William Wood was the name of my 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 serving on the Blue Watch. Sadly he passed away in 2009 but his legacy lives on.
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.
COURAGE AND BRAVERY
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.
I looked up to my grandfather as a charismatic, loving and strong character. I knew that building my lifelong career around him would get me out of bed everyday ready to take on the world.
Our iconic logo represents the side profile of a 1920's British firefighters helmet in dedication to my grandfather and the years of courage he showed.
HISTORY IN EVERY WATCH
Whether it's melting down an original 1920's British brass firefighters helmet and placing it in the back of our Chivalrous Collection, or using blue upcycled fire hose from my grandfather home fire region of Tyne and Wear in our Valiant Collection straps. You can be sure that every single William Wood watch has history beating through every component.
A NOTE FROM THE FOUNDER
When I set up William Wood Watches I would have been blown away if you had told me some of the magnificent accomplishments we have achieved.
Whether it was attending Baselworld in Switzerland to source our suppliers, breaking over 1,000 customers in 43 countries worldwide, winning the Esquire Self-Made Entrepreneur of the Year 2018, being chosen by GQ & Esquire as The Best Men's Watches to Buy in 2020, or growing our social media followers to over 25,000 - the list goes on. 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 represents 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 Little Hampton recuperation facilities when he was alive. We look forward to contributing more to this magnificent organisation in the future and beyond.
Thank you very much for taking that first step and showing interest in our brand. I would be delighted to personally welcome you to the William Wood family.