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    Bremonts HMS Victory Watch anounced at Basel


    “THE VICTORY WATCH”

    BREMONT WATCH COMPANY IS PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THAT IT WILLBE BUILDING A LIMITED EDITION WATCH MADEWITH PARTS FROM HMS VICTORY MARCH 2012
    LTD to 250



    Bremont Watch Company is delighted to be working with The National Museum of the Royal Navy (Portsmouth) to create a limited edition watch unlike any other watch ever created. Each mechanical retrograde watch will be made with original parts of HMS Victory built into it.


    Pictured are a block of oak from the keel and an original copper 'nail' used to fix the hull planking, both from the original build in 1759


    HMS Victory is the only remaining 18th Century ship anywhere in the world and remains the oldest serving warship still to be in commission- she still retains her own Captain, offices and crew and flies the flag of the Second Sea Lord, Commander in Chief Naval Home Command. Laid down in 1759 and launched in 1765; she is most famous as Lord Nelson's flagship at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805.

    In 1922 she was moved to a dry dock at Portsmouth, England, and preserved as a museum ship. She continues to be flagship of the Second Sea Lord and is the oldest naval ship still in commission.




    HMS Victory 3 story 'Transom'


    HMS Victory information Website LINK


    HMS Victory as with any ship has had constant work carried out on her over the years. The ship sustained considerable damage after the battle of Trafalgar and had a major re-fit in 1814 and 1888 and then in 1903 following an accident where she was almost sunk on her mooring as a result of being struck by another boat. In 1910 the Society for Nautical Research was set up and in 1922 she was placed into dry dock where she currently stands.



    The watch, quote from Mat Forum moderator: Double retrograde chronometer chronograph - retrograde seconds and date. Nautical styling - reminiscent of marine chronometers and the Bremont B-1 Marine Clock, in my opinion. The slight "onion" crown "mushroom" pushers are quite different to the "normal" Bremont styling but look very "naval" to me. It looks classical, but modern. Will take a closer look and post more thoughts in due course...


    Many years of exposure have taken their toll on HMS Victory and in 2010 a major refit was commissioned to preserve her for future generations. To commemorate Nelson and HMS Victory, Bremont is producing a totally unique watch that will include parts of oak timber and copper from the original ship. Part of the proceeds of each watch will go towards the refurbishment and preservation of the ship.



    HMS Victory 'Gun Deck'




    Nelson's pocket watch (sorry for poor quality, Giles English took the shot)






    A Pirate flag captured in 1790 on display at Portsmouth Naval Museum, Red was very bad... again poor quality shot from Giles Tssk!



    Giles English “Nelson went to my school and as a boy he always fascinated me, I remember clearly the first time I visited HMS Victory. Over the last few years both Nick and myself have been working with the Royal Navy Fleet air arm Heritage and that’s when we heard about the restoration of HMS Victory. With no hesitation we approached the Navy and discussed the possibility of creating a watch using original parts from the ship. Not only did we want to make the watch unique but we also want it to be a horological masterpiece.”


    HMS Victory at Portsmouth

    Giles Gould of The National Museum of the Royal Navy, “We take any relationship such as this very seriously and we have to be very confident that both HMS Victory and Nelson will be honoured correctly. We have never released original wood/copper that is as old as this and we think what Bremont is building is an amazing tribute. Victory means a lot to us and the Navy and the fact some of the proceeds of the watches sales are going towards the preservation of the Ship all help preserve her for future generations.”

    The watch will be launched on HMS Victory on the 12th July, 2012
    About The National Museum of the Royal Navy:
    Contact Alistair if you would like to attend at info@atgvintagewatches.com

    The history of the Royal Navy dates back over a thousand years to King Alfred's first battle at sea in 882. The Navy has defended Britain from invasion, attacked enemies and eventually established Britain as the dominant world sea power in the 19th Century. Today's role involves peacekeeping, fighting piracy and the prevention of drug trafficking. The influence of the Navy can be felt at every level in our society: in our speech, literature, dress, music, character, culture and customs. The history of the Navy is to a remarkable extent the history of Britain.

    The National Museum of the Royal Navy, in Portsmouth's Historic Dockyard, is one of Britain’s oldest maritime museums. The Museum’s aim is to preserve and present the history of the 'Fleet' - the ships and the men and women who manned them.


    The watch is available on pre order from ATG Vintage Watches... just give Alistair a call or send and email to reserve one of these amazing pieces of Maritime History!
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    Cool project, can't wait to see it.

    Will any info on price/design/movement will be released before july 12th?
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    Very interesting!
    It will be great to see what they do with the oak (a wood dial perhaps?)

    Mark.

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    I've always loved clipper ships. I can't wait to see this watch!
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    I definitely can't wait to see this one. Hopefully the wood and/or copper will show up on the dial and not just on the rotor. Copper or wood subdials would look fantastic!

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    think case....!
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    Really looking forward to this one
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    Press release picture... all going mental on Twitter..(whatever that is..)





    and Giles with the CMO and CEO of Tourneau


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    This looks like such an interesting project, can't wait to see some pics of the watch!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Woody View Post
    This looks like such an interesting project, can't wait to see some pics of the watch!
    Your wish is Bremont's command:


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