One of Britain's oldest watch companies

Welcome to Fears

"The Fears story began in 1846, in the city of Bristol, when a talented young watchmaker named Edwin Fear established a workshop and showroom on Redcliff Street.

 For over 130 years, three generations of the Fear family grew the business into one of England’s largest watch companies. Fears provided highly-regarded, quality timepieces to consumers in the UK and over 95 countries around the world until the 1970s. 

In 2016, as Edwin Fear's great-great-great-grandson, I had the honour of re-establishing my family's company. We’re once again hand building exceptional watches here in the UK."

Nicholas Bowman-Scargill

(4th) Managing Director

 

Discover our Heritage

Fears is established

A 22-year-old watchmaker named Edwin Fear establishes a workshop and showroom at Nos. 33-35 Redcliff Street in Bristol.

Move to Bristol Bridge

Edwin Fear acquires No. 4 Bristol Bridge at the end of Redcliff Street and moves the headquarters to this new location.

(2nd) Managing Director

Amos Daniel Fear

Following the death of Edwin Fear, the business is handed down to his son Amos Daniel Fear, who at 21, becomes the second managing director.

First 50 years

Half-Centenary

As the Victorian period closes, Fears celebrates its first 50 years.

Incorporation

Fears is incorporated as a limited company and changes its name from ‘Edwin Fear’ to ‘Fears Limited’. From the early 1930s, the business is known simply as ‘Fears’.

Fears (Export) Limited

Fears establishes an export department, called ‘Fears (Export) Limited’ at No. 14 Brunswick Square in Bristol. Within a few years, Fears is exporting to 95 countries worldwide.

(3rd) Managing Director

Amos Reginald Fear

Following the death of his father, Amos Reginald Fear takes over the business and becomes the third managing director of Fears.

Bristol Blitz

All of Fears’ premises are badly hit during the Bristol Blitz.  Following the Second World War, the business relocates from the city centre to Clifton.

First 100 years

Centenary collection

Fears celebrates its centenary with a special collection of wrist watches for men and women. A full-page advert in the Bristol Mercury tells the story of Fears from mid-Victorian to mid-century watchmaker.

Fears Closes

After a successful start to the post-war period, the business is wound down following the retirement of Amos Daniel Fear. The final ‘International Catalogue’ is produced in 1975. Soon after, the business closes its doors.

Fears re-established

Fears is re-established by the great-great-great-grandson of Edwin Fear, Nicholas Bowman-Scargill, who becomes the fourth Managing Director of the company. Fears releases its first wristwatch in the twenty-first century, the Redcliff.

Brunswick launched

Fears releases its second wristwatch after the relaunch, the Brunswick, named after Brunswick Square in Bristol.

Showroom

Fears opens its first showroom since the 1940s, in Canterbury, England. Once again, people are able try on the Fears watch collection in a stylish environment.

Redcliff "Streamline"

The first 1,000 days since the company was re-established are marked by the launch of a limited edition watch - the Redcliff ‘Streamline’, inspired in design and price by Fears’ original ‘Streamline’ watch from 1946.

GREAT Britain Campaign

Fears becomes a partner of the UK Government's GREAT Britain campaign, helping promote the best that the UK has to offer the world.

In The Press

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Brunswick Salmon

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Brunswick Midas

Brunswick White

Brunswick Blue

Printed Brochure

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Hand Built in UK

Hand Built in UK

As a British watch company with a distinguished heritage on these shores, we are proud to hand build our watches in the UK.

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GREAT Britain Campaign

GREAT Britain Campaign

We are proud to be a partner of the UK Government’s GREAT Britain campaign, which highlights the best the UK has to offer the world.

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