An Elliot Brown Bloxworth timepiece has survived a 40,000 nautical mile battering mounted on the mast of a Clipper round the world race yacht.
The watch has survived punishing storms, hurricane force-winds, massive waves, extreme heat, shocks including a yacht knockdown, vibration, freezing cold temperatures and corrosive saltwater during its 11-month epic voyage.
The watch is still ticking, living up to the company’s motto: ‘Built to go the distance’.
Elliot Brown was the official timekeeper of the Clipper Race, and had its watches worn by 12 of the skippers along with other crew members from among the 700 competitors.
Ian Elliot, the co-founder of British brand Elliot Brown Watches, said the yacht race was a true test of the durability of the company’s timepieces.
“We’re not aware of any other watch being subjected to such a sustained or punishing test. On inspection of the watch on its return, the seals and internals are all in A1 condition. There is some case discolouration but that’s just a mild form of aluminium to stainless steel electrolysis and the rusty surface deposits polish off to reveal a perfect brushed finish. It was a proud moment welcoming the fleet and our watch back into London,” he added.
To celebrate the achievement, Elliot Brown has produced a limited edition run of 1000 Canford 202-015 Clipper Race crew member watches, which are on sale from its website priced at £395.