While I don’t recall for certain how I came across the Offshore Professional brand, I’m glad I did, as they’ve produced a very intriguing watch, which we’ll be taking a closer look at today. Â The watch in question is the chronograph Field Engineer – the one and only model currently on offer from Offshore Professional.
So, who’s behind the brand? Â As it turns out, just one fellow – Mr. Lorne Gifford. Â By day, he’s a professional subsea engineer working in oilfields all around the world; he’s also a bit of a watch nut – specifically in regards to chronographs. Â Those two have overlapped, and he’s owned (and trashed) a variety of models, due to the hostile environments that he’s found himself in.
Fortunately for us, that drove him to develop a watch that performs to his standards, and can survive those offshore rigs. Â The Field ProfessionalÂ is hand built in small quantities in London, England, and is superb combination of style and functionality.
As with many hand-built chronos from smaller manufactuters, this is not a tiny case, as it measures in at 44mm diameter (14.5mm thick) and weighs about 4.5 oz on the included leather strap. Â In terms of the variety of stainless steel watches I’ve had on my wrist lately, this doesn’t feel overly heavy, and wears just about how you’d expect.
One aspect I really liked with the watch do deal with the aesthetics. Â With the Roman numerals on the fixed bezel, and the color palette in use, this watch is practically a chameleon. Â By that, I mean it’s sizing makes it look perfectly at home in a casual setting, yet the color scheme (and bezel) lend it a more refined look and feel. Â Sure, you may not pair it up with a tux, but anything else short of that it will work very nicely for.
And that’s where we’ll leave things for today. Â Tomorrow, we’ll start taking a closer look at the functionality the watch provides.