MWC 24 Jewel 1982 Pattern 300m Automatic Military Divers Watch with Sapphire Crystal on a NATO Webbing Strap - Running Fine but might need a pressure test
This watch is a DIV/82SS/AU/D2 below is a full description of this particular watch and the issues which it has (or is reported to have because in many cases the watches do not have significant issues, below that is the full information relating to this model from the factory website which gives full details of all of the dimensions, specification and other information relating to the watch.
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 the 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
Condition: Clean (see actual images)
Fault: Running - the watch came from a military and security industries clearance sale. My colleagues wound watch, and there was no fault apparent but it might be wise give it a quick pressure test (minute hand looks slightly marked and needs a clean) but the watch looks fine generally as can be seen in the collection of images which we have taken of the actual watch.
Product Code: DIV/82SS/AU/D2
These diver watches are a remake of one of MWC's 1980s models, this particular variant was remade specifically for a U.S. contractor who had secured a large sale to one of their clients, the watch has a robust stainless steel case and is equipped with a high performance automatic 24 jewel self-winding movement. MWC have made a number of upgrades to the original watch such as the shatter and scratch-resistant sapphire crystal and increased water resistance rating.
These models represent excellent value and are very competitively priced for such a high-performance automatic watch of this type.
This watch measures 45 mm including the crown and 40 mm excluding the crown and uses Luminova for first-rate nighttime visibility, the strap is a standard 20 mm NATO strap as used on a wide variety of military divers models so there are a substantial range of colours options available if you like to occasionally change the strap which you are using.
Dimensions and Specification:
- Water Resistance: 300 m / 1000ft Water Resistant
- Crown: Screwdown Locking
- Screw Caseback
- Dimensions: Width Inc Crown 45 mm (Exc Crown 40 mm)
- Movement: 24 Jewel NH35A with 41-hour reserve
- Thickness: 15 mm
- Crystal Type: Sapphire with Anti-Reflective Coating*
- Crystal Diameter 31 mm
- Lug to Lug: 49mm
- Weight: 89.5g
- Strap: 20 mm NATO Webbing Strap
- Gift box
* A lot of people ask us what are the benefits of sapphire crystal over a standard mineral crystal? The answer is that synthetic sapphire is by far the best material for watch crystals because it is very strong and also shatter and scratch-resistant, these characteristics make it very appealing to military and security personnel, police officers, and people who lead active outdoor lifestyles, these groups account for over 70% of our customers. To get things into perspective we find that when clients have accidents with watches resulting in a cracked crystal over 90% usually watches with mineral glass crystals, even factoring in that we use hardened mineral crystals they still do not come close to sapphire for durability under adverse conditions. The reason that sapphire crystals are so strong is that after the sapphire glass is manufactured it is also heat-treated to remove its internal stresses—which can cause weakness—it is then made into the watch crystals and two layers of anti-reflective coating are applied, interestingly sapphire crystal is now used on the latest iPhone. Of course, sapphire crystal comes at a price hence you find that it's normally only fitted to higher-end watches.