In 2011 at Salon QP in London Giles Ellis introduced the world to his Schofield brand. Based just north of Brighton in Sussex on the south coast of the UK. He is part of the British watchmaking revival. Each Limited piece has a run of 101 and is named after a UK Lighthouse found around its coast. Released in 2013 this Limited Edition BlackLamp Resurgence Carbon, has a 44mm Morta matrix Carbon case cut from a solid piece of Morta Carbon, a very difficult and expensive process, which has taken a year of R&D resulting in a delicate balance of hand production and precision machining. Creating a unique grain on each piece made, resembling the layers of rock seen at the various lighthouse locations. Sapphire Crystal sits above the stepped dial crafted from black-lacquered brass, concentric circles engraving, a blue minute track with applied indexes and numerals 0,3 and 9. A sub-seconds at 6 o’clock with red tip detailing. Elegant skeleton sword hands with lume tips. Tritium gas light is housed in the crown creating a constant glow dim during the day and more visible during the night. Under the crystal, a ring of “Moonglow” a luminescence developed by Nasa, illuminates the dial in a new and interesting way. Behind the sapphire crystal exhibition case back you find a Manually Wound Unitas 6498-2 17 jewels beating at 21600 beats per hour. Engraved around the movement you will find the coordinates and the timing pattern of the light at the individual Lighthouse. Fitted on a leather strap with a very bright red ceramic buckle, the originally signed buckle comes in the box.
Points of Mention
This watch is sold as watch only and comes with no original Seiko box or Original Seiko Paperwork. The watch comes paired on a period-correct Swiss Tropic strap. The watch is in as close to NOS (New Old Stock) condition as I have ever seen and I believe has ever hit the market, the watch does come with a spare original 62MAS crystal which on their own are worth a few hundred pounds in the current market. The case back still features its original blue sticker, some parts of this sticker have come off and onto other parts of the watch. The watch has no known service history and it is believed the watch has never been opened, the watch is sold in working condition and is surprisingly keeping good time, but if wanting to be worn regularly a service would be advised. The watch dates to 1967 based on the case back numbers.
When I first teased this watch on Instagram I opened the flood gates, instantly the inquiries, questions, and "Price?" messages started coming through and within 3 days the watch was sold! Be sure to follow my Instagram (@KibbleWatches) if you aren't already as that is where you get the early access to stock! I am not at all surprised this watch started such a wave of interest, the rarity of this reference alone is incredible and the interest has only grown year on year with prices reflecting the same way. But when you take a closer look at this example here you are instantly hit with the insane condition the watch is in, sticker still on the back, original factory finish to the lugs and profiles of the case, large signed crown, original crystal plus on spare in its signed packet! It does not get any better than this for a collector, it is like a time capsule just waiting for a museum!
Movement : Automatic Seiko 6217
Age : 1961/1970
Specific Age : Circa. 1967
Case Size : 37mm
Case Thickness : 14mm
Lug to Lug : 46mm
Lugs : 18mm
Condition : Pre-Owned
Box & Papers : None
Case Material : Stainless Steel
Service History : Unknown Service History