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Vintage CWC W10 mechanical watch

  1. Spruce

    Spruce Jan 19, 2020

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    I’ve just bought this hand-winding W10 but haven’t yet received it. The seller stated he’d bought it new in 2004.

    I like the style and design and have every intention of keeping and wearing it but can anyone tell me about these watches and what the codes show?

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  2. Spruce

    Spruce Jan 20, 2020

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    I’ve gathered that 6645-99 means 6645 = NATO, and 99 = UK.

    523-8290 is, I think, the NATO supply number.

    I’m not sure what 466 is.

    An old thread on another (Googled) forum suggests it may be a movement calibre number

    There doesn’t appear to be a year number.

    Any input?
     
  3. janice&fred

    janice&fred Jan 20, 2020

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    nice piece! you might try posting these questions over on MWR (wwwbroadarrow.net) as they are very informed about these military style watches.
     
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  4. Spruce

    Spruce Jan 20, 2020

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    Thanks, I’ll try that
     
  5. JimInOz

    JimInOz "Helpful Hints from Heloise" of bracelet cleaning. Jan 20, 2020

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    6645 is the NATO Group/Class number.

    Group 66 is Instruments and Lab Equipment
    Class 45 (6645) is Time Measuring Instruments

    99 is the Nation Code for the United Kingdom

    523-8290 is a non-specific number assigned at the time of "codification" to an item of supply by the owner country's relevant NATO codification bureau.

    I won't get into the real nitty gritty of the system, it drove me nuts as a victim of it and it's all for box packers anyway.

    The 466 is a serial number to allow the owning agency/unit/squadron etc to track and account for the item.

    (amazing how much of this shit I remember after so many years :D).
     
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  6. Spruce

    Spruce Jan 21, 2020

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    That’s brilliant, thanks :)
    Just what I wanted to know.
    For entirely understandable reasons, we weren’t issued with anything we might break, steal or kill with in the Army Cadets!
     
  7. stuart70

    stuart70 Mar 1, 2020

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    These watches were made by CWC and sold through their shop in London. Basically a re-issue powered by a eta 2801. They used to supply to the mod but they moved to seiko and then pulsar.