Hands-on with the Bremont Supermarine Jet Series

Bremont’s ‘Jet’ colour palette has appeared on some of the brand’s most iconic models, from the utilitarian U2 to the aviation-inspired ALT-1, taking inspiration from high-risk military night operations and offering an anti-reflective black DLC treatment. As part of their 2022 Townhouse releases, the brand now extends the coating across two new Supermarine models, the Bremont Supermarine S502 Jet and the Bremont Supermarine Chrono Jet.

Unlike few luxury watch manufacturers, Bremont work with extreme adventurers and explorers to not only endorse their products but to properly test them. With the new Bremont Supermarine S502 Jet and the Bremont Supermarine Chrono Jet watches, the British watch manufacturer straps them to the wrists of two ex Special Forces Operators, Jason Fox and Aldo Kane. Since its launch in 2009, the Bremont Supermarine collection has been endorsed as one of their most durable and reliable designs. Each model has not only been extensively tested out in the field by both Jason and Aldo but also numerous elite military squadrons and top dive units around the world. Their hardiness is signed off by the engraving of a Supermarine Seaplane on the case back, a reference that also highlights their connection with both sea and air.

My time in the special forces was spent thriving in the dark. It offered us safety whilst enabling us to operate and succeed on missions in a covert way to surprise the enemy. When you operate at night you use night vision. It detaches you from reality and you’re transported to another world, you can see everything, but no one can see you. Technically your kit needs to work as hard as you do, particularly as night-time operations are frequently held over difficult terrain and in terrible conditions. Bremont is a brand I’ve worn for years, and the product never lets me down.” – Bremont Ambassador and ex Special Forces Operator, Jason Fox.

I regularly operate in extreme diving conditions and most recently undertook an underwater mission to collect ice samples for a scientific mission in the Arctic Circle, only 450 miles from the North Pole. The reliability of my kit is what keeps me alive, there is no quick escape when you’re diving in the pitch black under ice. I must trust everything that I wear and depend upon it for survival. My watch is often the only light I can see in an otherwise completely dark and very unforgiving environment.” – Former Royal Marines Commando, extreme, remote and hostile locations expert, Aldo Kane.

The Bremont Supermarine S502 Jet

Starting off with the technically simpler GMT piece, the Bremont Supermarine S502 Jet honours its namesake with a 43mm black DLC treated case engineered using the brand’s Trip-Tick case construction. The unidirectional bezel is also finished in the black DLC coating and a matching black ceramic insert with markers infilled with blue emission Superluminova. Just as much a pilot’s watch as a diving instrument, the Bremont Supermarine S502 Jet watch impresses with a 500 metre water resistant rating helped by an automatic helium escape valve, crown protector and a decorated screw down DLC treated case back.

The black colour palette of the Bremont Supermarine S502 Jet expands onto the metal dial which showcases a two-toned finish including a grained raised centre and a matte outer ring. On the circumference, the dial ensures easy legibility with nickel plated hands filled with Bremont’s vintage ’51’ lume, a burnt orange GMT hand and applied luminous indexes. Beneath domed sapphire crystal glass, there’s also a date window at 3 o’clock and a 24 hour scale. Powering each of these functions is the Calibre BE-93-2AV automatic winding movement, which like so many of Bremont’s watches these days is chronometer certified. The movement beats at 28,800vph and promises a power reserve of 42 hours.

Bremont Supermarine Chrono Jet

For the Bremont Supermarine Chrono Jet watch, you can expect much of the same functionality as the Supermarine Chrono duo released last year. The pair was arguably one of the most popular releases from last year’s Bremont Townhouse, unveiling the unique aviation-dive aesthetic with chronograph complication. For the Bremont Supermarine Chrono Jet, the 43mm stainless steel Trip-Trick case is finished with a black DLC coating and paired with a black etched ceramic bezel insert on a bidirectional rotating mechanism. The insert is decorated with a beige and white 24 hour scale and a red triangle marker to match with the GMT hand at the centre of the dial.

As always, legibility is a priority for the British watch manufacturer, but even more so on a watch designed to operate under the clock of darkness, and so as you’d expect the Bremont Supermarine Chrono Jet is well equipped with Superluminova hardware. This includes gold plated applied indexes, gold plated hour and minute hands and the red-tipped GMT hand. In contrast, the subsidiary dials and minutes track are finished in silver. Responsible for these functions is the COSC-certified Calibre BE-93-2AV with a 4Hz frequency and power reserve of 42 hours. The movement can be admired through the integrated flat crystal exhibition case back alongside the Bremont decorated oscillating rotor. Despite its see-through finish, the case back is still screw down and offers a decent water resistant rating of 200 metres.

If you’d like to learn more about the new Bremont Supermarine S502 and Bremont Supermarine Chrono Jet watches, head over to the Jura Watches website here. Alternatively, get in touch with the team at help@jurawatches.co.uk or call us on 01335 453453.