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This Is The Bremont Watch Tom Hardy Wears In Venom

Bremont’s latest pilot’s watch has become the trusted timepiece of Eddie Brock in the new Venom film. The U-2/51-JET can be seen throughout the film adorning the wrist of actor and friend of the brand, Tom Hardy. The British watch manufacturer is known for its aviation-associated timepieces. The U-2/51-JET in hardened stainless steel DLC is the brand’s stealthiest wristwatch to date. And a perfect choice for the Marvel Comics character.


Eddie Brock/ Venom’s new wristwatch

Last month saw the release of the highly anticipated blockbuster Venom. Its trailer alone reached 64 million views in its first 24 hours. Aside from interest in the Marvel Comics complex anti-hero, much of the hype is attributed to British actor Tom Hardy. Hardy has earned a reputation for creating brooding, dark and twisted personas for the big screen. Fitting with the film’s dark lead role is the choice of Bremont’s all-black wristwatch. The stealthy U-2/51-JET can be seen throughout the film, strapped to Hardy’s human host character’s wrist. The new model’s covert appearance draws its cues from its military origins.


The U-2/51-JET’s stealth look

The U-2/51-JET is inspired by a military project undertaken by Bremont for the RAF’s 100 Squadron. (Commissioned to celebrate their centenary and compliment their Hawk T1 jet aircraft.) No. 100 was established in 1917 as the first unit specifically formed for night bombing. Its stealthy outfitting inspired the introduction of this jet-black timepiece complete with tinted glass for the open case back. The actual wristwatch is based on a previous aviation project with the British company, Martin-Baker.



Extreme tested

The U-2/51-JET, like the MBII and MBIII, is one very tough wristwatch. Martin-Baker is responsible for supplying 70% of the world’s Air Forces with fighter ejection seat technology. The definitive aviation watch created in collaboration with the company was put through the same battery of tests as the seats. The MB models can cope with salt fog exposure, high altitude flying, vibrations sustained over an aircraft’s 30-year lifespan, low to high temperature extremes, and crash simulations, right up to live ejection on the wrist of a crash test dummy. Bremont devised a special “anti-shock” system for the project – which is now employed in the U-2/51-JET as well.

In addition, the U-2 collection was tested by the elite Spy Plane Squadron based at Beale, California, for whom it was developed. (Named after their Lockheed U-2 ultra-high altitude reconnaissance aircraft.) Checking for correct operation at 100,000 feet and -50 degrees Celsius. The DLC (diamond-like carbon) coating of the U-2/51-JET also provides many of the properties of diamond to the treated surface, including exceptional hardness and corrosion resistance. If that’s not enough, the U-2/51-JET is also aquatic-friendly with a very capable 10 ATM (100m/ 10 bar/ 330ft) water resistance rating. (So, in all, a highly plausible wristwatch to withstand bonding with the Venom Symbiote suit.)


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View this Bremont U-2/51 JET 43mm Black DLC Case & Leather Strap Men’s Watch here.


Brooding good looks

The U-2/51-JET employs a ‘pared-back’ flieger Type A dial (minus the dominate minute indexes). Large Arabic numbers and hour markers on a clean (metal) surface make for excellent legibility. The upwards-pointing triangle at 12 o’clock allows a pilot easy orientation at a glance during flying. The brand’s trademark vintage 51 Super-LumiNova, originally used for the Limited Edition P-51, is a nice touch. It also helps the flieger-style, blued steel sword hands stand out against the black watch face. Likewise, the seconds hand with red, lume-filled triangle tip, is highly visible. The day-date display common to the U-2 range has been reduced to a date-only for this model, while the “anti-shock” logo appears without text above 6 o’clock. Simple but attractive.

For a pilot’s watch, the U-2/51-JET’s 43mm diameter is quite modest. (Most tend towards the large side, as historically this was required for visibility through flying goggles.) However, the restrained dimension means it will fit on the majority of wrists and suit most occasions. Like all Bremont wristwatches, it features the brand’s distinctive Trip-Tock® three-part case construction. This starts with the hardened steel bezel containing the sapphire crystal. The anodised aluminium knurled middle barrel sports two crowns – embossed with the brand’s propeller logo and the RAF roundel. The second crown at 4 o’clock operates the patented Roto-Click® bidirectional inner bezel. (Offering the same functionality as a diver’s bezel, without spoiling the classic aviation design.)


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View this Bremont U-2/51 JET 43mm Black DLC Case & Leather Strap Men’s Watch here.


Protected movement

The U-2/51-JET’s ability to stand up to punishment owes much to the over-engineered “anti-shock” design developed for the MB range. The inner workings are enclosed within a rubberised movement mount. The mount is secured to the outer case via a flexible ring – allowing the movement and mechanism to ‘float’. Shocks to the movement are thus minimised and shock energy absorbed.

The movement itself, BE-36AE, is a certified chronometer. COSC-tested in Switzerland and then retested by Bremont after casing at the Henley-on-Thames manufacture. (Each is individually serial numbered.) It’s a modified ETA automatic chronometer. With improved Glucydur balance, Anachron balance spring, and Nivaflex 1 mainspring. Turning on 25 jewels, the movement oscillates at the modern 28,800 vph (4Hz) frequency and delivers a 38-hour power reserve.

The stainless steel DLC case back comes with integrated, tinted black smoked glass to permit viewing of the movement. Along with polished blued screws and circular graining, one can admire Bremont’s signature rotor. Moulded and skeletonised to resemble the radial engine of an airplane.


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View this Bremont U-2/51 JET 43mm Black DLC Case & Leather Strap Men’s Watch here.


Straps

The U-2/51-JET comes on a black leather strap, with an additional Temple Island rubber strap (for when you want to take it in the water).


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