I'm a new proud owner of the amazing and unique 20,000 Feet (number 156)!! First of all, I'm impressed with the great help and support Christoph provides! I want to thank him!
This 20,000 Feet is my first watch from CX Swiss Military Watch and I'll tell you that you just can't go wrong with this super watch because it's adjusted and certified for maximum accuracy by COSC (an external entity) and then you'll be certain that the watch will just be accurate. This is a chronograph using the Valjoux 7750, a reliable and proven movement so you'll be certain that the mechanism will work and last for many years. Also, this is the mechanical diver's watch (and chronograph) with the highest water resistence and this is certified by Guiness Records! Three external and world respected and recognized entities (COSC, ISO and Guiness) confirming you this watch is just awesome!!
It's hard to understand what is needed to achieve the world record the 20,000 Feet has. For this reason, you can watch several videos in YouTube where the 20,000 Feet goes through "real life tests" that I have never seen applied on another watch without actually destroying it.
So, considering all those facts, you know the 20,000 Feet is a great investment and this is the best tool watch available today!! Diver's watches king!!
I was concerned about the big big size and somewhat concerned about the weight. Well, after wearing it, I can tell you the watch is very well balanced and it looks powerful and solid on the wrist. The 20,000 Feet won't certainly replace your dress watches (they'll just look like ladies watches) but you can wear it on many situations with no issues at all.
If you already have some diver's watches like the Sea Wolf or the Argonaut (1,000 meters for water reaistance or more), it will be easy for you to get used to the 20,000 Feet.
It's really hard to find ways to improve the 20,000 Feet, I could just found those:
- The subdials (with their hands) for minutes (at 12), hours (at 6) and seconds (at 9) could have been larger to ease the reading. Also, I think those subdials look a little bit small compared with the whole dial. If those dials get bigger, the main issue that will arise is related with the luminous markers...
- The luminous markers at 1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 8, 10 and 11 could have been at least 1.5 times bigger to ease the reading without light. There's plenty of space at the dial to achieve this and some texts should move to accomodate the biguer luminous markers.
- The very same mature for a chronograph makes really hard to put big markers at 12, 3, 6 and 9 This is pretty hard to solve, maybe the subdial (or some of it) at 12 could be used as the main marker for easily orientating the dial...
- The main hands (hours and minutes) could have been bigger. Those hands, just as they are now, are really easy to read. This change in size is just to improve the proportion beetween the hands and the dial.
I really like the 20,000 Feet because it will always be a recognized watch and for now it's unmatched. I'm confident that this watch will take anything even if I don't! I can't say the same about my other watches... And knowing you have such great watch makes you smile everytime you look at it!!