Brunswick Midas White Dial
Ref: BS23801-PW

Brunswick Midas White Dial
Brunswick Midas White Dial
Brunswick Midas White Dial
Brunswick Midas White Dial
Brunswick Midas White Dial
Brunswick Midas White Dial
Brunswick Midas White Dial
Brunswick Midas White Dial
Brunswick Midas White Dial
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The Watch

The year was 1846 and a young watchmaker named Edwin Fear established a workshop and showroom at No. 33-35 Redcliff Street in Bristol. 20 years later the growing business expanded to their second premises on Bristol Bridge, which served as Fears headquarters until the 1940s. 1877 saw the passing of Edwin Fear, the business was then handed down to his son Amos Daniel Fear, who at the young age of 21 became the second managing director. 1908 Fears became a limited company and changed its name from ‘Edwin Fear’ to ‘Fears Limited’. From the early 1930s, the business was known simply as ‘Fears’.

After the Great War of 1914-1918 Fears established an export department, called ‘Fears (Export) Limited’ at No. 14 Brunswick Square in Bristol. In 1931 Amos Reginald Fear became the third managing director of Fears. During this period we saw the Wall Street Crash and its devastating economic crisis around the world. With determination and perseverance Fears was booming and exporting to an astonishing 95 countries around the world. During 1940 the country experienced the Blitz, all of the Fears' premises sustained direct hits. The Bristol Bridge headquarters was destroyed on 24th November 1940, and the Brunswick Square Export department was hit three times before it was permanently evacuated in 1942. In late 1945, 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 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.

2019 saw the first 1,000 days since the company was re-established and to celebrate Nicholas launched a limited edition watch - the Redcliff ‘Streamline’, inspired in design and price by Fears’ original ‘Streamline’ watch from 1946. In 2020 Fears becomes a partner of the UK Government's "GREAT Britain Campaign". Part of the London 2012 Olympic legacy, this campaign was created to highlight the best the UK has to offer the world. Today Fears grows from strength to strength with its exquisite collection of Brunswicks and fine accessories. 

The Brunswick is handmade with only 10 pieces produced each year. 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 Black. 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 Silver 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.


Points of Mention


Kibble Watches is an Authorised Stockist of Fears Watches. Each watch is brand new and unworn, comes with its official box and paperwork, and is guaranteed by ourselves and Fears Watches for a period of 2 years from the date of purchase. The watch can be purchased online or alternatively viewing and purchasing in person can be arranged at our Clerkenwell, London office on appointment only.

Personal Note

In 2016 I was fortunate enough to attend SalonQP, a watch event held in London, which, whilst allowing some of the more mainstream brands to exhibit also helps to showcase and promote smaller, luxury, boutique brands. It is here that I first came across Fears Watches. Sadly I did not get the chance to meet Nicholas on the day but I was able to have a brief “hands-on” with one of their watches on show, the Fears “Redcliff”. I briefly mentioned Fears and the watch I had seen in a video I decided to produce following the event, the aim of which was to document my experience of the show and also to share my thoughts and opinions on the watches I had seen and handled. “Really nice watches, but a bit expensive in my opinion" was my summary of Fears from memory. Out of the blue, I received a personal message from Nicholas, firstly thanking me for visiting the booth, but also to say he would love to meet up over a coffee and explain to me the pricing make-up of the watches. I was absolutely blown away, at this point I was just an 18-year-old kid who was giving his opinion on watches on social media with only a few hundred subscribers, yet Nicholas wanted to give me his time to explain the brand and the pricing structure to me. If any of you have ever met Nicholas, the one thing that is immediately apparent is his passion for Fears, there is zero question of that. For hours we talked about Fears Watches, the history, Nicholas' own story, and where he wanted to take the brand. It was following this meeting that I realised how wrong I had been. It was also the first time I really appreciated what goes into making a watch. From this point, and armed with this knowledge, my respect and admiration for the brand he is building and the watches he has created has just grown ever greater.

We regularly meet to talk business and watches in general. He has helped me no end with my own business endeavors and for that, I'll be forever grateful to him.
I have also attended most of his Fears events, not just as an attendee but as part of his team, helping with the preparations, the hosting, and the sales. From this, I have gained a far greater and in-depth knowledge of the brand and its watches. Fears is a brand I truly believe in. I have been fortunate to be able to watch the company grow from the Redcliff to the Brunswick & Archival and to see the plans that Fears have for the future. I am honored to be a part of this journey and look forward to what the future holds.

Specification

Reference : BS23801-PW
Movement : Manually Would ETA. 7001
Case Size : 38mm
Case Thickness : 11.25mm
Lug to Lug :
 42mm
Lugs :
 20mm
Condition :
 Brand New
Box & Papers :
 Official Fears Box & Paperwork
Case Material :
 Dual-Gold
Warranty :
 24-Months Manufacturer Warranty