Haskell - Polar Blue Edition

  • British Design. Swiss Made.

    Limited Edition of 100 Watches

    The Haskell range tells the story of Captain Scott and his men; the tale of their battle against all odds to reach the South Pole, and to survive. The Haskell Polar Blue is a very special addition to the family; one which takes a closer look at the remarkable struggle and achievements of the Terra Nova expedition.

    The blue of the glacial ice and Antarctic skies is captured in the dial. With snowy-white, aquamarine-edged, lume-filled indices standing in striking contrast against the deep blue, the dial is a miniature snap-shot of the ever-changing colour palette that Scott and his men experienced throughout their incredible expedition.

    A subtle radiating map grid, taken from the map used during the Terra Nova expedition, brings texture to the dial - glinting and visible only in certain lights. The aquamarine second hand presents just one of the multitude of vibrant hues that are visible in the Antarctic ice fields; a pop of colour alongside the steel hour and minute hands, which are inspired by the map compasses of yesteryear.

    Read more about the inspiration behind the Haskell, or take a look at the rest of the collection.

    • 40mm diameter, 9.4mm depth
    • Swiss Made Sellita SW-215-1 manual mechanical movement (28,800 bph)
    • Accuracy of +12/-12 seconds per day
    • Polished bespoke case
    • Sapphire crystal with AR coating
    • Quickset date complication
    • BG-W9 luminous treatment
    • Hacking function
    • 72g (with strap)
    • 20mm lugs
    • 10 ATM

Blue Glaciers Bathed in Sunlight

Captain Scott speaks often in his diary of the terrain that he and his men had seemingly endless days to take in. Faced with nearly 5 months of daily trekking and skiing, often with weeks at a time of identical views and taunting horizons, they cycled through episodes of desperate frustration at seeing the same wall of white for so long; “everything is blankly white and a sense of oppression is inevitable”. On days where the terrain changed, from white expanses to mountainous ridges and blue glaciers bathed in sunlight, the relief is palpable. Among the most awe-inspiring sights that Scott and his men marvelled at was the Beardmore glacier, beneath brilliant blue skies.

Terra Nova

We named the Haskell after the Haskell Strait, a small stretch of frozen water that the Terra Nova Expedition team, led by Captain Scott, needed to cross to begin their quest to reach the South Pole before any other.

The Polar Blue Edition is a celebration of the environment that surrounded these adventurers as they attempted to become the first people to reach the South Pole. Formidable, brutal, other-worldly; Antarctica has become a synonym for human endeavour and endurance, and those breathtaking vistas serve as inspiration to all who venture there.

The Beating Heart

We have specified the dependable Swiss Made Sellita SW-215-1 manual winding mechanical movement for the Haskell. It’s a petite movement at 25.6mm in diameter, a mere sliver at 3.35mm thick and when fully wound will run for over 40 hours.

Despite this small frame, the SW-215-1 still beats at a brisk 28,800 bph; the running seconds hand moves around the dial at 8 beats per second. Compared to a quartz watch running at one beat per second, the Haskell displays a gloriously buttery smooth sweep to its running second hand. Evidence enough that something special ticks within.

Humble Beginnings

When we first launched the Haskell in October 2017, we knew it was going to be an important watch in our young history; our first Swiss Made watch. It’s the flag in the snow for MWC. We worked from humble beginnings with the ambition of achieving this milestone, and when we reached it with the First Edition Haskell, we knew we had to celebrate this achievement at some point. That point is now - we give you the Polar Blue Edition.

The Devil's In The Detail

We have printed a subtle, almost imperceptible radiating map grid on the main dial, taken from the map used during the Terra Nova Expedition. In a rare diversion, our logo is not underneath the 12 marking. Instead we have placed our name in its entirety along the southern hemisphere of the dial; a nod to the tradition and style of decorating the aft of a ship with its given name.

Human Endeavour

Case backs are our hidden calling card, and we make a big deal about them. For the Polar Blue Edition, we have celebrated the unrivalled beauty, hostility and magnitude of the Antarctic, referencing with subtlety the place where it all began for the Terra Nova expedition; Ross Island, and Scott’s Hut on the North shore of Cape Evans. The internal domed section is curved to reflect the curvature of the globe, with Antarctica perched on the very end of the earth. Limited to just 100 pieces, this timepiece is a truly special tribute to the magnificent, but deadly, setting in which the Terra Nova Expedition’s epic struggle for survival played out.

Sweating the Small Stuff

The Polar Edition comes in our brand new watch box. A monolithic black cuboid opens up to reveal the beautifully crafted booklet, detailing how the Haskell came to be. Lifting the booklet reveals yet more; the letterpressed, hand-stamped collector's card sits within a precision cut recess and displays a quick reference guide on the reverse. The tray that holds the booklet and card can be removed revealing the Haskell below; don't forget to look on the underside of the tray, for it holds the phrase so deeply connected to MWC.
We're proud to offer the Haskell with a 5-year movement guarantee - if anything does go wrong we're on hand to repair or replace it for you.
We ship our watches worldwide using DHL - once your order's dispatched we'll email your tracking number so you can keep an eye on its progress.
If you aren't completely satisfied with your timepiece you have 30 days to return it to us for a full refund (must be unworn and in the original packaging).