A recent purchase has sparked a bit of a mystery that even a good google search has failed to solve... what the heck does "SP" relate to?
I've seen a few examples previously, mostly SS with day/date but some with the standard no-date dial, some claiming to be issued, others not.
They mostly seem to be a production run from 1994-96 or thereabouts, with some mention of another batch in 2001, although I haven't seen any myself from that late. Looking at mine, the shape of the crown guards, bezel markings and the format of the caseback engravings, I'd say it's a mid 90s example (but i could be wrong!)
A good old google search reveals lots of speculation but little firm info:
-Theres some tenuous connection with a limited run naval contract.
-Theres an even more tenuous connection with the civil nuclear constabulary (although why anyone would issue a dive watch to a dry force is beyond me?).
-Anecdotal evidence that SS versions with day/date were indeed issued to the SBS, although probably with proper issue numbers and not the mystery "SP".
-Silvermans/CWC themselves dont seem to know for sure.
Candidates for what it actually stands for range from the fairly sensible:
To the ridiculous:
The biggest clue for me could be the current CWC/Silvermans sales site with the page title "TRITIUM DIALS/ SPECIALS & SP. OFFERS ( https://www.cwcwatch.com/collections...dials-specials )
Perhaps at some point they were marking their special offer watches with SP, but all the watches I've seen with the SP markings were standard models, I'm not sure what would have marked them out as a special? But it's a theory.
Anyone any other ideas?
Links to the various sightings and speculations: