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.
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.
Model: du Maurier Commodore
Swiss made, numbered limited edition
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
Layered, jet black face
Super Luminova hour indexes, hands and dive markers
Centre hour, minute and seconds hand with clear date display
Swiss ETA F06 111 Quartz movt
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