Schofield Signalman GMT Watches

Schofield Signalman GMT Watches

Schofield Signalman GMT Watches   watch releases

For a while I was talking to Giles Ellis as he was in the midst of starting a watch brand. It was interesting to see yet another independent watch brand thrust themselves along supported by one enthusiastic founder faced with a number of challenges. Ellis, and Englishman, wanted a watch that reflected his tastes and ideals. For him Schofield is a true Gentleman's brand and offers the types of watches he wants to hear. He has great admiration for both the historic and contemporary English watch makers that are helping to bring horological street cred back to the UK.

Schofield's first pieces are called the Signalman. Two watches, both limited editions, that are offered in a polished steel or matte DLC coated black steel case. The case is pretty interesting and unfortunately doesn't come across super well in these images. I will try to do some hands-on stuff in the future. It is 44mm wide and produced locally in Britain.  While not a diver per se, the watch is water resistant to 500 meters and has a AR coated sapphire crystal.

Schofield Signalman GMT Watches   watch releases

Schofield Signalman GMT Watches   watch releases

Signalman refers to a lighthouse. There is actually an engraving of one on the rear of the watch. The shape of the case as I recall is based on a special light used in a powerful lighthouse in England. The dial of the Signalman pieces are well done, and I think Giles spent due time polishing the design. Hands are a good length and it is very legible. There is applied SuperLumiNova for lume.

Schofield Signalman GMT Watches   watch releases

Schofield Signalman GMT Watches   watch releases

Not wanting to offer a simple three-hand dialed watch to start, the Signalman GMT watch is imbued with both a subsidiary GMT hand as well as a power reserve indicator (and the date). Schofield nicely designed the power reserve indicator to look linear - something I admire as I tend to not like most of those fan-shaped indicators that can screw up the look of an otherwise balanced dial. Symmetry is king here, and I am a loyal servant of that rule.

Powering the Signalman GMT is a Swiss Soprod caliber 9335 automatic movement. It has a power reserve of 42 hours and I believe the GMT hand is adjusted in one hour increments with an inset case pusher. One of Schofield's intended special offerings is a lot of nice straps. They are 24mm wide and will come in a host of styles. Both limited edition pieces the Signalman GMT will be limited to 300 pieces while the DLC version will be limited to 100 pieces. More models to come after that as I understand. Prices will be 2,465 and 2,765 British Pounds (plus VAT if applicable). The brand will be showing at the Salon QP where they will be officially launched.

Schofield Signalman GMT Watches   watch releases

Technical specifications for the Signalman GMT PR and DLC GMT watches:

  • Limited edition to 300 pieces or 100 pieces for the DLC model.
  • Automatic Swiss Soprod 9335 movement, 31 Jewels, 28,800 bph (4hz).
  • Decoration: Côtes de Genève, perlage, Rhodium plated, blued screws.
  • Power Reserve: minimum of 42 hours, displayed at 12 o’clock.
  • GMT display at 6 o’clock, set via push button at 4:30 o’clock.
  • Water resistant to 500 metres.
  • Antimagnetic movement holder.
  • Signalman case: 44mm diameter, mirror polish stainless steel or microbille DLC.
  • Dial: on two levels, applied numerals, Super-Luminova C1.
  • Sapphire crystal: domed, anti-reflective coating on the inside.
  • Strap: special edition, water resistant black shark-skin, lined with green calf.
  • Buckle: curved, polished stainless steel, engraved, screw in.
4 comments
Ivan1998
Ivan1998

Wow I love this watch sought of remind me of Ventura's watches when they first came out. Down size is the price as mention.

Jim Clement
Jim Clement

Love the super clean design! As other commentors have noted, the price is a bit steep given that this is a "new" brand that is just beginning to build a reputation. For now, regarding English Watches - - - Bremont is on the leading edge. Those watches offer a lot of "bang for the buck"!

Ulysses
Ulysses

A stark, simple watch with clean lines and bold appearance. The straps and case-back look good too. If these are the first few models he's ever come up with, i'd say he was doing pretty well. I do baulk at the price though. Since it is a new and frankly unknown brand, shouldn't the price-tag start a little bit lower? Get these watches out there on as many wrists as possible to build up a reputation of making high-quality watches and then perhaps allow the price to creep up. Between $4000-$4500 at launch (without even adding 20% tax) is just a little optimistic I think. No, being limited edition does not justify the price.

kris c
kris c

Amen.

Love the monster lugs and solid appearance, and the clever power reserve that looks like light being directed from a signal house. The padded sharkskin strap is interesting (even though my handmade straps are nicer, and I stitch in straight lines...), and the 500m WR rating is a nice surprise. But it has a very 'optimistic' pricetag, all things considered.

Kinda sounds like he went a little broke getting these done and needs to charge these numbers to get back to flush.

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