If you’ve not heard of the Cabot Watch Company (CWC) before now, you really owe it to yourself to check out their lineup. Â Especially if you’re a fan of military timepieces, the way the British pull a watch together… or both.
To be sure, CWC is indeed a British company, located in London, and they’ve been producing watches for Great Britain’s military for over 30 years. Â This means you’ve got one of two ways to obtain a CWC timepiece – join the military, or go though their one and only authorized reseller (more on that in a bit).
So, what do you get with their lineup? Â It consists of thirteen wristwatches (in quartz or automatic), and one lone pocket watch. Â They all share a sort of no-nonsense design, and all come with steel cases and black dials. Â The one I’d like to focus in on is actually a reissue, their 1970 Chronograph Mechanical.
This particular watch spoke out to me the most, even over their newer chronograph styles. Â It features a 29 jewel hand-wind Valjoux 7760. Â With the two sub-dials, you’ve got a 30 minute chrono register at 3 o’clock, and the running seconds at 9 o’clock.
The 41mm stainless steel case (14mm thick) is polished, and holds the solid strap bars and acrylic crystal in place. Â Wrapping up the whole piece is a military-issue strap, which just absolutely fits well to the aesthetic of the watch. Â The other added benefit is that NATO straps are simple to change, and quite affordable, meaning you can change the look of the watch quite simply.
In the end, there’s a lot that I like about this piece. Â It just comes together, and it is truly vintage military, even with being a reissue. Â Short of what the folks at CountyComm are putting out, I don’t know where you’ll get this taste of authenticity. Â Now for the bad news. Â At current exchange rates, picking one of these up from Silvermans will set you back almost $1400. Â Of course, if you like the style, you can get the quartz chrono for a hair under $500, or many of the other styles for less yet.