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    Last night I had the privileged to enjoy the company of Bremont with some great enthusiasts on a piece of 'once floating' British History..... the launch of the Bremont LTD Edition Victory watch actually on the HMS Victory at Portsmouth Naval Dockyard.

    The drive down was terrible... real monsoon weather, a couple of 'aquaplanes - Whaa!!) and a good dousing from the car but what a great night we had!






    We had a very quick look around the ship and then over to the museum for the announcement with Giles and Nick English and the Museum of the Royal Navy. Some fine words were spoken about the ship and its history and Bremont were asked in public by the Navy if they had the same commitment to quality and service that the Navy has shown over the history of the British Isles and the Navy answered that question that they believe the do.....no small compliment..





    After a quick 'snifter' which judging by the weather saved us.... we had the pleasure of seeing and hearing an original canon from the Victory fired on the quay... it was really, really loud!



    With our ears still ringing and the smell of cordite in the air we walked over to the grand old ship.....





    Quite and entrance but I think they were smaller then...





    Such a serious looking ship... I was amazed....








    One of the gun decks......





    Nelson's Stateroom at the stern..... his uniform on the left....





    It was a truly amazing look around what was just an amazing gun platform.... all wood... lovely lighting... it felt like a wonderful old cared for house..... and if your planing a visit to the UK I would recommend it.....





    It was pretty dark but here is a shot down the gun deck..(no pun)





    Below decks near the keel where the wood for the Bremont watch came from....




    Some light entertainment from this young chap who played very well....





    Up stairs onto the main deck from the entrance and you are confronted by this.... the rose says "England expects every man will do his duty" and now to the reason we were there... the Bremont Victory in steel





    and what a lovely job the Bremont team have done.....Giles talked with me about the watch nearly a year ago and I chatted that making the bridge between an 18th century design to a modern day timepiece would be tough and I looked at many possible design features but I didn't realise just how accomplished it would be ........its a stunning watch.... the retrograde action and snap back of the hands is very cool.... the watch at present rides a little less than the P-51 (my mistake. ED.).....and the final finish is almost complete...





    Amazing engraving on the side with the inclusion of the copper nail from the hull as a ring around the inside of the case barrel....





    The engraving of the Nelson Seal on the case back.... still to be perfected but above and below you can see the process and the fitting....








    Above the original seal....




    The gold version now sold out in its box




    Side on....



    The watches are incredibly captivating just watching the hands follow the movement as a certain Mr. Tomato found....





    There were lots a good people there as there always are at these things... just enthusiasts who want to support the brand and of course love the watches......




    So with the storm getting worse it was time to leave my Sea legs and drive back out West..... the rain was so bad that I missed my turn off and went East instead and enjoyed a solid hour of cross country driving in terrible rain with the car slewing all over the place but not anything like as bad as those sailors endured on that ship....(who knew Winchester was so nice at night! Doh!)


    Only one part of the evening gave me pause.... emerging from the warm and homely feel of the gallant old ship I was faced with another one.....while 'The Victory's' future is assured....HMS Illustrious R06 - Aircraft Carrier it seems has her fate sealed as she is now due for decommission......

    If this bit of copy has inspired you to visit the Victory I would advise it... it is an amazing insight into a long ago world which completely surprised me in terms of how much pride I felt in just being Brit.... and it looks like Nick and Giles may have made yet another piece to be proud of....... Good night!

    If you'd like to visit the Victory look details HERE HMS Victory
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    Nice write up Al! I took my kids there last year but my youngest got claustrophobic down on the lower decks!! Great day out- HMS Warrior is really nice to see too.

    Would have loved to see/hear a cannon being fired. Bet that was great!

    Cheers,

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    Great post, Al. I still have that lingering question about the movement, and maybe you can answer it now that you've seen it in action. Is there a way to tell the difference between 10 seconds and 40 seconds on the watch, or does it just spring back from 30 to zero every time. I'm just curious.
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    Great story. Thanks for sharing.
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    Sounds like you had a great evening.
    I think it's most definitely a watch to see in the flesh.
    I feel pictures just don't do it justice.
    Love the gold one, bugger I knew I would.
    Great shots of the ship to mate.

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