Dartmouth or Aquitaine

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Dartmouth or Aquitaine

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Hey guys, I want to buy my first watch and I'm struggling with this choice.
So my thoughts comparing these two are that C65 Dartmouth Black movement is COSC certified, the design is more universal and fits all situations.
On the other hand, C65 Aquitaine White Sand/Green has a cleaner dial, nice warm colors, a date, a sapphire bezel, slightly better lume, and according to SEO - new better bracelet.

Is COSC certification makes a big difference for CW watches or do they have good settings and precision from the box with SW200-1?
What would you pick from these two?
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Re: Dartmouth or Aquitaine

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Dartmouth all day long
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Re: Dartmouth or Aquitaine

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This is an impossible question for anyone to answer for you. COSC certification is not that important to me and is therefore either a non-issue in selecting a watch or only a secondary consideration.

As for the look, again, only you can answer that question. I’d probably go with the Aquitaine auto over the Dartmouth or the Aquitaine GMT. It’s due to pure personal preference and not a anything objective and quantifiable about either watch.
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Re: Dartmouth or Aquitaine

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I don’t think CW regulates the standard Sellitas that go out the door. I have a couple that are within 1-5 seconds/day, and a couple others that are -10 and +15 spd. All within Sellita’s rated tolerance of -20 to +20 spd.

It’s personal preference how much that matters to you. I wear a +15spd watch as happily as an Omega co-axial chronometer. Aesthetics matter more to me than timekeeping usually.
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Re: Dartmouth or Aquitaine

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Not to muddy the waters any but the Aquitaine bracelet will fit the Dartmouth so you could always get the Dartmouth on a strap and get the bracelet separately. The difference is about $100 US but you do get two straps in the deal.

The lume on the Dartmouth is great.
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It looks great on bracelet or strap.
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In the end I think it boils down to whether you want a watch inspired by the vintage Seamasters and MilSubs that were issued to the MOD or a watch inspired by the 50s Blancpain and other dive watches of the era. They are both great and whatever you choose I don't think you will be disappointed. Just remember, if you get them both you are still only about 1/5 of the cost of a Sub :lol: Beware, we are enablers in these parts :lol:
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Re: Dartmouth or Aquitaine

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rkovars wrote: In the end I think it boils down to whether you want a watch inspired by the vintage Seamasters and MilSubs that were issued to the MOD or a watch inspired by the 50s Blancpain and other dive watches of the era. They are both great and whatever you choose I don't think you will be disappointed. Just remember, if you get them both you are still only about 1/5 of the cost of a Sub Image Beware, we are enablers in these parts Image

That's about how I see it.

All a matter of personal preference.

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Re: Dartmouth or Aquitaine

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rkovars wrote: Wed May 25, 2022 2:57 pm Not to muddy the waters any but the Aquitaine bracelet will fit the Dartmouth so you could always get the Dartmouth on a strap and get the bracelet separately. The difference is about $100 US but you do get two straps in the deal.

The lume on the Dartmouth is great.

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It looks great on bracelet or strap.

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In the end I think it boils down to whether you want a watch inspired by the vintage Seamasters and MilSubs that were issued to the MOD or a watch inspired by the 50s Blancpain and other dive watches of the era. They are both great and whatever you choose I don't think you will be disappointed. Just remember, if you get them both you are still only about 1/5 of the cost of a Sub :lol: Beware, we are enablers in these parts :lol:
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Re: Dartmouth or Aquitaine

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For me…Dartmouth…every time.
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Re: Dartmouth or Aquitaine

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rkovars wrote: Wed May 25, 2022 2:57 pm Not to muddy the waters any but the Aquitaine bracelet will fit the Dartmouth.....
Is this confirmed ? I'm also a happy Dartmouth owner, but would consider a more tapered bracelet a big improvement over the stock one...

More on topic, I like all the changes introduced on the Aquitaine, but not enough to get one at this point.

Bottom line is like others have said, one is inspired by the SM300, the other by the BPFF/Big Crown. Which one do you like the best ?
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golfjunky wrote: Wed May 25, 2022 2:14 pm Dartmouth all day long
Agree.
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Re: Dartmouth or Aquitaine

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Blackdog wrote: Thu May 26, 2022 8:02 am
rkovars wrote: Wed May 25, 2022 2:57 pm Not to muddy the waters any but the Aquitaine bracelet will fit the Dartmouth.....
Is this confirmed ? I'm also a happy Dartmouth owner, but would consider a more tapered bracelet a big improvement over the stock one...
In the launch call with CW the designer confirmed it would fit the C65 MK1 case.
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Re: Dartmouth or Aquitaine

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Thank you guys for your thoughts on this!
rkovars wrote: Wed May 25, 2022 2:57 pm Not to muddy the waters any but the Aquitaine bracelet will fit the Dartmouth so you could always get the Dartmouth on a strap and get the bracelet separately.
That's a really good point and I was going to do so, but I've reached the CW support and they told me that the bracelet will not fit the C65 Dartmouth cause it has a different connection and taper as it is the new "Screw link" bracelet. So now I'm slightly confused.
Also, where did you get this beautiful khaki nato strap from the last picture?
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Re: Dartmouth or Aquitaine

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I'd go with the Aquitaine. It looks sleeker and cleaner to me. Plus, it is an unusual colorway.

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