Over the years, the standard procedures for testing the shock resistance of any Replica gents watches and its full-case movement have often varied from brand to brand—from the classic “hammer test” used by most brands to even the famous centrifuge from IWC. But until Before Bremont appeared in 2002, no brand used Martin Baker ejection seats as the gold standard for testing shock resistance. Now approaching its 20th anniversary, this British manufacturer is still the only brand specifically designed and manufactured for its MB (“Martin Baker”) pilot watch series that can be ejected from a crashed plane. In addition, the new MBII “Savanna” is made of fully matte titanium, creating a new concealed and ultra-light aesthetic, which should appeal to anyone who has a serious need for speed.
Model: Martin-Baker MBII’Savanna’
Water resistance: 100 meters
Case material: Grade 5 titanium
Crystal/Lens: Ar coated sapphire
Movement: BE-36AE (ETA 2836 base), automatic movement with date certified by the Observatory
Power reserve: 40 hours
Traditionally, the civilian version of the MB watch (MBII in this case) has been made of Bremont’s hardened stainless steel, with the option of a color anodized aluminum middle barrel barrel-the massive knurled logo of this pilot watch. It is understandable that it has been favored on the wrists of active military squadrons and among tool watch fans around the world for most of the past 20 years. This new MBII retains those key calling cards, including the yellow stripe “pop-up release handle” counterweight on the second hand, while insisting on the 2020 update of the MB series, improving the handset and dial details (you may notice the new MBII The dial has only one date, not the date/date complexity of the earlier iterations), buy watches online
In addition to these improvements, this new model also adds a distinctive khaki finish, which feels as if it may be a distant cousin of the all-ceramic IWC Top Gun “Mojave” capsule that was launched in 2019 and expanded earlier this year. Now, no matter which flight school you belong to, armchair pilots and fighter pilots in flight suits may agree that titanium may be a more realistic material for the case actually deployed in the cockpit, but feel free to argue and comment. One out.
Purely for aesthetics, this special titanium treatment gives the case a very warm gray finish, designed to eliminate any potential reflective surfaces-this was once a combat hazard in the cockpit of a traditional pilot, but since the advent of radar. In addition to rigorous live-fire ejection tests, MBII has also undergone harsh tests in harsh temperatures, extreme altitudes and even salt spray, making this watch a viable choice for the crew of active aircraft carriers. It’s also cool that all these tests were done locally in the UK, except for the finishing and manufacturing of the case, which is now being carried out at the brand’s new factory opened in Henry on Thames last fall.
The new MBII Savanna is still powered by Bremont’s BE-36AE-the ETA 2836 base is locked in Bremont’s proprietary movement holder. Its self-winding bridge has been strengthened to cope with the unique impact experienced in the ejection scene, and this Savanna reference unique rotor has been hollowed out and plated with exquisite ruthenium plating to add extra gorgeousness. This movement still maintains a power reserve of approximately 40 hours, and in this particular version also has a unique touch, with a custom date wheel matching the dial on a gray background.