I’ve stated it many occasions over time – dive watches are a dime a dozen. Established manufacturers and microbrands alike have already mastered the fundamentals, so standing out in a really crowded discipline is actually a problem. William Wooden has discovered a singular angle with The Purple Watch that pays homage to the British fireplace service and consequently the founder’s late grandfather, William Wooden himself, a 25-year fireplace service veteran. The London-based microbrand focuses on sustainability by upcycling previous fireplace helmets and hoses, and all of it comes collectively in a singular and accessible timepiece.
The brushed chrome steel case is 41mm in diameter and 16mm in top, up to date but manageable for day by day put on, and water resistance is 100 meters. The rotating pink bezel has Arabic numerals at 20, 30, 40 and 50 minutes, skipping 10 for the 15-minute scale. The 12 o’clock dot marker is stuffed with Tremendous-LumiNova. The dial is roofed by a double domed sapphire crystal with an anti-reflective coating and blue tint, whereas the exhibition case again shows both an ETA or Seiko computerized motion. The crown has machined slots to kind a relaxed knurled sample, whereas there’s a brass inset from a 1920’s British firefighter’s helmet. This casting is finished in London’s jewelry district of Hatton Backyard with an engraving of William Wooden’s firefighter helmet emblem.
The domed black dial is loaded with references to early 20th century British firefighting. The double-line index at 12 o’clock represents the markings on the collar of a Crew Supervisor. A checkered sample spanning the outermost perimeter is similar to what was painted on the aspect of British fireplace engines. The model’s classic firefighter helmet emblem sits on the prime, whereas the lollipop seconds hand resembles the chime from a fireplace engine bell. The indices are cut-outs with an underlying layer painted with Tremendous-LumiNova. The hour, minute and seconds fingers have Tremendous-LumiNova inserts as nicely. A date window sits at three o’clock.
There are two motion choices accessible, an ETA 2824-2 or Seiko NH35, and this permits for 2 totally different worth factors. For our photographs, we had the ETA model. Each are computerized and among the many most confirmed and ubiquitous workhorses within the accessible market. The ETA 2824-2 has 25 jewels, beats at 28,800vph (4Hz) with a 38-hour energy reserve, whereas the Seiko NH35 has 24 jewels, beats at a slower 21,600vph (3Hz) with a 41-hour energy reserve. Each have central hours, minutes and seconds, and a date at three o’clock. You’ll pay GBP 300 extra for the Swiss choice, however each are very dependable, shock resistant and correct.
There are a number of 20mm strap choices, together with a brushed chrome steel bracelet with deployment clasp, NATO and black rubber, however essentially the most fascinating are the up-cycled fireplace hose straps. These are produced from Angus Duraline British fireplace hose rubber and hearsay has it you can nonetheless odor the smokiness within the materials. Three fireplace hose color choices are pink, yellow and army inexperienced, and include quick-release levers. The others have uncovered spring bar ends for straightforward removing with a provided software.
The Purple Watch from William Wooden is restricted to 250 items along with your particular quantity engraved on the again. Costs begin at GBP 695 for the Seiko motion and firehouse strap, and GBP 995 for the ETA motion. 4 bezel and three dial colors are additionally accessible, offering a number of customization choices when ordering. All watches include a three-year guarantee and deliveries start in August. For extra data and to position an order, go to William Wooden’s website.