British brand Elliott Brown is now presenting their first automatic watch under the name of Tyneham. Like every Elliot Brown’s watch this one is the result of 1000’s of hours spent obsessing over the smallest details; refining, improving, inventing, and testing. When Ian Elliot and Alex Brown created the brand they had one clear mission : to create robust and highly durable timepieces for gentlemen.
While before they only had quartz watches, now they come with a new piece which has as its heart a Miyota 9130 automatic. This movement allows the timepiece to have a power reserve of 40-hour that you can check thanks the indicator at 01 o’clock.
The classic 41mm case is made from solid marine grade brushed stainless steel with a scratch resistant, ultra tough hardened bezel with recessed 2mm anti-reflective sapphire crystal. Great detail is that we can find the crown at the 4h position. This places the crown away from the wrist and neatly recessed into the case for increased durability. They have knurled it with a parallel hobnail design for optimal grip and finished to match the case. Triple seals ensure it remains fully sealed in all positions.
When we say “robust” we generally think of large cases, but for Elliot Brown it means something different. Indeed, they built a two-stage shock absorption system to protect the movement. The first line of defense is a stainless steel movement cage, surrounded by their proprietary shock absorber allowing the whole assembly to float inside the outer case. Secondary shock resistance comes in the form of the balance staff shock protection system built into the movement. It means that although it’s an automatic watch, the Tyneham will take the kind of punishment Elliot Brown is renowned for.
Note that there are two styles of hands, both inspired by traditionally bold instrumentation. Each style complimenting the dial and color palette and a first for Elliot Brown is the white SuperLuminova detailing that glows cool blue.
There are five different models in the collection, and each Tyneham comes in two styles. A solid steel back precision engraved with hand drawn contours from Tyneham Cap on Dorset’s Jurassic Coast or a limited edition numbered open caseback revealing the movement and custom rotor through a sapphire window.
What I like about this collection is that it is wide. Indeed, to add more and more details and differences, each dial of the Tyneham has been carefully paired with precision printing or raised metallic indices to create 5 completely different pieces that make the collection. On the dial we can also find the date window placed at 5 o’clock in order to have a better visibility on it.
The straps can be easily changed with a single screwdriver. The Tyneham strap lineup includes a smart soft grey woolen felt edition – incredibly stylish whilst remarkably durable. All other Elliot Brown straps fit the Tyneham which means there are literally 100’s of combinations for that special custom look.
So, Elliot Brown offers you a total of 10 different timepieces that will be sell for £795 (around 977US$) with steel back and £845 (around 1039US$) with the sapphire display back.
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