The name of the HMS Victory is connected to one of the biggest and most renowned events in the history of England – the battle of Trafalgar. Namely, this battle took place in 1805 when the British Royal Navy met the joint French and Spanish fleets near Trafalgar. Though the British army was a lot weaker in numbers, it came out as the victor with no ships wrecked. Admiral Lord Nelson was the leader of the British navy, and he was abroad the HMS Victory. Both Nelson, who was lethally wounded, and his ship became historic figures after this battle.
The HMS Victory is the oldest preserved and functional ship today. It is currently being restored, and Bremont came up with the idea to create a watch that will be a tribute to Nelson and the battle of Trafalgar. Bremont was very proud to get the approval of the National Museum of the Royal Navy. Both parties claim to be aware of the enormous responsibility they have to make a watch that will deserve its name. Nevertheless, the officials at the museum commented that they had absolute faith in what Bremont was doing. The watch will be presented at the Prime Time Fine Jewelry and Watches event in San Diego later this year. The timepiece is limited to 250 pieces, each bearing a part of the famous ship.
There is no doubt that Bremont has done its share of the work meticulously and professionally. The Victory watch has a dial of 43 mm in diameter, displaying several indicators on its white background. We have a 30-minute and hours chronometer at 12 and 6 o’clock respectively. On the sides we have two retrograde functions – the date indication and minute counter. Part of the mechanism can be seen through the transparent part of the back case. Rest of the back case is decorated with motifs from the great battle and what is believed to be Nelson’s last words that are also engraved on the ship: “Thank God, I have done my duty”. The mechanism is housed in a stainless steel case, with two pushers on the side and a big onion shaped crown. The estimated price of the piece is $18,000. However, a special rose gold edition is announced for when the sales begin. All the funding received through sales will be used for the restoration of the HMS Victory ship.
Here you have a chance to hold a little piece of history on your wrist, to have a watch that is not only elegantly designed but also tells a great story, and also donate for the restoration of the ship you are paying honor to. This must be an interesting piece for watch collectors, but I remind you that the piece is of limited edition and that some pre-orders have already been accepted.
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