If you are a fan of pilots’ watches and have fallen in love with the IWC Mojave line, but like many struggles with the high dimensions and prices of its models, then we have good news, Bremont has just unveiled its latest model in its line MB (Martin-Baker), the MB Savanna.
If you are not familiar with the MB watch line of the British brand Bremont, it emerged in 2007/8 from a partnership with Martin-Baker, which has been developing ejector seats and other safety equipment for aviation for nearly a century, and today it is the leading supplier of ejector seats for military aviation worldwide.
From this partnership was born the Bremont MB, a pilot’s watch, which not only boasts an eye-catching design and aviation watch category but was designed to operate and withstand the extreme conditions that military aviation pilots operate on a daily basis, hence all its models are subjected to a wide and demanding battery of tests, namely Life Ejection Test, Extreme Temperature Endurance, Vibration Test, among many others.
The new Bremont Savanna comes in a 43mm Grade 5 Titanium case, with the usual Trip-Tick case construction consisting of three parts, an upper case, a middle barrel case, and a case back. The upper case and the open-through case back in titanium come in sand color with matt finished, while the middle barrel case comes in knurled aluminum. The watch comes with the usual two crowns from the MB line, at 2 o’clock the main crown is signed with the brand logo that controls the time and date function and at 4 o’clock the second crown controls the internal bi-directional bezel, both crowns are knurled matching with barrel case.
The anthracite-colored dial comes with an internal bezel and date opening at 3 o’clock in the same shades, the usual seconds hand with a red lollipop tip and loop counterbalance in yellow recreating the handle for ejection seat of the fighter aircrafts.
Inside it operates the modified Caliber BE-36AE, which is based on the ETA 2836-2, with 38 hours power reserve, high impact resistance, and a chronometer-certified by ISO 3159.
The MB Savanna is offered with a sand-colored rubber strap for a price of €5,285.
The growing market offer of military watches in sand tones seems to have gained its space in the market and that is why it is a trend that comes to stay, so it is not surprising that in the near future new offers from other brands will appear. Bremont’s new “Mojave” for now seems to be the most affordable offer not only in terms of dimensions, 43 mm against the 44.5 mm of the smaller Mojave model (IW389103) but also in price, €5,250 for Bremont against $8,200 for the more affordable Mojave model (IW389103) and if you can still find any available unit of the 500 pieces produced. However, we must not forget the differences in this comparison, bearing in mind that the IWC Mojave Desert line comes with a ceramic case, an In-House movement and the IWC is a brand with over 150 years of history.
More information at www.bremont.com.
Model: MB Savanna
Lume: Grade X1 Super-LumiNova
Case Material: Grade 5 Titanium
Case Dimensions: 43 mm diameter
Crystal: Sapphire Glass
Case Back: See-through
Water Resistance: 100 Meters
Strap: Sand rubber strap
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date
Frequency: 28,800 Vph
Power Reserve: 38 Hours
Chronometer Certified: Yes, ISO 3159
Price: € 5,285