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SEWILLS PROFESSIONAL DIVER - PRS-44

This is a re-edition of the Sewills Professional Diver sold in the 1990s, made by the same manufacturers but with some important improvements.

The watch is now water resistant ot 300 metres/1000 feet (original was 200 metres), fitted with an oyster-style bracelet with security clasp and diver's extension instead of the original dress watch style bracelet and now sports a sapphire crystal, replacing the original mineral glass.

The PRS-44 has been undergoing rigorous testing on location at The Red Sea in Egypt for the past 2 weeks and the photographs below are actual underwater photographs courtesy of http://www.ralphyimages.com/ , who own copyright of these images.

 

MODEL
SEWILLS PROFESSIONAL DIVER - PRS-44
CASE
Material
316L stainless steel, polished sides and brushed top
Diameter
42mm, 46mm across including crown
Lug to lug height
50mm
Thickness 13mm to the top of the crystal
Lug spacing 22mm
Anti-magnetic
4800 A/m
Water resistance
300 metres/1000 feet
Weight
190 grammes including bracelet
Features
Screw down crown, screw back
DIAL
Colour
Choice of Black or Blue
Luminous
SuperLuminova
Day/Date
Date at 3 o'clock
HANDS
Style
Mercedes style
Luminous
SuperLuminova filled
CRYSTAL
Sapphire with magnifying "cyclops"
MOVEMENT
ETA2824 25 jewel automatic
BATTERY
N/A
STRAP
Stainless steel oyster-style with solid links and solid end links, security clasp and diver's extension

The Sewills Professional Diver is guaranteed for two years and will be supplied in a Sewills "piano black" gloss lacquered wooden box.

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Product ref:  SEWILLS PROFESSIONAL DIVER PRS-44 - £525.00
Available from Tuesday 17 May 2016


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SEWILLS "FERREIRA" PRS-39

Time Factors is proud to announce the launch of the first new watch to bear the Sewills name in 15 years. The Sewills "Ferreira" has been more than two years in the design, manufacture and movement modification to produce a watch of the highest quality.

The Portuguese shipping company Joaquim Antunes Ferreira purchased the clipper from Jock Willis in 1895 for £1250 and renamed it “Ferreira” after the name of the company.   The ship was known by the crew as “Pequena camisola”, meaning “little shirt” which was a straight translation from the Scottish “Cutty Sark”.

The “Cutty Sark” was commissioned by shipping magnate John “Jock” Willis and the contract for construction was signed on 1 February 1869 with shipbuilding company Scott and Linton from Dumbarton.   The price was £17 per ton up to a maximum weight of 950 tons.   The ship was designed by Hercules Linton, who was only 32 years old when he designed the clipper.

Hercules Linton

Despite running out of money during the construction, additional funds were raised and the “Cutty Sark” was launched on 22nd November 1869.


The ship was named after Cutty-sark, the nickname of the witch Nannie Dee in Robert Burns' 1791 poem Tam o' Shanter. The ship's figurehead, the original carved by Robert Hellyer of Blackwall, is a stark white carving of a bare-breasted Nannie Dee with long black hair holding a grey horse's tail in her hand. In the poem she wore a linen sark (Scots: a short chemise or undergarment), that she had been given as a child, which explains why it was cutty, or in other words far too short. The erotic sight of her dancing in such a short undergarment caused Tam to cry out "Weel done, Cutty-sark", which subsequently became a well known catchphrase. Originally, carvings by Hellyer of the other scantily clad witches followed behind the figurehead along the bow, but these were removed by Willis in deference to 'good taste'.


The ship traded various cargoes between Portugal, Rio de Janeiro, New Orleans, Mozambique, Angola, and Britain. In May 1916 she was dismasted off the Cape of Good Hope because of the rolling of the ship in bad weather and had to be towed into Table Bay off Cape Town. Because of World War I, it was impossible to obtain suitable materials to replace the masts so she was re-rigged over 18 months to a barquentine sail arrangement.

Cutty Sark


In 1922 Ferreira was the last clipper operating anywhere in the world. Caught in a storm in the English Channel she put into Falmouth harbour where she was spotted by retired windjammer captain Wilfred Dowman, of Trevissome House, Flushing, Cornwall, who was then operating the training ship Lady of Avenel. The ship returned to Lisbon, where she was sold to new owners and renamed Maria do Amparo. However, Dowman persevered in his determination to buy the ship, which he did for £3,750 and she was returned to Falmouth harbour. The rigging was restored to an approximation of the original arrangement and the ship was used as a cadet training ship. As a historic survivor, the ship was opened to the public and visitors would be rowed out to inspect her. Dowman died in 1936 and the ship was sold to the Incorporated Thames Nautical Training College, HMS Worcester at Greenhithe, leaving Falmouth for her last journey under sail in 1938. The ship was crewed by cadets, 15-year-old Robert Wyld steering the ship during the voyage.[26] Ian Bryce, DSC, the last surviving crew member on the historic journey from Falmouth to the Thames died, aged 89, on 11 December 2011.


The Ferreira’s Sewills ship’s chronometer, registered number 4608, is now in The National Maritime Museum.

4608

This is a limited edition of just 100 pieces and because of the time taken to modify the movements, it is unlikely that this watch will ever be available again.

MODEL
SEWILLS FERREIRA PRS-39
CASE
Material
316L stainless steel, polished
Diameter
42mm, 46mm across including crown
Lug to lug height
52mm
Thickness 10.75mm to the top of the flat crystal
Lug spacing 22mm
Anti-magnetic
4800 A/m
Water resistance
100 metres
Weight
95 grammes with strap and clasp
Features
Sapphire view back, decorated movement
DIAL
Colour
White
Luminous
None
Day/Date
None
HANDS
Style
Custom blued hands
Luminous
None
CRYSTAL
Flat sapphire front & back
MOVEMENT
Unitas 6498 hand-winding movement extensively modified with screwed Glucydur balance with Nivarox hairspring, swan-neck regulator, 3/4 top plate with Geneva stripes, anglage and blued screws
BATTERY
N/A
STRAP
Alligator grain calf leather strap with signed deployant clasp

The Sewills Ferreira is guaranteed for two years and will be supplied in a "piano black" gloss lacquered wooden box.

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Product ref:  SEWILLS FERREIRA PRS-39 - £980.00
Available from Tuesday 24 March 2015


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SEWILLS "CARMANIA" AUTOMATIC CHRONOMETER

There can be no better way to reintroduce the name of Sewills than to offer genuine new old stock Sewills watches. These are, however, new old stock with a difference.

When Sewills of Liverpool ceased trading in 2001, the German company who manufactured the watches for Sewills still had undelivered stock of movements and components. These parts remained stored until I discovered them in 2010 and decided to have them assembled. The manufacturer still had 85 of the movements submitted to COSC in 2001, complete with certificates. These movements have been fully serviced and assembled in the original cases before being regulated. So, although made from new old stock components, these watches were freshly manufactured in February 2010.

The Sewills Carmania is in the traditional ship's chronometer style and is a fully certified chronometer itself, supplied complete with COSC certification.

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MODEL
SEWILLS CARMANIA
CASE
Material
316L stainless steel, polished
Diameter
38.8mm, 40.2mm across including crown
Lug to lug height
42.75mm
Thickness 9.5mm to the top of the flat crystal
Lug spacing 20mm
Anti-magnetic
4800 A/m
Water resistance
50 metres
Weight
55 grammes with strap, 115 grammes with bracelet
Features
Sapphire view back, decorated movement
DIAL
Colour
Black or white
Luminous
Hour markers on black dial, none on white dial
Day/Date
None
HANDS
Style
Silver hands on black dial, blued steel on white dial
Luminous
Small circle of luminous on hour & minute hand
CRYSTAL
Flat sapphire front & back
MOVEMENT
COSC certified ETA2895 30 jewel automatic
BATTERY
N/A
STRAP
Genuine shark strap or steel bracelet

The Sewills Carmania is guaranteed for two years and will be supplied in a "piano black" gloss lacquered wooden box.

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Product ref:  SEWILLS CARMANIA - £660
SOLD OUT

SEWILLS ARK ROYAL

Exactly the same specification as the Sewills Carmania but with "Ark Royal" dial. Available in white dial only on bracelet.

The Sewills Ark Royal is guaranteed for two years and will be supplied in a "piano black" gloss lacquered wooden box.

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Product ref:  SEWILLS ARK ROYAL - £660
Only 8 pieces available from Tuesday 21 June 2016


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SEWILLS ARMY & RAF QUARTZ

More new old stock Sewills, assembled in March 2010 from components in store since 2001. The seals and battery are new stock, the case, dial, hands and crystal are old stock.

MODEL
SEWILLS ARMY & RAF
CASE
Material
316L stainless steel, "gunmetal" satin finish
Diameter
41mm
Lug to lug height
48.2mm
Thickness 9.8mm
Lug spacing 20mm
Anti-magnetic
4800 A/m
Water resistance
30 metres
Weight
80 grammes
Features
Screw back, screw down crown
DIAL
Colour
Black
Luminous
Numbers and hour "dots"
Day/Date
Date at 3 o'clock position, black numbers on white wheel
HANDS
Style
Polished steel military style with large broadarrow minute hand
Luminous
Luminous filled
CRYSTAL
Flat sapphire crystal
MOVEMENT
ETA 955.612 quartz, 11.5 ligne with EOL indicator and 10 year battery life
BATTERY
CR2016 lithium
STRAP
Black polydamide "Kevlar look" on Army, brown saddle leather Hirsch on RAF

 

MOVEMENT SETTING INSTRUCTIONS

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Stem position 1
– Home position, watch runs


Stem position 2
– Quick change of the date ( clockwise), watch runs


Stem position 3

– Hand-setting, watch stops
– when stem pulled out, save up to 70% energy

The Sewills Army & RAF are guaranteed for two years; the Army is supplied on a black polydamide "Kevlar look" strap with titanium buckle and the RAF is supplied on a brown Hirsch saddle leather strap with satin finish steel buckle. Supplied in a single watch zipper travelling case.

RAF model sold out.

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Product ref:  Sewills Army & RAF quartz- £175.00
Army model only in Stock


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