This Bremont Martin-Baker MBII was made in collaboration with British Aviation company Martin-Baker who are interestingly responsible for supplying 70% of the world’s Air Forces with fighter ejection seat technology. Martin-Baker has saved over 7,600 lives. Martin-Baker approached Bremont in 2007 to create a watch that could withstand the very same torturous testing programme as their ejection seats. Two years later, the Bremont MBI was born. The limited edition Bremont MBI was solely for pilots who had ejected from an aircraft using a Martin-Baker seat. This rather select group includes US congressmen and senators, CEOs of leading FTSE and Dow companies, and the chiefs of six air forces around the world (the one exception is a major Hollywood star who tracked down and persuaded an ejectee to buy a watch on his behalf).
The 43mm brushed stainless steel round case uses the Bremont Trip-Tick construction system made up of 3 parts, a hardened steel bezel, a middle section made from Titanium or DLC treated middle barrel and finally a steel case back. A 50mm lug to lug length gives the watch real wrist presence. On the right side at 2 o’clock a screw-down crown to adjust the inner chapter ring and at 4 o’clock a screw-down crown for adjusting the time and date, both have deep knurling making gripping them even with gloves a satisfying experience. The brushed hardened bezel holds a flat sapphire crystal with AR coating applied to both sides, greatly reducing reflections. A black inner minute chapter ring rotates with the crown at 2 o'clock and has white markings. The black dial has thickly applied Super-LumiNova Arabic numerals, plongeur watch hands alongside a unique black sweeping seconds hand with an ejector seat pull release counterbalance. At 3 o’clock a framed day/date window. On the reverse, stainless steel screwed in case back with “Martin Baker Ejection Seat” emblem in the centre. Inside suspended between a rubber sandwich we have the movement. This combination of parts to the case acts as a faraday cage making it anti-magnetic and very shock absorbent. An Automatic Modified Calibre 11 ¼” BE-36AE Automatic, 25 Jewels, 28,800 beats per hour. Made up of Anachron balance spring, Nivaflex 1 mainspring with a moulded skeletonised rotor. Fitted on a 22mm black leather strap with a signed buckle. The watch was serviced by Bremont in 2018 where they replaced the case, the original is in the box.
Points of Mention
This watch is sold with its original Bremont box and Bremont paperwork, plus a spare Bremont strap. The watch comes paired on a black leather Bremont strap with a signed Bremont buckle. The watch is from March 2013 and is sold in worn condition, but overall this is in fantastic condition as you can see. The watch was serviced by Bremont in 2018 and comes with the paperwork and replaced parts from that service. The watch comes with our 12-Months NON-Waterproof Warranty.
Having sold multiple Bremont's and worked retail selling them I can comment on how overly engineered and well build they are, they offer a lot for the money in specs there is no question about that. The Martin Baker range is probably one of their most known and most popular families, you can see why when you see how great they look.