Today we have a stylish watch, as this watch was one of the first non-mainstream small brand watches that caught my eye when I was just starting this blog and since then I really wanted to take a look at it. And about a couple of weeks ago Eone reached out to me and I immediately said yes!
So today we have the Eone (as I just recently learned, pronounced as the letter “e” and the number 1) Bradley in for reviews. Let’s talk about the company and backstory. The Eone Bradley timepiece lets you feel the time with your fingers and also eyes. It was offered and successfully funded as a Kickstarter project in 2013. It was named in honor of U.S. Navy lieutenant Bradley Snyder, a veteran of the Afghanistan war who was severely injured while diffusing a bomb, losing his sight. That didn’t stop this guy, though. In 2012 and 2016, he won a total of five gold and two silver medals in the Paralympic Games and broke a world record. Eone honors Lieutenant Bradley’s perseverance in speaking out for those who are blind, emphasizing that the stigma of blindness in our society is often more difficult to overcome than the disability itself. Since the Bradley doesn’t require eyesight to tell time, Eone likes to call it a timepiece and not a watch – but no matter what we call it, the Eone Bradley is a great alternative for those looking for something that goes beyond your run-of-the-mill fashion watch.
The watch came in a nice box. Inside the box, you will find instructions (which are also in braille) and the Bradley watch. The first impressions were good. I really like the watch and the size is just perfect for any wrist. Also, I didn’t knew that it has articulating lugs which really help the comfort on the wrist. It looks very hipstery and I’m surprised that not so many people know this brand, as this is much cooler than those Daniel Wellington, Cluse, The Horse, and other fashion, overpriced watches.Eone Bradley uses an open dial. Kind of the whole case and the dial is one piece of stainless steel. To tell the minutes and hours, two small metallic ball bearing balls function as the hands of the watch, with the minute ball situated on the top of the watch, while the hour indicator is a ball in a groove cut into the profile of the titanium case. This allows those with visual impairments to reach to the timepiece and determine the location of the metallic balls by touch, and hence tell the time with relative ease. As a sighted person, it’s fascinating for me to close my eyes and try to read time by each of these ball bearings. Sometimes the ball bearings lose their grip to the underlying magnets, but a quick flick of the wrist rolls them back into the proper position. Wearing the watch I also learned a lot about tactile sensation, as well as about myself and how much I depend on sight at the expense of touch. The only downside to this system is that the ball bearing balls scratch the surface of the dial.
For people who can’t see, it is a find! I know that there are many watches that can tell the time or like the apple watch where you can use it to do stuff on your phone. But I only know a couple of watches with which you can tell time physically. I know that Raketa (which is a Russian watch company) in the 70s and 80s made a watch where you can lift up the top of the case with crystal and read time by touching the dial. But that is the only example I know. And the Bradley watch fills the gap nicely, and the ability to help yourself to such ordinary information as the time of day while wearing a stylish watch like this is bound to be an uplifting experience.Eone Bradley is a Ronda Swiss quartz movement that has been modified in a way so that it comprises two small but rather powerful magnets that carry the two balls around their course. The movement is very precise and very robust. The battery life is around 2-3 years. The strap that came with the watch suits it really well. It looks nice with those salt and pepper tones and the white leather underlining makes the strap very comfortable to wear. At first, the strap will be very stiff, but after some wearing time, it will get supple. The tang-style buckle is signed with the Eone logo and is also finished in that bead blasted finish. eone-time.com
Price: €265 @ eone-time.com
- Case: stainless steel
- Face: aluminum
- Strap: dyed canvas with Italian leather reverse
- Ronda quartz movement with Swiss parts
- 40 mm diameter / 11.5 mm thickness
- adjustable buckle with holes fits wrists 6 ¼ – 8 ½ inches (159 – 215 mm) in circumference, 20 mm strap width
WATER & SHOCK-RESISTANCE
- The Bradley will easily withstand brief contact with water, like getting caught in the rain or washing hands. It is not intended for submersion in water or high-intensity sports.
- Renata 371 button cell
- 2 year full warranty