Today under the loupe is this CWC 1983 Royal Navy quartz divers watch, an iconic British military watch. A new incarnation of this watch was released by CWC in recent years, but the watch I am featuring today is the original, as issued in 1983 to a member of the Royal Navy.
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Something a little different today on the blog as I predominantly featured mechanical watches in the past. This article is about the service of a British Military Watch, the CWC G10. This watch was issued to a member of the British military in 1980. It is powered by the Quartz movement ESA 536.121. This particular model is the first incarnation of the many G10 versions, and is nicknamed “fatboy” due to its thicker case profile in comparison to subsequent models.
As you can tell from the photo below the watch does certainly look like it has hard a hard life!
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CWC (Cabot Watch Company) is a British company established in 1972 and was contracted to supply watches to the Ministry of Defence.
This watch was produced in the 1990’s. It is the GS model (General Service). It is a modern version of the mechanical hand-wound model issued to the British troops in the 1970’s up to the 1980’s when the quartz movement arrived (G10).
This model is still available today from CWC. The current model (at the time of writing) has a similar design, and is also powered by the Swiss made ETA 2824-2 movement. However it uses Luminova instead of Tritium as the luminescent compound for the dial and hands. This is identified by the letter L or T on the dial under the CWC logo.
This watch arrived in need of a bit of TLC, and looked like it had a pretty hard life. That is what military watches are designed for!
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