As promised, I would start having a look at certain bits of kit that I buy or come across in life. I’m not endorsing the kit, I’m just saying why I have it, buy it or use it and have written about it. If I blog about some bit of kit, I know there are other’s available which may be better, but I work (when possible) on a budget so what I write about may be of interest to my readers.
Christmas brought me something for which I’d been pining for ages, a Military Watch Company (MWC) G10 watch. I had a good watch which had seen me well for a good 5 years and to be fair, there was nothing wrong with the Casio G-Shock, I had only one battery change in the 5 years, I guess that is average. It sported so many features, those of which I didn’t use, I just wanted plain and reliable.
On Christmas day I unwrapped the packaging and my grin made me look like I’d slept with a coat hanger in my mouth. I opened the slick silver metal box and there before me was a brand new G10 watch. Immediately my mind went back to my first ever G10 watch that I was issued back in 1989 when I first started basic training for the Royal Engineers.
Now I know that the more avid military enthusiasts will immediately say, “The army didn’t get issued MWC watches, British squaddies, airmen and Seamen were issued Cabot Watch Company (CTW) pieces!” This is true, however, for whatever reason my troop and I were issued MTC watches, and on issue the Cpl in the Quartermasters store brought our attention to this fact justifying the change saying, “They must be cutting back!?” I was just chuffed to get a watch for nowt, well until I de-mobbed anyway.
They were all good watches but this one meant something more, it was bought by my loving wife and it brought back a few memories. Even the strap was the same, Olive Drab webbing strap with no thrills. A quality time piece which is used worldwide amongst military and law enforcement, anti-terrorist units plus marine companies and many more.
It’s water resistant for 50m and ultra-reliable. The strap lasts for ages and as long as you don’t want something all singing and dancing, it will with stand a nuclear blast, a bit like the AK 47 of watches for reliability but a Walther PK for coolness!
I don’t have to have a revisit to this blog for an update on this watch, as I know it will reach all expectations!