Points of Mention
This watch is sold with its original Fears bespoke wooden presentation box and paperwork. The watch comes paired on its original Fears strap with its signed buckle. The watch is from July 2021 and is sold in worn but great condition as you can see, worn a handful of times at most. The watch comes with our 12-months 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. Through 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 sadly closing 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 you have the opportunity to purchase a 2021 Fears Brunswick Midas Polar White which is now Discontinued and no longer being produced. This Brunswick is handmade with only 10 pieces produced each year across 2 models when it was in production. Each piece has a unique serial number engraved between the 20mm lugs at 12 o’clock. This number can identify the watch's history from its master database. The inspiration of the case for this watch comes from a Fears watch originally made in 1924. The case starts life as a solid block of marine-grade Phosphor Bronze. The finish and depth of polishing are quite exquisite and showcase the skill and attention to detail of the watchmakers. The polished Bronze has a “Dual-Gold” coating; the first is a layer of 18ct rose gold then a layer of 9ct yellow gold. The two layers of differing golds create a unique warm yellow-gold colour to the watch. To facilitate daily winding the watch features a traditional “onion” shaped crown, coated in the same "Dual-Gold", this being made in Switzerland.
A domed sapphire crystal sits above an incredible Midas White dial which is a hand-polished white lacquer, expertly made in Germany by one of the world’s best dial makers. After the layers of white lacquer are applied and hand-polished, multiple layers of crisp black ink bring the dial to life using a numeral set used by Fears in 1946. This effect is complemented by the concentric circle finishing on the sunken sub-seconds, at 6 o’clock. Truly a masterclass in dial manufacture. Each set of hands is subtly skeletonised before being coated in “Dual Gold”. They are all finished by their expert in-house watchmakers in the UK creating depth and finishing rarely seen on mass-produced, stamped hands. Watch hand production and construction is a practice performed by only a handful of British watch brands. On the reverse, we have a solid stainless steel case back with a spun circular-grained finish. Inside we have a hand-wound ETA 7001, 17 jewels, 18,000 beats per hour. First introduced in the 1970s it quickly gained a reputation for being reliable. Its slim design incorporates an Incabloc shock system. Each movement is serviced and hand-finished here in Britain, applying Côtes de Genève striping and Rhodium plating. Once re-assembled and thoroughly tested it receives its “Golden Pipette” which is handmade and applied to the bridge. Each watch is individually checked by Nicholas before it leaves the premises. Fitted on a 20mm handmade Fears Bristol Brown leather strap. Its calf leather is vegetable tanned in one of Britain's oldest tanneries in Bristol- Thomas Ware & Sons. The accompanying “Dual-Gold” buckle pin buckle carries the final flourish of an engraving of the Fears pipette logo. The Brunswick Midas White is presented in a bespoke wooden box, crafted in Britain from English Ash, which is stained Fears Blue. Lined in genuine cream suede, the watch sits proudly on a special cushion.
I am fortunate to be able to offer this fantastic watch for sale, this being the 4th modern Fears to ever come up for resale. The Dual-Gold finish offers a truly warm tone to this lovely case, as a lot of you know I'm a massive fan, being an owner to the Brunswick Brown. I wouldn't hesitate picking this stunning watch up if you missed your chance when it was available new at retail.