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    Default Bremont owners...your experience with hardness/coating

    On the Bremont website it says, body and outer anti-reflective coating are hardened to about 2000 Vickers.

    So in theory, the body as well as the anti-reflective coating should be as durable as the saphire crystal glass.

    I read many critical comments on hardening in general and an outer anti-reflective coating is often seen as "evil".

    So what are your experiences, how do your Bremonts look after a year or more?

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    Default Had my Alt1-C 2 years

    Hi, Kukulkan, welcome to the forum.
    Well, 2 years in a few weeks.
    Crystal - perfect, absolutely clear, in most light it's like there is no crystal.
    Case - apart from a few tiny marks on lugs I've put on it myself (mainly recently trying to put the brcelet on ) also unmarked.
    Bremont cop some flak for various reasons on various fora, but after 2 years with this watch, their build quality and toughness cannot be questioned. And I wear it plenty, and it isn't babied.
    It still gets plenty of positive feedback when I wear it too.
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    I've only had mine for about 18 months, but don't have any complaints regarding the hardness of the bezel, barrel or indeed the glass. I have a few very small dings around the bezel (I see partial to bashing my wrist on revolving and swing doors), no scratches at all on the PVD's bezel and the glass is the best I've ever seen. Even non-watch people comment on the glass - including some very favourable comments from high-end watch owners. Mine may not look exactly as it did when it came out of the box, but it's pretty close! Well, apart from the vintage strap it seems to be wearing most of the time! These watches were built to be thrown around - you should see Charley's watch after The Long Way Down!

    See for yourself. Here's a link to a few pics that Al took of Charley's watch after a 15,000 mile bike ride with Ewan McGregor:
    http://www.atgvintagewatches.com/For...2/Default.aspx

    Actually. I've seen Sara's BC-S1 too (she treats heres to a pretty deep dip every now and then!). Holding up very well in the deserts of Dahab!

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    thanks for the welcome...

    I find this sounds too good to be true, especially the part with the glass.

    I find the reflections on my Hamilton with only inner coating pretty noticable, and a durable double sided coating would really be a great improvement.

    >>See for yourself. Here's a link to a few pics that Al took of Charley's watch after a 15,000 mile bike ride with Ewan McGregor:

    I understand the hardening wont help against the real "whacks" as it is just too thin. But those may carry memories and give the watch character, while the smaller scratches rather make it look ugly like a cheap crystal after some time.
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    I'm kind of neutral here as I don't actually own a Bremont, but I can assure you that what they say about the glass on them is completely true.

    I have compared Bremonts at watch meetings with modern Sinns, Fortis', Tutimas and Omegas to name but a few. And the AR renders the Bremont crystal clearer than any. What's more, you do not get a lot of the sort of oily-purple/blue colour that you get with many AR coatings. It is very impressive

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    The blue oily thing is light refracted through the scratched AR coating. Common on IWC and Breitling modern.... don't get it with Bremont because they use 9 layers of AR... apparently the failure rate of putting 9 layers is over 40% so it costs them to do it....

    Bremonts do get marked when they are whacked very hard but so does everything... what you don't get are regular scratches from daily wear....I've really battered mine but apart from the obvious whacks... like falling off a huge bolder it still looks relatively new.....

    If you want one I can always sell you one...?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ATG View Post
    If you want one I can always sell you one...?
    Yeah! Actually I am looking for a ALT1-Z/DG/07 model, but my money sure wont be enough for a new one at full price.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kukulcan View Post
    thanks for the welcome...

    I find this sounds too good to be true, especially the part with the glass.

    I find the reflections on my Hamilton with only inner coating pretty noticeable, and a durable double sided coating would really be a great improvement.
    Martin

    I took this shot outside, in bright sunshine. You can see the sun glinting off the bezel, but there's nothing off the glass. The Bremont AR really is terrific stuff!

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/noodlef...28323/sizes/o/

    [I've posted a link to the full size pic, as you get a better feeling for how good the AR is]

    No prizes for guessing whose wrist it is...! I took the shot with a 200mm f2.8 from 15-20 feet away. Not sure he would have let me near him with a macro lens!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bremont125 View Post
    I took this shot outside, in bright sunshine. You can see the sun glinting off the bezel, but there's nothing off the glass. The Bremont AR really is terrific stuff!
    yah, as if there is no glass at all...if I wasnt sold anyway sure I am now

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    Looks like Al's got a stalker.....

    Like Mat I have had mine for ~19 Months. It is my daily wearer....



    Don't really take any precautions during daily wearing, the strap has stood up well to getting wet.

    welcome to the forum..

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