A Tribute to Lorne Gifford, Founder of Marine Chronometers, UK

Custom Teju Lizard strap for Offshore Professional Chronograph
Custom Teju Lizard strap for Offshore Professional Chronograph
Custom SuperMatte Carbon Black Teju Lizard strap for Offshore Professional Chronograph
Custom SuperMatte Carbon Black Teju Lizard strap for Offshore Professional Chronograph (click on any photo to enlarge)

I had the great pleasure of working with Lorne Gifford, the owner and founder of Marine Chronometer watch company based in the UK, for only a couple of years.  And while we never met in person, his kindness, and passion for his business and providing his customers the very best watches had a profound impact on both Andrea and me.  I think during this time, I had made perhaps 20 straps for his watches and we were always working to improve the strap design as he was a perfectionist, which is a trait that we had in common.  Andrea and I were shocked and saddened to learn of Lorne’s passing early last month.  Lorne had told me that he was receiving chemo treatments and that his cancer, which he had been battling for some time had recently turned more aggressive, but I had not realized the critical state that his health was in when we had last traded e-mails about a could of straps that I was shipping to him at the end of August.

I’m sharing here some photos of the results from our collaboration as a tribute to Lorne and the beautiful watches which he designed.  Lorne was truly a gentleman and he will be missed.

Custom Racing Tan Teju Lizard strap for Offshore Professional Chronograph
Above: Custom Racing Tan Teju Lizard strap for Offshore Professional Chronograph

 

Custom SuperMatte Carbon Black Teju Lizard strap for Offshore Professional Chronograph
Thanks also to my good customer Matt, who was kind enough to provide this series of photos of the custom strap which I had made for his Offshore Professional Field Engineer Chronograph:
Custom SuperMatte Carbon Black Teju Lizard strap for Offshore Professional Chronograph
Custom SuperMatte Carbon Black Teju Lizard strap with Blue edge paint for Offshore Professional Chronograph

4 thoughts on “A Tribute to Lorne Gifford, Founder of Marine Chronometers, UK”

    1. Stephen,
      Of course, I am happy to continue to build straps for Lorne’s watches and I will continue to honor my commitment to Lorne to expedite strap builds for his watches in 3-4 weeks instead of my current wait time of 8-10 weeks.

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