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Commodore Limited Edition Ivory Camel Leather Strap

Limited Edition Ivory with Camel Leather Strap
Only 125 pieces

Swiss made

41mm

£465.00

The Commodore: a classic combination of style and performance, a true dress-diver that looks as good with a tuxedo as it does in the water.

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The Commodore: a classic combination of style and performance, a true dress-diver that looks as good with a tuxedo as it does in the water.

Paying tribute to two remarkable members of his family, Du Maurier Watches’s founder & designer, Ned du Maurier Browning, has created a stunning timepiece, destined to become a long serving member of our collection.

The Commodore boasts the level of detail and craftsmanship our customers have come to expect from a Du Maurier watch. Displaying timeless style and quality, the Commodore is fully waterproof to 100 metres and is housed in a 41mm case. It features non-reflective, domed, sapphire glass, steel and luminova tipped index markers and hands, plus a date function.

With a vintage-style, internal diving bezel, secondary crown and layered, jet black dial, the Commodore admirably bridges the gap between classic dress watch and functional dive watch with ease.

At the heart of the Commodore a precision, 3 jewel, gold plated, Swiss, ETA quartz movement ensures to-the-second accuracy.

There are only a limited number of first edition Commodore watches available. Each first edition features a beautiful case back engraved with the Browning family crest.

The Inspiration: A Nautical Heritage.

Ned’s great, great uncle, Admiral Sir Montague Browning, enjoyed a long and distinguished career in the Royal Navy despite losing a hand and gaining a mechanical hook after an accident on board the Inflexible (but therein lies another story!). After commanding cruiser & then battle squadrons during the Great War ‘Hooky’ as he became known , cut a formidable figure. Having also held the rank of Commodore earlier on in his career, he and his hook continued to defy the odds by later heading up the Allied Naval Armistice Commission before retiring in 1945 as Vice Admiral of the United Kingdom.

Ned’s grandfather, Lieutenant General Sir Frederick “Boy” Browning, in addition to having a distinguished military career, was also an avid sailor. He was sailing his boat in the Fowey estuary when he first spotted his future wife, Daphne du Maurier. He later became Commodore of the Royal Fowey Yacht Club and on stepping down in 1962, was given the honour of becoming its first Admiral. His love of sailing was shared by HRH the Duke of Edinburgh for whom he served as Comptroller and Treasurer to the Household of Princess Elizabeth from 1947.

  • Swiss made
  • Multi layered, anti-reflective, domed sapphire glass
  • Super Luminova hour indexes, hands and dive markers
  • Date display
  • Layered, jet black face
  • Screw down crown
  • Internal diving bezel with secondary crown
  • Screw down case back
  • 10 ATM water resistance
  • Limited Edition case back design featuring Browning family crest and Limited Edition serial numbers 1-125
  • Hand-made, calf-skin camel strap with embossed logo and engraved logo on buckle

 

RRP £465

Free UK Standard Delivery

The Commodore Story

I wasn’t overly familiar with the full story of the man my family refer to as ‘Uncle Monty’ until I embarked on the design for our Commodore Diving watch. I knew of him, of course, but had no idea how interesting he was until I investigated his story.

He is my great, great uncle, Admiral Sir Montague Browning who enjoyed a long and distinguished career in the Royal Navy despite losing a hand and gaining a mechanical hook after an accident on board the Inflexible. More of that in a moment. After commanding cruiser & then battle squadrons during the Great War ‘Hooky’ as he became known, cut a formidable figure. Having also held the rank of Commodore earlier on in his career, he and his hook continued to defy the odds by later heading up the Allied Naval Armistice Commission and becoming Vice Admiral of the United Kingdom in 1939, before retiring in 1945.

I was curious as to how he lost his hand and various family stories gradually emerged. In my favourite version, he was showing the King around the ‘Inflexible’ and, showing off a tad, spun the wheel accidentally catching his hand in it, yet staggered through the rest of the tour pretending nothing untoward had happened. It had, of course, and he lost the hand and gained his hook.

The other character inspiring the design of the Commodore watch is my grandfather, Lieutenant General Sir Frederick “Boy” Browning. In addition to having a distinguished military career, he was also an avid sailor and it was when sailing his boat in the Fowey estuary that he first spotted his future wife, Daphne du Maurier.

He later became Commodore of the Royal Fowey Yacht Club and on stepping down in 1962, was given the honour of becoming its first Admiral. His love of sailing was shared by HRH the Duke of Edinburgh for whom he served as Comptroller and Treasurer to the Household of Princess Elizabeth from 1947.

To both of these great men, I dedicate the Du Maurier Commodore.

Ned

 

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