The Bishop's Eye Window

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.


Dating from 1325-1330, it sits high in the South Transept, overlooking the former Bishop's Palace. Like many of the Cathedral's windows it was vandalised during the Civil War, and its flowing tracery was reglazed in 1788 using medieval glass salvaged from various parts of the building, rearranged in a random fashion. The effect is beautiful, with the sunlit colours changing according to the time of day and the seasons.

New Lincoln watch with the Bishop’s Eye pattern on the dial

New Lincoln watch with the Bishop’s Eye pattern on the dial

Case-back of the Dale.

Case-back of the Dale.