There is a certain magic about the re-establishment of a family business. Time may have stopped for Fears Watches 60 years ago, but they are ticking again, and with great gusto, as 4x great grandchild, Nicholas Bowman-Scargill, gets those cogs turning again, and it's a real merger of old meets new.
The company was originally founded by Edwin Fear in 1846 in Bristol, before growing during the 19th and 20th Centuries, that by the late 1920s it was employing over 100 people. The export warehouse, which had its own Post Office branch, fulfilled orders received from 95 “Foreign and Colonial” countries. After surviving two world wars, Fears closed in the late 1950s when the fourth generation decided not to continue the business.
It has now been re-established in the 21st Century by Nicholas Bowman-Scargill, the 6th generation, after he completed nearly five years training with Rolex in their London workshop.
Commenting on the re-establishment of his family’s business, Nicholas said, “Today is an exciting day in the British watch industry. After 60 years absent, one of the countries oldest names in wrist watches is once again on a watch dial. We’re very fortunate to have 110 years of company history to inspire us while we created a modern, stylish watch for 2016.
The new watch and re-established brand has also been influenced by the classic lines of mid-century British design, typography and architecture. This was one of the last periods when items were elegantly designed to last a life time, something Fears firmly believes in today. I look forward to re-building the company into one the past three generations of Managing Directors would have been proud of.”
The Fears Redcliff Date is one of the first watches to be accompanied by it’s own service history book, the Fears WatchBook. Along with the five year guarantee and instructions the book features specific pages to accompany the History Notes that are provided by Fears with every new strap purchase or after-sales service.
From launch Fears will offer a range of tailored services from battery changes to engraving.
If ever there was a watch company that will take you into the future