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    Default Codebreaker Launch Evening... 26th June 2013

    Some quick pics from Bletchley.... its late and will post tomorrow...


    The watch is excellent.... and the event was lovely... well done Nick and Giles...




    Mr. Churchill addressing those gathered...




    Bremont Codebreaker Flyback (their first)... notice the zeros and ones in the registers...



    Card cut from original Cypher cards will be inserted into the case side to show the watches serial number....



    The rotor fashioned after the drums and gears from the Bletchley Bombe machine.... while material from the original Enigma cogs with be incorporated in the rotor also....



    Alistair on the left getting past muster... Shh you haven't seen me..!



    As I said more tomorrow... but here is a shot showing the wood from the original Enigma team hut in a Glassed crown... very cool...

    Anyway Congratulations Bremont and thanks to all at the event...... especially the Bremont girls who looked fab... cheers!
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    Wow, that's just epic! Very good work, Bremont. Al, these pics really are great.

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    Rather impressed with this. Not only did Bremont put on an extremely fun (and generous) event, but they failed to disappoint when it came to the big reveal. A few things stood out to this #watchnerd:

    - Bletchley Park (like the National Museum of the Royal Navy last year) seemed totally on board. They'd opened up the house, grounds and museum for the event, and seemed genuinely interested in the watch. At least three of the original BP staff were there at the event, along with Jerry Roberts MBE the last survivor of the cryptanalysts who worked on Tunny. Mr Roberts spoke for a few minutes about his time at Bletchley working with Bill Tutte and Tommy Flowers, as well as Alan Turing: he was particularly eloquent when it came to describing the impact of Flowers' endeavours: "He changed the way the world works..."



    - the movement: Bremont have been "modifying" movements since the ALT1-C was released in late '07 (a DD module atop the 7750, if I remember correctly). The Victory watch from last year contains a little-used La Joux-Perret movement - the 8310 - which is definitely a step up in terms of innovation / inventiveness. The Codebreaker incorporates a module from (one presumes) the same manufacture, given the nomenclature (BE-83AR). This chrono movement moves the sub-dials from 3/9 to 4.30/7.30, while adding a flyback complication and GMT. From the back, it's quite familiar looking, although the Bombe drum-inspired rotor is quite clever. I like the way that the "rabbit ears**" have been ported across, as well as the bakelite-style movement spacer that echoes the colours of the drums.



    - the dial: the dial is simple, black and has no nod to BP apart from a fairly subtle use of binary code on the two sub-dials. Each is ringed by a white rail-track motif (echoed on the main dial).



    - the case and bezel: the tried and tested Trip-Tick® case is given a subtle facelift again. Like the Victory before it, the Codebreaker features Bremont's distinctive three-part design, with two notable changes: the addition of an external limited edition number, marked in coated pieces of original BP punchcards; and a slight rounding of the bezel. I've not yet been able to study the watch, nor seen it against the Victory, but it appears to have a slightly more rounded bezel than the Classic models, which seems to give it a softer look than, for example, the ALT1-C. The Codebreaker is available in both hardened stainless steel and (non-hardened) rose gold.



    **I do not believe that anyone else describes them as such - blame it on my Zoological training...
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    excellent Mat... and well done for even being there.... Gents Mat had shocking conjunctivitis but still flew the flag for the Official Bremont Forum... good to see you there mate and Hi to P...
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    Quote Originally Posted by ATG View Post
    excellent Mat... and well done for even being there.... Gents Mat had shocking conjunctivitis but still flew the flag for the Official Bremont Forum... good to see you there mate
    Cheers mate. Lovely to see you with a 'tache...
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    Al,

    Great shots and I thought Benny Hill was dead

    Honestly, this watch is awesome! Got an email from another watch forum this morning with nothing but accolades. Bremont does such a great job at building rock solid pieces with a very subtle visual appeal(versus bling-bling), and now a flyback to boot. Just wish Bremont would of been around 20 years ago and instead of being infatuated with Harley-Davidsons, I would of been a watch enthusiast. I guess we change with age, marriage, and kids

    Cheers,

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    Looks like you lucky people had a great night.
    I think the watch is a grower.
    The symmetry of the two sub dials is a little odd to start with and then it starts to grow on you.

    Mark.

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    Great pics Al! I don't know about anyone else but I had a great eve. BP clearly have endorsed the project wholeheartedly which was great to see. It was also good to meet a few of you gents resplendid in dinner suits, 1940's store and of course Al in his maths teacher disguise! This was my first taste of a Bremont event after i missed out on the victory launch and it certainly lived up to my expectations. In particukar i think the fact Bremont managed to keep the watch under wraps is a very appropriate nod to BP and the work that was done there.

    In terms of the watch, I think it is definitely a grower and perhaps a return to more classic Bremont styling after the departure of the victory. As with the victory it has some fantastic detailing such as the 0101 on the sub dials and of course the incorporation of the numbers on the case. For me, the best part is on the reverse and that movement complete with thingymajig rabbit ears (I was reliably informed that was the technical term for them last night) styling of the bombe. Overall, I think it looks great particularly bearing in mind there is still some final polishing of the package to be done.

    A big thanks goes to Al for sorting the invite and I hope to see you all again at an event in the not too distance future.

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    Nice shot of the back of my head there Al..

    I had a fantastic evening, thanks for the invite Al and thanks to Woody for letting me try the Victory.
    Always nice to meet new people.

    See you at an event soon.
    mike

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