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British Watchmakers Launch King Charles III Coronation Watches

William Wood British Coronation Watch

Republican or Royalist we all benefit from the extra bank holiday next weekend, so we think it’s our minimum patriotic duty to take a look at some of the fun wristwatches being launched in celebration of King Charles III’s coronation. This is not the first time that royal events have inspired British watchmakers, last year Fears created the Brunswick Jubilee Edition. Without further ado, let’s take a look at the King Charles coronation watches.

Bremont MBII King Charles III

Bremont King Charles III

Bremont are one of Britain’s most prominent watchmakers on the global stage so it’s little surprise that they’ve created a limited edition version of their MBII watch for this special occasion. In fact, Bremont have a history of creating watches for the royal family themselves, having produced a pocket watch for the late Prince Philip and creating the dashboard clocks for the late Queen Elizabeth’s fleet of Jaguars.

Bremont King Charles III

The MBII King Charles III wristwatch is a white dialled version of the watch with black numeral as well as black hour and minute hands, also available in a second edition with the inverse colours. However, the seconds hand is not black and is instead presented in a regal shade of purple. Flipping the 43mm diameter case over reveals a stainless steel caseback engraved with the official coronation emblem. The solid caseback hides the modified Calibre 11 1/2’’’ BE-36AE that’s housed inside. Bremont watch purchases throughout May will also come with a complimentary coronation coin with the same emblem.

Price & Specs

  • Case/dial: 43mm diameter x14.5mm thickness, stainless steel case, black or white metal dial, King Charles III Coronation emblem on caseback|
  • Water resistance: 100m (10 bar)|
  • Movement: Modified calibre 11 1/2″‘ BE-36AE, automatic, 26 jewels|
  • Frequency: 28,800 vph (4 Hz)|
  • Power reserve: 38h|
  • Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date|
  • Strap: Black calf leather with white stitching|
  • Price/availability: £4,495, limited to 50 pieces, more details at Bremont.

William Wood British Coronation Watch

William Wood Tiumph British Coronation

Based on their Triumph chronograph, the William Wood British Coronation Watch has a very thematic design to it. The dial features multiple shades of green in a pattern resembling the Union Jack, which has a dual purpose of looking great while creating a metaphor for England being a green and pleasant land, as William Blake once wrote.

The same patten can be found on the watch’s tinted sapphire caseback. What’s equally nice is that, while these coronation elements are present, the watch retains its distinctive William Wood identity by keeping the firefighting design elements such as the hose strap, “In Case of Fire Break Glass” inscription and firefighter’s helmet logo – there’s something very British about retro firefighters.

Price & Specs

  • Case/dial: 41mm diameter x 16mm thickness, brushed bronze case, matte sandwich dial with union jack detail dial|
  • Water resistance: 100m (10 bar)|
  • Movement: Sellita clibre SW510, automatic, 27 jewels|
  • Frequency: 28,800 vph (4 Hz)|
  • Power reserve: 48h|
  • Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date, chronograph|
  • Strap: Rubber|
  • Price/availability: £2,995, more details at William Wood.

Duckworth Prestex Coronation 2023 Watch

Duckworth Prestex Coronation 2023 Watch

It might be cynical to say but by calling their celebratory watch the Coronation 2023 Watch, Duckworth Prestex are leaving the door open for, say… a Coronation 2043 Watch. Which is smart to avoid confusion in the future. Putting my own dark humour aside, the Coronation 2023 Watch is lovely with a 39mm cushion case in steel and dials available in salmon pink or midnight blue.

It’s arguably the most restrained of the coronation watches seen so far. You wouldn’t necessarily notice that it was a special edition unless you looked closely to see the inclusion of the year in the off-centre subdial or turned the watch over to see the inscription commemorating the coronation. But even then, these are relatively minor elements of a watch whose overall impression is one of class and refinement. It’s powered by the Miyota 8255 automatic calibre with 48-hour power reserve.

Price & Specs

  • Case/dial: 39mm diameter x 11mm thickness, stainless steel case, salmon pink or midnight blue dial|
  • Water resistance: 200m (20 bar)|
  • Movement: Miyota calibre 82S5, automatic, 21 jewels|
  • Frequency: 21,600 vph (4 Hz)|
  • Power reserve: 48h|
  • Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds|
  • Strap: Leather|
  • Price/availability: £695, limited to 365 pieces in each colourway, more details at Duckworth Prestex.

Fears Brunswick Au

Fears Brunswick Au

Fears are the quintessential British revival brand so it’s no surprise that they’ve released a special edition for the Coronation – after all, as I mentioned in the introduction, they created a Jubilee edition last year. The Coronation edition takes the form of the Brunswick Au, an off-catalogue version of their signature timepiece with a 38mm gold case. The piece is completed with a crimson dial beneath which is housed the ETA 7001 manual calibre with 42-hour power reserve.

Technically the watch itself isn’t a limited edition as there’s no specific number that will be produced, instead it’s limited by production to six pieces per year. However, the commemorative coronation caseback will only be available in 2023.

Price & Specs

  • Case/dial: 38mm diameter, 18ct yellow or rose gold case, crimson red dial with raised yellow-gold plated ‘Edwin’ numerals and hands, D-colour diamond set in the onion-shaped winding crown|
  • Movement: Calibre ETA 7001, manual-winding, 17 jewels|
  • Frequency: 21,600 vph (4 Hz)|
  • Power reserve: 45h|
  • Functions: Hours, minutes, small seconds|
  • Strap: Crimson red leather with contrasting gold-coloured stitching|
  • Price/availability: £17,850, limited by production to six pieces per year, more details at enquiries@fearswatches.com and Fears Watches.

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Michael Sonsino

As Digital Editor for Oracle Time, Michael needs an eye for detail, which makes it a good thing that his twin joys in life are miniatures and watches. He's a lifelong fan of fine timepieces, especially those of a more historic nature - if it has a twist of Art Deco, all the better. Recent purchase: Seiko Prospex 1959 Alpinist Modern Re-Interpretation. Grail watch: Vacheron Constantin Historiques American 1921.