On April 1, 2015, Jimmy Fallon was doing the Tonight Show and shared a story about how his father-in-law successfully ejected from and survived a U.S. Marine Corps training mission he piloted in the 1960s. Jimmy Fallon mentioned how he was in London last summer and he saw a Bremont watch shop and saw a watch called the Bremont Martin-Baker Ejection Seat in the widow. When he went in to inquire about it, they told him the only way the watch could be purchased is if the person who its for survived a live ejection from a military plane at some point in their life. So he called his wife and asked her to ask her father if the Ejection Seat was a Martin Baker Ejection seat and he confirmed that it was.
Jimmy got the year of the training mission 9/9/61 and his father in law’s tie club member name “Cosmo” and purchased the watch and had it engraved and presented it and surprised his father-in-law live on the Tonight Show.
The watch Jimmy presented to his father in law was the Martin Baker MB1. This watch is constructed out of stainless steel and 43mm in case diameter. The movement is the Modified calibre 13 1/4” BE-36AE automatic chronometer, 25 jewels, glucydur balance. Anachron balance spring, Nivaflex 1 mainspring, 28,800 bph, 38 hour power reserve, Bremont moulded and skeletised decorated rotor. The functions include;Hour/minute/second, date and day at 3H. The case is Hardened stainless steel Trip-Tick® case construction with bi-directional rotating bezel. Case diameter 43mm, lug width 22mm. Inner soft iron anti-magnetic Faraday cage to protect movement. Protective patented anti-shock movement mount. The MBI comes with a “Martin-Baker Red” centre barrel, exclusive to this watch.
What an incredibly cool story and great exposure for British brand Bremont. This just shows us the power of the wrist watch and how it can tie in history and preserve memories for a lifetime!
Please watch the video clip of Jimmy Fallon telling the story and presenting his father in law the Bremont Martin Baker Ejection Seat watch live on the Tonight Show
video clip and pics courtesy of the Tonight Show Youtube Channel and Bremont