Bremont U-2 Blue
It is seldom that a watch I have originally not favoured would ensnare me so emphatically, purely by employing a different coloured dial. The Bremont U-2 Blue is the exception.
This detailed review of the Bremont U-2 Blue includes live images, specification details and pricing.
Often, when writing a watch review, I try to find a theme. A germ of an idea that can provide an interesting narrative to accompany a critique of a timepiece is a strategy I follow to enhance reader enjoyment.
Bremont launched the U-2 model, back in 2010, with a black dial. It was named after the iconic Spy Plane. Adults of my generation may also think of the Irish rock band fronted by Bono and I must admit, I contemplated whether I could exploit the name of a song, or creatively use a lyric, to entertain readers. However, in the end, I find myself focussing on the original reason this watch became the subject of my interest.
Whilst some watches appear to fulfill a role, they don’t readily excite me. To be honest, the black dial U-2 never aroused any burning desire to put pen to paper. But, the Bremont U-2 Blue, a new variant launched earlier this year, elicited a very different reaction in me.
The handsome blue dial enticed me to pick up the phone and ask Bremont if I could borrow a watch for a few days and examine it more closely.
A few days later, a courier arrived and there, packaged in a black box, was a brown leather wallet containing the Bremont U-2 Blue.
The presentation of the product is excellent which lead to my heightened anticipation as I removed the watch from the delightfully fragrant leather wallet. The watch is stunning with its regal hue.
The Bremont U-2 Blue does not merely confer a different coloured dial but includes several modifications which further enhances its appeal.
The blue dial has a metallic lustre which shimmers attractively, interfacing with the prevailing light.
The SuperLumiNova hands and hour markings are readily legible. Unlike some images I have seen which appear to show them as being pure white, in reality they actually have a slightly creamy appearance, which is quite attractive.
A central seconds hand, featuring a red-outlined triangular tip, is slender in profile but eminently simple to interpret. The watch design grants a user-friendly display typical of the flying instruments familiar to pilots.
At 3 o’clock, two apertures sit side by side. The smaller of the two apertures, sitauated to the right, displays the date. The larger aperture reveals the day. At first, I wrongly assumed the loan watch provided was for the French speaking market, as the abbreviated days, were shown in French text. However, ingeniously, Bremont has fitted a day disc which features both English and French text, something the wearer will only know when setting the day.
A bi-directional inner rotational bezel completes the inventory of functions provided. This is adjusted by turning the knurled crown at 4 o’clock and features a delightful clicking action which Bremont refers to as, “Roto-Click®”. My fingers never tired of playing with the inner bezel as the tactility of the crown has a superb smile-inducing quality.
Measuring 43mm in diameter, the size of the Bremont U-2 Blue should have widespread appeal. It is comfortable to wear and pleasingly unobtrusive. In contrast, some watches do appear unduly heavy or cause irritating red marks on the arm. Thankfully, neither of these issues afflict the U2-Blue.
The case is made of hardened stainless steel and features the three-part case construction, Trip-Tick®, for which Bremont has become known for. In this instance, the caseband is blue and knurled. Colour and texture are brilliantly exploited by the British brand on this watch and impart a joy which should not wane with increased familiarity.
The aforementioned crown, located at 4 o’clock, adjusts the inner bezel and has a roundel adorning its vertical flank. A second crown, positioned at 2 o’clock, features the Bremont logo on its side and repeats the knurled motif of its neighbour. The latter crown adjusts the hands, day and date as well as winding the mainspring.
A further variation from the other members of the U-2 range is the exhibition caseback. Regular readers of ESCAPEMENT will know I am obsessed with seeing the inner workings of a timepiece and with this new model, Bremont has satisfied my wishes. The caseback is secured with six screws.
The modified calibre 13 1/4” BE-36AE automatic chronometer features 25 jewels, oscillates at 28,800 vph (4Hz) and has a power reserve of 38 hours. The accuracy of the watch is subject to independent testing by C.O.S.C.
Bremont has infused the movement with some noteworthy enhancements. The oscillating weight is partly open-worked, featuring a propeller-like motif, making reference to the brand’s strong links to aviation.
The movement is set within a patented anti-shock rubberised mount which absorbs shocks, protecting the components residing within the case.
It is seldom that a watch I have originally not favoured would ensnare me so emphatically, purely by employing a different coloured dial. However, in this instance, the dial, strap and caseband presented in a blue shade have had a most profound effect. Moreover, with the inclusion of an exhibition caseback, Bremont has produced a watch that I now find very appealing.
The specification of a watch is inextricably linked to price and, as such, with this watch retailing at £3595, I do feel Bremont has produced a very attractive product for the price point. It has a surfeit of qualities including its hardened case, towering tactility and handsome mien. There are many attributes to make it a worthy contender for Christmas.
Sadly, my time with the Bremont U-2 Blue came to an end and it has returned to its place of birth in Henley-on-Thames. I am left thinking if only it was for keeps….
- Model: Bremont U-2 Blue
- Ref: U-2/BL
- Case: Stainless steel; diameter 43.00mm; water resistant to 10 bar (100 metres); sapphire crystal to front and caseback.
- Functions: Hours; minutes; central seconds; day; date; inner rotational bezel.
- Movement: modified calibre 13 1/4” BE-36AE, self-winding movement; frequency 28,800 vph (4Hz), 25 jewels; power reserve 38 hours
- Strap: Blue calf-leather strap presented on a stainless steel pin buckle