MWC 2013 100m Military Quartz with Superluminova
I have owned and evaluated a large number of both MWC and CWC watches over the years. I find both are solidly built and I have tested around 16 watches from the two factories in total, as a rule I found them all to perform extremely well. The MWC is frequently better priced but UK buyers often tend to be swayed by the fact that CWC hold the UK MOD contract which does not seem to interest MWC although I am aware they have supplied various UK government departments such as police anti terrorist units etc. In many ways MWC is a direct competitor to CWC and the companies claim to hate each other although over the years I have noticed the MWC and CWC range have greatly diverged. For example the new G10 automatic has no CWC equivalent and CWC do not make Tritium GTLS watches, on the other hand MWC do not currently make mechanical chronographs although they have in the past. MWC also make watches aimed at the General Aviation market such as the one below which again has no equivalent in the CWC range.
MWC 2013 100m Water Resistant Limited Edition Swiss Pilots Chronograph
I think the other factor is that MWC currently offer their Automatic Divers models with self luminous GTLS tritium vials at less than the standard CWC quartz so although the models are very close the tritium issue would swing it for me without doubt because nothing enables you to see the time at night like the tritium vials used in these watches.
This picture shows one of the current MWC Divers watches with the tritium light sources.
MWC GTLS / Self Luminous Divers WatchWith this watch the Tritium Self Luminous light sources supplied to MWC by MB Microtec who make Traser put it in a different league when it comes to night performance. It is at least 100 times brighter than a Luminova equipped watch. We rate this and the other MWC Self Luminous Divers 5 out of 5 for value and performance.
Where to buy an MWC
MWC have a large number of dealers in various countries for example in the UK see ExtremeGB Group another main dealer is e-camo who also stocks a number of other military watches such as Traser.
For G10 and Divers models it has to be CWC / Silvermans
If you fancy something a bit different try Marathon
For Self Luminous models another option is the Traser
THE LATEST MWC TESTS
We recently had the opportunity to test some new MWC Models. We have briefly summarised the results below.
MWC 300m Black PVD Automatic Divers Watch
I was lean't one of the current 300m / 1000ft water resistant divers watches by a friend who asked my opinion of the model. Personally I prefer this to MWC's other divers models. At first glance it looks a bit like a Rolex clone but the caseback is very different and the watch is somewhat larger at 46mm including the crown. I wore the watch for a week and it lost 67 seconds so it is not bad for a automatic watch in this price category because even a Breitling I own tends to be out by around 40/50 seconds a week and that is after a recent service. As usual with MWC models the PVD finish is faultless and the bezel action on this watch seemed fine which was one of the areas that I found on earlier models was acceptable but could have been better. It has always been the bezel action which I preferred on the CWC or Marathon over the MWC but then again I found the luminosity of the MWC to be better than the CWC with Luminova and identical to the Marathon when comparing a watch with Tritium tubes.
As far as the above divers watches appearance generally I have to say I like it and might be tempted by the stainless steel version on the MWC site. My preference for the stainless steel version is based on the fact I have 8 PVD watches and am keen to keep my collection a bit more balanced. I would be very keen on this model if MWC made a Tritium GTLS version but I guess that might be something they will consider. I am aware that MWC have a new divers watch in the pipeline but having spoken to both Dieter and Clinton neither are giving anything away regarding what it is or the specification although based on what they said regarding pricing I suspect it is a Tritium model although based on the fact Clinton says it is at the design stage it is probably not similar to the model pictured above.
Dimensions and Specification:
300m / 1000ft Water Resistant
Width Inc Crown 46mm (Exc Crown 43mm)
Crystal Diameter 31mm
Lug to Lug 52mm
20mm NATO Webbing Strap
This current model G10 with 12/24 hour dial is slightly different to the standard MWC G10 Battery Hatch models from earlier years. I checked out the G10 12/24 on the American MWC site and this one in black PVD both were up to the usual MWC case/build quality and had the same solid feel. MWC have been making the PVD versions of the G10's since the late 1990s and the finish is extremely durable in my experience and even when I have seen watches 10/15 years old the PVD is still intact. The last G10 I tested before these was the new 12/24 Hour PVD model at this link MWC G10 12/24 Hour Model in Black PVD this model is identical apart from the finish. Being quartz watches with Ronda movements (the Stainless was a 705 and I found a 715 was fitted to the PVD variant) in both cases the accuracy was exceptional as you would expect.These models are excellent alternatives to the CWC G10’s but keen in mind they are larger than CWC's with a 20mm strap as opposed to 18mm on the CWC. Quality wise the brands are much the same and even use the same Ronda movements but MWC use genuine glass crystals where CWC use Perspex. CWC claim Perspex is an MOD requirement (the MOD bought Pulsar with glass!) but in reality who cares what the reason is that CWC stick to Perspex, the fact remains Rolex switched to glass years ago as did many other manufacturers and my own experience tells me it wins hands down on scratch resistance.
Our rating 5 out of 5 (the same as we rate the CWC so both are excellent and both have their plus and minus points but the fact is either model will last for years. So in conclusion would I buy a CWC or MWC? The answer is that the MWC wins on price, battery hatch and glass crystal. The CWC is a bit slimmer and they and from 2005/2007 they held a UK MOD contract with the GS2000 but as CWC currently do not hold a UK MOD contract this might weaken their appeal although personally I like both MWC and CWC as brands although MWC is clearly more innovative. I really would be hard pushed to decide it is a bit like choosing between a Ford Focus and an Opel Astra they are very much the same thing designed for the same job.
The latest MWC models we have evaluated are the G10 EVO models which can be seen at this link. As far as price I thought $199 / €156 / £125 was very reasonable for what is clearly a very well put together product with a vast range of features. The G10 EVO's are available in stainless steel and black PVD as well as a Titan variant. This watch has so many features it is frankly hard to see how MWC did it at the price. I am informed the watch was produced mainly for the police and law enforcement marked. It has two totally independent movements of which one is digital and the other is analogue enabling use as a GMT watch. Because the movements are independent of each other it tends to offer significant advantages in the event one was to fail. The digital part of the watch has a standard timekeeping function with both date and backlight as well as a digital stop watch and chronograph function which can count elapsed time up to 24 hours. What impressed me the most was the caseback which has 4 screws to additional security.
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