For all intents and purpose this new Bremont ALT1-WT is the commercial version of the exclusive Bremont C-17 Globemaster watch that I discussed here. While the C-17 (C17) Globemaster was not to be available for public purchase, the ALT1-WT will be. The watch takes the brand’s signature aviator style and adds a world time bezel and GMT indicator into the mix of complications. It makes for a very good travel watch and I am glad that Bremont decided to offer a version of the Globemaster for “everyone else.”
The ALT1-WT will be positioned as one of Bremont’s new for 2012 watch models. But there will be other models as well. The differences between this model and the Globemaster are minor – being mostly the caseback and dial changes as far as I can tell. Bremont makes it clear that this watch is an adoption of the C-17 Globemaster. The case done with specially hardened steel and is 43mm wide. The most recognizable element is the rotating city ring that is to be used in conjunction with the 24 hour hand. This gives you the time all around the world at a glance and the design here is well-done. Bremont uses their Roto-Click system for the inner rotating bezel that offers distinct positions for the bezel turns. It is a nicely satisfying little detail. You can tell that the city ring is different on this model compared to the Globemaster (that has airport indicators).
You can see that the “globe” motif on the watch face is also carried over from the Globemaster – this is likely to become a signature design feature of the watch. I like that the hour markers are prominent and applied, and that the hands and hour markers are all richly coated with lume. You also have rather good proportions in all the hands. I am a bit concerned that because the chronograph seconds hand and GMT hand have arrow tips they might be easily confused when wanting to read the second time zone at a glance. As is the case with most Bremont watches the domed sapphire crystal will be richly AR coated.
Inside the watch is the Bremont caliber BE-54AE automatic movement that is a base ETA with a module that has been finely finished and regulated by Bremont. They always offer really nice movement decoration, and this one again will be visible through the sapphire caseback window. The movement will further be a COSC certified Chronometer. Going back to the dial I still really like the shape of the date window (it is dated from the HUD display on C-17 planes).
In addition to this white dialed version Bremont will offer the ALT1-WT with a blue or black dial. It comes on a leather strap (with possibly a metal bracelet option) and each watch will also come with a NATO style strap and changing tool. Price will be $5,695 for this good looking new Bremont timepiece.