I’ve been a big CWC fan for a while. When CWC started modernizing their watches with sapphire and screwdown crowns, It really ticked all of the boxes in what I was looking for in a casual everyday watch. Robust no hassle quartz movement, no date, screwdown crown, sapphire crystal, vintage design...it’s as if they read my mind. Imo, a perfect everyday wear watch.
If I had to chose only one, the G-10 is my favorite classic design. I love the simplicity of field watches and the G-10 is near perfection. So when I saw that Silvermans created a white dial G-10 variant dubbed the Sub Hunter, I had to have it. I think I waited all of 10 seconds before pulling the trigger. The dimensions and case design are nearly identical to the original, but there are some noticeable differences you can see right off the bat, and some that are tougher to pick out.
This one has a nice matte white dial and red “torpedo timer” seconds hand. The noticeable difference between this one and the original is that the word quartz is replaced with the British Broad Arrow or Pheon. This is a nice change. The word quartz was never a dealbreaker, but I would prefer the dial without it. This is an improvement imo.
The other noticeable difference is that the the crown is much thicker and larger on this one. It’s thicker and squared off at the end; giving it a nice feel in the hand. Also an improvement from the original imo. It wasn’t until I unscrewed the crown that I noticed there were no external threads!? This is a screwdown crown design that I’ve never encountered before, and it’s pretty slick actually. Just 2-3 turns and the crown pops out. When you screw it back in, there’s no need to reverse the crown to seat the crown on the thread. It just pops in and 2-3 screws and it’s back in. Not sure if the thread is internal or what, but I can’t visually see any threads. It’s a neat system and it’s buttery smooth.
At first glance the case looks looks identical to the G-10, but it’s not. 2 interesting differences. This case is a bit thicker, but it wears the same on the wrist. The reason for this is that the caseback on the Sub Hunter is thinner than the caseback on the Sapphire G-10. So they traded thickness in different areas. I actually prefer this new design as it gives the 36mm case a bit more presence on the wrist.
Comparison to the G-10 with sapphire
There is a chance that the fixed spring bars are a bit thicker on this new one too. I couldn’t tell for sure, but it looked like they might be.
I must have ordered pretty quick, because it looks like I got the second one off the line according to the caseback.
Another difference is the packaging. All of my previous CWCs were shipped in metal tins. This one came in a cardboard box with foam padding. Silvermans now appears to give you a plastic dated warranty card too which is a nice touch.
Heres a group shot next to my other CWC G-10 Sapphires
Overall I’m really happy with this one. Simple, robust, classic. Great watch. I like the subtle changes. I’ve been on a white dial kick lately and this is just one more to scratch that itch. The seconds hand doesn’t hit the marks, but most of mine don’t and I know that’s pretty standard with most quartz watches. It’s a non issue for me, but I thought I’d point that out.
My CWC collection...
My military(mostly field) watch collection...
Couple more glamour shots...