dunhill has a long and rich heritage in producing beautiful timepieces. It is to this history that we look for inspiration when designing our watches. Shapes and detailing are influenced by pieces in our extensive archive, but which are brought right up-to-date.

In 1903, Alfred Dunhill filed a patent for ‘horological instruments’, paving the way for the first dunhill timepiece. Later that year, the Dunhill Motorities removable dashboard clock was launched.
This inspirational watch for the pioneering motorist featured the name A. Dunhill Ltd London on the dial, a logo which we use exclusively for our modern watches, so as to underline our rich heritage in providing timepieces for discerning gentlemen.

In the 1920s dunhill developed a range of timepieces featuring a hallmark of the company—innovation. Timepieces could be found inside lighters, writing instruments and belt buckles.

In the 1930s ‘La Captive’, a clock concealed in a beautiful case, was developed, aimed at the gentleman traveller (pictured below). This piece illustrates Alfred Dunhill’s philosophy of practicality and aesthetics, and remains a key inspirational piece today for our designers.

Another key piece from this era is the first Facet watch, launched in 1936 (pictured right). The current Facet watch is directly inspired by this piece. The inspiration for the faceted shape of this piece was taken from an interior lamp that Alfred Dunhill designed and supplied to Rolls Royce in 1907

The intervening years have seen a number of innovations and designs, with many pieces gaining huge popularity, such as the Millennium and Citytamer wristwatches. These innovations and design ideas have led us to our current collection, throughout which are represented the core values of the brand.


dunhill watches are purely mechanical watches with a lot of moving parts, and as with any intricate machine, they will benefit from being serviced at least every three years to ensure that they remain in the best possible working order. Customers should also be informed that the time on a dunhill watch will need adjusting occasionally, but any significant gain or loss of time may mean the movement needs adjusting
through Aftersales.

Water Resistance
– To keep the movement protected from moisture, the winding crown should always be pushed against the case.
– If the watch is worn during sporting activities or if its exposure to water is frequent, we recommend having its water resistance checked once a year.
– Gaskets are also subject to a natural ageing process and their periodic inspection will ensure their longevity. Condensation inside the watch means that its water resistance has been affected, in which case, one of our approved After Sales Service Centres should be contacted.

Cleaning a Water Resistant Watch on Metal Bracelet
– If the customer needs to clean the watch, we recommend gently brushing it with a soft brush, dipped in lukewarm soapy water. After this operation, the watch should be carefully rinsed in fresh water.
– NB This procedure should be avoided if the watch has a leather strap, as contact with moisture will have an adverse affect on the longevity of the strap. Please see ‘Cleaning a Water Resistant Watch on Leather Strap’.
– After swimming (either in seawater or in a swimming pool), the watch should be rinsed with fresh water immediately. This will avoid either salt or chlorine damaging the watch gaskets, which gives the watch its water resistant qualities.
– NB The customer should always take off his watch if it has a leather strap, before he swims, bathes or showers, as contact with moisture will have an adverse affect on the longevity of the strap. Please see below ‘Cleaning a Water Resistant Watch on Leather Strap’.

Cleaning a Water Resistant Watch on Leather Strap
– Carefully clean watches with a soft dry cloth. Avoid using water as this will have an adverse affect on the longevity of the strap.
– The customer should always take off his watch if it has a leather strap, before he swims, bathes or showers, as contact with moisture will have an adverse affect on the longevity of the strap.

Cleaning a Non Water Resistant Watch on Leather or Metal Strap
– Carefully clean non water resistant watches with a soft, dry cloth. Avoid using water, or any other cleaning solvent, as these may enter the watch and damage the movement.
– Contact with water will also have an adverse effect on the longevity of a leather strap. The customer should always take off his watch before he swims, bathes or showers.

Manual Wound Watches
– The mechanical manually wound watch has a mainspring that has been designed to last for a full 30 hours between each winding. The watch should be rewound every morning at about
the same time. This will give it the mechanical energy required to power the movement smoothly for the next 24 hour period.
– The reason we suggest winding the watch in the morning is simple. The watch movement has to work a little harder during the day, as it compensates for the activity of the arm. A fully wound mainspring will give a more constant flow of energy to the movement. Conversely, the watch has to work a little less hard when it is static – at night.

Activate a Self-Winding Watch
– When restarting a self-winding watch that has remained off the wrist for over 40 hours, it is advisable to rotate its setting crown five to six times or so to reactivate the movement’s drive system. You can re-start the watch by shaking it for a few seconds.
– However, re-starting the watch by using the crown will give better accuracy of time. Again, the reason for this is that by using the crown, you input more energy into the mainspring. For interest, it takes about 3 to 4 hours of being worn by the average person to fully wind the mainspring on an automatic watch.

dunhill Leather Straps
– There are a few basic rules to preserve the condition of your leather strap as long as possible:
– Avoid contact with water or moisture to prevent discolouration and deformation.
– Avoid prolonged exposure to sunlight to prevent the colour from fading.
– Do not forget that leather is permeable! Therefore, avoid contact with greasy substances and cosmetic products.
– A leather strap should last for a period of about 12 months, without alteration of its aesthetic look. However, this will vary from person to person dependent on their lifestyle.

Quartz Watch Batteries
– These should be replaced every two years to prevent any sudden and possible awkward stoppage of movement.
– Some of the watches in our collection have a warning feature. When the battery is running low, the second hand appears to ‘jump’ 4 seconds at a time. This tells you that the battery needs replacing immediately.

Every dunhill watch has been subjected to the strictest controls and inspections during its manufacture. As with a finely tuned engine, dunhill timepieces will benefit from a service at one of our global service centres every few years, rewarding your customer with continued precision timekeeping.