Tuesday, September 8, 2015

du Maurier Commodore

Paying tribute to the vintage diver designs of the 50’s and 60’s and guided by the inspirational story of  Ned du Maurier Browning’s family’s nautical heritage, the Commodore is a true dress-diver that looks as good with a suit or tuxedo as it does in the water.

Ned’s great, great uncle, Admiral Sir Montague Browning, enjoyed a long and distinguished career in the Royal Navy despite losing a hand and gaining a mechanical hook after an accident on board the Inflexible. After commanding cruiser & then battle squadrons during the Great War ‘Hooky’ as he became known, cut a formidable figure. Having also held the rank of Commodore earlier on in his career, he later headed up the Allied Naval Armistice Commission before retiring in 1945 as Vice Admiral of the United Kingdom.

Ned’s grandfather, Lieutenant General Sir Frederick "Boy" Browning, in addition to having a distinguished military career, was also an avid sailor. He first spotted his future wife, Daphne du Maurier, whist sailing his boat, ‘Ygdrasil’, in the Fowey estuary. He later became Commodore of the Royal Fowey Yacht Club and on stepping down in 1962, was given the honour of becoming its first Admiral. His love of sailing was shared by HRH the Duke of Edinburgh for whom he served as Comptroller and Treasurer to the Household of Princess Elizabeth from 1947.
Inspired by these two remarkable men, the Commodore boasts the level of detail and craftsmanship our customers have come to expect from a Du Maurier watch. Showing timeless style and quality, the Commodore is fully waterproof to 100 metres and is housed in a 41mm case. It features non-reflective, domed, sapphire glass ,steel, luminova-tipped index markers and hands and date function.
At the heart of the Commodore a precision, 3 jewel, gold plated, Swiss, ETA quartz movement ensures to-the-second accuracy. With a vintage style, fully functional internal diving bezel, secondary crown and a layered, jet black dial, the Commodore admirably bridges the gap between classic dress watch and functional dive watch with ease.
There are only a limited number of first edition Commodore watches available. Each first edition features a beautiful caseback engraved with the Browning family crest.

The Commodore is available in the following models:
  • Limited Edition Commodore with engraved case back, green on black bezel, steel or waterproof leather strap, limited edition numbers 1 - 125. Retail Price: Steel - £495 / Leather - £465.
  • Limited Edition Commodore with engraved case back, ivory on black bezel , steel or waterproof leather strap, limited edition numbers 1 - 125. Retail Price: Steel - £495 / Leather - £465.
  • Exclusive Special Edition Commodore with engraved case back, all black PVD, green on black bezel, black PVD steel or waterproof leather strap, limited edition number 1-50.  Retail Price: Steel- £520 / Leather - £495.
Technical details
Model: du Maurier Commodore
Swiss made, numbered limited edition

Case
Stainless Steel
Multi layered, anti-reflective domed sapphire glass
Screw down crown
Unique case back design featuring Browning family crest and limited edition serial number 1- 125 (or 1-50 on the black PVD model)
Internal diving bezel with secondary crown
Screw down, limited edition case back
41mm case diameter
Case depth – 9mm
Water resistance – 10 ATM / 100 metres

Dial
Layered, jet black face
Super Luminova hour indexes, hands and dive markers
Centre hour, minute and seconds hand with clear date display

Movement
Swiss ETA F06 111 Quartz movt

Bracelet/ Strap
Custom made 9-link 316 L marine grade solid stainless steel strap with adjustable links
Hand-made waterproof calf-skin leather strap with embossed logo
Strap – 22mm

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