We have reviewed a couple of Earnshaw watches, some really great and some not so, but they all were assembled and made in Asia, but this one is a Swiss Made. This isn’t anything new to Earnshaw as the Swiss Made collections exists for some time now, but I never got asked to review one of those, but a month ago they offered me and I agreed. There were many models in that collection, but I chose one of the cheapest ones they got there. It is of course still a £1,500 watch nonetheless and it is a lot of money, you can actually buy a lot of watches from well-respected brands at this price. So is it worth it? Let’s take a look!
The Beagle came in a very nice wooden box. Bigger than usually and better manufactured too. The box is nicely signed with a metal Earnshaw logo on the lid. The inside is lined with white cream colour leather. Inside the box, you get a warranty, instructions manual and the watch itself. The first impressions are great, the watch looks really nice. It has some nice weight to it and I like how the dial is finished and that everything is symmetrical, even the open heart.
The case of the Beagle is made of 316L stainless steel. The machine work seems to be pretty good with nice lines and angles. Although there is one thing that I hate what Earnshaw is doing and that is that on the left side of the case they engrave “Earnshaw” logo. I really don’t get why, as it looks really cheap in my opinion and is just too much marketing. The whole case is polished and the finishing work is done really good. The case diameter is 42mm, the thickness is 12,5mm and lengthwise it measures at 51mm. The proportions are pretty good in my opinion, at least better than on other of their Swiss made watches, because most of them were 44mm and up, which I can’t understand why? as the movements are much smaller than the watches. On this example, the movement can easily fit in a 39mm case. On my average size wrist, the watch looks and feels good. At 3 o’clock you have a push-pull signed crown which has nice crown guards protecting it. The crown action is pretty good, the winding is very smooth. The exhibition case back has a flat sapphire crystal on which we have a printed Earnshaw logo from the back. Around the crystal, we have some specifications engraved. On the front of the watch, we have a domed sapphire crystal with blue AR coating. Sadly it has only a single dome as it has some distortion from some angles, but that isn’t such big of a deal. The water resistance is 5ATM (50M) which for this style of watch is plenty enough!
The dial on my particular model is in this satin white colour and has this nice texture that is going from the open heart window at 12 o’clock to all the sides of the dial. Looks very cool in my opinion! The applied Roman numerals are applied and in blue colour. I really can’t tell if they are blued with fire or just painted. I looked through a macro lens and even then it was hard to tell. But if someone can tell me if they are blued in the old technique or just painted, you are welcome to inform me and other people in the comments. Almost in the middle of the dial, we have an applied Earnshaw logo in the same blue colour as the hour markers. The tapered, blue colour hour and minute hands are pretty legible on a white dial. The second’s hand is stick shaped and has the same blue colour. The dial actually is kept pretty simple with no date windows or anything and I really like that.
The movement that is inside the watch is the Swiss Made self-winding Sellita SW200-1 movement. It is a pretty popular movement that is getting used more and more in microbrand watches as it is cheap, reliable and well made. I have it in a couple of my watches and it never lets me down and it has very great accuracy. Mine was running only at +4 seconds a day which is right where it supposed to be. I would like to see more finishing on the movement for this price, but at least the movement part you see through the dial has some perlage on it.
The strap is thin and quite supple. The thinness of it helps it to be very comfortable on the wrist. The strap has a slight flaw – the buckle. Whilst it looks good as the top bar is in a shape of the E logo, that usually ends up wrecking the centre of the strap due to the strain on it. The brushed top bar has the Earnshaw logo engraved, with polished flanks. I really wish they would start to make strap like their other sister brands do like Spinnaker or AVI-8, they have some really amazing straps and I don’t get why they aren’t using the same quality on the Earnshaw watches too.
Overall I like the watch. I like the design and the movement, but is it really worth the price? Well, I don’t think soo. It is too simple and there isn’t anything done to the movement to make it look better. If I was considering this watch, I would wait for some discounts as Earnshaw after some time puts big discounts on some watches so you may actually get this much cheaper. Any case, the watch is really good, but more of 600-700$ good, not 1900$.
Price: ~1900$ @ thomas-earnshaw.com
COLLECTION : BEAGLE
MODEL : ES-0036-02
MOVEMENT : Swiss Automatic 3 Hands with Open Heart
CASE MATERIAL : Stainless Steel
CASE DIAMETER (mm) : 42
CASE THICKNESS (mm) : 12,5
CASE SHAPE : Round
CASE COLOR : Stainless Steel
DIAL COLOR : Silver White
BAND : Genuine Leather Strap
BAND COLOR : Blue
BUCKLE : Strap Buckle
BAND WIDTH (mm) : 22-20
WATER RESISTANCE : 5 ATM
WATCH WEIGHT (g) : 90
WARRANTY : 2 Years International