Schofield Signalman DLC + Strap Kit + Watch Wallet Review

Schofield Signalman DLC + Strap Kit + Watch Wallet Review

Schofield Signalman DLC + Strap Kit + Watch Wallet Review   wrist time watch reviews

I have a special place in my heart for products that exhibit a singular vision. When a product is painstakingly formed to one person's idea of how good it could be if no one else got in the way. An individual or small team with exacting standards, heaps of confidence, and the willpower to fight for their vision, can take an ordinary object or device and make it into something that elicits an emotional response. I believe this emotional response is why watches are more than just a pre-cellphone method of displaying the time. Schofield Watches, based out of Sussex, England, is a young watch brand that exhibits a very distinct and emotional sense of style. Their old world nautical aesthetic stems from the vision of owner/creator Giles Ellis and is interpreted by the landscape and heritage of England in a very charming, passionate and singular manner.

Schofield Signalman DLC + Strap Kit + Watch Wallet Review   wrist time watch reviews

With a love of design that he inherited from his father, Giles Ellis has a resume that includes restoring vintage musical instruments, designing components for bicycles, and even creating custom furniture. Schofield is another outlet for his personal style and they operate to offer a very cohesive, distinctive and holistic approach to the luxury watch experience. With a range of products beyond their core watches, Schofield is defined by their interesting use of high grade materials, old world charm, balanced design and a definitively English voice.

Schofield Signalman DLC + Strap Kit + Watch Wallet Review   wrist time watch reviews

This won't be my standard watch review format. Yes, part of the following will be a review of Schofield's Signalman DLC GMT PR watch, but we will also be highlighting a wider selection of Schofield products. No, I don't mean sunglasses and cologne (eye roll) but rather watch-related accessories like their Strap Kit and Watch Wallet. If you haven't been on Schofield's site and have not seen these products for yourself, you're in for a treat. This tiny English brand has created a rather unique luxury environment and to be best appreciated, it should be viewed as a whole.

Let's start with the watch.

Schofield Signalman DLC + Strap Kit + Watch Wallet Review   wrist time watch reviews

Launched in 2011 at the Saatchi Gallery as part of Salon QP, the Signalman is available in either polished steel or DLC black. Having seen the polished steel version in the past, I was excited to get some time with the DLC version for this review. The Signalman is not really like any other watch I've ever reviewed. It's certainly sporty, but with the attention and fine detailing of a dress watch. It has the water resistance of a dive watch, 500m, but no rotating bezel or real diving intentions. The Signalman design is inspired by Aldis lamps used by the Royal Navy and elements of 18th and 19th century English lighthouses, many of which still stand today in the same part of England that Schofield calls home.

Schofield Signalman DLC + Strap Kit + Watch Wallet Review   wrist time watch reviews

The Signalman DLC GMT PR measures 44 mm across and 15 mm thick, with much of its weight positioned at the bottom of the case against your wrist. While not a small watch, the 52 mm lug to lug length was not too big for my 6.5 inch wrist and the flat case back and downward extending lugs make for a fairly ergonomic fit. The crystal is double domed sapphire with an internal anti-reflective coating. The dial consists of two layers and is constructed from brass before being painted black. The hour, power reserve, engraved GMT display and date aperture are relegated to the middle section of the dial while the long minute and seconds hands stretch past the minute scale and out to the outer edges of the upper dial plate. The design is meticulously balanced and the dial layout is nothing if not beautiful.

Schofield Signalman DLC + Strap Kit + Watch Wallet Review   wrist time watch reviews

13 comments
mauritz45
mauritz45

what a beautiful watch. it is definately pricey and if i was buying my first watch in that price range, i dont think it would make the short list

allmeads
allmeads

I like this watch.  I'm a big fan of dial legibility, and this watch has it in spades.  It is a "thick" watch, so likely not something to wear to the office.  The only curious thing for me is the SS crown.  Why??  Not sure I like the contrast.  Thougths??

Lesthepom
Lesthepom

NICE but probably sold out by now hope hey do a do some more versions may be in bronze or some thing

Frauss
Frauss

Pretty watch but monster lugs. They are the longest I've seen on a watch.

droo
droo

Interesting timepiece indeed... The case design is really great and I feel at a glance that the watch should sit very well on the wrist. The strap collection is damn great but prices are really high... The readibility looks perfect, the dial balance is perfect but I am not so found of the hands (Hour & Minute), and I think the second hand should be a little longer on the back with the same design as the GMT hand. The use of red is perfect, the indexes are matching the H & M hands, since I am not a fan for the hands, I have the same feeling for the indexes... but criticism is too east, it remains a great watch with a cool DLC finish (as said by Stacey that we have to applause for this cool review). Pricing is too high, as far as I am concerned, it puts the watch in a range where competition goes with high end well known brands and I would look twice before buying one (unless already in deep love with this model).

BIGCHRONO
BIGCHRONO

Your reviews are always top flight, Mr. Stacey. I'm unemployed, so

watching your videos are vicarious endeavors since all watches

are unattainable. So, if the watch, wallet & strap pack are purchased

together, that's roughly $8K, including taxes? Thank you.

Ryan B
Ryan B

Damn this is a cool watch, I see a little hint of the IWC Top Gun in this piece.... not a bad thing

Hacker4748
Hacker4748

Gosh, it's beautiful! I wish it was half the price. :-/ Could someone perhaps point me to similarly designed watches - black, contrasty, clean, easy to read, with a technological look that are a little bit more affordable?

JonnyD
JonnyD

Great review James. An impressively executed timepiece. The range of straps you showed us was phenomenal, if only one could afford the entire set! I agree, the DLC coating looks superb.

I'm sure there are lots of readers, but especially one, who would love to get their hands on a strap-kit like that.

SN0WKRASH
SN0WKRASH moderator

Fantastic photos, thank you, James!

jstacey
jstacey

@JonnyD Thanks so much! The strap kit is definitely cool. 

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