Captain Matthew Flinders helmed the famed HMS Investigator during his epic circumnavigation around Australia in the early 1800s. It was during that voyage that detailed maps were produced of the Australian sub-continent and surveys of the plant and animal life that inhabited the island were undertaken. Aboard HMS Investigator – was a chronometer manufactured by Thomas Earnshaw the noted horologist. Such chronometers were crucial and an integral part of the navigation during these journeys. In tribute to this, the Earnshaw watch collection has produced an updated timepiece in the Investigator series – the ES 8090.
The Investigator 2 Chronograph is an update on an earlier version of the Investigator which became one of the most iconic timepieces in the collection. While the 43 mm in diameter trench-like case remains almost identical subtle updates pronounce this watch as a new and worthwhile renovation of the original. The trench case design first appeared during WWI when pocket watches were refashioned to sit on the wrist rather than in the pocket. To do this, original pocket watches had extra lugs welded to allow leather straps to fit through them and to strap on to the wearer for a more practical fit. With a gently domed mineral crystal lens with sapphire coating, the watch houses precise Japanese chronograph movements with dual subdial layouts in a contrasting colour and vintage like font used to demarcate each readout.
The dial itself has been carefully and precisely designed featuring a right hand side etched geometric matrix pattern and a cleaner finish on the left hand side of the dial. With a contrasting colour minute track the overall outlook is that of depth, volume and interest. Breguet hands match the brushed finished applied roman numerals at the hour and complete the watch perfectly. The piston like pushers and the vintage pumpkin style crown echo the pocket watch origins in design of the Investigator. With a snug fit, the watch hugs the wrist courtesy of a supple genuine leather strap that affixes via the signature “E” buckle developed exclusively for Earnshaw.