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. It’s a single-scull rowing race, held on the Thames between London Bridge and Chelsea, the competitors being apprentice Watermen of the Thames. Spectators line the river banks at various points on the route. As the name suggests, the winner is awarded a magnificent red coat, with a huge silver badge on the sleeve. There’s now a supplementary prize in the form of a specially made Harold Pinchbeck watch – part of our limited edition Lambeth Reach.
We’re proud to be the Official Watchmaker to the Race and to present this watch each year. The 2016 winner was 24-year-old Benjamin Folkard, from Medway. Steeped in tradition, and reflecting the colourful history of the Thames, the Race for Doggett’s Coat and Badge is organised by the Fishmongers’ Company.
See our website for more information about these limited edition watches. With a more traditional dial than our other watches, they are collectable classics with a subtle link to a fascinating byway of English history!