The latest rugged design from Schofield comes in two styles of bronze case and adds a “Sign-O-Life” running seconds indicator
By Chris Hall
Design-led British indie brand Schofield – whose motto is “Made in Sussex and England” – has followed up its first foray into the world of everyday rugged watches, the Beater, with the Beater B2.
The new watch uses the same case shape as all Schofield watches to date, a chunky design that takes cues from the lighthouses of the south coast. This one is British-made (unlike the German-engineered precision of the Daymark) and comes in one metal, two flavours.
You can have it in raw bronze, ready to take on a patina of its own, or force-patinated by Schofield. That involves a treatment with acid and dye of Schofield founder Giles Ellis’ own devising, followed by rough burnishing to reveal the brighter bronze around the case edges and joins. The raw cases are kept in airtight bags for as long as possible to reduce patina before being sold; the latter are likely to age a bit more steadily.
Both versions are otherwise identical: they share blue dial, here lacquered rather than enamelled (as it was on the Beater B1) but still designed to show some of the bare brass at its edge and around the central pinion for the hands. They also share some other typical Schofield touches: the contrast crown in stainless steel, matte around the edges and polished on top, with an engraving to resemble a Fresnel lens (as found in a lighthouse lamp), and the domed sapphire crystal that sits below the level of the bezel.
Also contrasting in steel are the screw-in strap bars and the caseback (bronze against the skin isn’t a good look, tending to result in green arms). The caseback comes with an engraving comprising the letters BE of Beater and a beam of light logo with B2 at its heart.
Typography and logo design have always been Schofield staples and it’s no different here. But because this is a Beater – a watch intended to take knocks, to see a bit of life – you can also have a three-initial stamp on the caseback in, as Ellis puts it, “Deliberate, wonky hand stamping. Perfect Beateriness.”
Back on the dial, you also get Super-Luminova printed hour markers and numerals, with matching lume on the bronze hands. (As a side note, this might just be the only watch we know of with bronze hands – another cool touch). At the centre, capping the cannon pinion which holds the hands, you will notice a tiny disc with an indicator. This is a new feature – the Sign-O-Life (very Bioshock, that) running seconds indicator/seconds hand.
Underneath is an ETA 2824-2 elaboré-grade (mid-level ETA, with basic decoration, and usually Incabloc shock resistance) automatic movement, beating at 28,800 vph and good for 38 hours of power. The perfect workhorse for a Beater.
The Beater B2 is priced at £3060 inc VAT and is available directly from Schofield.