The Blue Watch
Production Timeline: 5 Months
Delivery Date: May 2020
Welcome to William Wood Watches - Valiant Collection - a fully stainless steel Automatic diving watch equipped with a choice of either a Swiss ETA 2824 or Japanese Seiko NH35 Automatic movement. We pored over the design of our Valiant Collection for months and have come up with a watch that pays homage to the Fire Service and my grandfather, whilst still being a beautiful timepiece for the general public.
Swiss or Japanese:
Swiss ETA 2824 Automatic: The 2824, the best known of the 28 family, is ≈5mm thick and 25.6mm in diameter. It is a self-winding movement with the oscillating weight spinning up a 38-hour power reserve and has 25-jewelled bearings. The regulator is ETA’s own Etachron system. Watchmakers argue that the 2824 is one of the most durable and precision movements in its price range. It has been around long enough to demonstrate its tough credentials, with the first of the modern 2824-2 models being released in 1982.
Japanese Seiko NH35 Automatic Movement: The Seiko NH35 is also a self-winding movement and has 24-jewell bearings. The movement is one of the world’s most popular automatic movements. The NH35 should be fully wound after about 55 manual turns of the crown. Some would argue that Seiko were the first brand to produce an automatic watch and watch critics argue that Seiko movement are as accurate as major Swiss luxury providers.
Rank Markings - At the turn of the century the Fire Brigade was a branch of the Police Force and the rank structure was that of Police. When the Fire Service was made independent of the Police a new rank structure and markings were designed for the uniform. Now rankings of a firefigher can be seen on their uniform collar. The two stripe indices located at the 12 on the watch face represent the markings a Crew Manager would have on his or her uniform collar.
Checkered Markings - Printed around the perimeter of the dial is the exact checkered markings design from the side of a British fire engine which have been picked up and dropped onto our Valiant Collection watch face in an understated yet complimentary way.
Bell Chime - Now that we have moved through the ranks of complexity to an automatic movment we have added a sweeping second hand to the dial. The second hand has been designed to look like the chime from an old fire engine bell.
Super-LumiNova - We wanted this to be a watch that you could wear everyday. No matter what the job! By having Super-LumiNova on the indices, hands and bezel you can follow the time no matter how dark your environment may be.
Water Resistant (100m) - You have the ability to dive up to 100m without any fear of water damage. You can confidently wear your watch in the swimming pool or in the shower without giving it a second thought.
Firefighter Helmet Crown - Don’t worry, we haven’t forgotten about the upcycling element you all love. Placed inside the crown is an inset made from a 1920’s British brass firefighter’s helmet. All of the casting and craftmanship is carried out in the heart of London’s prestigious jewellrey district of Hatton Garden. Each inset is finished with our unique William Wood firefighter helmet logo engraving.
Limited Edition - Each watch comes with a unique engraving between 1 - 250 on the caseback so that you know you are the owner of something very special.
Fire Hose Straps - Something that we are very proud of is the fact the we have created our very own William Wood straps made from cast off Angus Duraline British fire hose rubber. The luscious red makes our watches stand out and you can still smell the smokiness in the rubber! You will find out more about these further into the presentation.
- Swiss ETA 2824 or Japanese NH35 Automatic movement
- Case diameter 41mm
- Case thickness 16mm
- Lug width 20mm
- Water Resistant 100 metres / 10 ATM
- 316L Stainless Steel case and metal band
- Double domed sapphire crystal glass with anti-reflective coating and blue tint
- Rotating bezel with Super-LumiNova 12 dot
- Super-LumiNova hands, indices and bezel 12 dot
- Domed dial with date window and sweeping second hand
- Crown inset made from original 1920's British brass firefighters helmet
- Etched engravings on caseback with limited edition engraving number between 1 -250
- Fitted brushed metal band (20mm lug tapering to 18mm clasp)
- Deployment clasp buckle engraved with William Wood logo
- Strap changing tool included with watch
- Presentation box includes instructions manual, 12 month internationally warranty and strap changing tool
- Choice of additional British Fire Hose Rubber, Black Fitted Rubber or NATO straps
- 2 Year international warranty from the date received