1977 CWC British Military Navigator Field Watch "W10"
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The long and impressive history of the Cabot Watch & Clock, or CWC, started in the early 1970s when the company took over what was formerly Hamilton's UK manufacturing operation and began to supply the Royal Militaries with wristwatches. The W10 wristwatch was manufactured to the specifications set forth by the British Ministry of Defence for the Royal Army and is a concoction of robust features including, fixed strap bars, a single-piece case, a Navigator-style matte black dial with tritium lume, and the employment of the ETA cal. 2750 manual wind movement. In comparison to other issued wristwatches from the MOD, or any other military for that matter, the price-to-value proposition of the CWC W10 is almost unmatched. Especially when considering the quality, style, and history compared to the relative market evaluation.
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The exceptionally well-preserved and unpolished case is manufactured out of a single piece of steel and exhibits almost no signs of previous use, featuring extremely crisp brushing throughout which tactically makes the watch less reflective. The unsigned crown is believed to be original to the watch. The back of the case retains its bead-blasted finish along with all of its original military designations engravings and markings. The fixed strap bars remain in perfect condition and the watch comes supplied on a NATO strap.
The original matte black "T" dial is in virtually flawless condition with no age or damage present, though some dust is present which is expected. The tritium lume plots have achieved a charming yellow patina and exhibit no degradation when inspected under UV light. The original tritium hands coordinate with the dial nicely and remain fully intact under UV light inspection.
None. The watch is keeping time perfectly, but the service history is unknown. A movement service can be provided upon request.