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Watch Review: Stewart Dawson Darkest Hour

Stewart Dawson was an Australian-conceived, later British watchmaker from the nineteenth century whose name has returned (like those of so numerous others) to frame a cutting edge watch brand that is roused by a gained progenitor. Such brand formulae are common nowadays and speak to both profoundly competent youthful watch brands. A considerable lot of the most esteemed extravagance bunch claimed watch brands fall into this class – and done right can be a formula for progress. Such brands have two battles to battle en route to development. One battle is to make compelling items, and the other battle is to introduce and build up a sentimental brand. Both are aptitudes and difficulties unto themselves.

The Stewart Dawson of today is a fresher brand with a zeroed in marking on its Britishness. Despite the fact that Mr. Dawson himself kicked the bucket preceding the twentieth century, the individuals behind Stewart Dawson today are pulling from stories identified with the mid twentieth century and Winston Churchill history — it accompanies some sentiment. This watch is named for a popular 1940 discourse given by Winston Churchill during the stature of World War II. It is a dreary event to celebrate in an extravagance watch with no particular military provenance. Of course, if some Anglophilia helps sell a generally good watch, who is being hurt? So the inquiry currently becomes, how is the Stewart Dawson Darkest Hour watch as a watch? Coming in at 900 Euros, it isn’t actually high-extravagance, yet it isn’t passage level-estimated any longer.


The in general quality and wearing experience of the Darkest Hour is very acceptable by and large, which is a reasonable synopsis of the watch. Portions of it are improved than others, and different degrees of good taste exist on the watch. No, I don’t think it is curated with the fastidious degree of detail that Brit brands can be known for, yet it makes reference to that the tie is made in Italy — three separate occasions in the tie portrayal: “Genuine Italian Cuoio Leather Handcrafted in Italy by Italian Artisans.” I’m really not certain where the proprietors of Stewart Dawson are, yet I think the directors are in Italy. Strangely, they make a huge effort to make that hard to decide, as the parent bunch has an office address in London, just as in New York City. I’m essentially commenting on this on the grounds that the watch is so propelled by British history and has “London” on the dial, despite the fact that its relationship to London and British history is digressive, at best.

Speaking of the sacred Italian trinity watch lash — it is really comfortable. Visconti Milano (not to be mistaken for Visconti Firenze) is important for similar gathering of brands that do some truly pleasant leatherwork. That equivalent delicate, flexible calfskin is utilized for the Stewart Dawson lashes — and it helps the 42mm-wide brushed steel case wear with ideal comfort. When you wear a delicate, malleable lash this way, you figure out how totally abusive firm ties can be.

The watch cases and dial plans taken together are a specific kind of retro pilot watch made generally well known by Zenith and less significantly, IWC. All things considered, this specific case plan and dial (hands, as well) combo has been finished by various bigger and more modest brands. The look isn’t truly about innovation, but instead execution. Who can get the extents and completes perfectly? Who can deliver the most alluring tones? who can give this antique military watch the most inconspicuous yet observable extravagance pizazz?


Stewart Dawson’s take on the look isn’t excessively decrepit. The Darkest Hour comes in three dial tones, with this being the REF. 1940.A.SS.DH02 – BLUE (with the blue dial and coordinating tie). The luminant is applied thick enough to be raised up a spot, and the shading is an appealing “aged” cream. It is entirely overall quite more appealing than an obvious white tone. The date window on the dial doesn’t truly help a lot, yet something else, the combination of tones, surfaces, and textual styles functions admirably for the general look. From a fashionabiltiy point of view, Stewart Dawson gets more than passing marks.

Over the dial is a level AR-covered sapphire gem, which I really think would have been exceptional off being marginally domed. For sure, Stewart Dawson would have expected to go through more and manage more cerebral pains over appropriate AR-covering procedures (which is all the more testing on bended surfaces to get directly on a watch), however I figure it would have helped make this resemble a significantly more costly timepiece.

The case is 42mm-wide, generally 51mm haul to-drag, and is 13mm-thick. The case is likewise water-impervious to 50 meters. An odd part about the case is the tracker style caseback. This implies there is a little snap-locking entryway that can be pulled open. Ordinarily this may shroud a window to the development or something… indeed, fascinating. In this example, when you open the Darkest Hour’s case back you will see a “random” Winston Churchill quote. This really might have been imprinted on the underlying caseback given the accessible room. I like a concealed view in an extravagance watch yet give me something cool to see when I open it up. Either Stewart Dawson needs to reevaluate the tracker caseback a piece of the Darkest Hour watch assortment, or it ought to consider something somewhat additionally tempting to discover once you open it up.

Inside the watches is a COSC Chronometer-ensured Swiss Made ETA 2824-2 or Sellita SW200 programmed development. These developments work at 4Hz with two days of intensity save. Notwithstanding the development, the Stewart Dawson Darkest Hour watch is a Swiss Made evaluated item put something aside for the lashes. The company doesn’t need you to fail to remember it is Italian! And afterward there are the clever little sorta British contacts like the little carving of… the Queen(?) on the watch’s caseback.  Is that Elizabeth II I see? There is additionally a little Puma or some large kitty face on the left half of the case. I won’t ever deny enchanting little faces — they are for sure like charms. Cost for the Stewart Dawson Darkest Hour reference 1940.A.SS.DH02 – BLUE watch is €900. Learn more at the Stewart Dawson site here .