively on paper compared to other dive watches that are in direct competition from the likes of IWC and Omega and as a result could increase sales.
Besides the impressive water resistance that the Bremont Supermarine S2000’s patented Trip-Tick steel case ensures, it also comes with Bremonts typical array of movement protection attributes including its patented anti-shock case mount that was developed in collaboration with Martin Baker, who make 70% of the worlds ejector seats for fighter planes. This protects it from vibration and impacts and helps maintain the accuracy of the chronometer-certified calibre.
Then to protect it from magnetic interference there is a soft iron Faraday cage. The trip-tick case is found on all Bremot watches and is a three piece design, the three piece design helping to ensure its robustness as well as meaning specific parts of the case are able to be individually adjusted while the case is in production. The steel that is used in the case is of a special type and worth mentioning, its been treated in Britain in a similar way to that of jet turbine blades which means it carries a hardness rating of 2000 vickers which is about the same as sapphire crystal and about nine times harder than regular stainless steel. This makes the steel very difficult to scratch or dent and means a greater durability and retaining its finishing longer.
Bremont Supermarine S2000 – Dial
Here there are some style differences compared to the 500 model, the 2000 uses a blue lume compared to the 500’s green. The blue lume actually makes the dial more legible since the blue has a brighter white appearance to it in daylight whereas the green has a more muted light green shade. There is now “London” placed at the bottom of the dial replacing the “Swiss Made” on the 500 model. This small detail could signify larger things for the brand and its intent for its image. Does this mean that although it still uses Swiss movements currently it may someday create them in house? We can only speculate.
The crystal features an impressive nine layers of anti-reflective coating on each side to achieve a very clear, distortion free view of the dial from most angles. The dial colour scheme is mostly monochromatic but with a few accents of red for the depth rating and on the second had tip and also for the zero marker on the bezel. It has applied markers with chrome borders to help catch the light and aid readability.
Bremont Supermarine S2000 – Movement
Inside this tough exterior is the (COSC certified) chronometer grade Caliber BE-36AE (ETA 2836). This is a self-winding movement that Bremont have decorated and also skeletised the rotor of. Its a 25 jewel movement that has a power reserve of 38 hours.
Bremont Supermarine S2000 – Conclusion and Price
The Bremont Supermarine S2000 has a lot of qualities, its extremely rugged in construction as well as being attracively designed. Compared to other dive watches it is also very well priced, the quality of materials equalling or exceeding the competition. Most dive watches at this price point for example will use 316L steel in their construction which isnt nearly as durable as the specially hardened steel used in the S2000.
The Bremont Supermarine S2000 comes on Bremont’s excellent thick integrated rubber strap as well as a steel bracelet. The retail price is $5,810. Below you’ll find a nice video review by Banks Lyon