By Ed Estlow
on 3.12.13
Photo by Meridian

What happens when a second-generation British watchmaker and his buddy, a 20-year watch collector and industry veteran, spend some time discussing English watchmaking history — and perhaps lamenting the current relative lack of English brands? They challenge each other to create a new company on English soil, that’s what. (We don’t know whether a few pints of Bass Ale were involved, but it’s entirely possible.)

From this proud Brit pair comes the Meridian Prime MP-01 (~$5,885), featuring a highly readable sandwich dial with SuperLuminova shining through the hour markers and a one-piece stainless case. The movement, completely reworked — and we mean completely — from a base calibre Unitas 6797/6798, has been hand engraved with lines of longitude, a distinctive tribute to the land where the longitude problem was solved in grand British horological style 250 years ago.

The Meridian Prime arrives at your doorstep in one of several versions: small seconds at 6 or 9, a brushed, polished, or Meridian Black case (massive at 46mm and water resistant to 1,000 feet), and white or black dial. Fair warning: these British-born watches are limited to 100 of each version. Better place your order before high tea.

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