Coventry team revives British watchmaker dating back to 1750


Rotherhams, a British watchmaker that can trace its history back to the 18th century, is being brought back to life by a team of watchmakers and engineers in Coventry.

The first watch, which has taken six years to develop, will be known as The Vale.


It uses a modified Unitas movement at its heart that co-founder Dave Banner says has been totally disassembled and reassembled from the base plate up, “Chamfering the bridges and spotting all surfaces is all carried out in house as is our nickel plating to all surfaces. We also use a number of our own bespoke parts,” he explains.


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Rotherhams made pocket watches from 1750 through to the mid 1900s, which is why the full company name of today’s reborn business is Rotherhams 1750 Ltd.

The 45mm stainless steel Vale adopts design ideas from the Rotherhams archive of pocket watch including its silver enamelled dial with Made in England top and centre and thermally blued hands.

It uses sapphire glass, front and back, so give crystal clear views of the dial and hand-finished movement.


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  1. Another ridiculous story about British watchmaking! This is just a standard Unitas and most of them come in kits that need building by a watchmaker! Ridiculous!


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