By TLex It's times like this, when watches (non dive watches that is) such as the Schofield Signalman come along that I wonder if I haven't limited myself somewhat in terms what I like to write about. It's true that the Signalman isn't a diver per se, but before you scroll down to the next story, take a look at what is in my opinion one of the nicest looking non-divers I've come across in a long while, and one that has a spec. that would put any number of actual divers models to shame.
Start up brand, Schofield was started by an Englishman with a passion for lighthouses. His debut model, the Signalman GMT PR has a nautical / mil vibe that will no doubt hit many of the right buttons with dive watch enthusiasts. It comes in either a DLC or mirror polish finished 44mm stainless steel case with a water-resistance 500m. Despite its chunky side profile the case thickness is in fact only 14mm. The large recessed crown has double gaskets. The screwdown caseback has been engraved with a lighthouse. The Sapphire crystal is domed with an anti-reflective coating on its inside.
The dial has dual levels; in many ways it resembles a divers inner rotational ring however it isn't. A cool font has been used for its applied numerals, which have been applied with Swiss C1 SuperLuminova. Other features of the dial include a GMT indicator and a power-reserve indicator at 12 o'clock. The movement, which is a Swiss made Soprod 9335 caliber is protected by an anti-magnetic movement holder. The watches are presented on 24mm sharkskin straps and are attached to the case via drilled lugs. A second half remborde military green canvas strap is also available.
Only 400 pieces of the Signalman GMT PR will be produced; 300 in steel and 100 in DLC. Pre-order prices start from £2'465. For further details click on the SCHOFIELD logo at the bottom of the post . . .