4 x MWC Classic 1960s-80s Pattern Watches on Webbing Straps (All Look as New)
Batch of 4 x MWC Classic 1960s/80s Pattern Military Watches
These 4 watches look new (as can be seen in the images) and 2 are running - the black Vietnam Watches - (the other two likely are over 20 years old and most likely just need batteries) no fault is apparent and the watches came from a security and military clearance sale. The spec below relates to the two black Vietnam watches and at the bottom is the info for the two MKIV ( MIL/46374/B) models. MWC still make variants of these see https://mwcwatches.com/products/mkvi-us-pattern-military-watch-mwc-branded-in-black?_pos=1&_sid=d4bb0a4d0&_ss=r they are $72.00 / €60.00 / £49.95 these models from 1995/2000 are still the same as the current models as far as the spec is concerned.
Below is Spec for these Models
The original watches in this range were the 12/24 hour dial US pattern watches which are virtually identical in appearance to the watches used by American troops in the Vietnam war during the 1960s and 1970s. MWC still produce several US variants in both covert black and the original olive drab. This olive drab watch is based on a UK dial format from the early 1970s and like all these models still retains the plexiglass acrylic crystal used on both the American version and the UK watches at that time.
- Thickness 8 mm
- Strap size 18 mm
- Strap type: Military Webbing Strap
- Width incl crown 36 mm
- Width excl crown 33 mm
- Crystal diameter 29 mm
- Crystal: Plexiglass / Acrylic
- Movement Quartz
- Water resistance 30 m (99 ft)
SKU Code: MIL/46374/B
The original US military specification MIL-W-46374 was published on 30 October 1964 the objective of this specification was to set out the basic requirements for a straightforward low-cost watch to be issued to the U.S military. The actual wording from the original specification is below.
"This specification covers one type of plastic-cased wristwatch intended for use where a high degree of accuracy is not required. The watch is not intended to receive maintenance support within the military supply system."
These 1960’s disposable field watches were simple watches with a one-piece case design manufactured from plastic material measuring 35.5 mm with a simple non-hacking handwound movement.
In essence, this 1964 specification called for a disposable watch in a plastic case it had minimal water resistance, minimal protection from shock, vibration or temperature extremes.
Interestingly the general dial design of the MIL-W-46374C was very much in line with current military dials, for example, if you search the current US Mil-Spec MIL-W-46374G on google you will see that the dial design laid down 55 years ago in MIL-W-46374C is still pretty much the same today.
The interesting twist with these watches was that we noticed starting in the late 1990s that more and more serving military were calling and asking if we knew where they could obtain one of these models. Interestingly this coincided with a massive reduction in the number of U.S military watches being issued to serving personnel plus a change in U.S. military issued performance standards for watches. The change was primarily based on results expected as opposed to details of construction and appearance. The result of this change was that commercial watches that met the standards became accepted military supply items along with specialized watches that still complied to military-specific designs. By the time of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, many military personnel wore the watch they personally preferred rather than a standard GI watch. It was because of this move to a watch of choice we asked a lot of military clients who bought quantities of watches for sale in PX stores etc whether an updated remake of the MIL-W-46374C made sense. The usual reply was that they liked the appearance but could the watch be updated to quartz for improved accuracy? After batting the idea around it was decided between a partner in the U.S and ourselves back in 1994 that it made sense to make a more durable and maintainable product but still at a competitive price and in order to achieve this the design was upgraded from the original plastic case to metal and the movement from a cheap mechanical to a reliable and accurate quartz alternative. The primary goal was to retain the exact appearance of the original but bring it up to modern standards the result was this model - for comparison, an original watch can be seen in the final image.
- Diameter Including Crown 40mm
- Lug to Lug 38mm
- Crystal Diameter 30mm
- Luminous Material: Luminova
- Quartz Movement
- Hardened Mineral Crystal
- Thickness 8.5mm
- Weight: 42g
- Strap: 18mm U.S Pattern Military Webbing Strap
- Packaging: Metal tin