If you haven’t heard Full gear, I’m not surprised. It is a new brand established in Hong Kong in 2020. Like many new watchmakers, Fullgear’s founders worked in the watchmaking industry before striking out on their own. In 2021, they launched their first watch Pioneer, which took customization to a new level.
When you hear about a customizable watch, you usually think of the ability to make small tweaks. You can order the watch in different colors or different straps, or with or without a display case. But Fullgear’s philosophy is a little different. With their watches, you can choose all kinds of items. You can customize colors, indicators, hands, brightness and many other features using the online configurator. After you design your watch, FullGear builds it from the components you select.
In August, 2022, Fullgear announced the release of their second watch, the Claymore. It’s a medieval-inspired watch with a lot of cool features. It has a narrow folded bezel with minute hashes up to the 15-minute mark and 5-minute hashes the rest of the way. The crown on the right is folded and flared and looks distinctly mace-like with pushers above and below it for added control. The case back is embossed with a full faced helmet with a large plume streaming around it.
This is a Kickstarter campaign that just started. Although Fulgear expects to begin shipping the Claymore in January 2023, these things could change. I should also note that the current campaign is a private preview. In other words, the watch is still a prototype, and some things may change between the time I write this and the official launch of the campaign.
First things first. Let’s talk about Claymore’s core – the things you can’t customize. To begin with, the case is made of tough, rust-proof 316L stainless steel. It has a diameter of 42mm and measures 48mm from lug to lug. It has a generous wrist presence and the folded bezel is narrow enough to leave room for a wider dial.
The sapphire crystal is slightly domed around the edges, which creates an attractive highlight and doesn’t interfere with your ability to read the dial. It is coated on both sides with an anti-reflective coating that reduces glare to a minimum. The case is also rated for 50 meters of water-resistance. It’s not a dive watch, but you can still swim.
There are different strap options, but they all have a quick release. This makes them easier to take off and you don’t have to struggle with them.
The chronograph-grade movement is accurate to +/- 20 seconds per month. One of the pushers instantly returns the second hand to zero, making resetting very easy. It claims to be a Seiko quartz movement. Although it is objectively more accurate than any mechanical movement, many people prefer mechanical movements for aesthetic reasons.
One last thing I should highlight is that Fulgear uses tritium tubes instead of loom stripping in their watches. Tritium is a radioactive material that is safe in small quantities and is popular for use in optics. Unlike lumen stripping, which requires periodic light exposure to “recharge,” tritium tubes are always glowing. On the downside, tritium disappears over time due to radioactive decay. After about 12 years, the tubes lose most of their luster.
So much for turning a claymore into a claymore. Let’s talk about what makes it your claymore. To begin, you need to choose a dial color. It is available in black, charcoal grey, dark green, cream or deep blue. All in matte tones, with a 60-second chronometer subdial on the left and a 24-hour subdial on the right. These are black on charcoal gray and green dials, gray on ivory and black dials, and white on blue dials. Additionally, there is a cross symbol at 6 o’clock, placed above the date window. It also comes in different colors depending on the dial.
Around the perimeter is an external ladder indicator, with hashes at the minute marks and smaller hashes at the 0.2-second marks. At the 5 minute mark, large tritium tubes are embedded in the substrate. You can choose between a few colors. The hour and minute hands are either sword-shaped or spear-shaped, depending on your preference, and you can choose the color of their tritium tubes. The second hand is longer and thinner and is also customizable.
You have a choice of multiple colors of Italian leather, NATO and canvas straps. You can also put a name or other short text on the dial.
For more information visit the official website Fullgear website here.