Brands rise out of a wide range of spots. A fantasy, a chance, or a legend that has the right to be known, are altogether prospects. Roll those three together and you have the account of the William Wood Valiant, made to respect the life and work of a celebrated firefighter.
William “Willie” Wood served in the British fire administration for in excess of a fourth of a century. Before the finish of his profession, he had amassed a rundown of benefits and acclamations of which anybody could be pleased. His grandson, Jonny Garrett, the organizer of William Wood Watches, is one such individual. Driven by a longing to commemorate his late grandfather’s accomplishments, Garrett began a company that has since piled up a couple of amazing honors of its own. The Valient collection brings a sportier, more tough arrangement to a list that recently incorporated the dressier Chivalrous line as its just option.
The William Wood Valiant
Firstly, the Valiant has a cool name. It simply sounds decent on the tongue. I think it is fitting for the regarded topic with which this watch bargains. The logo, as well, albeit somewhat exhausted for my typical tastes looks quite flawless. What’s more, I’m in any event, willing to excuse the cursive wordmark — something that typically makes me frantic — on the grounds that it fits the generally aesthetic.
At its center, the Valiant is a marsh standard day by day jumper that comes in five chromatic varieties. The plan is subordinate yet flawless. It mixes components we’ve appears to be multiple times previously yet doesn’t track on anyone’s toes too straightforwardly. The dial format helps me to remember a Blancpain Bathyscaphe. The hour and moment hands have an oversimplified Panerai vibe to them. In the mean time, the candy minute hand is perhaps the most commonly seen styles in this type. Its counterpoise, be that as it may, is very unordinary. The “half bowtie” style is a decent thrive that gives the handset somewhat more character.
Perhaps the most energizing thing about the dial is the shockingly complex moment track that surrounds the direct focus. The checkerboard style seems as though it would be more at home on a chronograph however it is really taken from the side of a British fire motor. Now that is cool.
Three lines of text between the middle and six fill that inconvenient hole pleasantly. The text style is spotless and complementary. According to, I would have favored a white-on-dark date wheel, yet the fresh white content on the dial more than legitimizes the dark on-white style chosen.
The case and movement
Here we have a wearable 41mm case that comes in at 16mm tall on the wrist. It is water-impervious to 100 meters, which is justifiable given the presentation case back. The Valiant, shockingly, doesn’t include the currencies found in the Chivalrous collection. I truly enjoyed that include, however I appreciate that dissolving down certifiable firefighters’ protective caps to make a lot of commemorative coins isn’t something you need to do on the normal for history’s sake.
Interestingly, however, the Valiant is accessible with either a Japanese NH35 development or a Swiss ETA 2824 type. The NH35 has a rhodium plating, while the ETA comes in gold. The two forms are restricted to only 250 pieces for every colorway.
Probably the most capturing highlight of a truly edible case outline is obvious when seen from the side. A twofold domed sapphire (with a blue-colored AR covering) adds a touch of tallness and a lot of subtlety to the plan. There’s somewhat of a pattern encompassing twofold domed sapphires at this moment and I particularly like it. It doesn’t work with each sort of case, yet here it adds a truly necessary shot in the arm.
The arm band and straps
Without an uncertainty, the most unmistakable (and compelling) part of the William Wood Valiant is the fire hose tie. We’ll get to that toward the end. Prior to that, it merits referencing that the watch comes with the alternative of a striped nato and a strong connection bracelet.
The wristband is a straightforward, perhaps off-the-rack plan that does the work well overall. It has a decent, uniform brushed completed, and an actually astutely engraved clasp. Is it vanilla? Elaborately, yes. In any case, I have seen and worn far more terrible arm bands at this value point so I left away very intrigued by it. The texture NATO is alright as well. It is a decent, modest alternative to blend things up with more easygoing wear.
So what about that hose pipe? What we have here is an elastic tie decorated with a cut or either red or yellow fire hose. Is it a cool thought? Indeed. I think it is. Is it top notch? Indeed, alright. The addition is perfectly cut and sewed. Does it feel extraordinary on the wrist? As far as I might be concerned, not really. The elastic was extremely sticky and crude. A residue magnet and sweat-inducer on my thin wrist. I really love the tasteful of the actual hose in any case, for once in my life, I would prefer to have seen this material sewed to a calfskin back. In the event that I had this watch in my collection, I’d wear it on the wristband when it got some broadcast appointment. The William Wood Valiant beginnings at £695 for the Japanese development form and approaches £995 for the Swiss. Find out more .