[fusion_builder_container hundred_percent=”yes” overflow=”visible”][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ background_position=”left top” background_color=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” spacing=”yes” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” padding=”” margin_top=”0px” margin_bottom=”0px” class=”” id=”” animation_type=”” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_direction=”left” hide_on_mobile=”no” center_content=”no” min_height=”none”][fusion_text][fusion_title size=”1″ content_align=”left” style_type=”default” sep_color=”” margin_top=”20px” margin_bottom=”10px” class=”” id=””]The Elliot Brown Bloxworth Chronograph Watch Review[/fusion_title][/fusion_text][fusion_separator style_type=”none” top_margin=”10px” bottom_margin=”10px” sep_color=”” border_size=”” icon=”” icon_circle=”” icon_circle_color=”” width=”” alignment=”center” class=”” id=””/][fusion_text]I’m not a watch person. Well, more accurately: I wasn’t a watch person until very recently. “Who needs a watch when you have a phone, that tells the time, right?” I would say, whenever it ever came up in conversation. In my minds eye, a watch was a redundant piece of equipment resigned to the dark ages of Galileo and not needed now that I had my trusty iPhone!

Elliot Brown contacted us and had a proposal: test out one of our watches in the roughest environments that you can and we guarantee that you will not look back. A pretty bold claim, considering!

“PAH!!” I thought. Granted, they’re very pretty timepieces, but they’re just not required. I will have my phone to tell me the time whenever I needed to know or time anything. “I bet it will be in the bottom of the bag after a week” I distinctly remember thinking.

As always, I will give you the facts of the Good points and Bad so that you can draw your own conclusions. So, without further a-do…[/fusion_text][fusion_separator style_type=”none” top_margin=”10px” bottom_margin=”10px” sep_color=”” border_size=”” icon=”” icon_circle=”” icon_circle_color=”” width=”” alignment=”center” class=”” id=””/][fusion_imageframe lightbox=”no” gallery_id=”” lightbox_image=”” style_type=”none” hover_type=”none” bordercolor=”” bordersize=”0px” borderradius=”0″ stylecolor=”” align=”center” link=”” linktarget=”_self” animation_type=”0″ animation_direction=”down” animation_speed=”0.1″ animation_offset=”” hide_on_mobile=”no” class=”” id=””] The Elliot Brown Bloxworth Chronograph Watch Review[/fusion_imageframe][fusion_separator style_type=”none” top_margin=”10px” bottom_margin=”10px” sep_color=”” border_size=”” icon=”” icon_circle=”” icon_circle_color=”” width=”” alignment=”center” class=”” id=””/][fusion_text][fusion_title size=”2″ content_align=”left” style_type=”default” sep_color=”” margin_top=”20px” margin_bottom=”10px” class=”” id=””]The Good Stuff…[/fusion_title][/fusion_text][fusion_separator style_type=”none” top_margin=”10px” bottom_margin=”10px” sep_color=”” border_size=”” icon=”” icon_circle=”” icon_circle_color=”” width=”” alignment=”center” class=”” id=””/][fusion_text]History:

Ian Elliot and Alex Brown, both co-founders of Elliot Brown watches (see where they got the name?) both have a long career in the watch industry. Ian was a co-founder of Animal in 1988 and Alex was the founding partner for Animal’s watch department, having turned down job offers from the likes of Cartier, and everyone knows what a success Animal has been in the years that it has been around since! Wanting to go a little further, Ian and Alex moved on to found Elliot Brown Watches.

Going back to basics on design, let’s look at what else is out there. In the adventure market you have three types of watches. You have the cheap and cheerful types – the ones that are waterproof except when you are in salt water or anything else that is wet. They will set you back anywhere between £10 and £70, will have a few features, are usually battery operated and, well, they ‘do what they say on the tin’ until you push them in a real-world environment and then the cheaper design and build shows through. They look OK enough, but you know what you are looking at straight away.

Then you have the next step up. Pretty much exclusively electronic, GPS type watches that will sync with your phone and your car and your shoes and your microwave and be able to track you for anything up to about 72 hours (at the absolute top end) on full GPS mode until they need recharging. Not hugely practical in an extreme environment nor if you are out in the field without power for anything longer than two days as, if you’re relying on them fully, you will lose your course when the watch dies. An inherent flaw in ‘electronic’ watches is the operational threshold of them – usually being between about -10 degrees and 40 degrees, OK for most, but completely impractical for some. Not ideal when you are paying anywhere in excess of £250-£700 on the top end stuff. These are, without doubt, the sole realm of people that like their tech and want to be able to track absolutely everything in minute detail.

The third type are the connoisseurs type. Think Omega seamsters, Citizen Promasters, Rolex Daytona’s, Breathing Avengers and so on. People that don’t need a watch that can tell them at which exact microsecond they reached their destination in the Lake District, that know what they want in a design and function, that know that understated is always the classical and optimal choice will usually go with this type. The downside? Price. You are looking at anywhere between £350-£10000 for a quality made, beautiful protect like this. they will function pretty much anywhere on the planet and under most, if not all conditions. Some have been tested in the depths of the ocean through to the reaches of space vacuum. You ‘get what you pay for’, apparently. Or do you?

So where do Elliot Brown fall in all of this? They certainly do not fall into the first category and, by sheer definition of what the second is, they don’t fall there either. So do Elliot Brown Watches compare to your Omegas and your Brietlings?

Design:

The understand design of the Elliot Brown Bloxworth is one of the defining characteristics of what makes it a beautiful piece. The 13-jewel, Swiss made body of the watch is solid, but not too large. It fits squarely between my forearm and the bend in my wrist, unlike many large watches that impede movement of the hand or shirt due to their size pushing against both. The hands  are simple, yet not too thin to be able to tell what you are looking for at a glance. The Chronograph features are small but vivid on the matte-black background and white Superluminova etched markings throughout. I have found myself looking at the watch in the depths of the morning at some 3-4 am and still having been able to tell the time clearly. I was pretty astounded that the Superluminova kept its glowing qualities for so long after sunset to be honest.

The rear of the casing has a very satisfying Elliot Brown logo branded dead centre, and that is it.

Build:

The case itself is made from marine grade stainless steel meaning that salt water will not affect it, unlike many of the cheaper models on the market. The matte finish of the body as well is surprisingly durable. We kept ours on when rock climbing and pot-holing and, despite taking some serious “well thats going to leave a nasty dent” knocks, there is not a scratch to be seen (I am obviously not trying hard enough…). The sealing of the case is tested at 150m twice during construction and then at 200m once finished as a precaution apparently. I can’t verify the depths, but 2m in a river and the shower seem to also hold up well, so we will go with that…

The outer edge of the Chronograph bezel has a satisfyingly ‘sharp’ feel. This is not too sharp in cold weather as to be noticeable but it will give you a confident grip when turning. The bezel will also only turn counter-clockwise, meaning that if the bezel does take a knock whilst measuring, time will not be lost, only gained. Aside from putting a padlock on it, this is a brilliant feature that ensures a confident measurement within your parameters (if not better).

The backing, with the Elliot Brown logo on, is bolted down with six evenly spaced screws. The reason for this is that a twisting back plate both allows water ingress if not tightened properly and the bolting-down nature of the screws mean the shock absorbency is more firmly held in position to protect the beautiful inner workings of the Bloxworth.

Features:

As one would expect, the time keeping aspects of the Elliot Brown Bloxworth are excellent. The piece has not lost any time and the movement of the hands both in standard timing and in Chronograph split timing are excellent. The Bloxworth has three extensions to the bezel – one, the ‘usual’ one is to adjust the time and date, the second is to start and stop the timer, the third is to reset the timer.

Starting the timer with the top button is, in itself, very satisfying. You are presented with a tactile button meaning that you can physically feel the timer engage when the button is depressed all of the way so that you do not have to look at the watch to check it has started timing. The bottom button will in turn stop the timer in its tracks, but this is the clever part – it split times. So the timer visibly stops but, using the second hand of thatch itself, you can split time measure and then, on depressing the bottom button again the initial timer will whizz around the watch until it has caught up with where the internal timing mechanism was continuously timing all along! So in short, you can ‘pause’ the visible timer of the chronograph and, when you ‘un-pause’ it, it will catch up with where it should have been all along.

The timer will measure anywhere up to 11 hours, 59 minutes and 59 seconds and will split time for anywhere in between accurately also (I have checked!). Very satisfying indeed.[/fusion_text][fusion_separator style_type=”none” top_margin=”10px” bottom_margin=”10px” sep_color=”” border_size=”” icon=”” icon_circle=”” icon_circle_color=”” width=”” alignment=”center” class=”” id=””/][fusion_imageframe lightbox=”no” gallery_id=”” lightbox_image=”” style_type=”none” hover_type=”none” bordercolor=”” bordersize=”0px” borderradius=”0″ stylecolor=”” align=”center” link=”” linktarget=”_self” animation_type=”0″ animation_direction=”down” animation_speed=”0.1″ animation_offset=”” hide_on_mobile=”no” class=”” id=””] The Elliot Brown Bloxworth Chronograph Watch Review[/fusion_imageframe][fusion_separator style_type=”none” top_margin=”10px” bottom_margin=”10px” sep_color=”” border_size=”” icon=”” icon_circle=”” icon_circle_color=”” width=”” alignment=”center” class=”” id=””/][fusion_text][fusion_title size=”2″ content_align=”left” style_type=”default” sep_color=”” margin_top=”20px” margin_bottom=”10px” class=”” id=””]The Bad Stuff…[/fusion_title][/fusion_text][fusion_separator style_type=”none” top_margin=”10px” bottom_margin=”10px” sep_color=”” border_size=”” icon=”” icon_circle=”” icon_circle_color=”” width=”” alignment=”center” class=”” id=””/][fusion_text]I suppose I should find something bad to say, given that it is supposed to be an impartial review.

Err…

I guess the only real niggling point that I can find is that, with the rubber strap, my wrists became sore when wearing for long periods in moist conditions. With that being said (disclaimer) I haven’t worn a watch in about 20 years and so this is definitely related and the strap, when away from water, did effectively purge water and sweat away from my wrist when given the chance. So I guess that is actually another good point really. Bugger!

Ooh, The leather straps are not bomb proof, so you can’t punish them as much as the metal of rubber ones. That is a bad point right? But kind of expected when you buy a leather strap so again, no great surprises there. In fact, the leather straps are also bloody beautiful and as well made as the rubber ones…[/fusion_text][fusion_separator style_type=”none” top_margin=”10px” bottom_margin=”10px” sep_color=”” border_size=”” icon=”” icon_circle=”” icon_circle_color=”” width=”” alignment=”center” class=”” id=””/][fusion_imageframe lightbox=”no” gallery_id=”” lightbox_image=”” style_type=”none” hover_type=”none” bordercolor=”” bordersize=”0px” borderradius=”0″ stylecolor=”” align=”center” link=”” linktarget=”_self” animation_type=”0″ animation_direction=”down” animation_speed=”0.1″ animation_offset=”” hide_on_mobile=”no” class=”” id=””] The Elliot Brown Bloxworth Chronograph Watch Review[/fusion_imageframe][fusion_separator style_type=”none” top_margin=”10px” bottom_margin=”10px” sep_color=”” border_size=”” icon=”” icon_circle=”” icon_circle_color=”” width=”” alignment=”center” class=”” id=””/][fusion_text][fusion_title size=”2″ content_align=”left” style_type=”default” sep_color=”” margin_top=”20px” margin_bottom=”10px” class=”” id=””]Technical Specifications[/fusion_title][/fusion_text][fusion_separator style_type=”none” top_margin=”10px” bottom_margin=”10px” sep_color=”” border_size=”” icon=”” icon_circle=”” icon_circle_color=”” width=”” alignment=”center” class=”” id=””/][fusion_text]Swiss Made 13-jewel 12-hour Ronda 5030.D chronograph movement with date at 4 o’clock

5-year battery-life

Steel & elastomer damped shock-absorbing movement holder

Water-resistant to ISO2281 and individually tested to 20ATM/200M

Shock-resistant to ISO1413

Gunmetal PVD solid marine-grade 316L stainless steel case

Anti-reflective coated hardened mineral crystal

Triple-sealed knurled 6.5mm crown and push buttons

Bolt-down case back with oversize seals

External unidirectional rotating bezel with SuperLuminova markings from 0-20

SuperLuminova coated indices & hands

Screw-in steel strap bars with screwdriver included[/fusion_text][fusion_separator style_type=”none” top_margin=”10px” bottom_margin=”10px” sep_color=”” border_size=”” icon=”” icon_circle=”” icon_circle_color=”” width=”” alignment=”center” class=”” id=””/][fusion_imageframe lightbox=”no” gallery_id=”” lightbox_image=”” style_type=”none” hover_type=”none” bordercolor=”” bordersize=”0px” borderradius=”0″ stylecolor=”” align=”center” link=”” linktarget=”_self” animation_type=”0″ animation_direction=”down” animation_speed=”0.1″ animation_offset=”” hide_on_mobile=”no” class=”” id=””] The Elliot Brown Bloxworth Chronograph Watch Review[/fusion_imageframe][fusion_separator style_type=”none” top_margin=”10px” bottom_margin=”10px” sep_color=”” border_size=”” icon=”” icon_circle=”” icon_circle_color=”” width=”” alignment=”center” class=”” id=””/][fusion_imageframe lightbox=”no” gallery_id=”” lightbox_image=”” style_type=”none” hover_type=”none” bordercolor=”” bordersize=”0px” borderradius=”0″ stylecolor=”” align=”center” link=”” linktarget=”_self” animation_type=”0″ animation_direction=”down” animation_speed=”0.1″ animation_offset=”” hide_on_mobile=”no” class=”” id=””] The Elliot Brown Bloxworth Chronograph Watch Review[/fusion_imageframe][fusion_separator style_type=”none” top_margin=”10px” bottom_margin=”10px” sep_color=”” border_size=”” icon=”” icon_circle=”” icon_circle_color=”” width=”” alignment=”center” class=”” id=””/][fusion_text][fusion_title size=”2″ content_align=”left” style_type=”default” sep_color=”” margin_top=”20px” margin_bottom=”10px” class=”” id=””]Conclusion[/fusion_title][/fusion_text][fusion_separator style_type=”none” top_margin=”10px” bottom_margin=”10px” sep_color=”” border_size=”” icon=”” icon_circle=”” icon_circle_color=”” width=”” alignment=”center” class=”” id=””/][fusion_text]When you are looking for a classical adventure watch, what do you look for? You look for durability, functionality, beautiful design and a good bit of history to go with the watch. You need a story to tell around the fire when someone says “check out this GPS watch, oh, wait, it has died…” and you can then tell them about how your watch is designed to last, designed to work flawlessly and it was still working when you fell down that cliff and got attached by a bear.

I’d say that you need to know that you don’t have to worry about it, but more accurately, you need the confidence in your watch that you can just forget about it when you don’t need it and it will be just fine. It will be beautiful when you look at it again, it will still be timing, it may have a new scratch on it, but that is another one for the campfire stories.

At up to £500, the Elliot Brown Bloxworth is also extremely well placed in the premium market to be affordable for all and built just as well, if not better, than the likes of your Seamsters and Daytonas. I am going to cry when I send this back to Elliot Brown after testing but, with all confidence, that after 20 years of not wearing a watch, I know which watch I am now going to buy.[/fusion_text][fusion_separator style_type=”none” top_margin=”10px” bottom_margin=”10px” sep_color=”” border_size=”” icon=”” icon_circle=”” icon_circle_color=”” width=”” alignment=”center” class=”” id=””/][fusion_imageframe lightbox=”no” gallery_id=”” lightbox_image=”” style_type=”none” hover_type=”none” bordercolor=”” bordersize=”0px” borderradius=”0″ stylecolor=”” align=”center” link=”” linktarget=”_self” animation_type=”0″ animation_direction=”down” animation_speed=”0.1″ animation_offset=”” hide_on_mobile=”no” class=”” id=””] The Elliot Brown Bloxworth Chronograph Watch Review[/fusion_imageframe][fusion_separator style_type=”none” top_margin=”10px” bottom_margin=”10px” sep_color=”” border_size=”” icon=”” icon_circle=”” icon_circle_color=”” width=”” alignment=”center” class=”” id=””/][fusion_text][fusion_title size=”2″ content_align=”left” style_type=”default” sep_color=”” margin_top=”20px” margin_bottom=”10px” class=”” id=””]Image Reel[/fusion_title][/fusion_text][fusion_separator style_type=”none” top_margin=”10px” bottom_margin=”10px” sep_color=”” border_size=”” icon=”” icon_circle=”” icon_circle_color=”” width=”” alignment=”center” class=”” id=””/][/fusion_builder_column][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ background_position=”left top” background_color=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” spacing=”yes” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” padding=”” margin_top=”0px” margin_bottom=”0px” class=”” id=”” animation_type=”” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_direction=”left” hide_on_mobile=”no” center_content=”no” min_height=”none”][fusion_images picture_size=”auto” hover_type=”none” autoplay=”no” columns=”1″ column_spacing=”13″ scroll_items=”” show_nav=”yes” mouse_scroll=”no” border=”yes” lightbox=”no” class=”” id=””][fusion_image link=”” linktarget=”_self” image=”http://theexplorershome.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/db_file_img_834_460x627.jpg” alt=”The Elliot Brown Bloxworth Chronograph Watch Review”/][fusion_image link=”” linktarget=”_self” image=”http://theexplorershome.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/db_file_img_833_460x627.jpg” alt=”The Elliot Brown Bloxworth Chronograph Watch Review”/][fusion_image link=”” linktarget=”_self” image=”http://theexplorershome.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/db_file_img_832_460x627.jpg” alt=”The Elliot Brown Bloxworth Chronograph Watch Review”/][fusion_image link=”” linktarget=”_self” image=”http://theexplorershome.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/db_file_img_831_460x627.jpg” alt=”The Elliot Brown Bloxworth Chronograph Watch Review”/][fusion_image link=”” linktarget=”_self” image=”http://theexplorershome.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/db_file_img_790_460x627.jpg” alt=”The Elliot Brown Bloxworth Chronograph Watch Review”/][fusion_image link=”” linktarget=”_self” image=”http://theexplorershome.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/db_file_img_789_460x627.jpg” alt=”The Elliot Brown Bloxworth Chronograph Watch Review”/][fusion_image link=”” linktarget=”_self” image=”http://theexplorershome.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/db_file_img_640_460x627.jpg” alt=”The Elliot Brown Bloxworth Chronograph Watch Review”/][fusion_image link=”” linktarget=”_self” image=”http://theexplorershome.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/db_file_img_639_460x627.jpg” alt=”The Elliot Brown Bloxworth Chronograph Watch Review”/][fusion_image link=”” linktarget=”_self” image=”http://theexplorershome.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/db_file_img_638_460x627.jpg” alt=”The Elliot Brown Bloxworth Chronograph Watch Review”/][fusion_image link=”” linktarget=”_self” image=”http://theexplorershome.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/db_file_img_342_460x627.jpg” alt=”The Elliot Brown Bloxworth Chronograph Watch Review”/][fusion_image link=”” linktarget=”_self” image=”http://theexplorershome.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/db_file_img_40_460x627.jpg” alt=”The Elliot Brown Bloxworth Chronograph Watch Review”/][/fusion_images][/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]