William Wood was the name of our Founder's late grandfather. He served in the British Fire Service for over 25 years winning commendations for his acts of bravery. He was stationed at Pilgrim Street for the Newcastle & Gateshead Fire Brigade on the Blue Watch. He passed away in 2009 but his legacy lives on in our watches.
A REAL HERO
My grandfather was without doubt a hero and incredible man. On 29th June 1966 he and 3 fellow firefighters saved 5 small children aged between 5 and 1 from a severe house fire. They were all awarded with a Certificate of Merit for their courage and bravery which was the first Certificate to ever be awarded in the history of the Newcastle & Gateshead Fire Brigade.
A ROLE MODEL
Our Founder Jonny looked up to his grandfather as a charismatic, loving and strong character. He knew that building his lifelong career around him would get him out of bed every morning ready to take on the world. Each watch we make has his grandfather's legacy beating through each component and is a tribute to all firefighters past or present who are our everyday heroes.
OUR ICONIC LOGO
Our iconic logo represents the side profile of a 1920's British firefighter's helmet. It signifies heroism and bravery and we are proud to have it located on our watch dials and crowns for the world to see and appreciate.
HISTORY IN EVERY WATCH
Whether it's melting down an original 1920's British brass firefighter's helmet and placing it in the back of our Chivalrous Collection or using blue upcycled fire hose from our Founder's grandfather's fire region of Tyne and Wear. Every single William Wood watch has real British firefighting history beating through every component.
A NOTE FROM OUR FOUNDER
When I set up William Wood Watches in 2016 I would have been blown away if you had told me some of the magnificent accomplishments we have achieved to date.
Whether it was attending Baselworld in Switzerland to source our suppliers, breaking over 1,750 customers in 50 countries worldwide, winning the Esquire Self-Made Entrepreneur of the Year, being chosen by GQ, Esquire & Men's Health as The Best Men's Watches to Buy in 2020/21, or donating over £50,000 to international firefighting charities. But the best part of the journey for me is seeing our watches on the wrists of people who appreciate our story, history and values. They know that our watches represent more than just a timepiece, they are a statement of unity, respect and bravery which anyone wearing our watch can proudly feel and share with others.
We feel honoured to be in a position to donate to The Fire Fighters Charity UK. It is extra special for me knowing that my grandfather used their Littlehampton recuperation facilities when he was alive. We look forward to contributing more to this magnificent organisation and other international firefighting charities in the future.
Thank you very much for taking the first step and showing interest in our brand. I would be delighted to personally welcome you to the William Wood family.
Best, Jonny Garrett Founder & CEO
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