This help guide will make sure you only buy genuine brand
new CWC watches.
aware that web domains with our trading name and trade mark
are intermittently being used to lead customers away to websites
that are in no way connected to CWC. We would warn customers
of this practice from domains that have no connections to
CWC (Cabot Watch Company).
domains where you can purchase genuine new
CWC watches are www.cwcwatch.com,
We also sell through the Amazon marketplace (seller Silvermans
Ltd.) and through eBay (seller dodge5700).
All other domains and sellers are either second hand or copies.
For discussions on all topics relating to genuine military
watches, please see an excellent genuine
forum, at BroadArrow.net.
We are sure you will find answers to many questions relating
to the issues listed below.
Imitations and copies.
Counterfeit brands make claims that the acrylic glass
that CWC G10 and GS 2000 watches use is inferior, but this
remains a government requirement. G10 and GS 2000 watches
with other types of glass are not genuine and are not superior,
except for the Pulsar G10, which did not use acrylic glass
but was subsequently discontinued for reasons unknown. All
CWC divers watches use mineral glass as specified by the MOD.
Counterfeit brands make claims that the 'C' on the
back of the GS 2000 is for 'civilian' when it actually denotes
'Cabot' and is issued.
Counterfeit brands make claims that the battery hatch
has been discarded by CWC. The battery hatch is a requirement
by the MOD for the CWC General Service G10;
it was not specified by the RAF for the GS 2000. To state
that CWC have dropped the battery hatch is incorrect as we
still make thousands of these watches with the battery hatch
for the government.
Counterfeit brands claim their watches are genuine
issue. The distinct lack of ex-military surplus watches of
other brands is an obvious sign that they are not genuine.
Counterfeit brands will do everything to confuse and
mislead, including biased reviews and links. They will use
fictitious overseas contact details and can only be reached
by e-mail. CWC supply only from the UK and can be contacted
at any time.
Fake CWC watches can be identified by their inferior build
quality. This one, for example, has a winder that is not flush
with the watch due to being too large to fit into the gap:
On the back of the watch, the engraved numbers are false.
The two numbers at the end of the first line denote the NATO
country. UK is 99; 86 is not recognised:
Removing the battery hatch to change the battery reveals no
battery. The hatch has been put on in the wrong position,
making the battery inaccessible:
This is another example of a fake CWC watch. The engraved
numbers on the back are again incorrect, but also notice that
it has no battery hatch; all genuine tritium watches (denoted
by the 'T' on the face) have the battery hatch on the back.
Don't be fooled by the CWC logo on this one, it is a poorly
Old stock. Beware of any old stock being passed
off as new unissued CWCs, as these are nearly 18 years old
and not current issue. The dials are faded and the cases show
signs of being stored incorrectly for many years. The only
way to obtain a brand new CWC watch is to buy from Silvermans
Ltd., as they are the sole retailer.
Any surplus military CWC watch can have its age identified
by the last two numbers at the bottom, which refer to the
date of manufacture. The watch below is from 1989, so it is
not brand new and certainly not current issue.