This very rare Bremont Martin-Baker MB 1.5 (Not the limited edition of 20 for the forums!) is a very special staff only version presented by Andrew Baker himself. (Provenance included) Bremont made this 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 43 mm 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 50 mm 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 3 o’clock a screw-down crown for adjusting the time and date, both have deep knurling making gripping them even with gloves on 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 yellow markings. The black dial has thickly applied Super-LumiNova®️ Arabic numerals, plongeur watch hands alongside a unique yellow 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 1/2" BE-36AE Automatic, 25 Jewels, 28,800 beats per hour COSC certified to ISO 3159 standard. Made up of Anachron balance spring, Nivaflex 1 mainspring with a moulded skeletonised rotor. Fitted on a 22mm NATO.
Points of Mention
This watch is sold with what it is photographed within the second photo, there is a Brmeont service pouch, A/S cardboard box, a signed letter from Analog/Shift with a business card, a Martin Baker coin, and the service paper from Bremont. The watch comes paired on a khaki green NATO strap. The watch is from Circa. 2015, however, the watch is recently back from Bremont after a full service, this watch is in unworn condition since this. The watch comes with its service warranty from Bremont which lasts until 2022.
This will be a watch that appeals to the collector of Bremont and someone who maybe has an affiliation with Martin Baker, the provenance it comes with it what truly adds to the story here and the fact the watch bears the reference "MBSTAFF". It really is a bit of a mystery watch, what I know is what is stated in the letter, beyond that it really is down to what you think as Bremont and Martin Baker haven't been particularly open to sharing that information with us.
Movement : Automatic Modifed Calibre 11 1/2" BE-36AE Automatic
Age : 2011/2020
Specific Age : Circa. 2015
Case Size : 43mm
Case Thickness : 15mm
Lug to Lug : 50mm
Lugs : 22mm
Condition : Pre-Owned
Box & Papers : Service Pouch & Service Papers + Provenance Provided
Case Material : Stainless Steel
Service History : Bremont Service Warranty