The Cabot Watch Company, or CWC, is the official supplier of all timepieces to all the branches of the British armed services. These include the Royal Navy, the British Army, and the Royal Air Force. Established in 1972, CWC has been a contractor to the British armed forces for over thirty years.
CWC watches are exclusively provided to Her Majesty’s forces. This is seen through its limited availability in the commercial market. Individuals can only acquire new CWC watches by joining the British armed forces, or by purchasing them from Silvermans Ltd. Silvermans Ltd is the sole retail outlet for new CWC watches.
CWC continues to be one of the main suppliers of genuine British military watches due to its products’ quality, reliability, and durability. CWC timepieces adhere to the standards set by the British Ministry of Defense (MOD). They are also ISO 9000:2001 registered. This is a quality assurance required by the British government to all suppliers. No company is allowed to supply watches to the British government without the said standard.
CWC Military Watches
- British army quartz general service watchThis watch is currently issued to British servicemen. Like all CWC watches, it features an acrylic “glass” coat, a tritium light source, and a battery hatch for easy replacement.
- General service issue 2000 watchThis watch is currently issued to the Royal Air Force. It is similar to the current British army watch. However, the General service issue 2000 watch has added MOD requirements of non tritium and no battery hatch, and date functions.
- Mechanical general service watch 1970sThis watch features a classic military design, acrylic “glass” coat, tritium markers, and easy-to-read face.
- Automatic general service watch 1970sThis watch is similar to the previous type. However, it has an auto winder for automatic mechanical movement, and date functions.
- Mechanical chronograph dated watchThis watch has an acrylic “glass” coat. It features a 30 minute chronograph with a constant seconds dial.
- Mechanical chronograph non-datedThis watch is similar to the mechanical dated chronograph, but it does not have the dated function. It also features a 30 minute chronograph with constant seconds dial.
- Quartz chronograph military watchThis watch features 30 minute and 1/10th second dials. It is currently only available for military contracts.
- CWC quartz chronographThis watch has an hour counter time that runs 12 hours. Its minute counter time takes 30 minutes per rotation. Its centre start-stop second hand measures 60 seconds for each rotation.
- Silver non-dated Royal Navy automatic divers watchThis watch was issued for about a year in the 1980’s to replace the Rolex Submariner Automatic. It features a high-quality Swiss auto movement and Tritium luminous markers. It is also water resistant up to about 300 meters.
- Silver dated Royal Navy automatic divers watchThis watch is similar to the original without the date function. It also features high-quality Swiss automatic movement, water resistance of up to 300 meters, and Tritium luminous markers.
- Black dated SBS divers watchThis watch is currently issued for the Royal marine’s Special Boat Service. Its features include water resistance of up to 300 meters, 1-way time elapse rotating bezel, day and date functions, battery low indicator, and tritium markers.
- Silver non-dated RN divers watchThis watch is issued to the Royal Navy divers. Its features include quartz movement, water resistance of up to 300 meters, one-way time elapse rotating bezel, battery low indicator, stainless steel casing, and screw back.
- CWC Mechanical Pocket WatchThis watch is officially issued to Her Majesty’s forces. It features a chromed brass case, fully-jeweled Swiss lever movement, and luminous tritium markers.