Last year we saw the introduction of the Schofield Watch Company and their launch models, the Signalman GMT PR and Signalman DLC GMT PR. These limited edition models pack a formidable case size, lovely British styling, and a host of additional complications. What had essentially started as a passion project for Schofield owner and founder Giles Ellis, has now evolved into a legitimate and very appealing watch brand.
Based out of a small village north of Brighton in the UK, Ellis has no fellow employees and applied his background in design to shape a watch he would like to own. Ellis invested over two and a half years on the Signalman design and production while still managing to create and launch the Schofield brand, its website and he even does all of the photography in house. It’s this attention to detail and love of control that often makes for an excellent product.
The Signalman GMT PR is limited to 300 pieces while the DLC treated version is limited to just 100 pieces. Featuring a 44 x 15 mm stainless steel case, the Signalman line is powered by the Soprod 9335 Swiss automatic movement. The 9335 is a variation of the Soprod A10 which is a direct competitor to the ETA 2892. Boasting a GMT sub-dial and a power reserve indicator, the Signalman offers a feature set comparable to some Panerai models. The Signalman models are designed for daily use and earn their marine styling with anti-reflective sapphire crystals, an internal anti-magnetic system, and 500 m water resistance. The final product will come fitted to a shark skin strap, cased in a cherry wood box, and is backed by a 2 year warranty.
The non-DLC model is finished to a high-polish which is contrasted by Schofield’s use of a matte black dial and applied numerals. The complete look is gorgeous and good example of simple but detail driven design. The Signalman GMT PR is available directly from Schofield’s website for £2958 ($4580 USD) while the DLC model costs £3342 ($5175 USD). Certainly not an entry level price point, but the asking price is indicative of a complex and reliable movement, the exclusivity of limited production, and an excellent design. In addition, Schofield offers buyers their choice of production number (if possible) which is then engraved on both the case back of the Signalman and its box. There is a lot to like about the Signalman and we will do what we can to get on on wrist for review.