CWC - W10 6645-99 - Military Issued Watch - 1976
A Well-Preserved CWC (Cabot Watch Company) W10 Military Issued Watch with Original Military Engravings, Dated 1976.
By the late 70s, the previous supplier of watches to the MOD, Hamilton, was struggling due to the Quartz crisis and pulled out of supplying military watches. An enterprising employee of Hamilton (Ray Mellor), recognised there was still a demand from the MoD for these watches and he established CWC (Cabot Watch Company) to meet it, and essentially pick up where Hamilton left off.
Using the same components and Swiss suppliers as Hamilton, CWC began supplying pretty much the same watch as the Hamilton W10 with CWC replacing the Hamilton signature. CWC would go on to become one of the most famous suppliers of British military watches.
What’s On Offer
The CWC W10 became the recognisable DNA of a military watch of the 1970s. A simple black dial, Arabic numbers and a hand-winding movement. This example is in fantastic condition with a blemish-free, rich black dial, brilliant white Arabic numerals and original lume to the hour plots which have just turned a pale light butter colour. The triangle pointer at 12 is underwritten by the CWC signature and the military pheon (arrow) sits at 6 o'clock - this denotes the watch as the property of the MoD. Running well and keeping good time, this watch still looks great on the wrist.
The military engravings on the caseback read: W10 6645-99 523-8290 /I\ 8173/76
Case: Stainless Steel
Bracelet: NATO Strap
Movement Type: Mechanical
Calibre: 2750 (ETA)
Power reserve: 50hrs
Model Reference: W10
Date of issue: 1979
Guarantee: 12 Months by VWS
Lug width: 18.5mm
Lug height: (lug to lug) 41mm