- Price point: £1,378-£5,100
- Quantity produced: less than 300 per year
- Percentage British: 50%
- UK Staff: 2
- Location: Wiltshire
Wessex Watches are a relatively new watch company headed by Jamie Boyd. The brand Wessex comes from the name of the ancient British kingdom made most famous by Alfred the Great, where Jamie’s workshop is located.
Each Wessex Watch comes with a hand-made engraved dial made using their own unique engraving method. They offer customers the choice of a range of complex guilloche patterns, or even the opportunity to design and order their own. Every watch uses a high-grade Swiss movement and is also fitted with a hand-made strap.
Unit 1A Syms Yard, Bumpers Way, Chippenham, SN14 6LH
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“I was looking for a watch for myself and liked the idea of having a custom dial made for it. After a long search the cheapest option I found that was of the right quality was going to be £1000s just for the dial. I figured there must be some better way of doing this, and so decided to try and make a dial myself; after two years of practising and perfecting the technique I had made a dial I was happy with and found that there was a market for like-minded people who also wanted a reasonably priced bespoke watch”
And so Wessex Watches was born. Jamie has gone on to produce hundreds of custom dials, along with a set of standard styles that have proven popular.
It is the the aim of Wessex watches to make higher-end watches more attainable, and so despite being urged to raise his prices Jamie is determined to keep his range of watches affordable.
Through creating a range of unique dials build to customer’s specifications Wessex hopes to become the home of custom watches.
Selection of Watches
Below is a selection of watches that Wessex Watches currently has for sale:
The Wessex Peerless
The Wessex Peerless is available in either a 43mm or 46mm case and features a hand-made dial and a manual wind ETA 6497 movement.
The dial is made of sterling silver and is built from a top layer that has the markers and numerals, this is sat on top of a second layer with a guilloche style basket weave pattern.
It is fitted with chemically blued hands, a stainless steel case, leather strap and an art-deco skeletonised ETA 6497 movement.
The Peerless is currently available in three styles:
- The Wessex Peerless Standard is currently £4,380
- The Wessex Peerless Premium is currently £4,740
- The Wessex Peerless Tsunami is currently £5,100
Snakeskin Guilloche automatic
The Snakeskin Guilloche Automatic is a 42mm watch fitted with an automatic movement and featuring a hand-made dial.
The dial features a geometric design creating an optical illusion effect and has gothic Roman numerals. The movement is a Swiss-made STP 1-11 calibre with automatic winding.
- The Snakeskin Guilloche Automatic is currently £1,378