The Garrick S3 features an openworked dial revealing a myriad of components usually hidden from view. Moreover, the brand’s new movement, the UT-GO4 calibre, encompasses screwed-chatons and various types of hand finishing, including time-consuming black polishing.
Garrick is based in Norfolk, England. It strives to make most of its components in-house. The Garrick S3 is the company’s latest model. Each model is made to order, allowing the company to accede to customer’s requests for personalisation.
The openworked dial affords sight of the gears and pinions which are recessed within the mainplate, granting a cleaner appearance. Maritime hour and minute hands collaborate with a skeletonised hour track which features Roman numerals. A small seconds display is positioned at 10 o’clock and a power-reserve indicator is located at 2 o’clock. The hands, hour track, small seconds display and power-reserve indicator are thermally blued. In addition, the intricate shape of the hour track is laser cut, a needle file is used to remove burrs and thereafter it is screwed to the movement.
The Maritime hands are made in-house. This process includes bevelling, polishing and, as mentioned earlier, thermal bluing. The collet is milled on a watchmaker’s lathe, again in-house.
A free-sprung balance is located at 6 o’clock and incorporates timing screws positioned in-board, mitigating air turbulence and, by default, aiding precision. The balance wheel is made of Sircumet, a non-magnetic alloy exclusive to Garrick which is also thermally stable. A prominent balance bridge spans the base of the dial. It features bevelled edges with a grained upper surface and mirror-polished sides, all executed by hand.
The gears are cut by hand and rhodium-plated in-house. A plethora of other components are made in-house using traditional watchmaking machines such as jig borers and lathes. Numerous grey-toned parts are, once again, made of Sircumet and mirror polished. This latter type of finish necessitates polishing parts on a tin plate in conjunction with diamantine paste to flatten the surface, ultimately delivering a brilliant, mirror-like appearance.
Garrick applies a frosted finish to the mainplate using an abrasive paste, glass plate and skilled hands.
The 42mm steel case is milled in-house within the company’s workshop. Thereafter, it is frosted, polished or grained depending on the surface location. Garrick combines all three finishes on each case, however, customers can specify alternative finishes on request.
The Garrick S3 is supplied on a hand-made leather strap, sourced from a specialist strap maker based in the United Kingdom. The watch is supplied in a wooden presentation box, once again made in Garrick’s home nation.
Craig Baird, Garrick’s master watchmaker, is tasked with the making of each watch from start to finish, incorporating any bespoke elements.