Very Rare Original 1998 MWC Quartz Military Divers Watch - Not Running but Very Collectable and Well Worth Repairing

£249.00 £95.00 95.00
Ref: DW482

This watch is an original 1998 MWC divers watch, this specific design is very rare and I've only seen two over the last five or six years  below is a full description of this particular watch and the issues which it has (or is reported to have. Clearly, the watch was a sample as noted on the tin. It references that they were originally three of them but unfortunately only one was in the clearance sale.

We buy these watches from various defence auctions and other disposal sales and it's frequently the case that we find that there is actually nothing wrong with the watch but it has to be assumed it will have some form of fault though in most cases it's very minor or as described below. These watches are disposed of at low-cost because we find that one of the problems is pressure of time for our service staff in the UK and elsewhere and in most cases they have given them a quick check over and nothing is immediately apparent though we have to assume that there is either no real fault with the watch or something will reveal itself over time in which case it’s normally a simple case of a service, repair or battery exchange depending on the exact model

Model: 1998 MWC Quartz Diver 

Condition: Clean and tidy, as can be seen from the images of the actual watch

Fault: We don't know whether or not it's simply a battery required, because the watch is very old and had clearly been in storage for years. Because the Watch is now 25 years old it would be well worth sorting out even if it needed a new movement the cost would not be very much to put it back into working order.



This watch has never been issued or used. It utilises a Swiss Ronda 705/715 movement.

These watches are a very classic design and in addition to MWC variants have been made by other companies such as Precista, CWC etc as well as some other manufacturers. The current CWC watches are shown here at a fraction of the price these are a bargain but we only have a small quantity.

The basic design of this watch goes back to the British defence specification shown in the final image.

The PVD finish is often specified in military contracts for many special forces units as well as by anti terrorist units and for various covert operations. In the PVD process the steel is not black all the way through because the colour is created by a special chemical PVD plating process which is vastly superior to the painted finish used on some lower quality watches which can easily fade or rub off. This PVD process means that the colour of the steel is altered at a molecular level, therefore it will not deteriorate even during heavy usage although it can be destroyed if the case is badly damaged by a piece of metal being gouged out or if the case is worn down by really heavy abrasion against rocks or something similar.

The watch measures 45mm including the crown and 40mm excluding the crown although it uses the the same 20mm military nylon webbing strap as many other current MWC (or CWC, Marathon etc) military divers watches which enables you to choose from a vast variety of NATO strap variants.

Dimensions and Specification:

  • Movement: Swiss Ronda 705/715 with 60 Month Battery Life
  • Casing: Stainless Black Non Reflective PVD Steel
  • Crown: Screwdown Locking
  • Dimensions: Width Inc Crown 45mm (Exc Crown 40mm)
  • Thickness: 12mm
  • Crystal Diameter 31mm
  • Lug to Lug: 46.5mm
  • Weight: 89.5g
  • Strap: 20mm Military Webbing Strap 

PLEASE NOTE: The price referenced for a new watch is based on the current model which you can see here on the factory website. All of the watches made by MWC in this case, pattern would be descended from this original design first used in 1997/1998 and based on a case design originally made by the famous Swiss case making firm MRP S.A, other than a few minor updates the case is much the same as in the late 1970s, MRP was named after its founders M archand, R oth and P etignat, it was founded in 1953 and bought by Georges Hauert in 1979. The entire share capital now belongs to Mr Patrick Hauert so unlike many other major companies in the watch industry this company is still independent and going strong, the company website is here  In addition to MWC watches other watches using this case pattern have been produced over the years by companies such as Precista, Nilax, Elvia and Heuer who were the predecessors to Tag Heuer and made the Heuer 844-1 in 1979, Chronosport another manufacturer made the Sea Quartz 30 - worn by Tom Selleck in the Magnum PI TV show, Elvia another manufacturer from the 1970s also continues to produce watches using this case, moving to other present manufacturers CWC also continue to use this case design as do various other companies. It's interesting that few people realise how historically significant this case pattern is nor how well it has stood the test of time having been in continuous production for well over 40 years.