Primary Navigation

Introducing: The Fears Brunswick -

Introducing: The Fears Brunswick –

Fast Take

You’d be pardoned for not perceiving the Fears name. Established in 1846 by Edwin Fear, a 22 year old watchmaker in Bristol, England, Fears was one of Britain’s most seasoned family-run watch companies in its day. At its tallness, the company was delivering watches to 95 nations. However, in the same way as other privately-owned companies, there comes when one age doesn’t want to take it on. Thus the business shut its entryways in 1966.

​It wasn’t until 2016, when Edwin Fear’s extraordinary incredible grandson, Nicholas Bowman-Scargill (already a disciple watchmaker at Rolex in London, where he went through five years), chose over a relaxed Sunday lunch that he planned to restart the old privately-owned company. The Brunswick is the principal mechanical watch from the company in over a large portion of a century.

The Brunswick taking all things together its glory.

Why This Watch Matters

Crucially, this is a watch dominatingly made in the UK (beside the development and lash), and the business has just been exchanging for a very long time. The steel pad case is made totally in the UK, alongside both the dial and the hands. This is no mean accomplishment for a 31-year-old MD whose financed the business himself. Nicholas relaunched Fears with a scope of quartz watches ( the Redcliff Collection ), which “subsidized the advancement of the prototyping of the Brunswick,” he said. “It was essential to us to use and advocate as a considerable lot of the extraordinary watchmaking and designing abilities that are perfectly healthy in Britain today,” he proceeded. Also, when inquired as to whether its been extreme, he basically said “I’ve not been on vacation for a very long time – however other than that its been great”. 

I’ve since quite a while ago respected Laurent Ferrier – he can do what I think all great watch brands ought to have the option to, and that is conceal the name on the dial and have the hands disclose to you who made the watch

– Nicholas Bowman-Scargill

Starting Thoughts

Inspired by watches in the company files, the Brunswick is only a damn gorgeous time-just watch. It’s the correct size for an ordinary watch at 38mm, from a company with little creation volumes. The cool sap lacquer dial is right on target and the blued skeleton hands are magnificent examples (suggestive of those on the JLC Master Control models dispatched at SIHH 2018 ). The steel pad case is inexactly founded on an authentic silver Fears watch dating from 1924 (and requires a whole day of hand cleaning!). It in a split second helped me to remember the Laurent Ferrier Galet Square (perhaps the best creation in present day watchmaking, as I would see it), however I appreciate the distinctions in completing without a doubt. It’s nothing unexpected Nicholas is additionally an aficionado of LF: “I’ve since quite a while ago respected Laurent Ferrier – he can do what I think all great watch brands ought to have the option to and that is conceal the name on the dial and have the hands reveal to you who made the watch”.

The man himself – Nicholas Bowman-Scargill.

Flipping the watch over, the caseback uncovers a hearty Swiss ETA 7001 softly enlivened in the UK with Côtes de Genève. For me however, it’s really what you don’t find in the Brunswick that is generally energizing. The actual brand is profoundly thought of, with a lucid brand personality. In spite of the fact that Nicholas would dissent –  the man is a control crack (in an incredible way) – I truly feel the brand will push on from here to become something important in the advanced watch industry.

The Brunswick was created in two beginning two groups, the two of which have sold out and are at present being made, nonetheless, Fears is currently taking pre-orders for the third bunch, which will be conveyed later this year.

The motivation for the hands on the Brunswick came from this vintage Fears watch.

The Basics

Brand: Fears Watches
Model: Brunswick 

Diameter: 38mm x 38mm pad molded, made and completed in the UK
Thickness: 9-10mm
Case Material: Stainless steel
Dial Color: White cold sap finish with skeleton “Fears’ hands”, thermally blued, both made in the UK
Indexes: Arabic numerals and section ring
Water Resistance: 50 meters
Strap/Bracelet: Genuine Alligator in four tone – Jet Black, Sapphire Blue, Ruby Red & Emerald Green

It was essential to us to use and advocate as large numbers of the incredible watchmaking and designing abilities that are fit as a fiddle in Britain today

– Nicholas Bowman-Scargill

Great typography  is a major piece of why this dial works so well.

The Movement

Caliber:  Swiss ETA 7001
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds

Diameter: 23.3mm

Thickness: 2.5mm
Power Reserve: 40 hours
Winding: Manual
Frequency: 3 Hz (21,600 vph)
Jewels: 17

The ETA 7001 that controls the Brunswick is done in the UK.

Estimating & Availability

Price:  £2,300 (inc. Tank )/$2,675 (exc. VAT)

Availability: Pre-orders are currently open through the Fears online shop, conveyance will be July/August 2018

For more snap here.

The 38mm pad molded case wears very well on the wrist.