Last month, British maker Bremont debuted the latest addition to its Supermarine dive watch family. Dubbed the Waterman Apex, the model is a follow-up to the 2018 limited edition Supermarine Waterman, that watch largely designed with influences from big-wave surfer, Mark Healey. Following the trend, Bremont is continuing to lean into the notion of what it means to be a “waterman” with this latest model, this around time partnering with a sportsman and big-wave surfer, Laird Hamilton, for the watch’s testing and launch.
On the wrist, the Waterman Apex measures 43mm across and is 16.5mm in height. Opting for a steel case built for utility in the brand’s signature “Trip-Tick” silhouette, its scratch-resistant sapphire bezel insert signals its travel versatility via 24-hour markings. A 500m water resistance alludes to the day job of the sports model, with this significant rating alongside the unidirectional movement of the bezel, an automatic helium escape valve, and a sturdy, big crown all working together in establishing the watch’s diver credentials.
Underneath the sapphire crystal, a high legibility, contrasting display is on view, with a white outer minute track resting in tandem with the matte black inner dial. Bremont opts for nickel-plated, applied indices and red and blue detailing to further the style and visibility of the Waterman, while a date indicator placed at the 3 o’clock position adds some daily utility. At the center of the dial, signature Supermarine hands indicate the passing hours and minutes, while a red-colored hand counts the seconds and a light gray-blue detailed arrow pointer marks the second (and potentially third) time zones.
Perhaps unusual for a dive watch with such compact capabilities is an exhibition caseback that reveals a modified Caliber 11 1/2’” BE-93-2AV, the automatic chronometer capable of a 42-hour power reserve.
Being launched in partnership with Laird Hamilton, the new Supermarine Waterman further benefits the non-profit Bimini Shark Lab in its sale. Taking influence from both Hamilton and the Lab, the limited edition diver includes shark-inspired motifs throughout, including in a stylized inner sectoring of the dial, a commemorative rotor for the movement, and via the particular use of gray-blue tones for the watch throughout.
The Bremont Waterman Apex is a limited release of 250 pieces, with each retailing for $5,095. As mentioned, and furthering the aquatic attributes that inspired the Waterman Apex, sales of the watch will be supporting oceanic research for Bimini Shark Lab, a non-profit organization operating in the US and the Bahamas that focuses on shark research and conservation efforts.
To learn more about the Waterman Apex, visit Bremont, here.
And to learn more about the Bimini Shark Lab, click here.