News, Reviews & FAQs

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2017

From serial number 100, chronographs now have a butterfly mechanism deployment clasp that opens and locks the same way as the metal bracelet.  The travel case has also changed from sliding to a roll style so it doesn't compress the strap.  The travel case is still leather of course, now with a finish that matches the strap, and has room for two watches.

 
Interestingly serial number 100 wasn't made. The rotor had a memorable date engraved instead of 'field engineer' but I think the customer changed his mind between ordering and me asking for some money.  I'll make another number 100 rotor in due course.

2016

The landmark 100th OFFSHORE Professional Field Engineer is coming up soon. 


The earliest chronographs are out of their 2 year no quibble guarantee, but I'm quite happy to fix anything on them and will certainly do it for free if it's due to a fault in the watch. Whilst I initially thought polar bears, desert sand and boardroom bust ups might be the cause of most damage, it appears sinks and bathroom floors are, so be careful with any watch when cleaning your teeth.

2015

The Field Engineer double O variant is now available.  Modifications from the earlier Field Engineer are quite extensive and all in the movement and aesthetics. These include include day of the week indicator, a full set of revised hands slightly different in size and shape, different tube alloys, a completely new and totally unique day and date arrangement, C3 superluminova added to hour markers, small changes in the chapter ring and dial layer sizes and layout, and numerous other very small tweeks that pull everything more tightly to the Fibonacci sequence.


All existing Field Engineer Chronographs can be upgraded to the double O specification

2014

I know it's a little random for a watch company to sponsor a street dance group, but they're based in Brentford (the home of OFFSHORE Professional) and what they do is a really excellent example of 'taking the lead to change your own future'. www.alliancedanceunit.co.uk/


Prototyping for the Double O version of the Field Engineer


Official timer for the Neptune race to the equator


50 international rugby caps for Jim Hamilton


Because there's more to life than just having fun, a number of Field Engineer chronographs have been specially built and auctioned to raise funds for the Mama Muxima orphanage in Lunada, Angolan. I occasionally do other charity specials as well if funds permit. 




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Reviews
For unbiased reviews type 'Offshore professional chronograph' into google.

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FAQ's
Why is there no buy-it-now option on this website
Web sites are not my thing so to ensure complete security there are no active commerce features on here. Email me or drop in at The Clock Gallery in Ealing to buy an OFFSHORE Professional.  I tend to make them to order.

What is the lead time on ordering
Variable, from a couple of days if I've pre-built some to a few weeks if I haven't and need to have movements made in Switzerland.  Email for current status.

Why don’t you write Made in England on the dial or back plate

All design, engineering, the build and many of the components are from the UK, and Classic Chronographs is a UK registered company.  However, the base movement is custom manufactured in Switzerland and a large portion of the other components are from countries outside the UK. The strap and buckle for example are from Germany, and hands are from a remarkable workshop in India operated by an equally remarkable group of watchmakers using 50 year old diamond cutting machinery that itself was made in Switzerland.  The substantive part of the watch, where the value is added, is in the UK and therefore it's perfectly legal to write Made in the UK, or Made in England. I feel though that this would be misleading and so instead acknowledge the two main countries. 

Why do you use the Valjoux 7750 movement

The 7750 is an integrated chronograph rather than as a base movement with a chronograph module fitted on top. It is (in my view) the best, most accurate and most robust chronograph movement, and it can be serviced and repaired by a wide network of watchmakers.  The 7750 combines elegant simplicity with the highest level of accuracy and therefore is perfect for OFFSHORE Professional. The Field Engineer uses a special version that has quite a lot of modifications, and with it's unique day/date arrangement could quite happily carry a different calibre code. That would be a little misleading though so I keep with the Cal 7750 code. Perhaps Cal 7750-OO.

Does ETA restricting movement supply affect you

Thankfully not.  However, since long term planning is a key part of good engineering the Field Engineer can readily switch to the Sellita SW500 or Eterna Calibre 39 as its base architecture, or to a third option for a fully custom movement from another Swiss manufacturer.  SW500 and Cal 39 are both integrated chronographs that use the same architecture and dimensions as the 7750.

Since you’re a subsea engineer why don’t you make a divers watch

The original divers chronograph was a touch bulky and had an annoying habit of slipping around my wrist.  I sold a few, but when I introduced the Field Engineer I offered owners a very reasonably priced trade up.  All divers watches were thus returned and destroyed.

What's the most frequent cause of repairs

Drops and knocks. A mechanical watch is a finely tuned piece of machinery that is running on your wrist at 28 thousand beats per hour. It's not a battery powered printed circuit with no moving parts, no heart and no soul. Knock it hard onto something unforgiving you can damage it. This is true for all mechanical watches; they need to be treated with a little care and consideration. OFFSHORE Professional are designed, engineered and built to be as robust and shock resistant as it is possible to make. The 2 year no quibble free repairs gives you the time to adjust to wearing your watch, and I can guarantee that after a couple of months you'll have adjusted without even realising it. Think of a new watch like a new coffee table.  You'll bang your shins on it once, but will then subconsciously learn not to do it again.  

Do you make a black dial version

I get asked quite a lot for a black dial version, but having made a few prototypes I'm afraid I didn't like them.  

Why does the Roman numeral case use IIX for 8

Because IIX has 20% less engraving than VIII and therefore presents a better visual balance against the IV on the other side. 

How does the tachymeter bezel work

Click the sweep seconds when you drive or cycle past something, click it again exactly 1 mile later and the second hand will be pointing to your average speed.  Of course you need two objects exactly 1 mile (or 1km if you're metric) apart, which is a bit of a flaw in the whole concept.   

Why the use of Fibonacci numbers

The higher up the Fibonacci sequence you go, the closer you move to the golden ratio of 1:0.618. This is a ratio of proportionality that is aesthetically perfect and has been used since classical times.  I use the golden ratio and the numbers and proportions from lower down the sequence for the visual design of the Field Engineer. Overall it produces a very coherent and balanced design that has no reference to fashions or trends. Avoiding these is the key to longevity in design.

Will you make a ladies watch

No doubt one day I will make a unisex watch.

Can you make specials

If the timing is right and you don't mind waiting then custom engraving of the rotor is possible. Other modifications can be expensive.

Why don’t I see OFFSHORE Professional in magazines and watch shows

Lack of a marketing capability might have something to do with it, as does the ‘pay to be featured’ method most magazines and watch shows employ.




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