Fears Watch Company: The Brunswick ‘Jubilee Edition’ & the Brunswick Champagne

The Fears Watch Company has recently expanded its Brunswick 38mm family by launching two new models: the Brunswick ‘Jubilee Edition’ and the Brunswick Champagne.

The first piece has been created to mark The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee as a numbered edition, only produced in 2022, though not limited. The second model joins the permanent collection alongside the Brunswick White and Brunswick Salmon.

Fears Watch Company Brunswick ‘Jubilee Edition’

The Brunswick ’Jubilee Edition’ features an eye-catching Royal Purple dial with a sunburst finish, radiating from the centre. This finish ensures the rich purple tones of the special lacquer transform from an almost black to a light regal tone with a turn of the wrist. The sunburst finish of the main dial stands in contrast to the concentric machined guilloche finish of the sunken sub-seconds dial at 6 o’clock.

Fears Watch Company Brunswick ‘Jubilee Edition’ watch with Royal Purple dial

Rhodium plating is used on the ‘Fears’ skeletonised hour and minute hands, as well as the diamond-polished hour marker appliques which are realised in the Fears custom ‘Edwin’ typeface.

Included with the Brunswick ‘Jubilee Edition’ are two straps: a Bristol leather strap in Royal Purple with contrasting platinum-coloured stitching, and a Barenia leather strap in muted Pewter Grey.

Fears Brunswick 'Jubilee Edition' - Royal Purple dial on a Royal Purple Bristol leather strap - engraved case back

Though not a limited edition, this watch will only be made and sold during the Jubilee Year of 2022, with each watch carrying a unique edition number engraved on the closed case back.

Launching alongside the Brunswick ‘Jubilee Edition’ is the Brunswick Champagne, a new model that enters the permanent Brunswick 38mm collection. This new watch features a rich champagne coloured dial, created using layers of 18ct Yellow Gold on a surface which has undergone frosting using glass beads.

Fears Watch Company Brunswick Champagne watch

This type of frosted finish has a gentle sparkle to it which complements the true gold colour. The applied ‘Edwin’ numerals are diamond polished before receiving a coating of black gold, giving them a dark, warm contrast to the bright gold tones of the dial.

Fears Brunswick Champagne dial watch on a Pewter Grey Barenia leather strap

The Brunswick Champagne is paired with a handmade Pewter Grey strap crafted from premium Barenia leather which lends a contemporary feel to the watch.

The Fears Brunswick ‘Jubilee Edition’ and Brunswick Champagne are now available to order, retailing for £3,450 inc. VAT (£2,875 ex. VAT) and £3,350 inc. VAT (£2,791.67 ex. VAT) respectively.

Technical details

Model: Fears Brunswick ‘Jubilee Edition’
Reference: BS23800A

Fears Brunswick 'Jubilee Edition' watch with Royal Purple dial on a Pewter Grey Barenia leather strap

Case
316L Stainless Steel, 38mm x 38mm cushion-shaped (depth 11.8mm to top of domed sapphire glass). Closed case back (engraved). Made in Germany
Lug width: 20mm
Sapphire Crystal with ARdur® Swiss anti-reflective coating on inside and outside
Crystals made in Hong Kong, Anti-reflective coating applied in Switzerland

Movement
Top-grade ETA 7001, manual winding, 17 jewels, 21,600vph (3Hz) and 40 hr power reserve
Finished with Côtes de Genève and blued screws. Made in Switzerland

Dial
Royal Purple in purple lacquered colour
Sunburst brushing to surface, with sunken subsidiary seconds counter at 6 o’clock
CNC milled and diamond polished ‘Edwin’ Arabic numerals, coated in Rhodium and hand applied
Made in Germany

Hands
‘Fears’ hands – skeletonised, polished and Rhodium plated
Made in Germany

Functions
Time with subsidiary seconds at 6 o’clock

Warranty
2 Year guarantee from date of purchase

Strap
Royal Purple in Bristol made calf leather, lined in Alcantara®, handmade. Leather tanned in UK, Strap made in Belgium -and-
Pewter Grey in Barenia calf leather, lined in Alcantara®, handmade. Leather tanned in France, Strap made in Belgium

Serial number
Individually numbered, sequentially

Numbered edition
Individually numbered, sequentially (not limited, but only made in 2022)

Retail price
£3,450 inc. VAT (£2,875 ex. VAT)

Model: Fears Brunswick Champagne
Reference: BS23800A

Fears Brunswick watch with Champagne dial on a Pewter Grey Barenia leather strap

Case
316L Stainless Steel, 38mm x 38mm cushion-shaped (depth 11.8mm to top of domed sapphire glass). Closed case back.Made in Germany
Lug width: 20mm
Sapphire Crystal with ARdur® Swiss anti-reflective coating on inside and outside Crystals made in Hong Kong, Anti-reflective coating applied in Switzerland

Movement
Top-grade ETA 7001, manual winding, 17 jewels, 21,600vph (3Hz) and 40 hr power reserve
Finished with Côtes de Genève and blued screws. Made in Switzerland

Dial
Champagne in 18ct Yellow Gold galvanic colour
Glass bead frosting to surface, with sunken subsidiary seconds counter at 6 o’clock. CNC milled and diamond polished ‘Edwin’ Arabic numerals, coated in Black Gold and hand applied
Made in Germany

Hands
‘Fears’ hands – skeletonised, polished and Thermally Blued
Made in the UK

Functions
Time with subsidiary seconds at 6 o’clock

Warranty
2 Year guarantee from date of purchase

Strap
Pewter Grey in Barenia calf leather, lined in Alcantara®, handmade. Leather tanned in France, Strap made in Belgium

Serial number
Individually numbered, sequentially

Retail price
£3,350 inc. VAT (£2,791.67 ex. VAT)

 

 

Fears Garrick

This timepiece is a collaborative creation by British watch brands Fears and Garrick. It was created as a result an imaginative partnership between David Brailsford of Garrick and Nicholas Bowman-Scargill of the Fears Watch Company.

The idea was to harmoniously fuse the design codes of both companies and exploit each firm’s strengths. The Fears Garrick watch unites Garrick’s watchmaking expertise with Fears’ rich heritage and obsessive eye for detail.

Fears Garrick watch

It comes in a curvaceous 42mm steel case, produced in Garrick’s Norfolk workshop. Painstakingly polished, the case’s sinuous profile makes the watch appear smaller than its stated dimensions would suggest.

Fears X Garrick watch

The dial is dressed in a pure shade of white and marked with tastefully unobtrusive branding. The hours and minutes are conveyed with Fears’ signature open-worked hands, working in collaboration with applied Arabic numerals, which again are executed in Fears’ Edwin style. Named after the company’s founder, the typeset is a distillation of historical Fears typefaces. Indeed, this font was created exclusively for Fears.

Fears Garrick mechanical watch

A power-reserve indicator sits at 2 o’clock, while a small seconds display is positioned opposite. The aperture at the base of the dial reveals the balance. A chemin de fer encircles the dial, facilitating ease of read off.

Fears Garrick watch with white dial

The movement, the Garrick UTG04, is hand-wound and finished to an exalted level. Again, crafted in Norfolk, the Garrick UTG04 features six screwed chatons, an indication of its refined execution.

Fears Garrick watch movement

Returning to the balance wheel, positioned dial side, it features a free sprung balance. Unlike the ubiquitous index-regulated balance, the effective length of the hairspring remains constant.

Fears Garrick watch

The rate of the watch is adjusted by tightening/loosening the timing screws located on the rim of the balance wheel, effectively altering the moment of inertia. The benefits of this system include superior rate stability and less susceptibility to positional influence. In this instance, the timing screws are positioned in-board, mitigating air turbulence and, by default, aiding precision. Lastly, the balance features a beat adjuster, allowing the watchmaker to fine tune the anchor symmetry.

Fears Garrick watch case back view

The Fears Garrick watch is available to order exclusively via Fears, retailing for £19,500 inc. VAT (£16,250 ex. VAT) with delivery commencing in December.

Technical details

Model: Fears Garrick
Reference: BS84220

Case
904L stainless steel case
42mm diameter
10mm depth
Exhibition case back
Water resistant to 100m
Lug width: 22mm
Glass: Sapphire crystal to front and back, both with ARdur® Swiss anti-reflective coating on inside and outside.

Movement
Exclusive Garrick calibre UT-G04 manual wound mechanical movement
In-house free-sprung Trinity balance – tested and regulated to ensure a daily variance of +5 seconds
Screwed and hand-polished chatons (jewel settings)
Rhodium-plated with black polished bridges
19 Jewels
Hand frosted finish

Dial
Old English White with paper-like matte white finish. Rhodium bevelled edges to running seconds at 10 o’clock and balance opening at 6 o’clock. Diamond polished ‘Edwin’ numerals, coating in Black Gold. Black and Red printing.
Hands: ‘Fears’ hands – Skeletonised, polished and Thermally Blued.

Functions
Hours, Minutes & Seconds
Power reserve display

Warranty
2 Year guarantee from date of purchase

Strap
Fears Blue or Taupe, British calf leather, lined in Alcantara®, handmade

Production
10-15 watches per year
Serial Number: Individually numbered, sequentially

Retail price
£19,500 inc. VAT (£16,250 ex. VAT)

Fears Watch Company – New Brunswick with Salmon Dial and New Brunswick Midas

Fears Watch Company has launched the latest addition to its Brunswick line of hand-built watches: the Brunswick Salmon.

Featuring a coppery Salmon dial, this joins the Polar White and Fears Blue dial variants, and is the first Fears watch fitted with new ‘Edwin’ numerals—specially designed for Fears by a horological typographer.

Fears Brunswick - Copper Salmon dial on a Bristol Black Bristol Leather strap - On wrist

The Bristol based watch brand is also presenting a new Brunswick Midas model for 2020, with an updated dial and caseback.

Fears Brunswick Midas - Brilliant Silver dial on a Chocolate Brown Bristol Leather strap - Holding glasses

Back in the 1940’s and 50’s, several special Fears watches were offered with a rich, coppery, salmon coloured dial, and for the Brunswick Salmon Fears has worked with their dial manufacturer to recreate this tone using galvanic coatings of 18ct rose gold and copper.

Fears Brunswick - Copper Salmon dial on a Bristol Black strap

The surface of the dial features a delicate vertical brushing, applied by hand, which makes each dial unique and allows it to catch the light in a beautiful, subtle way. This effect is complemented by the concentric circle finishing on the sunken sub-seconds, at 6 o’clock.

Fears Brunswick - Copper Salmon dial on a Bristol Black strap

The new Brunswick Midas features a brilliant silver tone on its dial with golden, applied numerals and matching hands, which, in the right light, creates the illusion of a pale champagne colour.

Fears Brunswick Midas - Brilliant Silver dial on a Chocolate Brown Bristol Leather strap - hands on

The watch features a new solid stainless steel caseback, with a spun, circular grained finish; this style of screw down caseback echoes the originals found on rolled gold Fears watches produced in the 1960s and 70s.

At 6 o’clock the dial of each of these watches now proudly states ‘England,’ to acknowledge not only the parts of the watch which are made in the country, but also the fact that every watch is hand built in England. The elegant simplicity of the Brunswick Salmon and Brunswick Midas is born of complexity, and an example of this is the hour markers on the printed minute track, which are in fact micro-pipettes. These tiny renditions of the Fears logo, though too small to see with the naked eye, nonetheless add an appealing yet subtle detail.

Fears Brunswick - Copper Salmon dial on a Bristol Black Bristol Leather strap

These are the first Fears watches to be fitted with the new ‘Edwin’ numerals—named after the founder of the company, they have been specially created for Fears by horological typographer Lee Yuen-Rapati. Having spent time in the Fears archive, absorbing all the different typefaces which Fears has used throughout its history, he created a new typeface that is modern, yet influenced by them. The result is a very elegant, classic set of numerals, with some vintage flourishes.

Fears Brunswick Midas - Brilliant Silver dial on a Chocolate Brown Bristol Leather strap

Each applied numeral has been treated like a jewel: after being cut out with a CNC machine, to a height of 0.5 mm, they are diamond polished and sand-blasted to create a perfectly smooth and matte finish. Each numeral has then been coated in anthracite, lending a subtle, warm and grey finish, which complements the coppery, pink tones of the dial surface. Finally, each one is applied by hand to the dial, affixed by tiny rivets.

The Fears Brunswick Salmon retails for £3,150 inc. VAT and is available from 25th of September 2020. The New Brunswick Midas retails for £4,250 inc. VAT and is available to purchase today with delivery commencing 30th October 2020.

Technical details

Model: Fears Brunswick Salmon
Reference: BS23800A

Fears Brunswick - Copper Salmon dial on a Bristol Black Bristol Leather strap

Case
316L Stainless Steel, 38mm x 38mm cushion-shaped (depth 11.8mm to top of domed sapphire glass). Made in Germany
Glass: Sapphire Crystals to front and back – both with multiple layers of anti-reflective
Lug width: 20mm

Movement
Top-grade ETA 7001, manual winding, 17 jewels, 21,600vph (3Hz) and 40 hr power reserve
Finished with Côtes de Genève and an applied golden Fears ‘Pipette’

Dial
Copper Salmon in 18ct Rose Gold and Copper galvanic colour. Vertical brushing (by hand) to surface, with sunken subsidiary seconds counter at 6 o’clock. CNC milled, polished and sand blasted ‘Edwin’ Arabic numerals, coated in Anthracite and hand applied. Made in Germany
Hands: ‘Fears’ hands – skeletonised, polished and thermally Blued. Made in the UK

Functions
Time with subsidiary seconds at 6 o’clock

Warranty
2 Year guarantee from date of purchase

Strap
Fears Bristol Leather Strap – crafted from premium calf leather made in Bristol

Serial number
Individually numbered, sequentially

Retail price
£3,150 inc. VAT

Model: Fears Brunswick Midas
Reference: BS23801

Fears Brunswick Midas - Brilliant Silver dial on a Chocolate Brown Bristol Leather strap

Case
Phosphor Bronze, plated with multiple layers of 9ct Yellow & 18ct Rose Gold
38mm x 38mm cushion-shaped (depth 11.5mm to top of domed sapphire glass)
316L Stainless Steel caseback, with spun ‘grained’ finish
Made in the UK
Glass: Sapphire crystal with anti-reflective
Lug width: 20mm

Movement
Top-grade ETA 7001, manual winding, 17 jewels, 21,600vph (3Hz) and 40 hr power reserve
Finished with ‘stippled’ effect and Dual-Gold plated in the UK
Applied golden Fears ‘Pipette’

Dial
Brilliant Silver inRhodium galvanic colour. Vertical brushing (by hand) to surface, with sunken subsidiary seconds counter at 6 o’clock. CNC milled, polished ‘Edwin’ Arabic numerals, coated in Dual-Gold and hand applied. Made in Germany
Hands: ‘Fears’ hands – skeletonised, polished and Dual-Gold plated. Made in the UK

Functions
Time with subsidiary seconds at 6 o’clock

Warranty
2 Year guarantee from date of purchase

Strap
Fears Bristol Leather Strap – crafted from premium calf leather made in Bristol

Serial number
Individually numbered, sequentially

Retail price
£4,250 inc. VAT

About Lee Yuen-Rapati

Lee Yuen-Rapati is a multidisciplinary designer from Canada who is currently based in London, UK. After studying at NSCAD University, Lee received a Master of Arts degree in typeface design from the University of Reading. He has provided custom typographic work for brands such as Habring² and J.N. Shapiro.

In addition to type design, Lee is also behind the One Hour Watch project which is a series of daily horological drawings. His illustrations have been commissioned by MING, and Roger W. Smith, as well as an international audience of watch collectors.

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Fears Redcliff “Streamline” Limited Edition

The limited edition Fears Redcliff “Streamline” watch was launched to mark the 1,000th day since the Fears Watch Company was re-established in 2016.

Fears Redcliff _Streamline_ - Forties Silver dial on a Mink Brown Goat's Leather strap - on wrist - by Mitch Helson (@mitchellvito)

Introduced in 2019, the Redcliff “Streamline” is inspired by a popular watch from the 1946 Fears centenary range called the “Streamline”. This timepiece features a galvanised dial similar to its name sake with an antique silver colour called ‘Forties Silver’.

Fears Redcliff _Streamline_ with origional 1946 Fears _Streamline_ on advert from 1946

The surface of the German made dial is vertically grained with gilt printed numerals and black surrounds, just like the original.

Fears Redcliff _Streamline_ - Forties Silver dial on a Mink Brown Goat's Leather strap - on vintage suitcase - by Mitch Helson (@mitchellvito)

Time is displayed using black ‘Fears’ shaped hands filled with Super-LumiNova for easy reading. The central seconds hand is painted in a special patina red, reminiscent of Fears watches with central seconds hands from the 1940s& 50s, which all featured red seconds hand.

Fears Redcliff _Streamline_

Each Redcliff “Streamline” watch is hand built in the UK using a slim, elegant case that’s made in Switzerland before being finished in the UK. The slim case’s sides are brushed with a polished bezel sitting on top securing a flat sapphire glass featuring anti-reflective.

Fears Redcliff _Streamline_ - Forties Silver dial on a Mink Brown Goat's Leather strap - side

On the tip of the crown is engraved the Fears “Pipette” logo, taken from the design of the hour markers on the first Redcliff Date that re-launched Fears in 2016.

Fears Redcliff _Streamline_ on side

The Redcliff “Streamline” is limited to 100 pieces. The retail of this Fears watch is £483, the same amount of the originals’ £11.2s.6d – simply adjusted for 73 years of inflation.

Fears Redcliff _Streamline_ - Forties Silver dial on a Mink Brown Goat's Leather strap - pack shot

Technical details

Model: Fears Redcliff “Streamline”
Model number: BS13810

Case
316 Stainless Steel, 38mm (depth 8.5mm to top of flat sapphire glass)
Made in Switzerland, Finished & Grained in the UK
Sapphire Crystal with anti-reflective coating; Made in Hong Kong
Lug width: 20mm

Movement
Ronda 515 quartz
Made in Switzerland

Dial
Forties Silver
Galvanised with an antique silver colour
Vertical brushed finish with gilt printed numerals and black printing
Made in Germany

Hands
‘Fears’ hands painted black and filled with Super-LumiNova, Central seconds painted red. Made in Switzerland, Seconds hand painted in UK

Functions
Time (central seconds) & Date

Warranty
5 Year guarantee from date of purchase

Strap
Fears Strap in Mink Brown – crafted from goat’s leather
Leather sourced from India, Strap made in Belgium

Assembly
Assembled by hand in the UK

Serial number
Individually numbered, sequentially

Retail price
£483 inc. VAT

To discover more timepieces from this brand, please visit Fears watches page. To learn more about the Fears Watch Company and its history, please click here.

Fears Watch Company

The Fears Watch Company Limited, known as “Fears”, is one of Britain’s oldest family-run watch companies, first established in 1846 by Edwin Fear in Bristol. The business ran for 120 years until it closed in the late 1960s.

In 2016, the brand was re-established by Edwin Fear’s great-great-great-grandson, Nicholas Bowman-Scargill. Presently, the Fears Watch Company is located in the historic city of Canterbury, where the watches are designed, before being hand built in both Britain and Switzerland.

Fears Brunswick Watch
Fears Brunswick Watch with Blue Dial

Fears Watch Company offers watches in two collections Brunswick and Redcliff. Both model families take their names from important historic locations in Bristol where Fears use to have premises.

FEARS circa 1946 advert for gents Streamline wrist watch
FEARS advertisement, circa 1946

The Brunswick takes its name from Brunswick Square in Bristol where the company’s export warehouse was based from 1920 – 1942. The Redcliff takes its name from Redcliff Street in Bristol where the company was originally founded in 1846.

Fears watches advertisement during its centenary, circa 1946
Fears watches advertisement during its centenary, circa 1946

Fears watches are available to purchase directly from the Fears Showroom located in Canterbury, at online star and via select Authorised Fears Stockists across the UK.

Milestones since 2016

November, 2016: On the 3rd November, during its 170th anniversary, the Fears Watch Company Limited, known as “Fears”, re-launches at the SalonQP watch exhibition in London. Having previously run for over a century, the company has lain dormant for almost 60 years, and is now re-established by the original founder’s great-great-great-grandson. The re-launch model is Redcliff date.

April 2017: Fears launches made-to-order strap and bespoke engraving service.

2019: Fears Watches establishes the new ‘Fears Heritage’ Division. The brand collaborates with Romney Marsh Wools for wool straps and Pickett London for creating leather watch accessories.

February, 2020: Fears Watches partnered with the UK Government’s GREAT Britain campaign, which highlights the best the country has to offer the world. The announcement comes as Fears concludes production of its final Quartz powered watch at the end of February 2020. Since the launch of the mechanical Brunswick in 2017, Fears has been slowly moving towards an all mechanical watch line up.

Going forward all Fears watches will be powered by mechanical movements and, like the Brunswick, will be hand built in the UK. Fears builds its watches in the East Anglian city of Norwich using bespoke components made in Germany (cases & dials), Switzerland (movements &winding crowns), UK (hands and strap leather), Hong Kong (sapphire crystals) and Belgium (straps).

Collections

Contact details

Website: www.fearswatches.com

Fears Brunswick Blue

Introduced in November 2019, this new timepiece featuring a blue dial is the second Brunswick model in steel from the Fears Watch Company Limited. This new watch joins the popular white dialled Brunswick in its improved second-generation case, retaining the same elegant proportions and curves of the original.

Fears Brunswick - Fears Blue dial on a Fears Blue Bristol Leather strap - reflections

Known as the Brunswick Blue, the new watch’s dial perfectly encapsulates the Fears ethos of “Elegantly Understated”. Each dial goes through 56 different processes, resulting in a subtle yet enchanting new face to the Brunswick.

Fears Brunswick - Fears Blue dial on a Fears Blue strap - back lit

With three different layers, two colours of printing and two complementary finishes, the real beauty and detail of this dial lies in the second glance.

Fears Brunswick - Fears Blue dial on a Fears Blue strap - blue stones

The Brunswick Blue’s dial’s layout is reminiscent of a 1940s Fears model, with hand-applied alternate Arabic numerals. Each numeral and cabochon is highly polished before being rhodium plated to match the rhodium plated, hand polished skeletonised Fears hands.

Fears Brunswick - Fears Blue dial on a Fears Blue strap - dark background

A volatile galvanic process, with a high failure rate, is used to create the unique Fears Blue colour. This decadently rich shade of blue combines with the hand-grained surfaces of the dial to catch the light beautifully.

Fears Brunswick - Fears Blue dial on a Fears Blue strap - side

The outer ring and centre of the dial are lowered and have a matt finish, along with the sunken sub-seconds. The surface around the appliques is vertically grained by hand, giving the dial a two-tone effect in the right light.

Fears Brunswick - Fears Blue dial on a Fears Blue Bristol Leather strap - pack shot (angle)

Each Brunswick Blue is hand built in the UK, made in small batches of 20 watches at a time.

The watch is fitted to a Bristol Leather strap in matching Fears Blue, made from vegetable tanned leather created in Fears’ home city of Bristol by Thomas Ware & Sons.

Fears Brunswick - Fears Blue dial on a Fears Blue Bristol Leather strap - pack shot

The Fears Brunswick Blue retails for £3,350 inc. VAT.

Technical details

Model: Fears Brunswick Blue
Model Number: BS23800A

Case
316L Stainless Steel, 38mm x 38mm cushion-shaped (depth 11.8mm to top of domed sapphire glass)
Made in Germany
Lug width: 20mm
Sapphire Crystals to front and back – both with multiple layers of anti-reflective

Movement
Top-grade ETA 7001, manual winding
17 jewels, 21,600vph (3Hz) and 40 hr power reserve
Finished with Côtes de Genève and an applied golden Fears ‘Pipette’

Dial
Fears Blue in galvanic colour
Sunken subsidiary seconds counter at 6 o’clock with vertical brushing (by hand) to outer ring and matt finish to the centre & index ring
Two colour printing
Polished and Rhodium plated hand applied alternate Arabic numerals
Made in Germany

Hands
‘Fears’ hands – skeletonised, polished and Rhodium plated
Made in the UK

Functions
Time with subsidiary seconds at 6 o’clock

Warranty
2 Year guarantee from date of purchase

Strap
Fears Bristol Leather Strap – crafted from premium calf leather made in Bristol

Serial number
Individually numbered, sequentially from 101

Retail price
£3,350 inc. VAT

Available from
14 November 2019

To discover more timepieces from this brand, please visit Fears watches page. To learn more about the Fears Watch Company and its history, please click here.

Fears Watch Company introduces a new range of Wool Straps created with local Romney Marsh Wools

British watch maker Fears has announced a new range of Wool Straps created with local Romney Marsh Wools. The launch of the new watch straps, occurring during the annual Wool Week, is supported by The Campaign for Wool.

The three new straps join Fears’ premium range of handmade watch straps and feature a contemporary stripe pattern woven in Britain from the natural fleece colours. The wool comes from Romney sheep that graze only 16 miles from the Fears headquarters in Canterbury, Kent.

The Romney sheep fleece is considered to be one of the finer British Wool Breeds making it ideal for watch straps. Wools natural elastic, hard-wearing properties mean that the straps maintain their appearance in the longer-term whist also being both stain and odour-resistant.

Fears Watch Company-Romney Marsh Wools-New Wool straps - Blackthorn

Romney Marsh Wools, who raise and breed the Romney sheep, are 6th generation farmers who have been working on Romney Marsh since 1882. Their heritage resonates with Fears who are also run today by the 6th generation. Both businesses share a passion for making high quality products that are designed and made to be long lasting.

Fears Watch Company-Romney Marsh Wools-New Wool straps - Marsh Fern

Commenting on the launch of the Wool Straps, Nicholas Bowman-Scargill, (4th) Managing Director of the Fears Watch Company says, “It’s an absolute pleasure to be working with a local Kent business. When I was first introduced to Kristina at Romney Marsh Wools, I immediately realised that we had a shared ambition to make beautiful, quality items that can be enjoyed now and by future generations. What’s been so enjoyable with creating the Wool Straps is making a product from a traditional material but with a contemporary look and feel. It’s been especially pleasing that The Campaign for Wool have chosen to support our launch recognising the use of British wool in our new watch straps.”

Commenting on working with Fears to create the Wool Straps, Kristina Boulden, Director at Romney Marsh Wools says, “We are thrilled to be able to collaborate with such a local business who has such a wonderful heritage and high-end collection. The idea of being able to create a wool strap made with our wool seemed like such a wonderful concept as wool is such a natural, sustainable and versatile material. The backing of The Campaign for Wool is such an accolade to the beautiful straps Fears Watch Company have created.”

Commenting on Fears and Romney Marsh Wools working together on the Wool Straps, Peter Ackroyd MBE, COO, The Campaign for Wool says, “The collaboration between FEARS and Romeny Marsh Wool illustrates just how diverse and wonderful wool is as a fibre. We continue to see new and fascinating applications of wool created every day, and these new and innovative products show that the Campaign for Wool’s message continues to resonate with consumers.”

Fears Watch Company-Romney Marsh Wools-New Wool straps - Tawny

The Fears Wool Straps will retail for £125 inc. VAT each and are available in two sizes from the Fears online boutique today. They are designed to fit all current Fears watches from the Brunswick and Redcliff collections as well as all watches with a 20mm lug width.

Fears Wool Straps specification

Length
Standard (to fit wrists 178 – 210mm) or
Shorter (to fit wrists 164 – 197mm)

Size
20mm lug width /16mm buckle

Buckle
Stainless Steel with Fears Pipette engraving

Spring bars
Easy-Release

Lining Stamping
“FEARS” & “ROMNEY MARSH WOOL”

Outer material
Fine Romney sheep wool from Romney Marsh, Kent, England
Woven in Britain into three natural colour ways:
•“Blackthorn”
•“Marsh Fern”
•“Tawny”

Lining Materials
Vegetable tanned Calf leather in Fears Blue

Stitching
Tonally matching to outer material

Price
£125 inc. VAT

Romney Marsh Wools

Established in 2008, Romney Marsh Wools, a family run business, was born through a firm belief in raising the awareness of all the benefits wool can bring. Based on the family farm on Romney Marsh, Kent, with Romney sheep having been in the family for at least 6 generations, current numbers are around 1200 ewes in the flock.

All of the wool used to make Romney Marsh Wools’ products is hand selected from their own sheep to produce a beautiful range of British Wool products including throws, cushions, hats, yarn, toiletries and much more, all in collaboration with some of the very best expert makers from the UK.

All of the products are available to buy direct for home delivery from www.romneymarshwools.co.uk and Romney Marsh Wools can also be found at local shows and events and as well as supplying to selected independent outlets throughout the South East and rest of the UK.

Campaign for Wool

The Campaign for Wool was launched in 2010 to educate consumers about the benefits of wool, promote wool-rich products to a national audience and help to support and grow the wool industry. Run by a coalition of industry groups convened by HRH The Prince of Wales, the Campaign works to engage consumers through exciting fashion, interiors, artisan and design lead activities centering around Wool Week each year.

The Campaign for Wool is jointly funded by some of the world’s largest woolgrower organisations in the world. Key nation partners include the British Wool Marketing Board, Australian Wool Innovation/The Woolmark Company, Cape Wools South Africa and Campaign for Wool New Zealand. All have shown incredible support and contributed to the global success of His Royal Highness’s Campaign for Wool since its inception.

To discover more timepieces from this brand, please visit Fears watches page. To learn more about the Fears Watch Company and its history, please click here.

Fears Watch Company Collaborates With Pickett London on Collection of Leather Watch Accessories

British watch company Fears has announced a special collaboration with esteemed luxury leather goods brand, Pickett London. This collaboration is the result of a long-standing friendship between, Fears’ Nicholas Bowman-Scargill and Pickett London’s founder Trevor Pickett, who have worked closely together to create this collection.

The collection includes a Watch Roll, Strap Wallet and a Card Case that bring together Pickett’s expertise in leathers goods with Fears’ expertise in watches. All three items are handmade in London using Fears’ Bristol Leather (made by Thomas Ware & Sons in Fears’ historic home city of Bristol) which is complemented by the traditional Pickett burgundy lining.

Watch Roll

The Pickett x Fears Watch Roll has been designed to securely hold three watches, each in its own removable section. The curved edge of the watch roll’s opening flap resembles the curve of the Fears Brunswick’s cushion case and fastens with a Sam Browne stud in a keeper shaped like the Fears ‘Pipette’ logo. The round ends of this premium roll feature wooden sections, made from English Ash, laser engraved with historic Fears logos and then stained in Fears Ultra Dark Blue.

Strap Wallet

The Pickett x Fears Strap Wallet is designed for watch owners who have a collection of additional straps and bracelet for their watches. The Strap Wallet holds up to five watch straps and bracelets, allowing them to be stored or transported easily without rubbing or touching each other. The straps are held in place by the lining, which is made from Pickett’s burgundy suede and a leather section featuring the same ‘Brunswick Curve’ as the Watch Roll.

Card Case

The Pickett & Fears Card Case features 3 card slots that can safely hold travel, membership and payment cards. Lined in Pickett’s burgundy silk for easy removal of the cards, the slots are shaped with the ‘Brunswick Curve’.

Commenting on the collaboration with Pickett, (4th) Managing Director Nicholas Bowman-Scargill says, “I’m excited to be launching our collaboration with Pickett today, as they are a brand that I have a great deal of respect for. Pickett’s attention to detail and passion for high quality craftsmanship here in the UK is an inspiration and resonates closely with Fears’ own values. Having been friends with Trevor Pickett for several years it felt natural to bring our expertise together in the form of a collaboration featuring the perfect watch roll and introducing a new, unseen before accessory – the Strap Wallet.”

Commenting on working with Fears to create the collection of leather goods, Trevor Pickett, Founder of Pickett says, “We are delighted to have collaborated with Fears on this capsule collection of leather goods following on from previous projects. Working together with Nicholas on this collaboration is more than a pleasure seeing how he carefully managed the evolution of Fears during its reincarnation. I admire Nicholas’ style and attention to detail. We both share a strong appreciation of fine craftsmanship and celebrate the skill base we still have in England, so it seemed a natural fit. It was exciting to combine Nicholas’s watch and strap knowledge with our expertise in making fine leather goods here in the UK.”

  • The Pickett x Fears Watch Roll retails for £345inc. VAT.
  • The Pickett x Fears Strap Wallet retails for £175 inc. VAT.
  • The Pickett x Fears Card Case retails for £95 inc.VAT.

All three items can be personalised with the owner’s initials embossed in silver foil.

Available now directly from Fears and Pickett, both in store and online and at the Fears four-day pop-up within Pickett’s Mayfair store at the end of Savile Row, London.

Technical details

Pickett x Fears Leather Watch Accessories

Watch Roll

Dimensions
Width: 22.2cm
Diameter: 7cm

Features
Individual slots for 3 watches on separate cushions

Fastening
Fears ‘Pipette’ keeper and Sam Browne Stud

Outer material
Fears Ultra Dark Blue premium calf leather made in Bristol by Thomas Ware & Sons, Fears Ultra Dark Blue stained wooden end sections in English Ash laser engraved with a collage of heritage Fears logos

Lining material
Pickett Burgundy suede

Stitching
Tonally matching to outer leather

Made
Hand made in the UK

Branding
Pickett for Fears in silver foil

Price
£345 inc. VAT

Strap Wallet

Dimensions
Width: 26.5cm
Height: 13cm
Thickness: 0.7cm

Features
Slots for 5 straps / bracelets in individual sections

Outer material
Fears Ultra Dark Blue premium calf leather made in Bristol by Thomas Ware & Sons

Lining material
Pickett Burgundy suede

Stitching
Tonally matching to outer leather

Made
Hand made in the UK

Branding
Pickett for Fears in silver foil

Price
£175 inc. VAT

Card Case

Dimensions
Width: 10.3cm
Height: 7cm
Thickness: 0.5cm

Features
3 card slots

Outer Material
Fears Ultra Dark Blue premium calf leather made in Bristol by Thomas Ware & Sons

Lining Material
Pickett Burgundy silk

Stitching
Tonally matching to outer leather

Made
Hand made in the UK

Branding
Pickett for Fears in silver foil

Price
£95 inc. VAT

Pickett

Quietly exclusive and with a longstanding ethos to provide luxury leather goods that are handmade in England, everything about Pickett represents the unique character of artisanal luxury. Launched in 1988 by Trevor Pickett – the quintessential English eccentric – the Pickett brand has grown over the years and remains a proud purveyor of luxury goods. With over three decades of experience within the industry, Trevor has developed the brand into one offering a myriad of wonderful gifts and products.

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Fears Watch Company Offers Servicing For All Fears Watches Made Since 1846 with New ‘Fears Heritage’ Division

British watch maker Fears launches ‘Fears Heritage’, a new division established to cater to owners of Fears watches made between 1846 and 1976. Fears Heritage offers a range of services and straps designed to ensure all Fears watches can continue to be used and enjoyed.

FEARS vintage sterling silver pocket watch, circa 1846
FEARS vintage sterling silver pocket watch, circa 1846

The launch of Fears Heritage follows the launch of the Fears Owners’ Club in January 2019, which is free to join for anyone who owns a Fears watch made since 1846. The launch of the Club revealed how many people still own and regularly use older Fears models, with the oldest piece dating from the 1850s.

FEARS vintage automatic watch with rolled gold cushion case, circa 1970
FEARS vintage automatic watch with rolled gold cushion case, circa 1970

Over the past three years, Fears has gradually been restoring the watches in the Fears Archive and is pleased to now offer this service to owners. Each watch serviced via Fears Heritage is returned to its owner with an extract from the Fears Archive.

FEARS vintge watch, circa 1924, with sterling silver cushion case
FEARS vintage watch, circa 1924, with sterling silver cushion case

Servicing

The Fears Heritage division offers servicing on both wrist and pocket watches ranging from a simple part repair through to a full service and restoration. As a bespoke service, a free quote is provided first (detailing all required work, including which components are to be kept original and unrestored) before the work is carried out by a master watchmaker.

With the youngest of the watches covered by Fears Heritage being over 40 years old it can often be the case that spare parts are no longer available, at which point components can be made from scratch.

Straps

The Fears Heritage division also offers new custom-made straps for all vintage Fears wrist watches. Each strap is bespoke and handmade to fit the specifics of the watch. Since the earliest models’ date from the 1920s, this includes straps made for watches with fixed spring bar. The straps are made to the owner’s wish, either from the 80,000 colour combinations offered in the Fears Custom range, or recreating the original strap fitted to the watch when it was first sold.

Commenting on the launch of Fears Heritage, (4th) Managing Director Nicholas Bowman-Scargill says, “I’m delighted we’re able to launch the Fears Heritage division, which is something I’d always hoped Fears would be able to achieve. Between its launch in 1846 and closing in 1976, Fears produced many high-quality watches in Bristol that found owners across the UK and around the world. The watches made during this 130-year period are of huge interest to me personally as they are the creations of my forbearers. Following the launch of the Fears Owners’ Club at the start of the year, we have been contacted by many Fears owners who are still wearing their vintage watches and who were keen to have them cared for by the company who originally made them.

At Fears we believe our history shouldn’t just be a source of inspiration, but that we also have a duty to look after the watches we’ve made over our 173-years. Being the great-great-great-grandson of the original founder, Edwin Fear, it means a great deal to me to have established stronger links both with the previous incarnation of Fears and to my family’s history.”

  • Fears Heritage servicing starts from £400 inc. VAT.
  • Fears Heritage straps start from £125 inc. VAT.

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Fears Brunswick “Midas”

Fears Watches has announced its second model in the Brunswick watch family – the Brunswick “Midas”.

Named after King Midas from Greek mythology, this new hand-built watch is presented in a special, unique shade of gold inspired by the rolled-gold cases used by Fears in the 1940-70s.

Fears Brunswick _Midas_ - Enamel White dial on a Fears Ultra Dark Blue Bristol Leather strap - on side

Like the steel Brunswick, the Brunswick “Midas” will be made in very small batches, each watch being hand built in Great Britain. The case of the “Midas” is made from Phosphor Bronze which is coated in 18ct Rose gold before a top coat of 9ct Yellow gold is applied.

Fears Brunswick _Midas_ - Enamel White dial on a Fears Ultra Dark Blue Bristol Leather strap - Dual Gold 'Stippled' movement visible through exhibition caseback

The careful application of both colours and carat weights of gold combine to produce the special, warm shade of gold. Visible through the exhibition case back is the watch’s Swiss ETA 7001 manual winding movement, which has its bridges ‘stippled’ before receiving the same dual-gold coating.

Fears Brunswick _Midas_ - Polar White dial on a Fears Blue strap - across dial

The Brunswick “Midas” features the same cold resin enamel dial as the steel Brunswick but with Fears skeleton hands that match the case and movement having been dual-gold coated.

Fears Brunswick _Midas_ - Polar White dial on a Bristol Black strap - side

The new watch is joined by a range of premium straps featuring special leather made by Thomas Ware & Sons in Bristol. The tannery was established six years before Fears in 1840. Based in Bristol, they create leathers in the traditional way using hides from British cattle.

The leather straps start life with a matt understated finish before naturally polishing over time the more they’re worn. The Bristol Leather Straps are available in three colours; Bristol Black, Fears Ultra Dark Blue and English Tan.

Fears Brunswick _Midas_ - Polar White dial on a Bristol Black Bristol Leather strap - pack shot (angle)

All three shades feature a new dark blue lining, embossed with “Bristol Leather”, as well as quick release spring-bars for easy fitting. These premium Bristol Leather Straps now come fitted on new Brunswick watches as well as being offered separately as an additional strap to existing Fears watch owners.

The Fears Brunswick “Midas” will retail for £3,950 inc. VAT and will be available from Spring 2019 with pre-orders being taken.

Fears Brunswick _Midas_ - Enamel White dial on a Bristol Black Bristol Leather strap - pack shot

The Fears Bristol Leather Straps are available in Bristol Black, Fears Ultra Dark Blue and English Tan in both ‘standard’ and ‘shorter’ sizes each retailing for £145 inc. VAT and are available to buy from the Fears online boutique from today. They are designed to fit all current Fears watches from the Brunswick and Redcliff collections as well as all watches with a 20mm lug width.

Technical details

Model: Fears Brunswick “Midas”

Case
Phosphor Bronze plated with multiple layers of yellow& rose gold, 38mm x 38mm cushion-shaped, plated and finished in the UK
Lug width: 20mm
Sapphire Crystals to front (with anti-reflective) and back

Movement
Top-grade ETA 7001, manual winding
17 jewel, 21,600vph (3Hz) and 40 hr power reserve
Movement bridges ‘stippled’ and gold plated in the UK

Dial
Cold resin enamel with skeleton Fears hands, plated in yellow & rose gold, made in the UK

Functions
Time with subsidiary seconds at 6 o’clock

Warranty
2 Year guarantee from date of purchase

Strap
Fears Bristol Leather Strap – crafted from premium calf leather made in Bristol

Serial number
Individually numbered, sequentially

Model number
BS23801

Retail Price
£3,950 inc. VAT

Fears Bristol Leather Strap specification

  • Length: Standard (to fit wrists 178 – 210mm) or Shorter (to fit wrists 164 – 197mm)
  • Size: 20/16
  • Buckle: Stainless Steel with Fears Pipette engraving
  • Spring bars: Easy-Release
  • Lining stamping: “FEARS” & “BRISTOL LEATHER”
  • Outer material: Premium Calf leather made in Bristol, available in Bristol Black, Fears Ultra Dark Blue and English Tan
  • Lining materials: Calf leather in dark blue
  • Stitching: Tonally matching to outer material
  • Price: £145 inc. VAT
  • Watches compatible with: Brunswick (BS23800); Brunswick “Midas” (BS23801); Redcliff Date (BS13810); Redcliff Continental (BS13840) and Redcliff “Bee” (BS13810BEE)

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Fears Brunswick

Unveiled in November 2017, the Brunswick is Fears Watch Company’s first mechanical watch after its resurrection. This watch is the first in a new, premium family of hand-built watches that are directly inspired by timepieces from the Fears archive.

Fears Brunswick - Polar White dial on a Bristol Black strap - on side with case technical drawing and dial samples

This timepiece takes its name from Brunswick Square in Bristol, which was the location of the Fears exporting business, Fears (Export) Limited, that was established in 1920 at No. 14. From these premises, the company shipped its watches to 95 countries around the world, conducting such a significant amount of business that they had their own Post Office branch located inside.

Fears Brunswick watch- Polar White dial on a Fears Blue strap - hands on

The shape of the Brunswick has been influenced by the glamour of the 1920s & 30s and specifically a sterling silver Fears watch dating from 1924.

FEARS vintage watch with sterling silver cushion case, circa 1924
FEARS vintage watch with sterling silver cushion case, circa 1924

This particular timepiece was made in the early years of wrist watches, when the round watch case that is so prevalent today had yet to achieve its dominance.

Fears Brunswick - Polar White dial on a Bristol Black strap - on white beads

Instead, it features a shape that was very popular at this time – the cushion case. The Brunswick uses a similar shaped cushion case with its elegant combination of a rounded square with a circular dial.

Fears Brunswick - Polar White dial on a Bristol Black strap

The many curves and surfaces that give the Brunswick its distinctive look provide a number of manufacturing complications. Once the basic case is machined it requires an entire day of hand polishing by an expert watchmaker to give it its final brilliant finish. Set into the top of the case is a domed anti-reflective sapphire crystal.

Fears Brunswick - Polar White dial on an Azzuro Blue strap made from Barenia leather

Visible through the Brunswick’s sapphire crystal exhibition case back is the watch’s mechanical heart, a top-grade Swiss ETA 7001. This manual wind movement is decorated in the UK with Côtes de Genève and displays the time with seconds on a subsidiary dial at 6 o’clock, just like the watch from 1924.

Fears Brunswick - Polar White dial on a Fears Blue strap - across dial

Along with the case, the dial and hands have also been made in the UK and are bespoke to Fears. The Brunswick uses special skeletonised and thermally blued versions of the distinctive ‘Fears’ hands, first seen on the Fears Redcliff Date.

Fears Brunswick - Polar White dial on a Fears Blue Bristol Leather strap - pack shot (angle)

These hands sit on a highly polished cold resin enamel dial, which evokes the feel of the white enamel dials used by Fears on their first pocket and wrist watches.

Fears Brunswick - Polar White dial on a Fears Ultra Dark Blue Bristol Leather strap - pack shot

The Fears Brunswick retails for £2,300 inc. VAT.

Technical details

Model: Fears Brunswick
Model number: BS23800

Case
316L Stainless Steel, 38mm x 38mm cushion-shaped
Manufactured and finished in the UK
Lug width: 20mm
Sapphire Crystals to front (with anti-reflective) and back

Movement
Top-grade ETA 7001, manual winding
17 jewel, 21,600vph (3Hz) and 40 hr power reserve
Movement decorated with Côtes de Genève in the UK

Dial
Cold resin enamel with skeleton ‘Fears’ hands, thermally blued, both made in the UK

Functions
Time with subsidiary seconds at 6 o’clock

Strap
Genuine Alligator in four colours; Jet Black, Sapphire Blue, Ruby Red & Emerald Green

Serial number
Starting from 1, sequentially

Retail price
£2,300 inc. VAT

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Fears Redcliff Continental

Fears Watch Company expands their Redcliff watch family by adding a new member– the Fears Redcliff Continental.

Unveiled at the SalonQP watch exhibition in London on the 2 November 2017, the Redcliff Continental is inspired by the glamour of international travel in the 1960s, and features a special function that allows for two independent time zones to be displayed on its dial simultaneously. This allows the wearer to easily keep an eye on the time for business associates or loved ones across the globe, or to check the time back home when travelling abroad.

Fears Redcliff Continental - _Passport_ Red dial on Passport Red strap - on wrist

With Fears’ elegant approach to design, this second time zone is discreetly shown by a 24-hour time disc in a dedicated window at 6 o’clock, rather than the more usual additional fourth-hand method.

Fears Redcliff Continental - _Passport_ Red dial on Passport Red strap - on side

The oval shape of this time window is inspired by the oval country stickers attached to cars when driving abroad, a shape reminiscent of motoring holidays on the continent.

Fears Redcliff Continental - All three dial colours together

Utilising the same stylish 38mm stainless steel case as the Redcliff Date, The Redcliff Continental is instantly recognisable as a Fears watch with its distinctive ‘Fears’ hands and ‘Pipette’ hour markers.

Fears Redcliff Continental - Fears Blue dial on a Dukes Red goat's skin strap

The dial features a new two-tone finish with a stylised globe emblem picked out in the centre in a matte texture, contrasting with the high gloss of the dial’s surface.

Fears Redcliff Continental - Jetliner White dial on a Fears Blue goat's skin strap

The globe design, only noticeable in certain lights, pays tribute to the glamorous jet-set age of air travel.

Fears Redcliff Continental - Passport Red dial on a Fears Blue goat's skin strap

The Swiss Made quartz Fears Redcliff Continental (in all three dial colours) retails for £725 inc. VAT.

Technical details

Model: Fears Redcliff Continental

Case
Stainless Steel, 38mm
Glass: Sapphire Crystal
Lug width: 20mm
Water resistance: 50m or 5ATM

Movement
Swiss Ronda 515.24D quartz

Dial
Gloss finish, featuring Super-LumiNova®

Functions
Time (central seconds), 2nd time zone & Date

Warranty
5 Year guarantee from date of purchase

Strap
Genuine goat’s leather

Serial number
Individually numbered, sequentially from No. 350 onwards

Retail price
£725 inc. VAT

To discover more timepieces from this brand, please visit Fears watches page. To learn more about the Fears Watch Company and its history, please click here.

Fears Redcliff Date Passport Red

On the 2nd of November, at the SalonQP watch exhibition in London, Fears Watch Company unveiled a new Passport Red dial colour version of its Redcliff Date watch.

Fears Redcliff Date - Passport Red dial on a Black goat's skin strap

Fears’ existing watch, the Redcliff Date, is now available in a fourth dial colour, Passport Red. This new rich hue has been inspired by the deep red of the world’s most popular passport colour, and joins the existing three dial colour options currently available.

Fears Redcliff Date - Passport Red dial on a Dukes Red goat's skin strap

The new dial’s glossy finish is made up of multiple layers to give it unsurpassed brilliance, and is matched by a new goat’s leather Fears Strap in the same shade. The new dial and strap colour are both compatible with all existing dial and strap colours from Fears.

Fears Redcliff Date - Passport Red dial on a Fears Blue goat's skin strap

The Swiss Made quartz Fears Redcliff Date Passport Red retails for £650 inc. VAT and additional Fears Straps in Passport Red retail for £85 inc. VAT.

Fears Redcliff Date - Passport Red dial on a Mink Brown goat's skin strap

Technical details

Model: Fears Redcliff Date Passport Red

Case
Stainless Steel, 38mm
Glass: Sapphire Crystal
Lug width: 20mm
Water resistance: 50m or 5ATM

Movement
Swiss Ronda 515 quartz

Dial
Gloss finish, featuring Super-LumiNova®

Functions
Time (central seconds) & Date

Warranty
5 Year guarantee from date of purchase

Strap
Genuine goat’s leather

Serial number
Individually numbered, sequentially from No. 300onwards

Retail price
£650 inc. VAT

Fears Strap Passport Red specifications

  • Length: Standard (to fit wrists 178 – 210mm) or Shorter (to fit wrists 164 – 197mm)
  • Size: 20/16
  • Buckle: Stainless Steel – “FWC LTD.” engraving
  • Spring bars: Easy-Release
  • Lining stamping: “FEARS” & “HANDMADE IN BELGIUM”
  • Outer material: Goat’s skin
  • Lining materials: Calf
  • Stitching: Tonally matching to outer material
  • Price: £85 inc. VAT
  • Watches compatible with: Fears Redcliff Date (BS13810)& Fears Redcliff Continental (BS13840)

To discover more timepieces from this brand, please visit Fears watches page. To learn more about the Fears Watch Company and its history, please click here.

Fears “Pebble” Grey Redcliff Date

Fears has introduced a new colour, “Pebble” Grey, to their Redcliff Date watch. This is the third watch from Fears, which relaunched last November on what would have been the company’s 170th anniversary.

Re-established by the original founder’s great-great-great-grandson the British watch company had run for 110 years since being established in 1846 in Bristol.

Fears Redcliff Date - _Pebble_ Grey dial on Pebble Grey strap - on wrist

The new colour takes its inspiration from the white-veined grey pebbles found on Britain’s famous stony beaches. The combination of the white quartz against the mid-grey of the pebble is reflected in the white luminescent hour markers on the dial’s base colour.

Fears Redcliff Date - _Pebble_ Grey dial on Pebble Grey strap - with pebbles from London Thames

The dial features a smooth matte surface finish similar to a pebble, which contrasts with the gloss of the black printing. The “Pebble” Grey dial colour is joined by a matching goat’s skin watch strap in a complementing tone.

Fears Redcliff Date - _Pebble_ Grey dial on Pebble Grey strap - on side

Now available at Authorised Fears Stockists and direct from the Fears e-store, the “Pebble” Grey dial Redcliff Date can be fitted with all existing colours of goat’s skin straps.

Fears Redcliff Date - Pebble Grey dial on a Black goat's skin strap

The “Pebble” Grey strap can also be fitted to the existing “Jetliner” White and “Fears” Blue Redcliff Dates, resulting in 18 possible dial and strap combinations.

Fears Redcliff Date - Pebble Grey dial on a Dukes Red goat's skin strap

The Swiss Made Fears Redcliff Date “Pebble Grey” retails for £650 and additional Fears “Pebble” Grey Straps retail for £85.

Fears Redcliff Date - Pebble Grey dial on a Tan Brown goat's skin strap

Technical details

Model: Fears Redcliff Date “Pebble” Grey

Case
Stainless Steel, 38mm
Glass: Sapphire Crystal
Lug width: 20mm
Water resistance: 50m or 5ATM

Movement
Swiss Ronda 515 quartz

Dial
Matt finish, featuring Super-LumiNova®

Functions
Time (central seconds) & Date

Warranty
5 Year guarantee from date of purchase

Strap
Genuine goat’s leather

Serial number
Individually numbered, sequentially from No. 251 onwards

Retail price
£650 inc. VAT

Fears Strap “Pebble” Grey specification

  • Length: Standard (to fit wrists 178 – 210mm) or Shorter (to fit wrists 164 – 197mm)
  • Size: 20/16
  • Buckle: Stainless Steel – “FWC LTD.” engraving
  • Spring bars: Easy-Release
  • Lining stamping: “FEARS” & “HANDMADE IN BELGIUM”
  • Outer material: Goat’s skin
  • Lining materials: Calf
  • Stitching: Tonally matching to outer material
  • Price: £85 inc. VAT
  • Watches compatible with: Fears Redcliff Date (BS13810)

To discover more timepieces from this brand, please visit Fears watches page. To learn more about the Fears Watch Company and its history, please click here.

Fears Watch Company Launches Made-To-Order Strap and Bespoke Engraving Service

On the 5th April this year, at “Details of a Gentleman” the men’s style showcase in London, the Fears Watch Company Limited launched Fears Custom.

Beginning five months since Fears was re-established, this new premium service will offer customers the opportunity to commission made-to-order straps and bespoke engraving on the Redcliff watch.

Fears Custom allows a Fears watch to be combined with a special strap made from a rainbow of exotic skins. With nearly 80,000 possible colour combinations, each Fears Custom strap is made to order, making them unique to the owner.

The strap can be specified with the owner’s initials blind stamped on the lining, making it truly personal. Handmade in the same Belgium atelier where the current range of Fears goat’s leather straps are produced, the straps keep the same elegant profile and easy-release spring bars.

Fears Custom engraving offers the watch’s owner to re-create a crest, motto or special date on the case back. Going beyond the popular Fears Engraving service, which offers 2-4 initials, Fears Custom engraving employs the complete skill of the same master hand engraver in Mayfair, London. This allows the blank section on the watch’s case back to effectively become a blank canvas.

With over 60 colours and three outer materials to choose from including Lizard, Ostrich and Alligator, plus a choice of 30 lining colours in both Calf and Alligator, the options are almost countless. The final detail of the stitching can be used to contrast or coordinate with the outer material. Each unique strap is completed with an exclusive Fears Custom buckle.

The process of creating a made-to-order strap and bespoke engraving starts with an email or letter. Once the initial request is made, a video call or meeting in London is arranged, which allows the client to see and handle samples showing the extent of what can be made.

Fears Custom engraving starts with a computer drawn design of what the client is imagining, which is then put on a ‘digital’ case back. Once this is approved, the watch is hand engraved and delivered in special all-black packaging.

Available on brand new Fears watches or those already being worn, Fears Custom appointments are available from 20th April. Further information about the service, images of what can be created and the option to request a booklet can be found at http://www.fearswatches.com/fearscustom.

Pricing starts at £150 for made-to-order straps and £100 for engraving.

Fears Custom made-to-order strap specification

  • Length: Standard (to fit wrists 178 – 210mm) or Shorter (to fit wrists 164 – 197mm)
  • Size: 20/16
  • Buckle: Stainless Steel – “Fears Custom” engraving
  • Spring bars: Easy-Release
  • Lining stamping: “FEARS” & “HANDMADE IN BELGIUM” (& Initials – if specified)
  • Outer material options (No. colours): Lizard (29) / Ostrich (23) / Alligator (15)
  • Lining materials options (No. colours): Calf (18) / Alligator (18)
  • Stitching: 33 colours
  • Time for creation: 4-6 weeks
  • Price: £150 – 360 inc. VAT
  • Availability: UK from launch (other countries joining later in 2017)

Fears Custom bespoke engraving specification

  • Engraving: Hand engraved in Mayfair, London
  • Time for creation: 2-3 weeks
  • Price: From £100 inc. VAT
  • Availability: Worldwide

To discover more timepieces from this brand, please visit Fears watches page. To learn more about the Fears Watch Company and its history, please click here.

Fears Redcliff Date

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.

Fears Redcliff Date watch

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.

Fears Redcliff Date watch - Jetliner White dial on a Passport Red goat's skin strap

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.

Fears Redcliff Date - Jetliner White dial on a Black goat's skin strap

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.

Fears Redcliff Date - Fears Blue dial on a Fears Blue goat's skin strap

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.

Fears Redcliff Date watch with Blue dial on a Mink Brown goat's skin strap

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.

Fears Redcliff Date - Fears Blue dial on a Tan Brown goat's skin strap

The Swiss Made Fears Redcliff Date retails at £650 and additional Fears Straps at £85.

Technical details

Model: Fears Redcliff Date

Case
Stainless Steel, 38mm
Lug width: 20mm
Glass: Sapphire Crystal

Movement
Swiss Ronda 515 quartz

Dial
Lacquered, featuring Super-LumiNova®
Water resistance: 50m or 5ATM

Functions
Time (central seconds) & Date

Warranty
5 Year guarantee from date of purchase

Strap
Genuine goat’s leather

Serial number
Individually numbered, sequentially

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