Points of Mention
This watch is sold with its original Fears presentation box and paperwork. The watch comes with two 20mm Fears straps with a signed buckle. The watch is from November 2016 and is sold in worn but excellent condition as you can see, worn a handful of times at most. The watch comes with our 12-Months NON-Waterproof Warranty.
The year was 1846 and a young watchmaker named Edwin Fear established a workshop and showroom in his own name at 33-35 Redcliff Street in Bristol. The company ‘Edwin Fear’ that he created became more and more successful and eventually, in 1866 needed to expand to their second premises, on Bristol Bridge, which served as Fears headquarters until the 1940s. During this period, the company had three different Managing Directors. Following the passing of Edwin in 1877 the business was handed down to his son, Amos Daniel Fear, who in 1908 saw the company become a limited company whilst also changing its operating name from ‘Edwin Fear’ to ’Fears Limited’. Amos also safely navigated the company through the First World War,1914-1918, after which he established an export department, called ‘Fears (Export) Limited’ at No. 14 Brunswick Square in Bristol. In late 1945, following the War, Fears moved to new premises in Clifton, Bristol, just in time to celebrate the company’s centenary in 1946 with a new watch collection. Fears continued to thrive through the post-war years until it sadly closed its doors in 1976. It was not until 40 years later in 2016 when an aspiring young apprentice watchmaker at Rolex in London, Nicholas Bowman-Scargill, who is the great-great-great-grandson of Edwin Fear, re-launched his family’s company at the SalonQP watch show on 3rd November 2016. Keeping the name ‘Fears’ he released their first wristwatch in the twenty-first century, the Redcliff. Rolling with the success from the Redcliff in 2017 they released their second wristwatch, The Brunswick, named after Brunswick Square in Bristol.
Here we have a 2016 Fears Redcliff Date BS13810 with a 38mm high polished 316L stainless steel case, this now discontinued watch was in production from 2016 until 2020. The curve of the case tapers to a lug-to-lug length of 45mm and a case thickness of 8.5mm ensuring a comfortable fit on your wrist, the thin smooth polished bezel holds a flat sapphire crystal above a Fears Blue dial created from high-gloss lacquer. An outer minute track is precisely printed with Fears Pipette indexes marking the hours coated in Super-LumiNov, at 3 o’clock we have an oversized Pipette with the date inside. Distinctive ‘Fears’-shaped hands are painted in high gloss black and infilled with Super-LumiNova complemented by a white second hand with a Pipette counterbalance, at 12 o’clock we have the Fears motif and at 6 o’clock “Redcliffe Electronic Oscillator Date”. On the reverse, a screw-down case back, each piece has a unique serial number engraved between the lugs at 12 o’clock, this number can identify the watch's history from its master database. Inside a Swiss Quartz Ronda 515 movement. The watch comes with two 20mm Fears straps and comes with its Fears presentation box and paperwork.
A Fears watch for under £1,000? This is a fantastic option for someone wanting to get into the brand on a budget, you still get the great build quality, the design ethos and overall feeling. I suspect this one won't hang around long at all.