Maybe I intrigued a few of you with that title? Just got an MB3, and here are some initial thoughts.
I've been looking at Bremonts since a year ago, when I happened on their store in NYC while looking at other watches. I didn't know much at that time about the brand but were pretty blown away by them. Started doing my research and discovered a lot of passionate fans, but also a lot of passionate "haters." Most of the haters think the watch is way overpriced. Well after a few flips I scrounged up enough to grab a used MB3 off the forum for a great price- I wanted to judge for myself.
I am fairly value-conscious. I buy almost exclusively second-hand (although am not opposed to supporting a good AD). I have come to realize that value for me means simply: value=benefit/cost. Cost is fairly easy to determine, but benefit is much more elusive. Some consider benefit to be related to the specifications of the watch (materials), whether it is in-house, the "provenance", if it's a status symbol, etc.
I am not immune to these considerations, but for me, value is determined simply by the question, "how much do I like it?" I realize a lot of people look at Bremonts and think they do not have good value, because they're not in-house; they are a new brand without history; etc., and they cost as much as Omega, and more than Tudor for example.
For me, my value calculation on this MB3 is simple. If purchased on the second-hand market, this watch has amazing value.
It is a tank. It feels indestructible. It is super masculine. Its design is unique and very cool. Internal bezel is so satisfying. It has a cool story. It just f-ing rocks.
Downsides for me- it's a little big. Bremont, you need to make the MB series in a 40-41mm!! Also, the tight crown issue is ridiculous.