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Modified calibre 11 ½''' BE-36AE automatic chronometer with 38 hour power reserve. Hardened stainless steel Trip-Tick® case construction. Water resistant to 10 ATM, 100 metres. Calf-skin leather strap and Temple Island rubber strap.
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The DNA of the U-2 chronometer lies firmly with the military following the pioneering development and dramatic success of the Bremont military air-crew watch developed in association with the world’s largest ejection seat manufacturer, Martin-Baker. The elite 9th Reconnaissance Wing at Beale wanted a watch with the same testing history as the Bremont MB but one that had also been custom-tested to their own requirements.
The finished U-2 chronometer has most of the advanced elements of the MB, including; the Anti-shock rubberised movement mount; designed to withstand the MB ejection seat program, but also added functionality.
Modified calibre 11 ½''' BE-36AE automatic chronometer, 25 jewels, glucydur balance. Anachron balance spring, Nivaflex 1 mainspring, 28,800 bph, 38 hour power reserve, Bremont moulded and skeletised decorated rotor.
Hour/minute/second, date and day at 3H.
Hardened stainless steel Trip-Tick® case construction/DLC with sapphire bi-directional rotating bezel. Inner soft iron anti-magnetic Faraday cage to protect movement. Protective patented anti-shock movement mount. Patented inner bi-directional Roto-Click® bezel. Operated by crown at 4H. Case diameter 43mm, lug width 22mm.
Stainless steel decorated case back, 6 stainless steel screws with polished heads/DLC coated stainless steel decorated case back, 6 stainless steel screws.
Metal dial, Super-LumiNova® coated numerals and hands.
Domed anti-reflective, scratch resistant sapphire crystal.
10 ATM, 100 metres.
C.O.S.C chronometer tested.
Individually serial numbered with accompanying C.O.S.C certification.
The Bremont U-2 was designed exclusively for, and tested extensively by, the elite Spy Plane Squadron based at Beale, California. These incredible pilots regularly take their iconic aircraft up to 80,000 feet on reconnaissance missions that often last over 12 hours. Four retail models are available, which have all been put through their paces at 100,000 feet and -50oC in the laboratory and out on missions. However, such is the clarity and durability of the U-2, that it has become a popular model on which Many of our bespoke military projects have been based. A watch that that has been ruthlessly engineered to be fit for purpose. However extreme that purpose may be.