This Holton Automatic is something special. A stunning brushed bronze PVD 316L stainless case mounted on the most technical slice of super soft, durable webbing with its low profile patented buckle. Few watches are blessed with this level of natural in-built style yet it's no look at me fancy pants either.
The Brief: capable of prolonged exposure to water and dust, durable, shock resistant, clear visibility day or night, unidirectional ultra high grip timing bezel operable with a gloved hand, easy strap changes and comfortable strapping options that don't break.
The specification of the bezel gives a perfect insight into the level of detail required for the project to be successful.
A precise 120 click ultra 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 is slightly higher than the insert to form a high grip surface for trustworthy operation even when using the palm of a wet gloved hand.
Both components 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.
N.B. this bezel is unapologetically fit for purpose. Please be warned it is likely to catch or wear shirt cuffs etc.
The bronze finish has a gorgeously warm worn-in look right from the off, the polar opposite of so many 'shiny' time pieces. This one sits quietly, confidently only getting noticed by those who know yet viewed close up, it's a show stopper.
Subtle military cues of Holton Professional toned back with warm vintage hues, yet a technical tour de force capable of more than any human. And of course with its workhorse NH35 automatic self winding movement, it's as happy off grid for as long as you are.
The last two photos are stills taken from a video of a quartz Holton and a Kimmeridge strapped to an ROV in the Gulf of Mexico in March 2020, still working at 3900ft - almost 3/4 mile underwater.
As our way of saying thank you to serving and ex serving military personnel, we offer 20% military and 'blue light' discount on all our watches. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with proof of service and to find out more.
Our returns policy is on our site here, and our five year warranty is outlined here.
43mm stainless case with double thickness bronze PVD coating
Ultra high grip, 120 click uni-directional bezel with case-hardened insert
Scratch resistant sapphire 2mm crystal treated to lifetime anti-reflective coating
Superb night time performance with ultra bright Superluminova dial and bezel
Seiko NH35 automatic movement housed in EB's unique anti-shock suspension system
40 hour power reserve
Solid stainless easy change strap bars
Durable, patented webbing strap
Supercompressor bolted down beautifully detailed case back
Triple sealed, high grip screw down crown, recessed out of harm's way at 4h
-20/+40 seconds per day (manufacturer's figures)
9H-3H 43mm excluding crown
12H-6H - 52mm max to tip of case shoulders
Maximum thickness 14mm
Fits up to 190mm/7.5" wrist perfectly
Our leather and webbing straps fit larger wrists, and metal bracelets can have any number of links added