Well, here we are, my Elliot Brown Bloxworth and myself have now done a year together and we are both still going strong. Admittedly we are both bearing a few battle scars and the journey has had a few interesting twists along the way, but throughout it all my Bloxworth has been there, on my wrist, keeping perfect time.
Over the past year my Bloxworth has never left my wrist, it has accompanied me everyday in my work as a gas engineer and has been subjected to endless amounts of abuse maintaining gas supplies. It has been on my wrist surfing in the frigid winter waters of the UK, whilst at the other end of the spectrum in the tropical seas of Nicaragua and The Maldives.
The Elliot Brown Bloxworth is a watch that is robust and rugged enough to wear in a manual working environment but smart enough to wear on my wedding day. A watch that survived intact through the force of me dislocating my shoulder and tearing my axillary nerve but subtle enough to wear smartly in all social occasions. The Bloxworth really is an all round watch that never finds itself out of place or at odds with the moment.
I did however manage to break the watch. Nothing major, I simply broke the clasp fixing post and this only occurred after some serious abuse. As part of my working role we use a tool very similar to a post rammer, a repetitive percussive tool that involves being slammed into the ground over and over again, used to make small holes for enabling gas samples. I estimate that I had slammed the tool into the ground around ten thousand times over 8 months before the post broke. That is ten thousand times the watch accelerated and brutally and suddenly stopped on my wrist before the clasp gave out, a feat that many other watches simply couldn’t handle and one not likely to be repeated by many other Bloxworth wearers.
Although the durability of the post is admirable, it was the response from Elliot Brown that was the most impressive. I dropped Ian Elliot an email with a picture and by the next morning a brand new clasp arrived at my house. This wasn’t ‘special service’ because I happen to be reviewing the watch; this is the sort of first class response all Elliot Brown customers can expect.
As for changing the clasp over, it simply took a few minutes. Even without the clear instructions from Ian, the task is extremely straight forward and would be easy for anyone to do, meaning the watch was soon back in action and I didn’t have to spend money or waste time taking it in to a watch repairer.
Other than that I have had no issues with the Bloxworth, It has been there everyday, reliant and dependable just giving me the accurate time and suiting every occasion. The bezel still turns smoothly, the SuperLuminova coating still shines brightly at night and the knurled push buttons still depress easily and feel strong. The watch has spent hours and hours in the sea, in temperatures ranging between 7ºC and 28ºC and there has been no water ingress or misting of the watch glass.
Sure, the steel bracelet, the glass and the bezel have all picked up scratches and have developed a used patina, but then so have I! The watch has been subjected to extreme physical forces, great variants in temperature as well as daily knocks and scrapes, but it is still going strong. The scratches go unnoticed by anyone who sees the watch doing what it does on my wrist, and they haven’t ruined the watch in any way and for me are a collection of memories in the adventures that we have shared together. I can see we will be having many more for many years to come.
I have been reviewing the Elliot Brown Bloxworth 929-003 sports watch, which features the sunray blue dial and bezel insert with brushed stainless steel casing and strap. The watch is water resistant to 200M and is shock resistant to ISO1413 due to its internal steel and elastomer-dampened shock absorbing movement holder. The Bloxworth 929-003 retails at £550 and full details of my particular model, as well as the full Elliot Brown watch collection can be seen here.
I have carried out three reviews on the Bloxworth over the past year, one after just a few weeks, the second after 6 months and now this one a year on. It is fair to say that I have never had a watch quite like my Bloxworth and I have never had a watch last longer than a matter of weeks. I am an oaf when it comes to watch care and my track record is appalling. The Bloxworth has surpassed every expectation I had at the beginning of our journey and shows no signs of weakness or letting me down.
At this rate I can see my Bloxworth outliving me!