On the 3rd November 2016, the Fears Watch Company Limited, known as “Fears”, announced its return at the SalonQP watch exhibition in London. Having previously run for over a century, the company has lain dormant for the past 60 years, and is now re-established by the original founder’s great-great-great-grandson.
Today, the new watches have been designed in Britain before being manufactured in Switzerland, meaning Fears watches still carrying the “Swiss Made” label as they had for over a century before.
The first watch to carry the Fears name on its dial in 60 years is Redcliff Date, which takes its name from the street in Bristol where the company was originally founded. The Redcliff Date is an analogue three-hand watch featuring the date in a window at 3 o’clock. Powered by a Swiss Ronda quartz movement housed in a 38mm stainless steel case, the Redcliff Date has been designed to suit both men and women.
Available in two dial colours at launch; “Jetliner” white and “Fears” blue, both featuring Super-LumiNova® on the hands and hour markers. Each watch is offered on a choice of five strap colours, all hand-made in Belgium from Indian goat’s leather, featuring an Easy-Release spring bar system allowing the wearer to change the strap easily with no tools.
The company was originally founded by Edwin Fear in 1846 in Bristol, before growing during the 19th and 20th Centuries to a point that by the late 1920s it was employing over 100 people. The export warehouse, which had its own Post Office branch, fulfilled orders received from 95 “Foreign and Colonial” countries.
Surviving two world wars, Fears closed in the late 1950s when the fourth generation decided not to continue the business. It has now been re-established in the 21st Century by Nicholas Bowman Scargill, the 6th generation, after he completed nearly five years training with Rolex in their London workshop.
The Fears Redcliff Date is one of the first watches to be accompanied by its own service history book, the Fears WatchBook. Along with the five year guarantee and instructions the book features specific pages to accompany the History Notes that are provided by Fears with every new strap purchase or after-sales service. The brand also offers a range of tailored services from battery changes to engraving.
The Swiss Made Fears Redcliff Date retails for £650 and additional Fears Straps for £85.
Model: Fears Redcliff Date
Stainless Steel, 38mm
Lug width: 20mm
Glass: Sapphire Crystal
Swiss Ronda 515 quartz
Lacquered, featuring Super-LumiNova®
Water resistance: 50m or 5ATM
Time (central seconds) & Date
5 Year guarantee from date of purchase
Genuine goat’s leather
Individually numbered, sequentially