Elliot Brown Watches: Extreme Adventure Testing

Posted on by Lizzie Watson

"I think that all of our ambassadors like the sense of “my watch is built to cope with more than my body can” when they set out." Ian Elliot, co-founder of Elliot Brown watches explains.

"It means that our watches are chosen by athletes, adventurers and organisations where durability and reliability are paramount. It's also why the Clipper Round the World Race approached us in 2015 and why we became the official timing partner and fleet sponsor of the race, and again for the current 17/18 edition of the race. All skippers and many crew wear Elliot Brown in what must be the the harshest test of any watch."

These award-winning watches are relied upon for ocean crossings, mountain rescues, and just about any kind of extreme or arduous adventure. As the crew are regularly washed down the decks of the 70 foot Clipper Race Yacht, coming into contact with the metal rigging as they go, the salt water conditions, shocks, massive temperature ranges and harsh knocks are all brushed off by their watches. 

In addition to their two onboard ambassadors, Elliot Brown now have a third, Bex Sims - a Fire Fighter who was selected from a watch project Elliot Brown ran with the Clipper Race and the Fire Brigade’s Union. Bex will be competing in leg 6 of the race from China to the USA. 

Bex’s watch is the Kimmeridge 405-004-L56 - shockproof and tested in water at 200m.

Elliot Brown also produce limited edition Clipper Race watch called the Broadstone. A new watch developed for adventure with the addition of a GMT /UTC hand that can be set separately from the other hands to tell the time at home whilst sailors traverse oceans and time zones during the race. It also has a neat internal timing bezel and a choice of straps as standard. Its unique dial features red and green hour markers as a subtle nautical nod to the colours of the port and starboard markers sailors see when they reach the safety of port. Each case back is uniquely numbered with the Clipper Race insignia engraved into it.


Poole Harbour is the perfect coastal playground and test bed for watches that are designed to become faithful companions no matter how tough the conditions. Ian and Alex's extreme sports background as been put to good use as their experience has allowed them to build unique and functional details into every Elliot Brown watch. This is where their passion for creating a durable watch gets fun! Every Elliot Brown is the result of 1000’s of hours spent obsessing over the smallest details; refining, improving, inventing, and testing, and each watch must pass a rigorous testing regime including immersion in water at 200m or 300m.

Every movement is held inside a shock absorbing housing to pretext it from harsh knocks; case backs and crowns are triple sealed, glass if toughened, strap bars are solid, buckles and straps are strong. Then there’s the testing - unusually Elliot Brown test every watch 3 times in pressure. Twice at 150m in a pressurised air chamber then in water at 200m or 300m and they’ll pass the same test even with the crown pulled out into the adjust position. Adding to the extensive testing they do in-house, they submerged a watch for 6 months over the winter in Poole Harbour. Needless to say the crusty residue just chipped off to reveal a perfectly shiny watch beneath.

It’s typical of the lengths this British brand goes to, in making sure each watch is ready for duty in the office or on your next adventure, and these are watches that can travel on every adventure, through every wave and look good on any occasion. 

“They’re built to last for years, not fashion seasons. There’s something comforting about putting on a watch that’s collected a few scrapes and scars, each with its own story to tell.”

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