Katherine S. Cunanan

Passion for the Sea

New Bremont Waterman

Bremont is a company known for its chronometers – beautiful pilot’s watches. A chronometer is a watch certified to be extremely precise, as certified by the C.O.S.C. (Contrôle Officiel Suisse des Chronomètres). The testing includes different wearing positions in different temperatures. Pilots, of course, need precision to keep their plane and passengers safe.

But precision is also needed in other pursuits. Particularly those that involve exploring the deep oceans. Bremont has found the perfect partner for the deep sea collection in Bremont Ambassador Mark Healey.

Mark Healey is an ocean environmentalist. Like all environmentalists, he is passionate. He lives and breathes the ocean, and he plays in it too. He is a world-renown free diver, adventurer, and big-wave surfer. Perhaps all his time in the sea water made him realize that the ocean needs our help.

“Anytime you step into the ocean, you’re in an environment that’s completely uncontrolled by humans,” Healey says. He uses film and photography to spread awareness of his cause: “I absolutely believe that people will only protect something if they value it, and it’s my life’s mission to inspire others to value the ocean the way I do.”

Mark has found a terrific partner in his cause, as Bremont’s commitment to design, function, and durability is something he identifies with. The Bremont Waterman watch is perfect for him. It uses the Bremont S500 watch architecture, a smart choice as this has been tried and tested by the military and other explorers. “This piece is just as at home four atmospheres under the sea as it is at a black-tie affair. A well-made timepiece is the only thing that stays with you on your greatest adventures as well as through civilized life. To me it’s a reminder of who you are and where you’ve been; a constant and reliable item in a dynamic life.”

The Limited Edition Bremont Waterman is a technical dive watch with a mechanical chronometer. It follows in the footsteps (or fin kicks, if you will) of previous Bremont marine watches. The watch has a GMT had and deep-blue applied indexes on the dial, and a uni-directional bezel. For this watch, the Ambassador did more than just support the watch; Healey actually tested the timepiece and its new Supermarine 500 sapphire crystal case back technology. Who better than a free diver and big-wave surfer to put this beauty to the test?

Nick English, Co-Founder of Bremont: “We have a reputation for making incredibly tough and functional dive watches which are all tested intensively by the military and explorers alike, the Bremont Waterman is no exception. Not only is this new timepiece truly over-engineered which I love, but it has also been a real joy working with Mark.  There is no one who respects the strength, beauty and fragility of the oceans more than him, he really is a Waterman in every sense of the word.  We are honoured to be working with an adventurer who is so driven by perfection, the ocean environment and who is totally uncompromising when it comes to his equipment. Mark has been testing the Bremont Waterman down to depths of 50m, whilst holding his breath for minutes at a time, and equally whilst riding the likes of Jaws, one of the biggest waves in the world.” 

Healey’s chosen charity is Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii, a grassroots, local non-profit organization with the goal of a clean ocean. Their steps to achieve this goal are fun and active – beach clean-up events for individuals and corporate groups, ocean plastic recycling, and public awareness campaigns. A percentage of proceeds from each of the only 300 Waterman watches sold will go to support this cause.