Very Clean Original 2005 Pattern MWC G10 50m (165ft) Water Resistant NATO Pattern Military Watch - Not Running Very Likely just a battery issue
This watch is a 2005 pattern G10 in sound condition, 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.
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: G10 PVD Stealth
Condition: Looks New
Fault: Not Running quite possibly because it has been in storage for 18 years and just needs a battery. These watches are now very rare and are the original MWC G10 model from 2005 when MWC switched from plexiglass to actual glass (the first of these watches with glass crystals appeared in 2003).
Below is the Factory Description of the current MWC G10GC/PV Model which MWC currently make which is a remake of this model. See https://mwcwatches.com/products/mwc-g10-remake-of-the-1999-to-2004-series-watch-in-black-pvd-steel-with-glass-crystal-and-battery-hatch?_pos=2&_sid=02372fac8&_ss=r
SKU Code: G10GC/PV
This MWC model is an exact remake of the G10 PVD Stealth which we made between 1999 and 2004, it is very similar in many ways to the current models except that it has a more compact case, visually the watch is indistinguishable from the original one of which can be seen in the final picture. We have however made significant improvements, for example, this watch has a 60-month battery life whereas the originals back in the late 1990s and early 2000s only ran for around 36 months. This watch was the replacement for the plexiglass model which we have also remade, the main difference between the two models is that the plexiglass models were slightly thicker this watch is therefore slightly more streamlined and thinner than the plexiglass variant which has retained its original dimensions to maintain historical accuracy.
The watch uses Super Luminova for improved nighttime visibility although it retains the encircled T rather than an encircled L for historical reasons because our earliest models would have originally used tritium paint. Super Luminova operates like a light battery, after sufficient activation by sunlight or artificial light, the pigment glows in the dark until the luminosity gradually diminishes although larger markings are often visible for the whole night, if needed it's very easy to recharge the luminosity simply by exposing the watch to bright light for a few minutes. This activation and subsequent light emission process can be repeated again and again, and the material does not suffer aging which was an issue with the old radioactive pigments which declined dramatically after around 10 years. The other advantage is that Super Luminova pigments are 100% free of radioactivity, the original watches we made in the 80s used tritium paint hence the encircled T on the dial.
The special covert matt black non-reflective PVD finish used for this watch 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 color 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 color 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.
Because we have made these watches for over 40 years they are a very tried and tested model and large numbers of military personnel who were deployed in the Middle East and other locations have evaluated these models extensively with very favorable reports concerning long-term reliability and durability.
Whilst this model is indistinguishable from the original watches we made between 1982 and 1999 we have carried a few detail improvements which means that the watch is technically significantly superior to the original watches.
The back of the case bears a unique serial number and the watch is supplied with a standard NATO black webbing strap and is in a box which carries the original 1974 pattern MWC logo which has not been used for well over 20 years.
- Case Diameter: 36mm (Excluding the crown)
- Case Diameter: Approx. 39mm (Including the crown)
- Lug to lug: 42.5mm
- Lug Width: 19mm
- Strap Size: 18mm
- Thickness: 11.5mm
- Dial Colour: Black
- Case Material: 316L Black PVD Steel
- Caseback: 316L Black PVD Steel
- Crown: 316L Black PVD Steel
- Crystal: Toughened Mineral Glass
- Water Resistance: 5atm (50m/165ft)
- Battery: 371 with around 60 months of battery life
- Movement: Swiss Ronda 705 with date window
- Strap: Black 18mm NATO strap