This watch celebrates the iconic locomotive from the golden age of the steam train - Flying Scotsman was the nickname of the daily service from London to Edinburgh. The locomotive first came to international prominance in 1928 when it made the journey to Edinburgh non-stop from London, a huge achievement at the time. In February 2016 Flying Scotsman was recommissioned by the National Railway Museum and is once again travelling on Britain's railways.
The watch tracks the journey made by Flying Scotsman according to the 1931 timetable, leaving Kings Cross at 10 in the morning and arriving at Edinburgh at 6:15pm. On the watch a revolving pictorial disc tracks the landmarks which the train passed on it’s journey. So at 10am Kings Cross station is visible on the right hand side of the crescent, as the journey progresses so more landmarks appear, until at 6:15pm the Scott Monument in Edinburgh is sighted. The crescent at this moment shows the whole length of the journey with London on the left and Edinburgh on the right.
The full list of landmarks which are shown on the disc:
Kings Cross station
Bridge at Berwick Upon Tweed
The time telling on the watch is conventional - the three hands in the central dial show the hours, minutes and seconds. The watch is powered by an automatic mechanical movement, which means it has no batteries and no electronic technology. Just like a locomotive it can be stripped down, serviced and reassembled to keep it running for a lifetime.
This watch was a joint development between Mr Jones Watches and Mark Champkins, inventor in Residence at the Science Museum. The artwork on the disc was created by Scottish artist Peter McDermott, who says of the commission, “Flying Scotsman for me, represents all that’s romantic and mysterious about travel, from Auden’s famous poem ‘Night Mail’ to John Buchan’s ‘The 39 Steps’, she appears centre stage as the essential ingredient to excite both prose and narrative"
Case: PVD black coated brushed stainless steel
Strap: black leather with green stitching
Mechanism: seagull 1622, 21 jewel automatic movement
Width (3 o'clock to 9 o'clock): 37mm
Height (from lug to lug): 46mm
Guarantee: 12 months
Smallest strap diameter:150mm
Largest strap diameter: 205mm
This product is produced under licence from NMSI Trading Ltd (the wholly owned subsidiary of the National Museums of Science and Industry). All Flying Scotsman marks are owned and registered by NMSI © NMSI 2016. The wristwatch design, text and artwork is © Mr Jones Design Limited 2016
A beacon of modern achievement, Flying Scotsman represents a Golden Age of British ingenuity and evokes the glamour, elegance and romance of the Art Deco period. The locomotive was acquired by the National Railway Museum in 2004 and forms part of the National Collection.