Oddly, this has reminded me of another rather nice watch that I reviewed a couple of years ago when Elliot Brown sent me one of their Canford watches to play with.
As a relatively new range of watches, this British brand is backed up with decades of experience. Ian Elliot was co-founder of Animal back in ’88, and built the brand up from a single, innovative, functional product – an ‘unbreakable’ watch-strap. Alex Brown on the other hand (see what I did there?), turned down a job at Cartier because it sounded more interesting to establish Animal’s watch department, where he stayed for seventeen years.
What I liked about the Canford (202-009), was that its beauty lies in the depth of the detailing, so it’s not just a pretty face as all its major components are made from 316L Marine grade stainless steel.
Its crowns are push action with triple seals and knurled so they are easy to grip with wet, cold or muddy hands. The caseback is secured with 6 hex bolts set to a particular torque setting to ensure a perfect seal and to hold the unique Elliot Brown anti-shock movement housing in just the right position. It houses Swiss made 5-jewel quartz movement and a 5 year battery life with EOL indication.
The quality doesn’t stop there, there’s a wide variety of quality made straps on offer in a range of leathers and fabrics. Strap pins are machined from solid stainless steel and simply screw in, so strap changes are quick and easy. Every strap has a secure deployment clasp – the solid stainless steel bracelets have micro adjustment to conveniently fit over a wetsuit, and of course it’s water-resistant to ISO2281 and individually tested to 20ATM/200m and shock-resistant to ISO1413.
Overall I was very impressed, the Canford is a waterproof, shock resistant, tough, yet incredibly smart watch that can be worn anywhere without looking out of place.