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Fears Archival 1930

Fears Archival 1930

Regular price $6,450.00 AUD
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The rectangular Fears watch.

Limited Edition /130 - This final batch is the last-remaining stock Fears have (and once sold-out will join the archive)

The Archival 1930 involves a considerable amount of work on new-old-stock movements and hand-finishing and as such they are made in small batches. 

Hand built in Britain. 

Created to coincide with the 175th Anniversary of the founding of Fears, the Archival 1930 is a proportional recreation of an art deco watch Fears made in 1930. True to the original, each watch features an original vintage movement. With its elegant form it is a perfect luxury rectangular watch for men or women.


The slim, rectangular case has the same elegant proportions as the original from 1930. The new watch has been increased in size a little while maintaining all the important ratios of the original to suit modern tastes. The case is expertly machined from 316L Stainless Steel, in Germany, to a level usually reserved for precious metals.

This precisely milled case is then finished in a combination of linearly brushed and highly polished surfaces. This long, slim watch sits comfortably on the wrist thanks to its curved profile. Just like the 1930 original, both the crystal and case back have a matching curvature that follows the contours of the wrist perfectly.

The tip of the winding crown, used to wind the watch each day, is deeply engraved with the Fears ‘pipette’ logo.


A close reproduction of the 1930 original, the dial has a distinctive Art Deco design, reflecting the glittering age in which it was first created. To capture the original’s look and details first the dial’s base is polished and plated in 18ct Yellow Gold, and then the rest of the dial is layered on top. This results in the real gold border shining through the smooth, matte Champagne finish that is treated to a light 18ct yellow gold plating.

The ‘Deco’ numerals that share the slim proportions of the case are printed in crisp glossy black, giving excellent contrast.

Fears call this concoction of gold, ‘Vintage Champagne’.


Expertly milled before being diamond polished, the solid ‘Fears-shaped’ hands feature a central bevel down their length. This bevel helps them catch the light beautifully.

The rich bluing offers great contrast with the light dial that increases legibility and aids telling the time.


The Archival 1930 is powered by an original ‘new old stock’ movement that Fears used in the past. The ETA 2360 movements date back to the 1960s and having never been used previously have undergone a full rebuild and reconditioning in the workshop while receiving an upgraded mainspring to improve reliability.

Please note
Fears expect timekeeping to be within +/-20 seconds a day, in-keeping with the original specification of the movement.


Each Archival 1930 is paired with a handmade Bristol Leather strap in a traditional Oxblood Red, crafted in an art deco style like the original would have been, with no padding and with ‘box-style’ stitching. This premium strap uses calf leather that has been vegetable tanned in Britain’s oldest vegetable tannery, Bristol’s Thomas Ware & Sons to our own shade of this vintage red tone.

The strap is lined in Fears Blue Alcantara®, offering a soft and comfortable feel against the skin. The Strap is fastened with a vintage shaped stainless steel pin buckle, which has received a linear brushing to its sides, matching the finish on the sides of the watch’s case. The final flourish comes in the form of a 1930s Fears logo deeply engraved on the polished top of the buckle.

Strap Size

  • Standard: Fits wrists approx. 172 - 206mm (6.7" - 8.1")
  • Shorter: Fits wrists approx. 163 - 195mm (6.3" - 7.5")


As with all Fears, each Archival 1930 carries a unique serial number. In addition to this each watch is engraved on the case back with one of the 175 years since the company was founded in 1846. Consequently, this and the Archival 1930 Small Seconds comprise a strictly limited edition model of just 175 pieces.

The Archival 1930 features the years the company was operational; 1846-1976 and 2016-2021. For watches engraved with the years 1977-2015 please see the Fear Archival Small Seconds. 

Which year will I get?
Years will be allocated on a first come, first serve basis chronologically. 


The Archival 1930 is presented in a slim, rectangular, wooden box made of solid English ash and stained in our bespoke Fears Blue colour. This luxury box was inspired by traditional slim Fears watch boxes used in the past, in which the watch lay flat.

The top of the box is discretely engraved with the Fears logo and features a gentle bevel around its edges, whilst the interior is lined in genuine cream suede, keeping your watch safe and secure.


Brand: Fears

Condition: New

Case Size: 22.0mm

Case Material: Stainless Steel

Dial Colour: Other

Colour: Silver

Movement: Automatic

Water Resistance: 30

Power Reserve (hrs): 38

Glass: Sapphire


Strap Colour:

Lug Width (mm):

Style / Type: Dress


Your Fears watch will be shipped directly from Time+Tide’s offices in Melbourne to your preferred address across Australia. Delivery times are expected to be 3-5 days.

Returns & Exchanges

Your watch can be returned 14 days after purchase for any reason for a full refund. Return requests can be initiated through the self-serve form at the bottom of our Refunds and Exchanges page. Once your request is received, our team will contact you to arrange the return of your watch.Returned items must be unused and in their original packaging. We reserve the right to refuse a return if the product(s) show signs of wear.


Every Fears watch comes with an international manufacturer’s warranty of two years.

Fears's warranty covers all manufacturing defects occurring during normal use, as described in their warranty conditions. Fears will replace free of charge any defective components due to a manufacturing error found by their workshop.

Please note Fears's warranty is not applicable in the following cases:

- Theft, loss.
- Wear and tear and normal ageing of the watch (scratched glass, impact on the case...)
- All types of damage to the entire watch (or part of it) resulting from improper handling or use, lack of maintenance, negligence, accident (drop, scratch, crush, broken glass, etc.), improper use of the watch or failure to follow the instructions provided.
- All types of damage indirectly related or consequential to normal wear and tear of the watch, such as non-functioning, defects or inaccuracies of the watch.

This warranty is void if the watch has been damaged by accident, negligence of persons other than authorised Fears sales or services agents, unauthorised service, or other factors not due to defects in materials or workmanship.

The warranty is void if the serial numbers or product date codes or other tracking marks have been removed, altered or obliterated.

Customer Service

If you have any questions or customer service enquiries relating to your new Fears watch purchased through Time+Tide please contact our Customer Service team at or via +61 3 4422 2044.

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