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Hawchester London Watch Review: Non Ducor Duco

If you are a fan of the sophisticated elegance of England, then look no further than Hawchester London. Hawchester is one of the few watch brands that have a unique watch face that actually works. Their design may seem overwhelming at first glance, but once you understand the high-quality materials and the countless hours put into design and manufacture, you will immediately appreciate their presence.

In Midway Gentleman Magazine, we regularly write about stylish accessories that can easily improve your style. In our previous article, you can read about the 5 accessories every gentleman needs to own. In today’s article, we will review one of Great Britain’s new upcoming watch brands, Hawchester London.

About Hawchester London

First, let’s talk about the beginning of Hawchester London. Conceived in 2018, Hawchester was inspired by the legacy of the British clock and watchmaking history. From the 16th to the 18th-century British clock and watchmakers pioneered several aspects of this industry and were regarded as the best in the world.

Hawchester watches are a dedication to this legacy of Great British watchmaking. Designed in a quintessentially British style, taking inspiration from all that is British. Hawchester named the first collection the “Clerkenwell” collection as a dedication to the watchmakers of Clerkenwell, London.

Non Ducor Duco Meaning

If you have already heard about Hawchester before, you most likely found yourself face to face with the following motto, but what does it mean? “Non ducor, duco” is a powerful Latin phrase meaning “I am not led, I lead”, which perfectly summarizes Hawchester’s vision. They want to stand out and lead the watch industry with their unique watch faces, and they do it with confidence and pride.

Hawchester London Watches

Their Clerkenwell collection consists of two lines available in a unique, eye-catching color palette. The Clerkenwell Automatic, and a spectacular chronograph called the Clerkenwell Chrono. Both collections represent the same quality and values that Hawchester provides.

Dover White Clerkenwell Quartz Chronograph

Both of their collections offer five unique colors, giving you the possibility to find the right piece for your taste. The straps are made of color-matched genuine leather with hand-crafted white contrast stitching. The straps are dual protected, including waterproof and antiperspirant coatings that ensure your Hawchester is ready to go whatever the circumstances.

Our Favorite Hawchester Watches

Tudor Red Clerkenwell Quartz Chronograph

Inspired by the Red Tudor Rose which is the traditional floral heraldic emblem of England. It takes its name from the House of Tudor, which united the House of Lancaster and the House of York.

Technical Details

  • 45 diameter case with bolted logo side-plate
  • Sapphire crystal with dual anti-reflective coating
  • 316L stainless steel case
  • Sweat and water-resistant genuine cowhide leather strap
  • Japanese made Miyota OS21 quartz chronograph movement
  • 5-year battery life
Oxford Blue Clerkenwell Quartz Chronograph

Hawchester Oxford Blue Clerkenwell Quartz Chronograph

Oxford, home to Oxford University, is one of the oldest and most prestigious learning institutions in the western world. The Oxford Blue Clerkenwell chronograph was designed using the official color of Oxford University, hence the name.

Technical Details

  • 45 diameter case with bolted logo side-plate
  • Sapphire crystal with dual anti-reflective coating
  • 316L stainless steel case
  • Sweat and water-resistant genuine cowhide leather strap
  • Japanese made Miyota OS21 quartz chronograph movement
  • 5-year battery life
Cannock Black Clerkenwell Quartz Chronograph

Hawchester Cannock Black Clerkenwell Quartz Chronograph

Cannock is a town in the West Midlands, close to the “Black Country”, which was famous during the industrial revolution for its coal reserves.

Technical Details

  • 45 diameter case with bolted logo side-plate
  • Sapphire crystal with dual anti-reflective coating
  • 316L stainless steel case
  • Sweat and water-resistant genuine cowhide leather strap
  • Japanese made Miyota OS21 quartz chronograph movement
  • 5-year battery life
Hawchester Cumbrian Green Clerkenwell Automatic

Hawchester Cumbrian Green Clerkenwell Automatic

Cumbria is a rural county in the far north-west of England. Home to the lake district with its endless swathes of green, undulating peaks and crystal-clear lakes, this is amongst some of the most picturesque parts of the country, famed for its natural beauty and fresh air.

Technical Details

  • 45 diameter case with bolted logo side-plate
  • Sapphire crystal with dual anti-reflective coating
  • 316L stainless steel case
  • Sweat and water-resistant genuine cowhide leather strap
  • Japanese made Miyota 8215 automatic movement
  • Power Reserve: 42 hours

About the Movement

We don’t want to be too technical about all the details that go into the movement of their watches. However, we must mention the high-quality materials and movements that make their watches special and timeless. When I asked the founder of Hawchester to tell me about the movement of their watches, he said the following:

“Miyota is the name of the Citizen Watches movement production facility. Basically, the internal movement of Hawchester watches is made by Miyota whose parent’s company is Citizen watches. They are all made in Japan, which makes them highly reliable. Movements are generally divided into automatic and quartz. Automatic watches rely on kinetic energy, while quartz watches rely on the beat of the quartz crystal, which is battery powered. The Hawchester Clerkenwell Automatic has no battery and relies on a mechanical movement to keep the watch hands ticking. It has a power reserve of around 42 hours, which is the norm for mechanical watches (even swiss watches that cost over 10,000 USD have a similar power reserve). Hawchester then also has a chronograph watch collection (Hawchester Clerkenwell Chrono) which is powered by a quartz movement with up to 5 years of battery life and has a chronograph function.”

The point is that they use the same high-quality internal movements on par with Swiss watchmakers. However, their prices are nowhere near as high as the competitors’, making them affordable for as many people as possible.

The Package

They include a high-quality portable spring bar tool that ensures that you can change your watch strap whenever you want, wherever you are. All of this comes packaged within a beautifully handcrafted watch case made of genuine Crazy Horse top grain leather, which can double up as a continental wallet with tons of space for cards, cash, coins, and even your passport! (perfect for when you’re traveling).

Genuine Crazy Horse Leather Hawchester Watch Case & Wallet

At the center of the wallet is a timeless message that reads “Yesterday I thought, Today I try, Tomorrow I conquer” with Hawchester’s slogan “Non Ducor Duco” embedded onto a snippet of leather that is designed with the color of the watch you purchase.

The leather wallet adds fantastic value to every piece. These small details separate Hawchester from other watch brands. They offer a whole experience to their customers and want them to enjoy their timepieces every day.

Shipping and Refund

Hawchester works with the highest quality partners in order to create the best experience for their customers. Not only do they represent high quality in their production, but in precise customer service as well.

They are creating their watches with some of the finest components and materials available, including one of Japan’s most exquisite mechanical movements.

London City River Thames Big Ben
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With the right care, your new Hawchester watch will be by your side throughout your life’s journey and even long after so that you may pass it to the next generation as a loving reminder that your everyday pursuit of perfection continues on in them as the endless ticking of time.

They are so confident in their watches that they are offering 30 Day Free Returns. Therefore you as a customer have 30 days from the date of dispatch to return your watch with free shipping for a replacement or full refund.

Their Mission

Finally, their mission is simple – to give anyone pursuing their ambitions the opportunity to own a watch that is more than just an accessory. A watch that identifies with your unique journey and chimes in sync with your own pursuit of perfection. Your Hawchester watch will stand by you with silent precision and authentic identity as you navigate through life and pursue everyday perfection.

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