Two high-flying watches to mark the Battle of Britain

Bremont’s Spitfire and Hurricane-inspired box set comes with a flight in an iconic fighter plane

The limited-edition set of the Bremont BOB Hurricane (left) and Bremont BOB Spitfire, £14,995
The limited-edition set of the Bremont BOB Hurricane (left) and Bremont BOB Spitfire, £14,995

When Flight Lieutenant William “Terry” Clark died aged 101 on the eve of this year’s VE day celebrations, Group Captain John Hemingway became the last surviving pilot – the last of Churchill’s 3,000 “few” – to have fought in the Battle of Britain. July marks 80 years since the beginning of the airborne conflict that decisively ended Hitler’s hopes of invading Britain, and as a tribute, British watchmaker Bremont has released a limited-edition box set of two watches that will come with a flight in a Spitfire (£14,995).

John Romain, owner of the Aircraft Restoration Company, in a Hawker Hurricane. Romain is working with Bremont to supply the flight in the Spitfire
John Romain, owner of the Aircraft Restoration Company, in a Hawker Hurricane. Romain is working with Bremont to supply the flight in the Spitfire
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The BOB Spitfire features a subdial at 12 o’clock bearing the words “Time of Trip”. It is based on the Smiths clock on the instrument panel in the Spitfire cockpit that would tell pilots how long they had been in the air. The BOB Hurricane takes its inspiration from the dials in the cockpit of the other great Battle of Britain plane, the Hawker Hurricane. With a case of hardened stainless steel, it is waterproof to 100m and has a vintage brown leather “bund” strap (a style of strap with an extra leather pad beneath the watch back, somewhat ironically first issued to German pilots during the second world war). 

The subdial on the Bremont BOB Spitfire
The subdial on the Bremont BOB Spitfire
A Spitfire cockpit: the Smiths clock on which the Bremont watch is based is on the far left of the instrument panel
A Spitfire cockpit: the Smiths clock on which the Bremont watch is based is on the far left of the instrument panel

Pilot watches are the core of Bremont’s collection, which is designed and assembled at its facility in Henley-on-Thames. The brand’s founders, Nick and Giles English, have a love of flying historic aircraft and of tinkering with clocks – both inherited from their RAF pilot father (who died in a crash while practising for an air display with Nick in 1995). 

Spitfires belonging to the Aircraft Restoration Company in flight
Spitfires belonging to the Aircraft Restoration Company in flight | Image: George Romain
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80 box sets will be produced, and flights in the Spitfire will take place next door to IWM Duxford in Cambridgeshire.

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