Over the years we’ve really warmed up to Bremont on this site, even though I think they’ve had some misses recently. The S302 GMT I reviewed is still a hit in my eyes and this time, I wanted to test out one of the more entry-level offerings in the catalog. By the way, that S302 even made its way into our guide covering the best military watches ever. While it’s not necessarily affordable by any means, the Bremont Broadsword seemed to be a compelling entry point, specifically within the brand’s Armed Forces collection. I jumped at the opportunity to try it out this year, along with a couple of other field watches in my rotation.
The Bremont Broadsword is a watch that doesn’t mince words. Part of Bremont’s Armed Forces Collection, it’s is a statement of rugged functionality and military heritage. It’s a no-nonsense, fit-for-purpose watch that reflects the ethos of the British Armed Forces. I found it way more interesting than the usual Hamilton Khaki-like models out there and right up there with similar offerings from brands like Vertex. Dang …. I gotta test out a Vertex next, now that I think about it.
Let’s not beat around the bush—the Bremont Broadsword means business. Its 40mm stainless steel case isn’t oversized. But I found it substantial enough to feel robust on the wrist. The case design is utilitarian, with strong lugs and a durable crown that’s built to withstand whatever comes its way. The dial is simple and legible, featuring prominent Arabic numeral hour markers and sword-style hands. The matte black dial is uncluttered, and the clear markings ensure that time can be read at a glance.
The case dimensions are just right for a variety of wrist sizes, and it wears comfortably. I’m really starting to get into the 40mm diameter for these field-style watches. The Broadsword strikes a balance between a tool watch and an everyday timepiece. It’s designed to accompany you through challenging conditions (office life, probably), and it’s 100 meters water-resistant—more than enough for most water-related activities. While not extravagant, the watch’s design is practical, reliable, and fits the military’s no-nonsense approach to gear.
The Bremont Broadsword runs on an automatic movement that Bremont calls the BE-95-2AV, which offers both convenience and durability. The movement isn’t overly complicated, but it doesn’t need to be. It keeps time with precision, ensuring that the wearer can rely on it when it matters most. This watch is about functionality and robustness over extravagant complications.
The Broadsword offers options when it comes to the strap or bracelet. You can get it with a canvas strap or a stainless steel bracelet. Honestly, I’d probably just wear it on a nylon strap as I’ve pictured here in this review. The canvas strap complements the watch’s military-inspired design, and it’s comfortable for long-term wear. The bracelet, on the other hand, probably adds a touch of refinement, making the Broadsword suitable for various occasions. I’d stay away from it personally, since it just seems like it would be added weight.
One of the standout features of the Bremont Broadsword is its exceptional legibility. In low-light conditions or high-pressure situations, the matte black dial with generous lume on the hands and markers ensures that time remains visible. Bremont has designed this watch with a specific purpose in mind, and the legibility speaks to that mission.
Bremont Broadsword Specs
- Case Diameter: 40mm
- Case Thickness: 11.9mm
- Lug-to-Lug: 47mm
- Case Material: Stainless steel
- Water Resistance: 100m
- Movement: Modified Calibre 11 1/2’’’ BE-95-2AV (38-hour power reserve)
- Crystal: Sapphire
- Bracelet: Matching stainless steel or textile
- Price: $3,445
The Bremont Broadsword is not only a functional military watch but also a collectible timepiece for enthusiasts and those with a connection to the military. With a price point that’s competitive for a watch of its quality and purpose, it’s an attractive option for those who appreciate a solid tool watch with historical significance.
While I enjoyed the Broadsword, it’s no S302. Sure, it offers a strong design, legibility, and easy wearability. I’d say it’s a solid choice for anyone who values function over extravagance but for me it fell a little flat. If you like something that doesn’t demand the spotlight, it’ll probably serve you well as a dependable timepiece. I can’t deny that it’s still a practical and purposeful piece that honors tradition and excels in its role as a military-inspired watch.
Michael Peñate is an American writer, photographer, and podcaster based in Seattle, Washington. His work typically focuses on the passage of time and the tools we use to connect with that very journey. From aviation to music and travel, his interests span a multitude of disciplines that often intersect with the world of watches – and the obsessive culture behind collecting them.