CWC Mellor-72 Mechanical Watch

Item code: 15411

Cabot Watch Company Mellor-72 W10 hand wound mechanical.
Read the Hodinkee article by Jason Heaton here.

Probably the most accurate and faithfully reproduced 1970's British Military W10 available. If there was a contract today for this watch we would have no hesitation submitting this to MOD for tender.

The original had a solid one piece case with a split crown stem so that access was through the front, Today we produce this watch with a two piece case so the case back is removed  making it much easier to service. 

A fitting tribute to the first watch Mr. Ray Mellor made for the M.O.D. 

1970s reissue mechanical hand-wound watch which was originally issued to
British Army W10, Royal Navy 0552 & RAF 6BB.
Classic military tonneau case design. Luminous hands and markers, acrylic glass. Clear to read, functional and reliable. A classic military timepiece that will provide years of service. Mechanical Swiss movement. Swiss parts, Swiss-made.

Engraving is available for this watch, however we cannot accept returns of any items that have been personalised.

  • Tonneau shape case, issued throughout the 70s
  • Two-piece case with press-on/off case back
  • CWC pre-1982 logo
  • Super - Luminova dial markers and hands
  • Sellita hand-wound SW210 Swiss-made hacking movement
  • Brushed 316L stainless steel, 38mm case (including crown), 42mm lug to lug, 30mm dial diameter.
  • Water-resistant 5ATM
  • Scratch-resistant Hesalite acrylic crystal
  • 40+ hours power reserve
  • 18.5mm fixed lug bars
  • 11mm case thickness (including glass)
  • Broad arrow and T markings on dial as per the original
  • Supplied on a Cabot military grey 18mm strap with gloss buckles
  • Three year warranty

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    Customer Reviews

    Based on 14 reviews
    Tom Stewart
    Mellor 72- Initial thoughts

    On receiving the watch I was taken by the timeless nature of the dial. The size is perfect and easily readable. One issue is the size of the crown. For an every day watch that is a problem but as an occasional watch, in this case, it is fine. The new leather strap is breaking in nicely. A good combination. Thanks CWC.

    Thomas Haynes

    Overall the comfortable watch I have ever worn. Keeps good time. My only complaint is that the luminescent hands do not glow for very long. Less than an hour after it gets dark they are essentially unreadable, but otherwise it was everything I had expected it to be.

    Guillaume Alazard
    CWC mellor 72 mechanical

    To begin with, it was the story of this model that attracted me. Once received, I discovered its charm, the quality of its dial, its movement which is very precise (0-+1s/day) beyond my expectations. Very happy to own this model that we rarely come across unlike its twin sister. Regarding the company CWC nothing to say order received quickly, quick response in case of questions. Very good experience for me during this purchase.

    Mal A
    It's nothing it doesn't need to be.

    I was born in 72 to parents who were in the armed services and as someone who's into heritage timepieces, I couldn't have made a more meaningful purchase.
    The only thing I do differently is wear it on a melange perlon strap.
    Thank you.


    Received my Mellor-72 Mechanical watch. Having a drawer full of much less expensive battery-powered watches that seem to need a new battery exactly when I want to use one, I went in search of an old-fashioned "hand-winding" watch. The "72" hit every point. Large, easy-to-read numbers. Classic style with minimal bling (OK, no bling). No day/date window, which, at 61 years old, is difficult for me to see anyway. And especially, no dead batteries! The "72" comes with the NATO band with a "gloss silver" buckle. I asked them if I could have the "matte silver" buckle and they obliged. A surprising feature is the second hand is much smoother than a quartz watch.

    The only reason I gave it four stars was the glass had a tiny scratch at the eighth/nine-second mark. The NATO band buckle was a little off-centered on my wrist. The buckle side needed to be a little longer and the "holes" side could be a little shorter. I purchased the Forstner-Klip stainless strap. It gives the watch a slightly more dressy look. While I'm pleased I got it, I"'m not sure it was worth the 104 pounds. However, that's only 3 pounds more than Forstner charges on their site, so the price is a result of Forstner, not CWC.
    Overall, I am very pleased with the watch.

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