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Army G10 watch

#1
Hi there

I am not in the Army but would like a bit of advice from anyone of you lot who are.

I have an old CWC mechanical G10 watch whis has had its day and wish to replace it. What is the current standard G10 watch now? I gather looking at the net CWC had a quartz version with a battery hatch on the back up to the late 1990s. This was replaced by a Pulsar at about that time. But I gather that the CWC is back again both in the battery hatch type and a snap on back type.

So which is the current type and is CWC better then Pulsar as I have heard that Pulsar was not that good?

Just out of interest do you all get a watch issued or only certain trades. Do you keep it through your service life or only on a need to have bases and then return it to stores.

Many thanks for your help.
 
#2
Unless you are a horologist, you need to get out more.

On balance, even if you are a horologist, you still need to get out more.

Don
 
#3
CWC is the issue watch; Silvermans are the authorised retailer, so they are expensive. The commonest version is probably the MWC, which is a crap looky-likey, often sold as 'genuine issue'. You might be interested in the Broadarrow G10 from Timefactors. Timefactors is run by Eddie Platts, who's ex RHA. Nice watches and excellent service.
 
#6
Thanks for the info. I managed to get a decent CWC in the end.

So i gather the Pulsar is no longer issued and we are back with the CWC again?

Thanks again
 

cpunk

LE
Moderator
#7
There are various threads on this, but the CWC quartz G10 watch is a serious bargain, even from Silvermans. You basically pay about £70-80 for a watch which would cost around £300 on civvy strasse. The MWC G10 watches are made to the same spec and are fine, though you should watch out for some of their other types which are cheap lookalikes.
 
#9
ViroBono said:
CWC is the issue watch; Silvermans are the authorised retailer, so they are expensive. The commonest version is probably the MWC, which is a crap looky-likey, often sold as 'genuine issue'. You might be interested in the Broadarrow G10 from Timefactors. Timefactors is run by Eddie Platts, who's ex RHA. Nice watches and excellent service.
We sell both new MWC and reconditioned CWC and the facts are that current MWC are probably as good as CWC and certainly offer excellent value when compared together. I am selling a 15 year old CWC for more than a brand new MWC to make it even worthwhile selling the CWC.

The new 2005 pattern MWC is better than the CWC and is due soon (end of September) we have had a prototype and it is greatly improved.

The main changes are:

CWC uses crystal glass (Plastic) MWC is using proper hardened glass. MWC is retaining the battery hatch so you can still change your own battery, and the case is heavier. MWC are also producing a fixed pin and PVD version. We are looking at pricing at the moment and hope too bring the new model in under £50.

The most common questions I get asked by customers is why are MWC cheaper? Is MWC better or worse than CWC? and why are you selling cheaper than MWC themselves?

MWC are cheaper than CWC because of the volume they produce. CWC only produce sufficient for contract and retail through Silvermans, MWC produce for contract and retail in dealerships Worldwide. An average run for MWC on a G10 runs into the 1000's

CWC are a high quality watch and as many of you will know, they are very tough. That is why I am happy to sell reconditioned ones. MWC offer better value and with their new range, possibly better quality or at least as good. They are both made in Switzerland and use similar movements.

We sell cheaper than MWC because we pick up end of contract stock. For example MWC will get an order for 10,000 G10's but produce 10,500 to allow for damages, movement faults etc. This will leave them with a few hundred perfect ones surplus to contract. They keep some for their own shop in Switzerland and we buy the surplus stock, we get them at a good price and pass this saving on.

I know roughly what CWC watches are on contract and I don't think £89 offers good value from Silvermans. I would rather pay £39.99 for an MWC especially if I knew it was going to get battered.

One final point. There are both CWC and MWC 'copies' out there. If you are buying a new CWC from anyone other than Silvermans then it is nearly sure to be a copy. With MWC, if you are not sure of the dealer then contact MWC and see if they are genuine. A load of MWC 'copy' divers watches were sold on ebay but they put the wrong markings on the watch. These were actually Chinese clones.
 
#10
My CWC G10 from RLT has arrived, and I am very happy. The crystal is as advertised, new, the James Bond strap is very fetching, certainly better looking in real life than in pics and the rest of the watch does not have a scratch on it. What with a service done also then this 1999 vintage CWC is as new, and for £60 that is not bad. The postage is also next day recorded. They even set the right time for me. Recommended.
 
#11
BlotBangRub said:
My CWC G10 from RLT has arrived, and I am very happy. The crystal is as advertised, new, the James Bond strap is very fetching, certainly better looking in real life than in pics and the rest of the watch does not have a scratch on it. What with a service done also then this 1999 vintage CWC is as new, and for £60 that is not bad. The postage is also next day recorded. They even set the right time for me. Recommended.
You could have had one from us for £39.99 inc Special Delivery with new strap + spare battery

see

http://www.telford-services.com/other.htm
 
#15
Milwatches, be sure to bump this thread back up when you have pics and more info about your latest model. I am interested, but went with a CWC first, as, no disrespect intended, wanted the "real" thing and did not realise you also supplied CWC. I may eventually get a few of these watches, so keep us updated.
 
#16
Dogwalker said:
I have an old CWC mechanical G10 watch whis has had its day and wish to replace it.
Missed this when it was posted, gotta ask WHY replace? Unless it's been really seriously abused the old mech CWCs will go on just about forever with an occasional service.

Not sure what movements CWC / MWC are using in their quartz now, but the last few I'ver seen for repair (yes, they WERE genuine issue) they'd switched away from the ETA 955 series (as used by Tag Heuer btw). Mil Watch, maybe you can update on that?
 
#19
Little Jack H said:
Dogwalker said:
I have an old CWC mechanical G10 watch whis has had its day and wish to replace it.
Missed this when it was posted, gotta ask WHY replace? Unless it's been really seriously abused the old mech CWCs will go on just about forever with an occasional service.

Not sure what movements CWC / MWC are using in their quartz now, but the last few I'ver seen for repair (yes, they WERE genuine issue) they'd switched away from the ETA 955 series (as used by Tag Heuer btw). Mil Watch, maybe you can update on that?
The mechanical would probably be the W10 not the G10 as the G10's are quartz. The W10 is a hand wound movement. Silvermans have a nice example for £150 new and we have the MWC version for £59.99 new. The MWC variant is modified to allow servicing from a screw in back, the origianl required the glass to be removed and could be a real nightmare to service.
 
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Biscuits_AB

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#20
Little Jack H said:
Biscuits_AB said:
And he fixes watch starps as well. An authority on watches. You boring c*nt.
Watch starps?

And how the feck are you such an expert on what I do & don't do with watches anyways mate? You're getting a bit tiresome with the watch-strap bit, find a new line there's a good troll... http://www.arrse.co.uk/wiki/index.php/Troll ;)

Oh, and how about keeping the personal digs in the Naafi where they belong?

I've only used the watch 'starps' line twice. To be honest though, I much prefer the 'reasons why you are such a sad lonely c*nt' line. That's much more fun. And it annoys the sh*t out of you.

Mind you, the watch 'starps' line seems to be getting under your skin as well, so I may stick with it for a while.

You've got a great life haven't you.
 

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