February 2019

FE-134 on the wrist of its owner, Peter, makes it to the top in a record time of 2 hours and 28 minutes (although it looks like quite a high mountain, so may be it was 14 hours 28 minutes).

FE-144 is reviewed at https://wristwatchreview.co.uk/marine-chronometer-company-field-engineer-chronograph-review

It's actually FE-000 on the written review and FE-144 on the video review as Mike, owner of WristWatchReview, liked the Field Engineer so much that he bought one.   

January 2019

David collecting FE-148 from The Gables.

December 2018

Mike collecting Field Engineer number 143 from The Clock Gallery.

September 2018

 

The Field Engineer is not rated as a diving chronograph.  It’s engineered for high water and dust resistance and each chronograph is pressure tested, but I use a floating crown to ensure high shock resistance rather than the screw down crown necessary for diving rating.  Swimming pool, Yes.  Diving No.  (Incidentally hot showers are a bit of a No as well as hot water expands metals and soapy water has low surface tension and can penetrate seals.

That said, a little bit of shallow water commercial diving is a good opportunity to verify my own Field Engineer is still waterproof to a reasonable depth, and Shaun kindly obliged.

August 2018

The idea was easy; ‘the best chronographs deserve the best straps, and the best straps have to be beautiful, comfortable and built to last’.  

Execution tends to be a little more difficult and so, for instance, it turns out that a 3d printed lug core needs to be fabricated in two parts, using materials with slightly different mechanical properties.

The superb Teju leather standard fit straps from John in Munich will, in due course, be supplemented by a crocodile and saddle leather option made in the UK.  Both are hand-made, both are the best in the world.

July 2018

The difference between a waterproof watch and a diving computer, racing a donkey and some pretty decent hotel security. 

And a lesson in the difficulty of 'visa-on-arrival'.

June 2018

Six and a half years after it was built, serial number 1 has just been upgraded from O-series to OO-specification, including 775M2 calibre modifications.


Recent watch reviews from Field Engineer owners, with some excellent photographs, video’s and discussion:

https://forum.tz-uk.com/showthread.php?428569-Watch-Review-Offshore-Professional-Field-Engineer

https://forum.tz-uk.com/showthread.php?379196-Any-Offshore-Professional-Engineer-Chronograph-owners-amongst-the-ranks

And a rather nice quote from one review: "I know what good quality looks like, and by any standards this is a watch that punches well above its weight.  First of all, it’s absolutely beautiful. I know Lorne makes a lot of the fact that the design is about classical purity and is not supposed to make concessions to fashion, but however you look at it, this thing’s stunning."

April in the Amazon

What does an early morning photo of a coffee and luggage in a south American airport have to do with watch straps?  

My briefcase, made from saddle leather, is 25 years old and still almost perfect.  Great for bags and saddles, it requires some innovative engineering to be suitable for a comfortable watch strap.  Equally old, equally well used and not sitting on the table as I do have a modicum of common sense, is my wallet.  This is made from Teju, which is almost as tough and has a lovely pattern.  Saddle leather, teju, crocodile and hand-made construction are not cheap and so the Field Engineer price will rise ('only the very best, regardless of cost' can be expensive), but in due course a new standard fit strap will be made from English saddle leather with a Teju or crocodile outer layer, and since the vast majority of Teju comes from controlled and managed programmes in south America I thought I’d take a look whist I’m here.  Teju meat is very nice (texture of chicken and tastes of whatever it's been seasoned with) and goes well with the brilliant fish that features in any resturant near a river.

Quite possibly the only subsea engineer on the amazon, limping slightly because according to the surgeon that bolted them back together, ‘the left one stings a bit because it’s still broken’.  

April’s strap testing continues with a few days in North Africa.  Less humidity, drier and dustier environment, lamb and couscous on the menu.