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50th birthday watch - Schofield The Light / General Purpose Field Watch

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Ten years ago exactly I bought myself a CW C11msl - and so it began... :roll:
And dear god I'm still here! And I'm chuffed to bits to report that my 50th birthday watch is giving me just as much joy as the 40th birthday watch did way back at the start. It feels like the flippiest days are behind me. I've worn a lot of brilliant watches over the years. I'm delighted to have added a Schofield to the 'permanent collection' :D


Schofield - why?

A while back somewhere in an Offtopic chat about watches, cameras, guitars and other things I remember remarking that I 'just love having conversations with enthusiastic people - and I don't really care what you're enthusiastic about' ...


When we buy 'stuff' we often just see as far as this:
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We then own 'product' - which can be very satisfying if your satisfaction in the world comes just from owning stuff...
but that's not enough though is it? Not for many of us here. Watches mean more to us for our own set of reasons.

My experience of researching and saving for a Schofield watch has been that Giles Ellis (CEO and general enthusiast) busts that Black Box wide, and shares his passion for the whole process - raw materials, where they're sourced and what processes you apply to them; the whole design process (his background amongst other enthusiasms is in product design); machining and manufacturing- who does it and how it's done; packaging; decisions, so many decisions and all of them we can be enthusiastic and even passionate about. And we can share in them and add to our joy in the final product.

This is a clip of a lecture Giles gave at Salon QP a few years back. This is a big chunk of why I love my Schofield - because I think I love process and people and ideas as much as product.

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The Schofield logo is of a lighthouse beam. But it's not just a shape chosen to go on the crown - you can find Giles' thoughts on coasts and coastlines somewhere along the way. He builds watches and also worlds within watches. My young years were very tough so I went down to the sea most days, under the gaze of a local lighthouse. So why this watch? Because lighthouses aren't just lighthouses. And watches aren't worth the owning if you can't scratch the surface a bit (metaphorically !) to find out what they mean to you...


And the watch?

It's a field watch with GMT. It's Schofieldy in certain features (the slashed 0 at the top; the two tone ( but subtly done) dial; the over-designed but brilliant crown (the part of the watch you interact physically with most after all). I've been wearing it for a few weeks now and it has every bit of the joy-in-wearing that I was expecting from a Schofield watch. Wrist presence; no shoutiness. Solid, but so many lovely rounded things like the handset, the numerals, the pink GMT blob, the flow of the case around the crown. Part of the joy also comes from the strapmonstrous nature of Schofield watches. Schofield has just grown an offshoot called Sugar Free Straps, and my friends bought me the pink suede strap for my birthday. There are plenty more straps to choose from, they're all a bit different, and the watch looks great on everything I've tried so far.

Giles can describe and explain his watches better than anyone ever could, so details and specs on the website if you're keen. Here below some pics of my one :D

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Slab sides! :lol: :thumbup:
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That's awesome, congratulations!

Oh and happy birthday :D
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Firstly happy birthday and congratulations on reaching the 50 milestone.

That’s something very different and unique you’ve chosen to mark the occasion. Very much like your C11, this is a watch you can post of picture of and instantly every forum member will know who it belongs to. The pink suede strap is a bold choice, I think there is only you that can successfully pull that off (Guy might try though but without the same success)

The GMT feature is interesting as there’s no 24 hour scale. Is it more a second hour hand to track a different time zone rather than the typical 24 hour GMT?

I like how the lighthouse logo has strong personal meanings as well, that’s probably a feature only you will appreciate.

Well done Lindsey, a great choice to mark being old. :lol:
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Congratulations, Lindsey, on your 50th and getting a fabulous watch.

I recall you've had a fascination for a Schofield for some time, and I'm so pleased that you've found one, the right one, for you.

A strap monster it is, but the pink suede looks so right and, yes, Iain, I too like a pink strap on my Schofield. :wink: :wink:

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Thanks for wishing me well on being old :lol:
In fact I've been telling people I'm 50 for almost a year now I've been so excited! Fifty is the new black. I'm now old enough to have lived through some s*** and become wise, but I'm still young enough to enjoy it :thumbup:

The movement inside The Light is the Seiko NH34A. It's a 24 hour GMT hand uncluttered by having extra markings on the dial. I don't have any need for the GMT hand so on the odd occasion I do use it I can cope with the mental arithmetic. I haven't checked the accuracy yet because I've been having too much joy wearing it :D

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@Bahnstormer_vRS
Do you have a pic of your Schofield on pink corduroy?? That's the strap that prompted me to get the suede one :thumbup:
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Here ya go.

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Brilliant :D
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Happy Birthday missF !!

Congratulations on a great looking watch to mark your milestone.

I hope you have a great day and here's to your next 10 years here. :cheers:
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Always good to celebrate a milestone with a special purchase. Congratulations and best wishes, Lindsey. It really suits your style - I hope it gives you many years of pleasure. :thumbup:
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Happy birthday! And glad you like the watch, it really is a beauty!
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Hi Lindsey! I haven't been around for a while, just occasionally lurking - God I hate that expression. First off, I wanted to wish you a happy 50th, it's quite the milestone. I haven't engaged with the whole birthday thing on here, watches have been a big enough distraction in and of themselves. I make a distinction for you as, in many ways, I see you as the beating heart of this place, the mainspring if you will. Your enthusiasm literally keeps this place ticking over.

As for the watch, I like it, it's quirky and slab-sided...oh so very slab sided. But doesn't that just work here? Imagine all that quirkiness housed in a light catcher case...er no, terrible, you get the idea. I've always enjoyed slightly leftfield watches and, like you, I'm passionate about people that are passionate. Life is all about letting things get under your skin; pulling at your heart strings, stirring emotion. In short, a life less ordinary. So, happy birthday, and enjoy that slab-sided beauty. :clap:

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strapline wrote: Sat Mar 16, 2024 12:18 pm I 've always enjoyed slightly leftfield watches and, like you, I'm passionate about people that are passionate. Life is all about letting things get under your skin; pulling at your heart strings, stirring emotion. In short, a life less ordinary. So, happy birthday, and enjoy that slab-sided beauty. :clap:
Des, thanks - you brought me to one or two tears. Then I remembered that I'm in the pub having a margarita breakfast with the dog so I'm holding the tears back for decorum :lol:

I'll drink to a life less ordinary :D
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Congratulations and happy birthday Lindsey. It is always good to buy something meaningful for a landmark birthday or occasion.

I hope that you enjoy the watch for many years to come.

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Happy birthday! Lovely watch. Congratulations
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