The 43mm hardened steel case feels entirely modern, yet remains a faithful evolution of the traditional pilot’s replica watch, with the anodized colored barrel running through the center adding a flash of color. The Bremont MBII-WH Replica feels incredibly study on the wrist and wears a lot smaller than its diameter might suggest but it does wear high with a slight domed crystal. Emblazoned on the dial are the word’s ANTI-SHOCK which taunts the wearer, “Go on. Try and get me to fail. I dare you”. The movement of the MBII-WH is attached to the main body in a flexible ring which absorb shocks and minimizes the energy (and therefore damage) that is transferred to the movement.
The chronometer rated movement never lost a beat during my time with it and it is a real toss up between this and the Nomos Metro 38 Datum as to which was the more accurate. The movement itself is the Bremont Caliber BE-36AE Replica which beats at 28,800 bph and has a thirty eight hour power reserve. If I was being picky I’d say that thirty eight hours was a bit low but seeing as I couldn’t bring myself to put this replica watch down for more than a few hours it didn’t bother me.
Yes, the movement inside isn’t in-house but I don’t care and neither should you.There will be those who believe that this replica watch is too expensive but I strongly believe this replica watch represents a lot of value. There is always room for improvement however and I would welcome an English in-house movement inside of the replica watch but I’m a patient man, I can wait a few more years. It took Nomos fifteen years to go from modifying ETA movements to in-house, Bremont have only been around since 2002.
The Caliber BE-36AE is housed inside a Faraday cage which protects the movement against magnetic fields. Faraday cages have been used in replica watchmaking for almost a century now and have become increasingly obsolescent as silicon and other non-ferrous materials creep into escapements. However the Faraday cage, for the moment, is still the most popular option to ward off those pesky magnetic fields. Older cages weren’t able to have any apertures as they would provide an entry point for magnetic fields however Bremont have sufficiently protected the movement to have both day and date apertures.
The day date complication is controlled by the crown at 2 o’clock which also winds the movement and sets the hands; the crown at 4 o’clock controls the inner rotating bezel that sits against the case sides around the outside of the dial. When I put the replica watch on my wrist I realized that this replica watch wasn’t made for left-handers as I had to contort my right wrist at awkward angles to turn the crown. Most of the time I just took it off and was forced to use my non-dominant right hand but the inner bezel is ratcheted so with every turn of the crown there is a satisfying click-click-click as the bezel passes each minute. During my holiday I used the timer to see how long I was delayed at the airport for (thirty five minutes), how long it took me to catch a fish (fifteen minutes) and how long my ascent of a small mountain was (The timer was not capable of timing that long). Whilst fishing I did come across my biggest issue with the replica watch, the leather strap.