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Deep Diving GMT: Bremont’s New Supermarine Waterman

If looks could kill, then Bremont’s brand new Supermarine Waterman would be spending the rest of its life behind bars. This 500m rated diver’s watch comes equipped with a super useful GMT function, and like its other super-deep diving brethren, we have a watch that can handle the very best and the very worst that life can throw at it.The Supermarine Waterman is made in a limited run of only 300-pieces and in collaboration with one of the world’s most renowned ocean-lovers, Mark Healey. As you can tell by these amazing pictures, he was instrumental in the Supermarine Waterman’s design and testing, and his experience in the world of deep oceans and insane atmospheric pressures has enable Bremont to create a highly impressive timepiece that’s well and truly capable of enduring the absolute rigors of deep-sea diving.One of the founders of Bremont, Nick English, stated emphatically the following: “We have a reputation for making incredibly tough and functional dive watches which are all tested intensively by the military and explorers alike, the Bremont Waterman is no exception. Not only is this new timepiece truly over-engineered which I love, but it has also been a real joy working with Mark. There is no one who respects the strength, beauty and fragility of the oceans more than him, he really is a waterman in every sense of the word. We are honoured to be working with an adventurer who is so driven by perfection, the ocean environment and who is totally uncompromising when it comes to his equipment. Mark has been testing the Bremont Waterman down to depths of 50m, whilst holding his breath for minutes at a time, and equally whilst riding the likes of Jaws, one of the biggest waves in the world.” It’s this passion that is so prominent in the Supermarine Waterman, and in a larger respect throughout Bremont’s extensive collection of chronometers.The Supermarine Waterman is a highly durable timepiece. Its satin and polished stainless-steel case sits at 43mm in diameter and features Bremont’s ingeniously designed lugs. The ergonomics of the lug design ensure comfort and wearability, regardless of your environment. And I’m speaking from experience here. The uni-directional bezel features Super-LumiNova and its colour differentiation between deep blue and clean white is very reminscrent of the colour contrast found in a crashing wave. The placement of the crown is in-line with that of the Supermarine 500m collection, and I love this small asymmetrical element.The metal dial features Super-LumiNova coated hands and applied round hour indices. The centre minute rail-track is a cool addition, as is the red-tipped lollipops seconds hand. The enlarged GMT hand is easy to distinguish, and the addition of the date indicator at 3 o’clock really enhances the Supermarine Waterman’s wearability factor. There are two strap options: one is a Blue Temple Island Rubber strap; and the second is a Blue Kevlar strap with red stitching. I much prefer the look of the Kevlar strap, especially with the red stitching as I think it complements the red highlights on the dial well, but in terms of comfort and use in the water, then the rubber strap would definitely be the one I’d use.Bremont have integrated the calibre BE-93-2AE into the Supermarine Waterman. This is a base ETA 2892-A2 automatic calibre that has been heavily modified by Bremont to comply with the strict terms of a COSC certified timepiece. The mechanism features a Glucydur balance, an Anachron balance spring, a Nivaflex 1 mainspring and a decorated rotor. Within the movement you’ll get just under 2-days’ worth of power, but you can of course expect more given the fact that you’d probably be wanting to wear this as your daily.A portion of all proceeds from the Supermarine Waterman will go to the Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii charity, which is a clean-water initiative. I really admire manufacturers that want to give back and contribute to bettering the world around them. We tend to get caught up in the bottom-line and ensuring our products bring about profit and success, and as such it’s such a wonderful thing to see a watchmaking manufacturer like Bremont actually want to give back. The Supermarine Waterman is a wonderful timepiece that combines some very subtle but still very attractive aesthetics with sound mechanics. It’s available in a limited run of only 300-pieces and will be priced at $7,450AUD.For more information click hereAnd for more of these amazing pictures click here.Ratings:Movement: 3/5Aesthetics: 4/5Wearability: 4/5Affordability: 3/5

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