English Watch Manufacturers
The United Kingdom is a country with a truly unique and fascinating culture. One that has given the world everything from classical literature, to famous rock music, and even its very language. However, watch brands from Britannia have had difficulty in the past standing on their own two legs. A serial fabrication of pocket and wristwatches was never able really to come to fruition, even with this island nation’s role as a pioneer in the Industrial Revolution of the 18th and 19th centuries. An odd outcome, especially considering watchmaking has a long standing connection to the United Kingdom.
Here is a selection of the better know Uk watch manufacturers.
The largest watchmaker in the Uk. This brands portfolio is largely made up of pilot and adventure themed watches with several unique pieces over the years that include a 2000m water resistant divers watch to a watch designed and tested by the U2 spy plane squadron.
A sister company to Arnold & Son, famous for their chronographs which have been incorporated into almost all watches in the companies portfolio, with visually diverse and oversized with unexpected twists with the crown on the left hand side of the motorsport inspired timepieces.
Arnold & Son
Founded by John Arnold in 1787 specialising in the manufacture of ship chronometers combines Swiss workmanship and values with the British tradition of sea based exploration and adventure.
Now Swiss but still creating watches on the back of its British legacy of nautically inspired timepieces.
A protege of George Daniels, Smith's mentor bequeathed to him an entire workshop geared towards constructing timepieces.
This brand has an allure, with very limited production runs and of high value like the 10 piece per year Series 2, a refined dress watch with vintage craftsmanship.
The Series 4 triple calendar moon phase model retails at £250,000.00
A newcomer to the UK market, founded by Giles Ellis, is a British watch company from Sussex that designs aeronautical timepieces.
Since 2013 their watches have been produced entirely in England and the simple dial has been its trademark.