"My compliments on yet another stunning time piece (Voyager).
It was well worth the wait. I particularly love the contrast between the
sumptuous mocha dial, the jet black of the hands and markers, offset by the
lustrous steely glow of the engine turned bezel. Really stunning. And the
dark brown ostrich strap is the perfect compliment, I'm so glad I chose it.
Of course, the glimpse of the watch's internal 'beating heart' - ringed with
gold - really makes it an eye stopper. The teak wood gift box is the perfect
housing for this varied and stunning collection. A cherished collector set!
Thanks so very much!" TV
"I have some great Seiko divers (SKX 007, 0011,
0013, etc.). But, those are "tool watches”. And, I have some very nice micro
brand divers, too. But, my favorite brand is d.freemont. I appreciate the
taste and artistic feeling that went into the design of these watches. You may
remember my order the year-before-last of several COSC watches for presents
when we took the gang to Hawaii. Right now, I am wearing my white-dial
Voyager on a d.freemont bracelet.
Of all my watches, this watch probably gets the most wrist-time. My Omega
tonneau and bracelet in solid gold is second — and my Seiko SKX-011 probably
is third. I am an old trial-horse lawyer, and the Voyager gives the right image — classy, but not ostentatious,
and vulgar — to jurors (i.e., unlike my solid gold Rolex)." BW
"The Ancyent Marinere
watch I purchased arrived within 3 days! It is stunning, and I am honored to
have the opportunity to own a piece of your work. Many of your past customers
praise you for maintaining a high standard of quality, value and outstanding
service……..and now I know why. Beautiful workmanship, prompt attention
to inquiries, and very fast service. Over the past 25 years, I have collected
well over two hundred Swiss watches. Finally, I have my first (of many, I
hope) d. freemont watches! Well done. VERY well done. With gratitude and best
"David, just a quick note of thanks. Received my
watch sooner than expected. This is my third dfreemont watch, and as
always, the quality of this timepiece and the service have exceeded my
expectations. Absolutely love this unique watch. over the years, I have owned
Rolex, Ebel ,Tag, Cartier and Mauboussin watches. I can tell in just a few short
days that my Voyager
will out-perform these expensive watches. Thanks again for the great
service and an even greater watch! All the best" SS
"I absolutely love my new
watch! It is a fantastic timepiece and a joy to wear.
My 2 (soon to be 3)
year old daughter loves it as well. She has seen me wear watches before in
the past, but the first time she saw this one, which was literally within
minutes of the first time I put it on, it caught her attention and fascinated
her. This is without me even announcing my new watch or drawing any sort of
attention to it whatsoever. I had just merely put it on and was wearing it
for the first time. Many thanks also for the great personal service." SV
"I have purchased 5 of your watches [including
and Voyager] and have always been
pleased with never a case of buyer's remorse." BM
d. freemont Voyager Watch REVIEW
by Bert Kane
d. freemont watches is to me a new watch brand that represents one man’s
passion, David Freemont McCready. Until recently, I didn’t know of this brand,
but it has been around for over 20 years. David had been collecting vintage
timepieces for 40 years which resulted in a collection of almost 2000 pieces.
When he decided to reduce his collection to just a few hundred pieces, his
hobby began to turn into a business. Though his first branded watch was
quartz, he really wanted to concentrate on producing his own mechanical
watches. Over time, he has introduced almost 40 different lines or models of
watches under the d. freemont brand.
Most of these watches, including the Voyager model shown and reviewed here,
use on the watch face, the intertwined Garamond font logo of “df”, located at
the position of the numeral seven (7). This refers to God’s number when on the
seventh day God rested. There is also an albatross on this model watch above
the 6 o’clock position, which represents a symbol of freedom. The Garamond
font numbers, 3, 5 and 9, are also printed on the face with a round circular
gold edged window in the face that extends from the top of the dial down to
the center of the watch face. Visible on the watch face is the escapement
portion of the movement, finished in flash gold with a surprisingly ornate
shape and engraving. All printing on this example is black with a parchment
face finish. The face branding is discrete and tasteful and work well with the
nine circular five minute indices and the 36 hash marks around the outer edge
of the dial. Matching Breguet style hour and minute hands as well as a tapered
needle second hand finish the face of this watch nicely.
The exhibition case back displays the decorated ETA 2824 Elabore movement as
well, primarily in the same flash gold finish. The watch rotor is embossed in
a graduated diamond pattern and “TWENTY FIVE 25 JEWELS SWISS MADE”, is visible
under certain angles and light conditions. The Elabore grade upgrades this
movements adjustments to three positions with accuracy of +/- 7 seconds per
day, up to +/- 20 seconds a day, a healthy 5 and 10 seconds respectively,
better accuracy than the Standard movement. 28’800 vibrations per hour, 4 Hz
and a 42 hour power reserve with high reliability and accuracy has made this
movement the no. 1 automatic Swiss watch movement.
The case of this watch is in a satin stainless steel that tapers in toward the
case back. It uses a flat, almost flush, beveled edge sapphire crystal
combined with a mineral crystal exhibition back with 5 ATM water resistance. A
screw down, polished, engraved case back works very well with the appropriate
looking engine turned, coin edged and downward sloping bezel. A 5mm in
diameter, polished onion crown and drilled, turned downed 19mm lugs complete
the case design. Added touches include discrete numbering of the watch on the
9 o’clock side of the case, here being number 791 of 900. A Dassari, quick
release, dark brown leather strap with white stitching and seven round buckle
holes, uses one fixed and one loose strap loop and tapers from 19mm to 16mm.
Combined with a narrow, brushed stainless clasp, and the watch’s relatively
small overall size (37mm in diameter, 9.5mm thick and only 43mm lug to lug)
make this watch particularly suitable and very comfortable on smaller wrists.
The voyager utilizes a unique bezel design. The bezel is separate from the
case and is screwed down to fit. The finish on the bezel itself is termed,
“engined turned”, a design utilized in classic automobiles in the 1930’s. The
purpose of this is to isolate the crystal from the bezel. The crystal is
secured inside the case therefore eliminating many instances that could chip
the sapphire crystal.
The Voyager is the final watch of d. freemont’s Ancyent Marinere Series.
It should be noted that of the 900 watches in the series, only 250 pieces are
the Voyager design. The watch is Swiss Made and comes with a 1 year warranty.
the Albatross and "Rhyme of the Ancyent Marinere"
The Albatross is featured on nearly all
d.freemont watches… It was taken from the “Rhyme of the Ancyent Marinere”, an
epic poem by Samuel Colridge, wherein Coleridge shows the folly of mankind
under the influence of superstition.
The poem tells of a sea voyage around
South America in a 19th century sailing ship…The crew began to debate and
argue about the presence of an Albatross that was following the ship. Many of
the seamen spoke of the curse of such a bird, while others clung to the ideal
that the bird was a mascot of good luck and smooth sailing… However, the
Ancient Marinere, leader of the superstitious crew, shot the bird with a
cross-bow. The cruel weather of the south Atlantic with turbulent water and
winds proved to support the notion that the Albatross was indeed a bad omen.
After the slaughter, the weather turned less hostile and the ship began the
upward tack into the South Pacific. Agreement spread among the crew that the
bird nearly cost them their lives and the ship itself justified the slaughter.
Now, as the Ship and crew enter the more pleasant waters of the Pacific, a
reversal of opinion stalks the crew. The wind stops and a calm and silence
drift the ship into a dead doldrum. Anger swarms around the Ancyent Marinere
for slaughtering the Albatross. Now considered a good omen, the hostile crew
tied the dead bird around the Ancyent Marinere’s neck.
As the doldrum
the crew does perish, except for the Ancient Marniere who moans the immortal
lines, “Water,water everywhere and not a drop to drink”. The poem ends with
The Ancyent Marinere’s salvation and divine rescue as he professes to all that
will listen - that it is man’s purpose to be kind to man, beast and bird
alike. d.freemont believes this to be the noblest calling of man… so he
repeats the Albatross image on his watches to reinforce the message time after
Read "Trilogy of the
Ancyent Marinere" review in
Nov. 06 International Watch magazine -