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    CWC Watches - Issued or not?

    This is my "Silly Question" for the week - I promise! Is there a foolproof way that you can tell whether a CWC watch has been issued to a serving member of the UK armed forces, or not? :-S :-S

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    yeah well, if you buy a CWC watch brandnew it apperantly couldn't be issued to a serving member of the UK armed forces :-D

    if you buy a used one from an AD, he might can tell you something about the items history...


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    Quote Originally Posted by cal..45
    yeah well, if you buy a CWC watch brandnew it apperantly couldn't be issued to a serving member of the UK armed forces :-D

    if you buy a used one from an AD, he might can tell you something about the items history...


    regards, holger
    So the answer is "No", then?

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    I think that Silvermans sometimes sells issued CWC's, but the majority are new/not issued.

    An issued watch will have the issue # / date issued stamped on the case back. Typically this will be a different sized and/or font then the factory markings.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mrbieler
    An issued watch will have the issue # / date issued stamped on the case back. Typically this will be a different sized and/or font then the factory markings.
    Thanks a lot Jeff - just what I wanted to know.

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    Jeff is correct. Regardless, if you buy from Silvermans you'll have an authentic CWC unless you prefer an older issue watch with some history behind it. Be wary of MWC watches. Those are not authentic British military issue watches.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Junior
    So the answer is "No", then?
    I would say the answer is *maybe*

    btw: if you especially intersted in UK military watches you might want to take a look at www.nitewatches.com

    the company claims their watches are issued to the british Special Air Service (SAS).


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    If they are authentic British issue watches they will have a NATO stock number beginning with 6645-99. For example:


    This one would have been issued to a chap in the Royal Navy back in 1987. The 0552 stamp corresponds to the Royal Navy (Army versions would be stamped W10, Royal Air Force versions would be stamped 6B, and Royal Marine versions would be stamped 0555). The serial # and issue date are stamped at the bottom.
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    Re: CWC Watches - Issued or not?

    Thanks again to everyone (especially Viper with exact details) for the help. My reason for asking is that I have an old CWC of Gulf War vintage (W10, with a 75300 series number, issued 91), and I wanted to see if it was distinguishable from one bought from Silvermans and knocked about a lot! It seems it is real - I wonder if there is any way to tell more exactly to which Unit/Group it may have been issued (probably not!)?

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    I'm glad I could help. Like Jeff stated before, the civvy versions sold by Silvermans won't have a serial # and issue date stamp and you'll find some have a "C" stamped on them as well, but they're virtually indistinguishable from issue versions.



    Note that the current RAF version below doesn't have the battery hatch and relies on luminova instead of tritium to illuminate the hands and markers.

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