Announcement

Collapse
No announcement yet.

Bremont Codebreaker

Collapse
X
  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • Bremont Codebreaker

    In 2013 the Bremont watch company collaborated with Bletchley Park to launch the Codebreaker, a limited edition model based on a Bremont Flyback Chronograph. 240 examples were produced in stainless steel with about 1/3 of that number in red gold.

    For those not in the know, BP was the home of the Allied codebreaking effort during the Second World War. It incorporated immense talent and with unbelievable secrecy. Its work was only declassified in the 1990s and many of the thousands of individuals who worked there never told their story to their family or friends. The breaking of the Enigma codes used by the German and other Axis forces was key to the war effort and it has been estimated that the work completed at Bletchley Park shortened the war by up to 2 years and saved hundreds of thousands of lives. You may have heard of Alan Turing and he was a major contributor to the success of the work.

    To make this a really special watch, it incorporates a trio of items that are not available anywhere else ever.

    1. Hut 6 was where the codebreakers worked. Incorporated into the crown is a sliver of the pinewood floor of Hut 6.
    2. The forerunners of today's computers used at Bletchley Park were programmed by paper cards and GCHQ gave a limited number of these original cards to Bletchley Park for the museum. The serial number of the watch is shown by paper numbers from these cards being inset into the side of the case.
    3. The rotor incorporates metal from an Enigma machine.

    The rotor is specially engraved with an anagram of Bremont and Turing. A nice touch.

    If you look closely on the dial, there are two sub-dials. On the left there is the constant seconds hand, on the right is the 30 minute chrono. The interior of both these sub-dials is decorated with multiple sequences of 01010101010, a nod to the modern computer world.

    I had found out about these watches to late to order one when they first came out and they were sold out in short order. Fortunately, they are available on the second-hand market and after a fun afternoon involving a trip to the Bremont boutique in the Royal Exchange, the bank, Watches of Switzerland, Watchfinder and a champagne bar, the deal was done with a nice guy - if you are lurking Stephen, yes, this was you - and I walked away with a really nice bit of kit with massive historical and personal significance.

    A real keeper.

    Here is the Bremont webpage: https://www.bremont.com/watch/codebreaker/20091

    And finally a pic!



    Click image for larger version

Name:	
Views:	1
Size:	65.9 KB
ID:	262491







  • #2
    The souvenir packaging: a leather satchel, holder for the warranty card, COSC documents, manual, spare leather NATO, 2 pencils, zip pouch for the watch. Oh, and a Zippo lightrer - they all smoked in those days.

    Click image for larger version

Name:	
Views:	1
Size:	50.9 KB
ID:	262493

    Comment


    • #3
      While the satchel came in a nice soft bag, this also was contained in a cardboard box with an old map of the Bletchley area with the locations of all the wartime huts printed on the interior. Nice touch.


      Click image for larger version  Name:	 Views:	1 Size:	35.4 KB ID:	262495
      Last edited by bfltd0; 10th February 2018, 01:33 AM.

      Comment


      • #4
        The obligatory wrist shot in relatively low light.

        Click image for larger version

Name:	
Views:	1
Size:	80.1 KB
ID:	262497

        Comment


        • #5
          Then the light gets a bit lower...............

          Click image for larger version  Name:	 Views:	1 Size:	52.7 KB ID:	262499

          Comment


          • #6
            So I soup up the lume with a blast of iPhone torch and take another shot. Yes the lume works!

            Click image for larger version

Name:	
Views:	1
Size:	68.9 KB
ID:	262501

            Comment


            • #7
              Did I mention it has a quick set date and GMT hand too? Very versatile.

              Comment


              • #8
                As the watch had recently been serviced by Bremont, it came with a service pouch. Initially I took it to be a sunglasses case!

                Comment


                • #9
                  Note the resemblance!

                  Click image for larger version

Name:	
Views:	1
Size:	60.5 KB
ID:	262505

                  Comment


                  • #10
                    Sounds like an enigma to me....j/k

                    Comment


                    • #11
                      Just call me Mr Enigmatic........

                      Comment


                      • #12
                        And here's a pic of the engraved rotor.

                        Click image for larger version

Name:	
Views:	1
Size:	57.6 KB
ID:	262536

                        Comment


                        • #13
                          And the shaving of the pinewood floor of Hut 6:

                          Click image for larger version

Name:	
Views:	1
Size:	52.4 KB
ID:	262542

                          Comment


                          • #14
                            And the punch cards giving the serial number of the limited edition:​​​​​​​

                            Click image for larger version

Name:	
Views:	1
Size:	53.9 KB
ID:	262544

                            Comment


                            • #15
                              Good-looking watch, Michael, with very interesting LE details.
                              Nice pick-up!

                              Comment

                              Working...
                              X