Take a trip down memory lane with the eye-catching M1 watch.

Created in collaboration with British design icon Margaret Calvert, M1 is a playful twist on the serious business of road safety and signage.

Best known for her work with Jock Kinneir in the late 1950s, Margaret has been involved in a wide variety of projects, including the motorway signs - which are still in use throughout Britain today.

The hands of the watch are inspired by the white navigational arrows from the motorway sign and the strap is cleverly made from seat belt fabric - a nod to the drivers the signs were originally designed for. 

Watch the video below to see Crispin Jones and Margaret Calvert discussing some of Margaret's best-known work and her inspiration for the M1 design.

Margaret talks about her design:

“With the design I aimed for absolute simplicity, the design puts all the emphasis on the hands - there’s no need for numbers on the dial.

There’s a 3d element that you get because of the build up with one hand on top of the other. You get these shadows and this richness and then once you’ve got the white border, which is also taken from the motorway signs, you’ve got something completely new. "

The M1 watch is exclusively available from Mr Jones Watches.

Margaret Calvert portrait

Portrait of Margaret Calvert OBE RDI by Marina Willer

Margaret Calvert OBE RDI, is a British typographer and graphic designer, best known for her work with Jock Kinneir on the design of Britain’s road signs.

After graduating from Chelsea College of Art in 1957, Margaret started working with Jock Kinneir. They were commissioned to design a signing system for the new motorway network, which included the development of the Transport letterform.

Following this work they were appointed by the Worboys committee to redesign the sign system for the entire British road network. The new system they produced was launched in 1965 and is still in use today.

Margaret is also known for the design of ‘Calvert’, a Monotype font, used to sign the Tyne and Wear Metro. Alongside her commercial practice, she taught at the Royal College of Art from 1966 to 2001, where she was Head of Graphic Design from 1986 to 1991.

Rail Alphabet 2, designed in collaboration with Henrik Kubel, is one of her most recent projects, exhibited in a retrospective at London’s Design Museum in 2021–22. titled ‘Woman at Work’.

Size: medium / unisex
Strap: 18mm seatbelt nylon
Glass: sapphire (hard-wearing)
Mechanism: Swiss made single jewel quartz mechanism
Waterproof: Yes! 5ATM
Guarantee: 12 months - any problems after, we’re happy to help
Width (3 o’clock to 9 o’clock): 37mm
Height (from lug to lug): 46mm
Case: 316L stainless steel - polished silver finish
Largest strap diameter: 205mm
Smallest strap diameter: 150mm

We aim to dispatch all watch orders within 2-3 working days, where this isn't possible, we will try to inform you via email.

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Please allow extra processing time for watches with a customised engraving or strap, during busy sales periods this can sometimes take an extra 5-10 working days.

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Shipping guide for watches:

United States & Canada: FREE Fedex Priority shipping, 1-4 working days

Mexico: $13 shipping to Mexico: Fedex Priority, 3-6 working days

Shipping guide for t-shirts

Our t-shirts are printed by us and shipped from our workshop in London. This means if you place an order for both a watch and t-shirt(s), they will be shipped together via an express service. Delivery times for these can be found here.

If you order a t-shirt without a watch, it will be shipped via a Royal Mail tracked service which usually takes a little longer. You can see an estimated timescale when you input your address at the checkout.

Shipping guide for bands (unless purchased with a watch):

- FREE Royal Mail tracked, 5-10 working days

During busy sale periods dispatch may take a little longer (this is quite rare). These delivery times are a guide based on the Fedex and Royal Mail terms of service, products may, in some unusual cases take longer to arrive. If this happens, please get in touch. 

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