Carbon watches – chronicles of Schofield’s Blacklamp

The story of Schofield’s carbon watches starts here. These are the articles and posts from the Blacklamp blog set out in chronological order. The original Blacklamp Tumblr blog can be viewed by clicking this linkThere are many other Schofield photos that can be seen throughout our social media sites, please explore these by clicking the icons below.

  • Blacklamp carbon Morta Watch

    DID YOU KNOW?

    The story of the Blacklamp can be found on the Blacklamp Chronicles on our website and the dedicated Blacklamp blog. There is one little fact that has been omitted from the story for no good reason other than I felt it would be an injustice to the magnificence of our bespoke carbon fibre material called Morta. The Blacklamp came into

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  • Milook-Haven-Clifs-Schofield

    MILLOOK HAVEN

    I would like to say it started in Millook Haven. The extreme folding in the killas of North Cornwall providing inspiration for a carbon fibre texture. In fact when I first sent the composite brief, it was stated that if possible the material should be laid up at 15 degrees mimicking the recumbent folds of these staggering cliffs. I had

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  • Schofield Blacklamp Carbon Composite Luxury Watches

    BLACKLAMP CARBON COMPOSITE

    Handmade in England each one of our Blacklamp Carbon cases is fabricated from a single unique billet of Morta. Removing the need for lightness in carbon fibre takes away the material’s inherent shortcomings for use in wrist watches. Morta is very dense and relatively heavy thereby improving by a large margin its surface hardness and toughness, thus making it the

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  • Schofield Inspiration

    INSPIRATION AT EVERY TURN

    even in retrospect! Here we have the generator from the Lizard lighthouse in Cornwall. The lighthouse was converted to electric power in 1924 and used these generators to rotate the lens assembly. In 1950 the generators were placed on standby when mains electricity was brought to the station that marks the most southerly point of Britain. On seeing this picture,

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  • Blacklamp-Carbon-Moonglow-Ring-Black-Badger

    BLACKLAMP MAGIC

    An amazing photo showing the GLTD ring that sits between the crystal and dial. In low level light conditions after the ring is charged, the tips of the hands and the polished rivet-head hour markers reflect the glow. BLACKLAMP MAGIC was last modified: July 10th, 2015 by SWC

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  • British Pathe Film About Lighthouse Keeper

    BRITISH PATHE FILM

    A beautiful British Pathe film from 1948 shows the three lighthouse keepers change shift and carry out chores at the Needles lighthouse, Solent, off the Isle of Wight. In this picture we can see one of the keepers making the evening meal on the lighthouses’ AGA range. Click here to watch this film. BRITISH PATHE FILM was last modified: July 10th,

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  • Schofield Blacklamp Carbon Composite Watch

    CLARITY IS NOT LOST

    Call me crazy but I like to be able to tell the time on my watch! As companies jostle for attention in the global market place many resort to cluttering the dial with all manner of exotic complications and designs, pushing the boundries of micro-mechanical wizardry and finding virtue in complexity. Is this why we insist on calling a wrist watch a time

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  • Grace-Darling Longstone Lighthouse

    LONGSTONE LIGHTHOUSE AND THE TALE OF GRACE DARLING

    “Is there in the whole field of history, or of fiction even, one instance of female heroism to compare for one moment with this?”  The Times 1838 Grace Darling was born in 1815 at Bamburgh on the Northumberland coast and spent her youth in Brownsman and Longstone lighthouses on the Staple Islands.  Her father, William, was the keeper. In the early

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  • The Lizard Lighthouse

    THE FOG-HORNS ON OUR HOMEPAGE

    “We only put it there To give warning of something we dare not Ignore, lest we should come upon it Too suddenly, recognise it too late, As our cries were swallowed up and all hands lost.” W. S. Merwin The large black fog-horns that can be seen in front of the lighthouse were installed at The Lizard in 1878. Because they were the

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  • Matt holding the Schofield EDC Blacklamp Torch

    THE LIGHT OF THE BLACKLAMP

    The Blacklamp illuminates itself through radio-luminescence, photo-luminescence and reflection. The Moonglow ring placed around the dial edge is made from a strontium aluminate polymer. It emits a green hue with a wavelength of 520nm. This glow in the dark material can be charged by sunlight, UV torches or the little EDC Schofield Torch (pictured). Moonglow has the perfect particle size

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  • Schofield Saphire Case Back Window

    CRYSTAL CLEAR

    Synthetic sapphire crystals like the ones used in watch crystals have the same crystalline structure as ones found in nature, but without the impurities that make the coloured gem varieties desirable. The sapphire crystals used in our watch crystals are grown, literally, from a seed. Bauxite, an aluminium ore of which most comes from Australia is processed into aluminium oxide

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  • Proto-Blacklamp-Carbon-Glowing

    SOMETIMES THINGS GET COMPLICATED

    An obvious statement you say, but in watch-making, simple things are often extremely complex for reasons that seem inexplicable. One of these complexities (that any designer can live without) is amendments. As a very fussy man, things have to be right. I am difficult to please, so amending my own work is something, on the one hand I am compelled to do until perfection is reached,

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  • Blacklamp-NSW-hoodie-punch

    THE BLACKLAMP’S MATERIAL MAKEUP

    A rather simplistic list of materials used in the Schofield Blacklamp Carbon wrist watch and strap. Many alloying and tribological substances have been omitted. Morta (carbon fibre and epoxy composite) Stainless steel Sapphire crystal Teflon Titanium German Silver Glass Phosphor Tritium gas Ceramic Moonglow (Strontium Aluminate GTLD composite) Black lacquer Various paint colours Brass Nickel Glucydur (alloy containing copper beryllium and nickel)

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  • Blacklamp Tritium Crowns

    CROWN

    The unconventional modern jewel of a crown – for the Schofield Blacklamp. This crown is made from Titanium, steel, ceramic, German silver, silicone rubber, tritium gas, phosphor and glass. The tritium insert emitting a dull green, radioactive induced phosphor glow with a half life of 12 years. CROWN was last modified: July 10th, 2015 by SWC

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  • Schofield Unitas Movements ebuche used in the Blacklamp

    CUSTOMISATION 2

    The main plate and bridges of the Unitas/ETA 6498-1 are custom Rhodium plated, linking thematically with the carbon fibre case. The wide Geneva stripes and the synthetic rubies decorate the dark grey gear-train bridges, pictured above. CUSTOMISATION 2 was last modified: July 10th, 2015 by SWC

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  • Unitas Movements with Hack for Schofield

    CUSTOMISATION 1

    One very important customisation we make to the Unitas/ETA 6498-1 movement is to add a mechanical hack. This small lever assembly is visible under the balance and acts as a brake, temporarily stopping the watch when the crown is pulled out to set the hands. How else could you synchronise your watch with the six pips? The six pips have been broadcast by

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    • Schofield EDC torch for the Blacklamp watch with moth
    • Schofield luxury watches with Stag Beetle

    The biggest and the best

    We would forgive you for thinking we set these up! The wonders of our Sussex wildlife climbing all over the things we make.The Privet Hawk Moth is our largest resident moth. Attracted to the light (Schofield EDC torch). The UK’s largest beetle walked this morning into the Schofield office. This young female lacks the impressive antlers of the male but is

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  • Blacklamp in Wired Magazine

    WIRED MAGAZINE

    This amazing photo was shot by James Day for Wired Magazine. The Schofield Blacklamp heads up their fetish watch section in this months watch supplement. You can get a copy pretty much anywhere. WIRED MAGAZINE was last modified: October 3rd, 2016 by SWC

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  • Yellow Millerain straps on Ti buckles

    TITANIUM BUCKLES & YELLOW MILLERAIN STRAP

    The Titanium buckles were first conceived for the Blacklamp, featuring the Blacklamp specific modified Schofield logo. This logo variant shows the Moonglow ring as the light source at the centre of the beam of light device. Shown here with the Yellow Millerain strap and the Customer only strap kit. Since 1015 the Yellow Millerain has been replaced with the Yellow Suede

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  • Blacklamp crystal caseback and Unitas movement

    THE BLACKLAMP CASE BACK

    Through 2.5 millimetres of sapphire crystal, the Untias hand-wound movement runs at 18,000 beats per hour (BPH) or 2.5Hz. The second hand advancing every 0.2 of a second, creating a sweeping effect that sets the mechanical watch apart from the quartz (Sauterelle complications excluded). THE BLACKLAMP CASE BACK was last modified: July 9th, 2015 by SWC

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  • Blacklamp watch made from carbon fibre called MORTA

    LOOKING PAST

    It is not always about the Moonglow ring ;-) The case, the texture, the feel of the material, the crystal and the crown. The dial with all those details, the markers, large sub-seconds and colours. The case backs, the movement and its modifications. The strap and buckle and all the lighthouses of England and its name, the Blacklamp. LOOKING PAST

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  • Schofield Blacklamp Carbon Fibre Luxury Watch

    60 SECONDS EXPOSURE

    A 60 second exposure after being in the sunlight for a short burst. An amazing photo, exaggerating the Moonglow’s luminescence. The watch is shown on its default strap the black Quadrant. 60 SECONDS EXPOSURE was last modified: July 9th, 2015 by SWC

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  • Blacklamp Kind-Of-Guise

    Gentlemen…

    “Gentlemen… …just wanted to pass on that I received the Blacklamp this morning. The watch exceeds all my expectations and makes the wait for you to tend to the details now well understood. Pictures online do no justice to this time piece as to appreciate the details can only be by holding it hand. Thank you.” Gentlemen… was last modified:

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  • Black Quadrant Strap Schofield Luxury Blacklamp

    QUADRANT

    A new black leather strap, designed to compliment the textured case of the Blacklamp. It is water resistant to 100m, lined with India Rubber. Titanium buckle included. QUADRANT was last modified: July 9th, 2015 by SWC

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  • Blacklamp Glowing Unitas Movement

    GLOW

    What an unbelievable photo! GLOW was last modified: July 9th, 2015 by SWC

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  • Blacklamp-crown-with-tritium

    THE JEWEL IN THE CROWN

    A gem of a thing, the Blacklamp crown is machined from titanium, finished with a polished face, bead-blasted sides and back. The face is engraved with the Unicode map symbol for a lighthouse, filled with black ceramic. The icon’s central dot has been replaced with a tritium gas insert. The radioactive gas is incapsulated within a glass vial, encased in a

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  • Belle-Tout-Lighthouse-and-Schofield-Signalman-wrist-watch

    BELLE TOUT LIGHTHOUSE AT BEACHY HEAD

    …Of the gray choughs, and ever restless daws, With clamour, not unlike the chiding hounds, While the lone shepherd, and his baying dog, Drive to thy turfy crest his bleating flock. The high meridian of the day is past, And Ocean now, reflecting the calm Heaven, Is of cerulean hue; and murmurs low The tide of ebb, upon the level

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  • Whitley-Bay-Lighthouse

    WHITLEY BAY LIGHTHOUSE

    St Mary’s lighthouse on St Mary’s Island (also known as Bait Island) in Whitley Bay. Built by Mr. J. Livingstone Miller of Tynemouth in 1897-1898 to a cost of £8000. Three quarters of a million bricks were used in the construction of the tower, and it is 120ft (36.6 metres) from base to vane. The two lighthouse keepers’ houses were

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  • Blacklmap-Crown-with-Tritium

    GLOWING GAS & MOONGLOW SWARF

    This photograph of the Titanium Blacklamp crown was taken with a 60 second exposure, on a bed of Moonglow swarf. It clearly shows the Tritium gas insert at the crown’s centre. GLOWING GAS & MOONGLOW SWARF was last modified: July 2nd, 2015 by SWC

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  • Schofield-second-hands

    SCHOFIELD CENTRE CAP

    All Schofield watches have a consistent detail seldom found on other watches, the centre cap, a black disk that sits atop the uppermost hand. This small detail makes a feature of the centre of the watch and covers the cannon pinion and hand collets. SCHOFIELD CENTRE CAP was last modified: July 2nd, 2015 by SWC

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