Basel Preview: Bremont P-51 Limited Edition

Bremont P-51

Bremont is launching the limited edition P-51, a chronograph chronometer built with original parts from the famous 1944 Mustang WWII aircraft P-51K-10 (serial number 44-12016), a Pacific war veteran that bore the name “Fragile but Agile”. Original aluminum from the fuselage is integrated into both the dial and the movement of the timepiece.

The dial is inspired by the clocks found in the P-51 aircraft. The 43mm hardened steel Trip-Tick case uses Bremont’s B-EBE2000 technology, a stage in the case production process where the metal is bombarded with electrons, increasing the hardness by a factor of nine compared with normal stainless steel used in watch cases. The case also integrates the new rotating ‘Roto-Click’ inner bezel that houses four ball-bearings inside the case. As with many of Bremont’s latest watch designs, the P-51 is assembled the company’s atelier in England rather than their workshop in Biel-Bienne in Switzerland, and houses a modified Swiss BE-54A automatic chronometer movement that also shows UTC time. The watch will be limited to only 251 pieces and will retail at £7,450.00 in the UK and $11,900 in the USA. The watch will be unveiled at Basel 2011 and released in the autumn.

P-51K-10 (serial number 44-12016) rolled off the North American Aviation assembly line in Dallas, Texas, on December 18, 1944 and was sent to the Far East to take part in the American campaign to retake the Philippine Islands from the Japanese. On arrival in the Pacific Theater, the aircraft was assigned to the 342nd Fighter Squadron of the 348th Fighter Group, stationed at the San Marcelino airbase, just north of Manila Bay. Lt. Bert Lee Jr. was assigned to fly the aircraft and was credited with two confirmed victories during the war, which accounts for the two Japanese flags painted below his name on the plane. One was a Japanese A6M “Zero” fighter near Manila and the other a twin-engine “Betty” bomber.

Lee and his Mustang both survived the war. Following its time in the US Air Force, ‘Fragile but Agile’ served both the Swedish and Israeli military before eventually being restored by pilot and collector Stephen Grey and The Fighter Collection based at Duxford in the UK. In 2009 the Mustang was acquired by another collector and good friend of Stephen’s – Dan Friedkin, based in Houston, Texas.

Complete technical information appears below the images, which may be enlarged with a click.

Bremont P-51
Bremont P-51
Fragile but Agile P-51

Bremont P-51 Features

Modified caliber 13 1/4″ BE-54AE automatic chronometer, 25 jewels, Glucydur balance, Anachron balance spring, Nivaflex 1 mainspiring, 28,800bph, 42 hour power reserve.
Hand-crafted aluminum rotor from 44-12016 skin.

Hour/minute/second, date at 4H, chronograph with seconds and 30 minutes, 24 hour UTC hand.

Hardened stainless steel Bremont Trip Tick® construction with scratch resistant PVD treated case barrel. Case diameter 43.00mm, lug width 22.00mm, case thickness 16.00mm.

Stainless steel with integrated flat crystal, 5 stainless steel screws with polished heads.

Internally rotating bezel operated by crown at 8H with Bremont Roto-Click® technology.

Metal dial with various ground colors with integrated aluminum sub-dial from 44-12016 skin.
Coated nickel hands with SuperLumiNova.

Domed anti-reflective, scratch resistant sapphire crystal.

Water resistant to 10 ATM, 100 meters.

C.O.S.C chronometer tested.

Tanned embossed calf-skin leather strap with stainless steel solid deployant buckle and engraved security clasp.

Every watch case and movement is engraved with its Bremont serial number and is accompanied by its C.O.S.C certification.

P-51 limited to 251 pieces.

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