Category Archives: British Watches

Bremont Limited Edition Longitude: Bespoke & Old School

This imited edition luxury watch is a tribute to that fabled quest for accurate Longitude, which was resolved by the genius of John Harrison who developed the ship’s chronometer and eventually won the 20,000 pounds prize offered by Parliament.

Bremont’s new 40mm wide, big crown watch also costs around 21 grand in rose gold, and 15K in stainless steel. It will go on sale on December 1st.

That red dot in the middle of the dial is the automatic power reserve indicator by the way. It has a distinct retro appeal, it almost looks like a marriage watch, you know where they recase a pocket watch movement, plus it has that polished bezel that reminds me of a ship’s chronometer.

It’s a handsome devil but expensive, despite the British made kudos. A true collectors item in the long run? Maybe.

Here’s the word from Bremont;

Not only does the Longitude house the brand’s first manufactured movement from its new ENG300 movement series but it also incorporates original brass from the historic Flamsteed Meridian Line at the Royal Observatory Greenwich, London.

At Greenwich, the brass Flamsteed Meridian line marks the historic position where the first Astronomer Royal, John Flamsteed, made his observations and laid the foundations for accurate timekeeping and navigation.

Bremont has made considerable investment into new machinery, staff and training and the firm’s in-house technical team has modified the base K1 calibre, for which it has acquired the full rights to manufacture and re-engineer from Swiss firm “THE+”. The ENG300 series is the result of Bremont re-engineering 80% of the base calibre, including making a number of design improvements, in order to build a proprietary movement to the brand’s unique specification.

VERDICT;

Is a Bremont a good investment? Let’s take a look online and see what pre-owned examples are selling for? We found a 2017 chronometer whoch made just under £7000 at Bonhams, that’s pretty respectable.

Another less impressive result was at the Worthy auction site, where a Bremont Chronometer made just $1600 back in May 2021. Over on eBay we saw a Bremont Solo on sale ( or Offers) at two grand, which is exactly a grand less than the new price, or a 33% depreciation. Assuming it sells of course.

A Bremont ALT-Z model was on offer from a dealer for £3000. Brand new it retails from 5K upwards, depending on spec. That’s a hefty 40% depreciation, again assuming that someone pays the three grand for it.

On that basis you could be looking at dropping about five grand on this Longitude model if you decide to sell it in 3-5 years time. That’s not great is it? Maybe Bitcoin isn’t so risky after all..

 

 

 

New Christopher Ward C63: Carbon Case, COSC Movt

UK brand Christopher Ward has a new C63 variant ready for pre-order. The Colchester celebrates the bravery of the Parachute Regiment and is a black dial, military themed watch, as you’d expect.

Para wings logo on the caseback, plus a Swiss Sellita SW200 movement inside, which is COSC standard by the way. Quality.

It’s a super lightweight watch as the case is made from injection moulded carbon, so very much lighter than steel. CW say the watch head weighs in at just 38g.

We like that flush fitting crown too by the way, completes the functional look very well. Price is £995.

More here. 

Marloe Tap Into The Glorious British Jet Age

Marloe has a new model on the runway, it’s the Pacific automatic, inspired by the jet age that transformed Britain back in the 1950s.

The range stretches from the Pacific 52 to the 76 model and traces the rise and fall of the British commercial aviation industry, peaking with Concorde, the fabulous supersonic aircraft that upset Boeing so much, they tried every trick in the book to stop it from flying to the USA.

Inside there is a Swiss Sellita with a 40 hour reserve, sapphire crystal, steel case and they put a magnifying crystal on the see-thru caseback. That’s a clever touch for all those who love watch engineering.

We like the strap customiser on the website too.

Here’s the word on the blue dial Pacific 76;

The dial of the Pacific 76 has a pillow cross-section – it rises up from the edge of the dial to a central plateau – which makes the dial jump out from the confines of the case. The applied indices raise up from the dial surface but, in a unique departure from the norm, the blocks are entirely machined from Superluminova C3. Not only is this a beautifully three-dimensional application of the numerals, but due to the whole block being of luminous compound, it glows with an unmatched intensity.

A classic British colourway adorns the 76 with a glossy white railroad track outer ring surrounding the central blue plateau and white numerals, whilst the subtle radial sub-dial sits in contrast to the little flash of red of the sub-seconds hand. It’s refined, modern and elegant. Much like the people who travelled on the supersonic white dart.

Schofield Treasure: Bespoke, British and Nautical

If you like something bespoke and British then Schofield has a new model called the Treasure watch. Available with silver or gold plated coloured cases, this features a Swiss movement and it’s a limited edition of just 29 pieces. That is collectable.

It kind of reminds us of a ships chronometer with that deep case and smooth bezel.

This one retails at £3,480.

Here’s the word from Schofield;

The notion of treasure, whether to hoard it or share it has been a Schofield conundrum from the start. One of our many straplines, ‘All we Make is Treasure’ sums up the Schofield vibe of the coast, lighthouses and the romance of something to be discovered.

It has been 10 years this November since we launched Schofield to the world with the Signalman. A polished steel case with a black dial. So we consider this new model an anniversary watch harking back to an earlier time with all the wonder we have imagined over the last decade built in.

The price shown is with UK VAT, if you are outside of the UK, VAT will be deducted at the checkout. There are so many ways to pay, if you would rather do business over email – it is no problem. Note – COVID, Brexit and Christmas will slow production down, please be aware that it is likely to take one to two months to complete an order.

Marloe Limited Edition: Darting Around The Bay

Marloe Watches have a limited edition model, in collaboration with Bert & Buoy, which we reckon are a nautical fashion brand.

The super clean dial watch has a sky blue strap and matching dial details plus blue second hand. It’s almost like a child’s drawing of a boat on the ocean and some may love that simplicity of design.

Marloe say;

Beauty in simplicity; nothing could be more apt to describe Bert’s nautical illustrations and the same is true of our design for The Dart. Using the illustrated ship motif as the centrepiece, we formed a simple set of markings around the upper ring of the dial, leaving the main dial surface free of any distractions. It brings a wonderful clarity and openness to The Dart that, coupled with the ink-line hands, makes time-telling a cinch.

The dial is constructed using 3 layers; the dial surface, flat and spacious, with a slightly recessed colour ring in Bert’s vivid aquamarine, and a final chamfered upper ring with 1-through-12 and minute markings, both in that same aquamarine and a lighter grey. It’s an exercise in beautiful simplicity.

Which is fair enough.

So what’s inside the minimalist case? A reliable Miyota auto movement, the 9039 series in fact. There is a see-thru caseback if you wish to view it, although some may say it’s a bit pedestrian. The porthole effect on the screwdown caseback is a very clever touch though, appreciated.

Limited to 250 pieces and retails at £349. More here. 

Winton Watches Debuts Rawlins 200m Diver

Latest from Winton Watch Company, say hello to the Rawlins model;

Inspired by diving medicine pioneer Sir John Rawlins, The Winton Watch Company’s latest watch is equally at home under the sea as in the boardroom. Hand assembled in Switzerland and water resistant to 200m, with sapphire glass, it will take pretty much anything you care to throw at it.

With a blue dial, the timeless design features applied markers and large ‘paddle’ pointers, making it easy to tell the time at a glance, and high luminescence means you can read it no matter what the conditions – whether diving wrecks or flagging a cab in the city.

The Rawlins includes a rotating bezel – a feature introduced in the early 1950s to track a diver’s bottom time, or time spent underwater. The bezel can also act as a reminder to prevent divers from exceeding their diving time limit – and features a 15 minute ‘red zone’.

It’s sister watch, the Walker, has a black face and is inspired by William Walker, a diver who saved Winchester Cathedral.

Price is £585 by the way.

Marloe Watch Celebrates Donald Campbell’s 100th

The Centenary of Donald Campbell’s birthday is something that Marloe Watches, and speed fans everywhere, can celebrate. Campbell junior lived in the shadow of his father to an extent, but carved his niche in the world of speed record breaking, becoming front page news in Britain back in the Sixties.

Watch the land speed Bluebird CN7 story here;

Here’s the word from Marloe Watches on their special edition;

The Centenary Edition is a celebration of a man borne of speed obsession who would travel firmly and resolutely into the annuls of speed history. His achievement on land and water captivated, inspired and motivated people to be better, to chase harder and love stronger. This 100 piece edition marks the 100th year from the day Donald Campbell was brought into this world, and with this unique conduit of memory we celebrate the inimitable speed master.

The design of the Centenary Edition is unique – we’ve taken a back seat – our logo is printed in clear gloss whilst Donald’s iconic Bluebird logo is centre stage. Glistening salt-white, gold and Bluebird blue, the Centenary Edition is heavenly in its presentation – classic, clean and uncomplicated. The gold-edged dial is surrounded by a moat of lume which is startlingly bright in vivid blue – Donald’s lucky colour – and just wait until you see the Bluebird icon at night.

We’re also honoured to be permitted to use the great man’s signature on our exhibition case back, and sign off this edition with the etched and paint-filled markings “Speed Record Breaker On Land And Water – Official Commemorative Edition – Donald Campbell”. A final unique touch to an already incredible watch. Supplied on a salty sand rally strap as standard, and numbered 001-100.

 

William Wood Offers Swiss Or Seiko Power Options

This is one custom feature we love at NWC mag; choosing your movement. The Valiant model from WW watches comes with a Sellita Swiss movement, or the trusty Seiko NH35 unit.

There is something to be said for the Swiss option, but the Seiko NH35 is a VW 2.0 diesel unit engine, super reliable and easy to fix, or replace if it ever gives you any trouble. Our verdict is go with Seiko and spend the 450 quid saved on another watch.

Yeah, the price difference is quite steep, with the Sellita model retailing at £1150 and the Seiko one at £695.

Either way, you get a 41mm automatic, sapphire crystal,  stainless steel case, 100m depth resistance and a screwdown crown.  There’s a very nice dash of lume on the markers and hands too.

The WW watches have straps made from recycled fire hoses by the way and support fire fighter charities, with over 40K raised so far.

C63 Sealander Goes Green

The Christopher Ward C63 GMT has a new green dial, green strap option added to the range and for us, it’s a winning combo.

The watch is powered by a Swiss Sellita SW330 movement, has plenty of lume, date window at 6pm and the famous GMT hand of course. Case diameter is 39mm, which makes this a nice size for everyday wear.

The price is £795, which for a watch that can offer see-thru sapphire crystal, 56 hours of power reserve and a stunning green `ombre’ style dial, is pretty fair. It’s assembled in the UK don’t forget, where wages are very high, so you pay extra to support jobs here, rather than in say China or Singapore. Your choice.

150m of water resistance isn’t impressive for some, but certainly enough for holiday snorkelling or swimming. There is a steel bracelet option, plus you can change to a silicone strap quite easily, using the quick-change mechanism.

The winning feature for us is that hand-distressed dial finish, which makes a refreshing change from so many white dial GMT watches.

Bamford Launches New Sellita Powered Watch

Bamford London, famous for their customised variants of Rolex, TAG and Zenith models, have launched the B347, which features a Sellita SW510 chrono movement.

There are two version in blue and black, both with monopusher chrono functions. Quick change date, 41.5mm case width, sapphire crystal and carbon case, featuring steel back. The case has that meteorite look about it.

Various strap options and we love the Panda black/white model best, the sub-dials really kick out. Price is £2500.

More here.