From the Fears Archive
Amos Reginald Fear - (3rd) Managing Director - 1931 - 1966
In 1884 was a significant year for the second Managing Director of Fears, Amos Daniel Fear. Not only did he become the sole proprietor of Fears but also his wife, Jessie Portious, gave birth to a son – Amos Reginald Portious Fear.
At the age of twenty, Amos Reginald Fear joins the business, a few years before it is incorporated as Fears Limited. His first role was as an apprentice watchmaker and he travelled to Glashutte, Germany to attend watchmaking school there. In the Fears Archive we have, on loan from the Fear family, an escapement he made during his time there.
He returned to the UK and in 1908 became a Director of Fears as well as company secretary. One of the first main jobs he was tasked with was to establish the Fears Export department, however, the plans to launch this in the late 1910s were halted by the breaking out of the First World War. When peace was announced he quickly acquired the lease to Brunswick Square in North Bristol and set up Fears (Export) Limited.
In 1931 Amos Daniel Fear died, and Amos Reginald Fear became the third Managing Director of the company. This was also the start of the Great Depression, following the Wall Street Crash in October 1929. Within a few months Fears was struggling for survival with retail and wholesale sales both collapsing. Amos Reginald managed to keep the business going and slimmed it down to survive. Just as things were starting to improve though the Second World War broke out and this would see all the Fears premises take direct hits in the Bristol Blitz.
Undeterred, when peace came, Amos Reginald set about to celebrate Fears’ centenary with a special range of watches. The business flourished post war with watches travelling all around the world and in 1954 Amos Reginald celebrated his half-centenary working for Fears and was presented with a portrait by the company.
Retirement was looming and it was in the 1960s that Amos Reginald finally retired with the export side of the business continuing until the very start of the 1970s at which point the first era of Fears came to a close.
Learn more at - www.fearswatches.com