Two of our watches - the Dale and the Lincoln - feature the Bishop's Eye in their design, but how many people know what this is? Architecturally speaking, there are two such Eyes in England: one is a gateway in Wells, the other a window in Lincoln Cathedral. Lincolnians will know that it's the Lincoln one that appears in our watches, partly as a tribute to our neighbouring Cathedral, and partly because it is such a great design.
One of the most important things about your watch is how it looks on your wrist. That’s quite an individual matter. We are all built differently, and all have our own ideas about how a watch should look. A few years ago men’s watches tended to be around 36mm in diameter, but that is now regarded as quite small, with many going up to 45mm or more. Much more than this and they can catch on your shirtcuffs!
Demand for our watches has always exceeded supply. We build each one individually, in a workshop in the heart of England, so there is usually a waiting time of a week or two before your watch will be delivered. However, from now onwards, at least you won’t have to pay extra for UK delivery as we have removed this delivery charge.
The Christopher has been our flagship watch for many years now. We have simplified the way it is offered on our website, because the range of choices tended to confuse potential purchasers. One of the Christopher’s main attractions is the hand-engraved chapter ring between the dial and the glass, engraved with your choice of wording . . .
One of the highlights of our year is the annual Race for Doggett’s Coat and Badge. This historic rowing contest has taken place on the River Thames every year since 1715. Organised by the Fishmongers’ Company it is a fascinating, but little-known, part of the City of London’s rich history, and is thought to be the oldest event of its type in the world. . .
If you have seen our website recently you’ll have noticed that we have made a few changes to our range of watches. We’ve introduced some slightly larger models (the Inigo is the latest), and we will also be putting a renewed focus on our bespoke service.
The Race for Doggett’s Coat and Badge has become a much-anticipated fixture in our annual calendar, and we were delighted to be in London for this year’s race on 20th July. Despite it being the world’s oldest continually-held sporting event, having been held every year since 1715, it’s not as well-known as it should be, although its popularity is growing.
Earlier this month our team were guests at a special event at London’s prestigious Guildhall. The Lord Mayor’s Big Curry Lunch is held annually in support of ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, and as well as successfully raising money, it’s become something of a City tradition. The Lord Mayor was the host, and H.R.H. Prince Harry was Royal guest of honour, so it was quite an occasion
This year was the 300th race of the famous and historic Race for Doggett's Coat & Badge, held every year for 300 years now on the Thames between London Bridge and Cadogan Pier, Chelsea. Up to six apprentice Watermen compete in this 4-mile race which passes under eleven bridges en route.
The 2015 Smithwicks advert is a stylish display that shows us the start date of some very smart, stylish and classic things we most probably all know. The Flat Cap, Vinyl records , and Brogue shoes . . . so we were quite honored when they chose to use Harold Pinchbeck watches to represent classic understated style on the actor's wrists:
There seems to be a growing trend of our customers sending written letters for their testimonials, which we think is great. We never ask for testimonials, but of course we are always very grateful when we receive them.