Earnshaw Beagle Watch Review: Affordable Skeleton Automatic

Earnshaw Beagle Watch Review: Affordable Skeleton Automatic

Earnshaw Beagle Watch Review: Affordable Skeleton Automatic   wrist time watch reviews

For watch lovers on a budget in search of a good looking skeletonized watch, Earnshaw offers up the Beagle. Yes, loyal and floppy-eared, the Beagle offers a Swiss Made movement and classic looks for about $500. Earnshaw as a brand is themed on the work of the great 18th century English horologist Thomas Earnshaw, who was said to have worked with John Arnold (of which the high-end brand Arnold & Son is based). Earnshaw as a brand today is Hong Kong-owned, producing a range of affordable mechanical timepieces, and Beagle actually refers to the ship, the HMS Beagle.

Let me right away discuss the normal speculation watch lovers have when it comes to inexpensive watches that claim to contain Swiss Made movements. In fact there are two such "Swiss" designations you may see on watch (for the most part). One is "Swiss Movt" (meaning Swiss movement) and the other is "Swiss Made." The latter is a more thoroughly "Swiss" designation but of course not does not mean 100% made in Switzerland. I am not going to get into the complex rules of Swiss Made, but suffice it to say that it means a certain percentage of the movement's value must come from Swiss made parts, elements of the case must be made in Switzerland, and I believe that a final inspection and perhaps casing must take place in Switzerland.

Earnshaw Beagle Watch Review: Affordable Skeleton Automatic   wrist time watch reviews

Earnshaw Beagle Watch Review: Affordable Skeleton Automatic   wrist time watch reviews

So going back to the Beagle - how Swiss Made is it? I don't have all the details, but I wanted to get the the bottom of the movement. The movement is mechanical, an automatic, and skeletonized. For the price it looks pretty good. An answer from Earnshaw revealed that it is supplied by a Swiss company called Inter T SA. Their website is surprisingly straightforward. They indicate that they started as a result of ETA reducing supply of their movements and to help fill in the gap of Swiss Made watch movements. To make a long story short, the movements are technically Swiss Made. The necessary value is from Switzerland, and the rest of the parts likely come from China. And to be honest that isn't very uncommon. Some of the more important parts such as the hairspring come from Switzerland.

Again for the money it isn't bad at all. I've seen much worse movements in timepieces at this price, and most people wanting a cool skeletonized automatic movement will be quite happy with it. The level of skeletonization is impressive, but what I like is that wearing it doesn't feel like a window to your arm hair. While you can technically see through the entire case, there is more than enough bridges, gears, and springs to look at which offer the main view as opposed to your manly wrist underneath. Note that the skeletonized mainspring barrel serves as a quasi power reserve indicator, because you can see how wound the mainspring is.

Earnshaw Beagle Watch Review: Affordable Skeleton Automatic   wrist time watch reviews

10 comments
SuperStrapper
SuperStrapper

There are 3 basic kinds of polished: the elegant, meticulous stuff you see on the high-end watches we covet. The main kind, that this watch falls into, which is machine done and just doesn't exude luxury, and the fake kind, that is just a cheap chroming like you see on awful 'fashion' watches.

The difference between one and two are the edges; one looks like hot sex and two doesn't. You can just see it, which is why brushed/polished transitions look best for the middle-of-the-road watches that comprise the majority of our collections.

Ulysses31
Ulysses31

It's a nice looking watch for the price, though the two tone case comes across a little less stylish to me.  For mechanical skeletonised watches the other option (in the UK) would be Rotary, but they blatantly use the cheapest crappiest movements they can find and are poorly made.  Still for $280 I guess you can't complain too much.

CG
CG

Any quality Swiss auto under 1K has the potential to bring a whole segment into the market that may have otherwise thought Swiss autos were out of their reach. Decently handsome watch and at that price why nitpick.

MarkCarson
MarkCarson

It will be interesting to see how the movement fares in regard to accuracy and durability in the long haul. Any rate accuracy information Ariel? I know reliability is hard to judge with a short exposure to a watch. 

The balance wheel looks a bit large. Is this a 3 hz  movement (21,600 bph)? Doesn't look like a skeletonized ETA 2824 clone. Wonder how hard it will be to get parts and/or service. I wish them well.

WimadS
WimadS

@chrisfree  Nothing wrong with designed in china. As long as it is properly produced and quality control is sufficient. That latter is often the problem.

Also I like that they did not try to decorate the movement with engravings and such. (they did that in the Kenneth Cole a bit) Trying to do that at low cost always ends up in hideous results in other cheap Chinese skeletonized watches...

Ulysses31
Ulysses31

@noomit Flagging a spammer is easy to judge with short exposure to a moron.  Flagging everything you post since it's all spam so far.  Get lost.

FrankLM
FrankLM

Hey, my Beagle has run for a year, and the accuracy is forward 20 - 30 sec a month. I am very happy with the watch :)

chrisfree
chrisfree

@WimadS

I certainly don't mean to say that China is bad. But the article was talking about how "Swiss Made" the watch actually is. I just meant to point out the entire movement looks sourced, without the cheap engraving, anyway. 

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