When Nicholas Bowman-Scargill relaunched his family’s watch brand in 2016, the Redcliff Quartz was the first watch from Fears in 40 years. However, in 2020, the Redcliff was discontinued. Except for a limited quartz Redcliff “Edwin Edition” that came out in 2023 to celebrate the brand’s founder’s birthday, the Redcliff hasn’t been a part of the recent catalog — until now. The more contemporary and sporty Redcliff family of round watches makes its return, now with an automatic movement from La Joux-Perret. And there’s not just one new watch but four of them. Let’s take a quick look at the Fears Redcliff 39.5 Date in Mallard Green, Cherry Red, Pewter Grey, and Raven Black.

I didn’t realize this, but after discontinuing the Redcliff Quartz, Fears didn’t even have a simple round watch in the collection anymore. There’s the Brunswick 38 and 40 in various configurations, which have a more classic design and elegant cushion-shaped case. Then there’s the Garrick collaboration with its large opening at 6 o‘clock showing the free-sprung balance. Other than that, there wasn’t much else to choose from — or, actually, nothing else. That’s why the relaunch of the slim and sporty Fears Redcliff family of round watches makes so much sense.

Fears Redcliff 39.5 Date Raven Black, Pewter Grey, and Cherry Red

The Fears Redcliff 39.5 Date

As its full name already suggests, the new Fears Redcliff comes in a 39.5mm stainless steel case. It has a modest 47mm lug-to-lug span and is also quite thin at just 9.95mm thick. The case itself is fully brushed, and the rounded bezel around the sapphire crystal is all polished. The bracelet that the Redcliff comes on also has a combination of brushed and polished links. Its style reminds me a bit of a Grand Seiko bracelet. Here, though, it matches the case very well and offers a folding clasp with toolless micro-adjustment and quick-release spring bars. Now, that’s a lesson in user-friendliness right there.

Fears Redcliff 39.5 Date Pewter Grey

As mentioned, the Redcliff isn’t a quartz watch anymore. The fairly big and grippy screw-down crown at 3 o’clock operates the top-grade La Joux-Perret G100 automatic movement inside. It features 24 jewels, runs at a 28,800vph frequency, and holds a 68-hour power reserve. It’s almost a shame that it’s covered by an all-steel case back as it’s decorated with Côtes de Genève, rhodium plating, and blued screws. Even the rotor features a custom engraving in the shape of a Bristol Flower. Then again, the case back also helps keep the Redcliff 39.5 Date water resistant to 150 meters.

Black, gray, red, and green to choose from

Now we get to the more distinguishing part of the new Redcliff 39.5 Date, which is its dials. The overall layout might not be that original, but the applied finishes and colors are. Let’s start with the similarities between the different dial options. They all come with diamond-cut, rhodium-coated (except for black gold coating on the Pewter Grey version), tri-beveled, and hand-applied baton indexes featuring Super-LumiNova. The index at 3 o’clock is a bit shorter to leave some room for the beveled date window. And if you haven’t noticed already, the date discs all perfectly match the colors of the dials. 

Fears Redcliff 39.5 Date Cherry Red

The chapter ring on the edge of the dial is slightly recessed, and its CNC-milled grooves create a great visual effect. Both the Pewter Grey and Mallard Green dials feature a vertically hand-brushed finish. The Cherry Red and Raven Black dials, on the other hand, have received a hand-applied sunburst finish. All four versions come with recognizable Fears handsets, which received the same finishing as the hour markers. The ARdur Swiss antireflective coating on the inside and outside of the crystal ensures that you can always get a good look at how the dials play with the light. 

Fears Redcliff 39.5 Date Pewter Grey on wrist

And there’s one more Easter egg to be found on the dial. The shape of the index at 12 o’clock is inspired by the towers of the famous Clifton Suspension Bridge in Bristol. If you didn’t know, this is the city where Fears was founded.

A sportier, more contemporary option

I like how the new Fears Redcliff 39.5 Date fills a gap in the brand’s collection. It is sporty yet versatile and looks more modern than the rather classical Brunswick. The case and crown remind me a bit of the Nomos Club. But the dial execution is what sets these watches apart from the competition. The colors have been very carefully chosen, and each version offers specific, deliberate details. For example, the Pewter Grey one has light blue accents, and the Cherry Red version features red numerals on the chapter ring. When I see details like that, they remind me of Nicholas Bowman-Scargill’s immaculate personal style.

The Fears Redcliff 39.5 Date is available to order now for a price of £3,150. That seems like a reasonable amount of money for a watch with this level of finishing and a La Joux-Perret movement. The Mallard Green version is exclusive to the Fears boutique in Bristol. The other versions are also available online and via the network of Fears dealers. All watches come on the bracelet pictured here, but buyers will also receive a complimentary textile strap in a matching color. For more information, please check the official Fears website

What do you think of the new Fears Redcliff 39.5 Date? Let me know in the comments below.

Watch specifications

Redcliff 39.5 Date
Pewter Grey, Mallard Green, Cherry Red, or Raven Black with applied, faceted, high-polished, and luminous indices
Case Material
316L stainless steel
Case Dimensions
39.5mm (diameter) × 47mm (lug-to-lug) × 9.95mm (thickness)
Sapphire with AR coating on both sides
Case Back
Stainless steel
La Joux-Perret G100: automatic with hand winding, 28,800vph frequency, 68-hour power reserve, 24 jewels, Côtes de Genève, rhodium plating, blued screws, custom-decorated rotor featuring the "Bristol Flower"
Water Resistance
15 ATM (150m)
Stainless steel bracelet with toolless micro-adjustment and quick-release spring bars, complimentary textile strap
Time (hours, minutes, seconds) and date
Two years
Special Note(s)
Mallard Green model exclusive to the Fears boutique in Bristol