Six months ago, I was charged with carrying out a fully in depth review of the Elliot Brown Bloxworth watch, and my initial findings were extremely positive. Following that first review back in May 2014 Ian Elliot, asked if I would keep hold of the Bloxworth, and continue to use it everyday and report back after six months, to see if the watch would stand the test of time. So how did I get on and am I still as enthused by the quality of the Elliot Brown Bloxworth?
As I pointed out in the first review, my real job is as a gas engineer and everyday whilst at work I am squeezing my hands under floorboards, between boilers and expose the watch to severe punishment everyday. I don’t think I have ever had a watch last more than 3 or 4 months before it is either too scratched to see the time or the strap has split or broken, and that’s if I haven’t cracked the watch glass by then.
I placed the Elliot Brown Bloxworth on my wrist back in May and it has remained on my wrist every minute of every day since and I am pleased to say it is still going strong. Sure it doesn’t look as pristine as that first day, and it now carries some pretty impressive battle scars, but it has never missed a beat and has years of wear left in it still.
Anyone casting a casual glance at my watch would never notice the scratches and the patina it has developed over time and this is testament to the quality of the 316L Marine Grade Stainless Steel used to manufacture the strap and watch casing. The scratches are there but are only surface marks. There aren’t any gouges or any significant damage to either the strap or the housing.
The area of the watch that has taken the biggest hit in terms of damage is the bezel surrounding the watch face and anyone who has read my first review may remember I did have reservations as to the durability of the material of the bezel. Again from a distance this is not noticeable, and it is only when holding the watch up to check the time the nicks and dinks in the bezel are noticeable.
The Mineral Crystal Glass is like none I have ever had on a watch before, there are 3 scratches across the face now and one is about 20mm long but are only noticeable at certain angles and are really only surface marks. By now I would have normally reduced the watch glass to a frosted glass effect!
Considering I have had the Bloxworth covered in paint, splattered in concrete and jammed up with mud through different DIY activities, it always bounces back and shrugs off the toughest and harshest of punishments. The bezel, buttons and watchstrap all still function perfectly well. The micro adjustable wetsuit clasp still slides smoothly and freely and the luminous display is as bright now as the day I unpacked the watch.
In fact the Bloxworth is bullet proof – quite literally. During a paintballing afternoon out, I took a direct hit to the right hand side of the watch face. This lead to the watch becoming gummed up with paintball, all under the bezel and in the crown and push buttons, but as I soaked my bruised and broken body after the assault, the watch also self healed in the warm water and came out looking as good as new!
Being brutally honest, if I had paid for the Elliot Bloxworth out of my own pocket, there is no way I would have exposed the watch to the situations I have done – not a £500+ watch, but this was part of the brief from Ian Elliot himself. Such was his own confidence and self-belief in the watch that he wanted to prove just how strong and robust the Elliot Brown Watches are. The watches I have had before have cost up to a hundred pounds max and the saying you get what you pay for has never been more relevant. Previous watches couldn’t cope with real life at all.
The Elliot Brown Bloxworth has not only shrugged off elements such as sea water, chemicals such as are found in cement and bangs and knocks that should have left signs of real damage, but it continues to look as stylish and impressive on my wrist as ever. I regularly notice people checking the watch out and continue to have people comment on the impressive timepiece on my wrist.
Anyone looking for an all round utilitarian sports watch that not only looks good but is built to last with strength and quality, then they need look no further – The Elliot Brown Bloxworth has surpassed my expectations and continues to impress me every day I am fortunate enough to wear it.
To see the full range of Elliot Brown watches, including some of the testing regimes the guys put the watches through and the materials used in manufacture then take a look at the Elliot Brown website here. If anyone wants to get in touch to ask specifics about the watch then feel free – I am not a watch aficionado but I will always give you an honest answer. Anyone else sporting an E.B watch yet? Let us know how you have got on with yours.