CWC - 50 years of military issue timepieces

CWC has produced hundreds of thousands of military watches for British service personnel in peace time and conflict. Our timepieces have been worn by all branches of HM Forces.

abot Watch Company was established in 1972 purely to make military watches for the military.
The mechanical GS Navigator and the pilots' mechanical asymmetrical chronograph were quickly established as military issue to thousands of troops, RAF pilots, Navy pilots and navigators.

In 1980, CWC made the first quartz watch supplied to HM Forces, the G10 Quartz (nicknamed "Fatboy"), and in the same year won the contract for the watch that replaced the Rolex Milsub as the Royal Navy Divers' watch - the 1980 Royal Navy Diver Automatic, probably the rarest milsub to date.

The CWC logo was changed from a simple typeface on all
models and these were issued with the new oval logo from 1982 onwards.

In 1982/3, the CWC Royal Navy quartz divers' watch was issued, which remained the watch of choice to the Royal Navy well into the new millennium.
In 1987, a new watch was requested by the MOD, the black Special Boat Service issue quartz 300m SBS divers' watch. CWC continues to supply this watch to select branches of HM Forces today.

Throughout the 90s and well into the new millennium, CWC supplied the MOD with thousands of G10 watches for the British Army and Royal Navy. The GS2000 was issued to the RAF, also Royal Navy divers' watches, aircraft and ships' clocks, stop watches and straps.

Today, CWC continues to supply watches and CWC straps to HM Forces. The CWC "Strap Watch Wrist Nylon" is the official term for military strap, and we currently stock Phoenix and CWC straps.

CWC watches are manufactured to military specifications, which includes fixed strap bars, and this heritage continues throughout our whole range. We also make upgrades or enhancements to improve performance; our GS Sapphire is up-rated to 200m waterproof and features a sapphire glass and eight year lithium battery module.

Many older watches still survive today, having seen military service, a true testament to their durability. Some CWC watches are now becoming rare and collectable, such as the 1980 CWC G10, 1980 CWC RN Divers watch, CWC 1970s GS Navigators mechanical watches, CWC pilots 1970s chronograph, CWC SBS issued watches, and CWC Royal Navy issued quartz watches.

We are extremely proud of our heritage and products, which not only give great service, but also great pleasure to own.

Our history and experience extends right back to WWII, where the founder served in the Merchant Navy, transporting British and U.S. servicemen aboard the Queen Elizabeth troop ship. He went on to work in the watch industry as managing director of UK operations for some well-known established manufacturers before starting CWC in 1972.

Every CWC watch carries the quality and durability inherent in all genuine military watches. Strength, durability, clarity, precision and functionality, designed purely for purpose.

For an in-depth article on the history of CWC, click here.

All CWC watches are Swiss Made. 

CWC watches come with a three year warranty on all new watches.

Cabot House, 2 Harford Street, Mile End, London, E1 4PS
02077 900 900 (for retail sales) | Telephone 02077 911 011 (for contract sales)

Registered address Handel House, 95 High Street, Edgware HA8 7DB. (accounts only)

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