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1980 CWC ROYAL NAVY DIVER

Item code: 73119

1980 Royal Navy Divers Watch. 

The 1980 RN Divers Automatic originally issued to RN Clearance Divers 
NATO number 0552/9237697
 this watch actually superseded the Rolex MilSub on the wrists of Royal Navy divers, and its first version, with a self-winding mechanical movement, is far rarer than the Rolex it replaced.

Up to 1980 the one contract CWC hadn’t managed to win was for diving watches. The Royal Navy had a long history with Rolex, dating back to the 1950s, and even worked with Omega for a while in the '60s. But by the late '70s, perhaps the higher price of the Submariner made the MOD look elsewhere and, given its good relationship with CWC, the Ministry came calling. CWC responded with a  tough automatic dive watch of its own, built to the specifications of the MOD (DEF STAN 66-4 [Part 1] Issue 3, for those keeping score), which included a rotating bezel with a fully hashed luminous insert, sword hands and a boldly marked dial swathed in tritium lume, a 32mm mineral glass crystal, and fixed strap bars for use with pull-through nylon straps. Inside ticked the sturdy automatic ETA movement.
CWC sourced the rather curvy, beveled 44mm steel case that was first made by MRP S.A., 

The rare 1980/81 automatic CWC divers are truly special, representing a transitional period in military dive watches, a “changing of the guard,” so to speak, from Rolex to CWC, and a bridge from mechanical to quartz. The appeal of a Rolex MilSub is that it is essentially a watch from a large luxury brand customized to the specifications of a military unit for a unique purpose.

CWC watches are created from the get-go to be nothing more than military instruments, with no pretense or evocative name – Submariner or Seamaster – just a caseback stamped with codes and stock numbers. To those who appreciate the stripped-down utility of dive watches, or military watches in general, the CWC diver might just be the best example.
"excerpt from Hodinkee article"

 

The CWC 1980 RN Diver Reissue.
Made to the exacting specifications of the original. 

Probably the rarest milsub ever made for Royal Navy diving units.

Lume choices:
- D
ark Vintage
- Light Vintage
- C3

    • Limited run of 600pcs.
    • An everyday wearable and diveable collector's piece that is serial numbered with history and provenance second to none.
    • Made in our factory in Switzerland.. Precise, reliable, accurate timepiece made to defence standard set out in the 70s by M.O.D.


    • Email for info on the 1980 Reissue or if you have a serial number preference (subject to availability). We will send the lowest number available if no number is requested.
      Picture of case back is for reference only.

    • Made to MOD 1980 specification (except Tritium lume).
    • Water-resistant to 30 atmospheres, 300m.
    • Sword hands
    • 1980 CWC vintage logo
    • One-way luminous insert time elapse bezel
    • Exact case and case back in
      polished stainless steel as per the original. 
    • Screw-down crown
    • Screw-down case back
    • 45mm diameter including crown & 41mm not including crown, 47mm lug to lug & 20mm lug width.  Bezel diameter is 40mm, Crystal is 31mm, top of crystal to base of case back 12.7mm
    • ETA 2824-2 Swiss automatic mechanical movement. CWC engraved.
    • Super Luminova lume markings, Dark Vintage, Light Vintage & C3
    • Sapphire glass
    • Swiss-made, Swiss parts
    • Fixed strap bars
    • Supplied with 20mm NATO grey and vintage grey straps 
    • Italian full grain leather watch roll with watch compartment and spare strap compartment with CWC logo made especially for the 1980 reissue. Hand Made in England. 
    • Handmade leather strap available optional extra made in the UK for the 1980 Reissue, see here



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