The allure of military-issued watches is hard to beat and those made for Britain’s armed forces are legendary. The CWC G10 is one of them, and it has the distinction of being the first watch released for the Ministry of Defense to feature a quartz movement. Now, the same company that has been continuously producing Field watches is offering a new version with a Swiss automatic movement called the G22.
Founded in 1972, CWC (Cabot Watch Company) manufactured other watches for the British forces, and the G10 was also manufactured to government specifications. The difference is, it was 1980, mechanical watches were coming out, and quartz gave the military watch its true meaning: more accurate, reliable, robust and affordable than mechanical counterparts, which was what a soldier needed.
CWC continued to produce the G10, and we’ve long been able to get our own quartz versions of watch-loving citizen-issued watches — “Broad arrow“Insignia and all. But now, you can also get one with a Swiss automatic movement. The new version has almost the same specs and dimensions – acrylic crystal, 50m water resistance – but is powered by the Sellita SW200 automatic movement. CWC has increased its case dimensions to 38.5mm (quartz versions 0.5mm wider than that), but since it also has a crown you should expect to wear it even smaller (as a classic field watch should).
Historically the automatic version of the quartz military watch is somewhat confusing for watch enthusiasts who value not only mechanical movements but also historical authenticity. Of course, you still can Get the Quartz version, but the Swiss automatic movement offers the everyday wear experience that many enthusiasts are looking for – and that historical connection. It looks decent on its supplied NATO strap, comes with a date display option and the price (currently) is also very reasonable at around $580.
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