Manufacturers of High Quality Military Watches Since 1974

MWC Classic 1950s/1960s Pattern 25 Jewel Automatic Military Watch with Retro Luminous Paint, Sapphire Crystal and 1960s Pattern Bracelet

£399.00 GBP

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SKU Code: 5025JBLET

This watch is based on a 1950s/1960s pattern military watch. It features a box sapphire crystal that looks identical to the original plexiglass crystal. The movement is a sophisticated Ronda R 150 or equivalent, boasting 25 jewels and a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour (4Hz). This precision-crafted powerhouse has a substantial 38-hour power reserve, ensuring enduring performance. Equipped with hacking and hand-winding capabilities, it exemplifies both efficiency and convenience.

The watch uses Luminova instead of the Tritium used in the 1960s. The main advantage of Luminova is that, unlike Tritium, it does not deteriorate with age and is non-radioactive. The paint color mimics the appearance of aged Tritium paint, and although the T is encircled, indicating Tritium, this is done solely for historical accuracy.

The watch measures 39mm in diameter and is fitted with a matching steel bracelet designed to visually resemble the type of bracelets used in the 1960s.

Dimensions and Specifications:

  • Case Material: Stainless Steel
  • Width Excluding Crown: 36 mm
  • Width Including Crown: 39.5 mm
  • Thickness with Crystal: 13.3 mm
  • Lug to Lug: 43.5 mm
  • Water Resistance: 200m / 660ft
  • Movement: 25 Jewel Ronda R 150 or equivalent
  • Power Reserve: 38 hours
  • Crown: Screw-down locking crown
  • Caseback: Screw-down
  • Crystal: Sapphire*
  • Luminosity: Luminova Paint
  • Strap: 20mm Retro pattern stainless steel bracelet

* Many people ask about the benefits of sapphire crystal over the original plexiglass. Synthetic sapphire is the best material for watch crystals due to its exceptional strength and resistance to shattering and scratching. These characteristics make it highly appealing to military and security personnel, police officers, and people with active outdoor lifestyles, who make up over 70% of our customers. The original plexiglass crystals, made of a plastic/acrylic material used in the 1960s, were easily scratched and could crack if impacted. They also limited the water resistance of the watch.

When clients have accidents resulting in a cracked crystal, over 90% involve watches with mineral glass crystals or plexiglass. Even hardened mineral crystals do not match sapphire for durability under adverse conditions. Sapphire crystals undergo heat treatment to remove internal stresses, which can cause weakness. They are then made into watch crystals and receive two layers of anti-reflective coating. Interestingly, sapphire crystal is now used on the latest iPhones. While sapphire crystal comes at a higher price, its superior quality justifies its use in higher-end watches.

 

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