The Holton Professional series from Elliot Brown is tough. Tough enough for the Special Forces.
November 11, 2018

At T3 Towers, we love the very idea of conceptualizing watches designed to withstand the most hostile conditions imaginable. Take the Holton Professional from Elliot Brown. Now Elliot Brown is a definitive no-nonsense watchmaker with a consistently reliable portfolio, and thus the brief for this watch sort of blends perfectly with the watchmaker’s philosophy. The Holton Professional series takes its’ name from Holton Heath in Dorset, the location of a wartime cordite factory. The series was developed in response to a request from a specialist military branch who demanded a fit-for-purpose professional watch capable of life in the field.

The Holton Professional is the first military issued watch from a British company in over ten years and prior to being approved, was the subject of intense testing, surviving some of the most hostile conditions imaginable. Aptly enough, the brief maintained that it should be capable of prolongued exposure to water and dust, durable, shock resistant, clear visibility day or night,  unidirectional timing bezel operable with a gloved hand, easy strap changes and comfortable strapping options that don’t break.

In seeking to develop the ultimate field watch, the design team at Elliot Brown asked operators to bring their current watches and discuss what worked and what didn’t.

Come to details of the Holton Professional, and the precise 120 click high grip bezel houses a stainless steel insert precisely embossed with hours and minutes indentations then flooded with high grade C3 SuperLuminova. The hobnail outer knurling as also the insert are matt bead blasted, hardened to 1200HV (Vickers hardness scale) then a 0.8 micron PVD coating is applied whose hardness matches that of the stainless steel components. Straps are easily changed and secured via solid steel screw in bars operated with a five lobe tool and matching socket in the strap bar ends.

As a piece of military equipment, it bears the Broad Arrow on the dial in subdued grey and carries a NATO Stock Number 6645-99-303-0677 on the case back.

Interestingly enough, despite the professional qualification, the Holton Professional is also available for the general public on pre-order, making it quite a catch. Watches to military personnel who order the watch will be delivered first, while consumer deliveries are aimed to be in mid-December. Intrigued? Excited? Pre-order the Holton Professional from Elliot Brown now!

And lastly, a tad bit of warning for those looking to replace that Apple Watch with the Holton Professional for an image makeover? On their site Elliott Brown advises: Please note, the high grip bezel is not suitable for use with cuffed shirts as prolongued contact may cause fabric to fray. Yep, like we said, it’s tough.

by Anil George
Avid follower of all things tech. In between his quest for the ultimate gizmo, Anil fiddles with light meters, collects rare books and feeds his fetish for Jap horror movies. As Managing Editor of T3 Middle East for the GCC, Anil oversees content direction across print and digital. He was a CES 2020 Innovation Awards Judge, reprising his role as an Innovation Awards Judge at CES 2018, CES 2017, 2016 and 2015. Anil is also the Middle East's first Brand Ambassador for Ashdown Engineering. Reach him at:
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