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A Timepiece and a Half: The Newgate Ship Watch

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I thought I would show you my latest new watch purchase; a holiday treat and well worth the £50 I paid for it. This watch – the Newgate Ship Watch in polished stainless steel – will not be to some members' taste, partly because it goes against the current trend towards smaller men's watches and measures in at 50mm across. I fell in love with the watch before discovering that I could still get one in the Newgate clearance sale at Amazon, giving me a big discount on the original price.

Newgate is a British company founded in 1991 and specialising in clocks and also watches. It was founded and is still co-directed by the married couple, Jim and Chloe Read. Their first clocks were designed and put together in their apartment before manufacture moved to their Oswestry factory. In 2003, the company moved production of their clocks to China, partly as a means of stepping up production and reducing costs. Nevertheless, the design of Newgate products and the company headquarters have remained in Britain, in Oswestry, Shropshire.




Full frontal shot of the Newgate Ship Watch in polished stainless steel identical to my watch and a wrist shot of the same model/colourway (pics from  i.ebayimg.com, and below, image.rakuten.co.jp):




In 2009, the company acquired a large factory premises in Oswestry previously occupied by Laura Ashley and in need of refurbishment. New offices and showrooms in classic style were created and furnished with 1940s furniture. In addition, the Newgate design studio was located here as was a collection of vintage and industrial clocks that have no doubt provided inspiration for some of the Newgate clock and watch designs.

Work started on creating a range of watches in 2012, and finally, in February 2015, a range of fifty new watches was launched at a trade fair in Birmingham (UK), and the rest is history... I should just mention that Newgate launched a fusion brand of fashionable clocks under the Jones Clocks label in 2005.




Brass plated colourway of my plain steel Newgate Ship Watch (pic from shop.r10s.jp):





All Newgate watches are quartz and since the inception of the watches Newgate has produced some rather nice pieces, well-made and using decent materials; the firm has a website where the current range of watches can be viewed. My own Ship Watch is one of the Ship Watch collection; a group of watches no longer current but still available online in some of the different versions. Before going on, I need to clarify a problem with regard to purchasing my own Newgate watch. The problem is that Newgate actually produced two sub-versions of the same watch (in either plain steel or ion plated brass colourway) and one of these is, in my mind, less beautiful than the watch I bought. It was a gamble when I ordered the watch just which sub-version I would be sent and fortunately I received the nicer of the two. The differences between the two sub-varieties are in the date feature – large date window in my watch as opposed to a small window – and the moulding at the back of the case – a nice feature-moulding at the back of the case echoing the moulding at the bezel as opposed to no moulding at the back. NOTE: All the pictures here are of the nicer sub-variety Ship Watch, either in plain polished steel or brass plated steel colourway.




Plain polished steel Newgate Ship as per my own example (pic from m.media-amazon.com):





The plain steel Ship watch is made of 316L stainless steel and has a substantial black Italian leather buckle strap lined in red on the inner side. Water resistance is stated as being 5 ATM and the watch is powered by a Japanese quartz movement that operates the subsidiary seconds as well as the two main hands. The watch is certainly a whopper at 50mm X 13mm and I have to be honest and explain that it is really too big for my wrist. Indeed, it does remind me of the time when gents wore a pocket watch by day and then slipped the watch into a stand when at home to be used as a bedside or desk clock.



Brass plated version of my Newgate Ship Watch (pic from image.rakuten.co.jp):



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I`d forgotten about this thread :rolleyes:

Anyway, as I`m sure many will know I now own a number of these watches &  I am very pleased with them all :thumbs_up:

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