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Elliot Brown Canford Watch Review

Proof, if any were needed, that technical outdoor gear can be beautiful. Elliot Brown watches were created to be seriously rugged – and trust us, they are – but also be rather handsome as well. This is a watch to be worn everyday, whether that day is in the office or climbing Mont Blanc.

Elliot Brown was started in 2011 by Ian Elliot and Alex Brown. “Having seen just about every cause of watch failure in the world of extreme sports” they decided to make one that would withstand a big shock and be water resistant. After thousands of hours of trial and research they settled on two watches: The Canford (which is what we’re reviewing) and the Bloxworth, which has the addition of a chronograph with split timing and an external click bezel. The Canford is a simpler watch with an internal bezel for timing and date being the principal features. Both have a wide range of faces and straps.

“Pictured is the Mountain Rescue Special Edition with a special etched back – £36 of every sale goes to the volunteer teams who run Mountain Rescue services in England and Wales.”

Yet, the beauty of the Canford watch is what isn’t there – this is a durable analogue timepiece that won’t run out of battery every 60 hours, that will withstand ISO1413 steel pendulum hammer stress, and can be submerged under 200 metres of water 100 per cent of the time.

So far so simple, but the details just keep on coming. Pictured is the Mountain Rescue Special Edition with a special etched back – £36 of every sale goes to the volunteer teams who run Mountain Rescue services in England and Wales. The black face is exceedingly easy to read, and the dial, hands and bezel glow in the dark (the 12 o’clock has a different luminous pattern).

The Swiss-made movement has a five-year battery life and is secured inside a custom shock-absorbing steel movement housing. The case is 44mm and machined from solid 316L marine grade stainless steel. The anti-reflective mineral crystal glass is super sturdy and offers a clear vision in all conditions.

The top crown turns the internal bezel – brilliant for timing those ascents – and then lower crown is for altering the time and date. They are large and deeply knurled which means it can be used with gloves on.

The watch pictured here (which we tested) features the latest addition to the strap range: a rubber fastening that they claim is virtually indestructible. It’s made from a non-sticky, silicone-free, hypoallergenic rubber that remains supple down to -40c. The strap alone took them months to design. Like the leather strap, it’s been perfectly design to fit right up to the case. Oh, and the case is debossed with the contour line from Tyneham Cap near their office – a classy flourish which neatly defines Elliot Brown’s attention to detail. Details and design: when you get those two elements right, you have a thing of beauty. This is it.

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