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Alt1tude
04-25-2013, 08:00 PM
Bremont Watch Company and the Bletchley Park Trust are pleased to announce that they will be working together on the release of the new Bremont limited edition watch that will incorporate historical artefacts from Bletchley Park. It will be called the ‘Codebreaker.’ The watch is unlike any other watch ever created and in addition a percentage of the proceeds will be used towards the ongoing restoration of Bletchley Park.

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Bletchley Park played an extremely important role in British history. During WWII it was converted into a codebreaking factory and became the site of the United Kingdom's main decryption establishment, the Government Code and Cipher School (GC&CS,) where ciphers and codes were decrypted, most famously the ciphers generated by the German Enigma and Lorenz machines.

By inventing and using ingenious machines and novel manual techniques to crack German ciphers, the 9,000 scientists, mathematicians and other crucial supporting staff are said to have helped shorten the war by at least two years and saved countless lives.

Inspired by a classic 40’s officer’s watch, the ‘Codebreaker’ will be made with a beautiful and unique Flyback chronograph GMT automatic movement and will incorporate some relevant historical artefacts from Bletchley Park; pine from the iconic Hut 6 (the centre of the operations to decrypt the German Wehrmacht and Luftwaffe Engima ciphers) and paper from one of the few remaining punch cards (used to analyse the vast amount of coded data created from the daily Enigma communications.) Part of the rotor of the watch will be made from the wheel of an original Enigma machine.

240 steel Codebreaker watches will be created and 50 rose gold watches.

Giles English; Co-founder Bremont “Bletchley Park has such an amazing place in world history and has not only inspired us to create the beautiful ‘Codebreaker’ watch, but enabled Bremont to help raise funds and profile for the preservation of this important heritage site of which we are so proud.”

Iain Standen; CEO Bletchley Park Trust “Bremont accomplished a great deal with the HMS Victory watch, both in terms of product and the benefits to the National Museum of the Royal Navy. Knowing this and seeing Bremont’s vision, we were keen to work with them. The mission of the Bletchley Park Trust is to preserve this important part of history for future generations. ”

Nick English; Co-Founder Bremont “Mechanically we have made some considerable movement developments and incorporated materials that have never been built into a watch before. By moving the chronograph dials, building a Flyback chronograph function and GMT second timezone we have accomplished a wonderful mechanical timepiece. Both Giles and I were inspired by the ‘Bombe machine’ and the rotor balance is based on the Bombe’s drums. Each watch will have its limited edition number embedded into the case barrel, which will be made of Bakelite as per the original Bombe machine. Hut 6 is part of the current restoration programme and fragments of its floorboards, on which codebreaking giants, such as Alan Turing and Gordon Welchman walked, have been incorporated into the watch crown.”

Bletchley Park

For decades, the World War Two Codebreaking centre at Bletchley Park was one of the UK's most closely guarded secrets. Today, it's a poignant place to visit and reflect on the achievements of those who worked there. Their outstanding feats of intellect, coupled with breakthrough engineering and dogged determination, were crucial to the Allied victory and in parallel, helped kick start the computing age.

Thousands of people worked at Bletchley Park during WWII to decipher messages transmitted by the German forces. The standard 3 rotor Enigma was capable of being set to approximately 158 trillion possible settings. The reading of encrypted messages on an industrial scale, the use of the intelligence gained and the subsequent related actions of the Allies are said to have shortened World War Two by two years, saving countless lives. The critical importance of Bletchley Park in world history cannot be denied.

Bletchley Park is also the birthplace of the computer. The world's first programmable electronic computer, Colossus was conceived and installed at Bletchley Park during WWII to speed the reading of encrypted German messages sent by Hitler and the high command. Bletchley Park is unique. It combines a key role in modern history with being the birthplace of the digital age.

jwalker9
04-25-2013, 08:27 PM
Really cool idea for a special time/place in history...I just hate that there's no preview of the watch! A real bummer for today. I'm sure it will look great and sell quickly.

chipbutty55
04-25-2013, 09:30 PM
Sounds absolutely fantastic, now where do I get my invite..... :D

Alt1tude
04-26-2013, 07:30 AM
Sounds absolutely fantastic, now where do I get my invite..... :D

Well it's an easy guess as to where the part will be held!

Trumper
04-26-2013, 09:48 AM
Sounds absolutely fantastic, now where do I get my invite..... :D

Will this be for customers/potential customers or just trade? Am super keen to attend but are invites likely to be available?

Elbows
04-26-2013, 02:03 PM
Hi,
First post from me. I'll be keeping a keen eye out for this LE. I just hope it has a display case back :-)

chipbutty55
04-26-2013, 02:09 PM
Hi,
First post from me. I'll be keeping a keen eye out for this LE. I just hope it has a display case back :-)
I would almost say for definite that it will have a display back as they are seemingly using part of an original enigma machine to make part of the rotor