SKU Code: XLD/AU/12/SSPVB/FP
The MWC Kampfschwimmer (Military Diver) models are one of MWC’s latest heavy duty range of divers watches and have a significantly more robust case than most other military dive watches, they also have additional crown protection, in addition this model also has the advantage of an impact resistant sapphire crystal and a scratch resistant ceramic bezel. These models also use a wider strap at 24mm (most military divers watches use a 20mm strap) and a thicker bezel design. The thicker bezel makes it significantly easier to grip which is a feature which was specified in a procurement contract because these watches were specifically designed for use by Police and Military divers as well as for use in inflatables operating in cold and extreme environments. This watch is the same as product code XLD/AU/12/SSPVB the only difference is that it has solid strap bars which are sometimes required for challenging military and tactical environments.
This particular model introduced in January 2019 has a European NATO pattern dial and is finished in brushed stainless steel with a sapphire crystal which is both impact and scratch resistant. The movement is a high quality 24 jewel automatic with hacking function to enable synchronisation and a 41 hour power reserve.
Dimensions and Specification:
- Movement: 24 Jewel Automatic with hacking function
- Water Resistance: 300m / 1000ft
- Crown: Screw Down Locking
- Width Inc Crown: 48mm
- Thickness: 15mm
- Weight: 120g
- Crystal Diameter: 31mm
- Crystal Type: Shatter and Scratch Resistant Sapphire with Anti Reflective Coating.*
- Lug to Lug: 51mm
- Case: 316L Stainless Steel
- Illumination: Luminova on markers and hands
- Lugs: Solid Fixed Bars
- Strap: 24mm NATO Webbing Strap (1 x Black and 1 x Grey)
* A lot of people ask us what are the benefits of sapphire crystal over a standard mineral crystal? The answer is that synthetic sapphire is by far the best material for watch crystals because it is very strong and also shatter and scratch resistant, these characteristics make it very appealing to military and security personnel, police officers and people who lead active outdoor lifestyles, these groups account for over 70% of our customers. To get things into perspective we find that when clients have accidents with watches resulting in a cracked crystal over 90% are usually watches with mineral glass crystals, even factoring in that we use hardened mineral crystals they still do not come close to sapphire for durability under adverse conditions. The reason that sapphire crystals are so strong is that after the sapphire glass is manufactured it is also heat-treated to remove its internal stresses—which can cause weakness—it is then made into the watch crystals and two layers of anti-reflective coating are applied, interestingly sapphire crystal is now used on the latest iPhone. Of course sapphire crystal comes at a price hence you find that it’s normally only fitted to higher end watches.