Sandhurst or Dartmouth? If you could only have one

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Sandhurst or Dartmouth? If you could only have one

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Which and why? I like both but had isn't an option now. Convince me.
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Re: Sandhurst or Dartmouth? If you could only have one

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I'm not a fan of vintage hands/lume.
So personally I prefer the Blue Dartmouth.
That said I actually bought the Lympstone as I found the whole thing more to my taste.

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Personally I've always thought the Sandhurst looks a little 'generic' in design. It has the the C65 case which is probably my favourite ever CW case design but I just find it a bit uninspiring.

The Dartmouth, especially in blue, stands out a bit more and feels like a more interesting design.

Depends on whether you're looking for something simple and functional or with a bit of colour pop (assuming the blue is even an option for you).
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2 completely different watches so that is tough. They are both good watches though. I think it would boil down to whether or not you want a diver or a field style watch.
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I first saw both watches at the CW GTG in London on the 31st August 2019. My eye went straight to the Dartmouth and my liking hasn’t changed.
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Post by Kansas City Milkman »

I'm not a fan of the Sandhurst at all. Somehow it looks like a basic watch to me (apols, I know some people love it and good for them!). The Dartmouth has character and is fabulously comfortable.
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This is an easy one for me. The Blue Dartmouth on the Blue Canvas strap, I am bias though as 30 years spent in the RN man and boy :lol:
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Re: Sandhurst or Dartmouth? If you could only have one

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Richard D wrote: Thu Aug 12, 2021 5:00 pm I first saw both watches at the CW GTG in London on the 31st August 2019. My eye went straight to the Dartmouth and my liking hasn’t changed.
I also tried them on at the same GTG - same outcome.

Ended up buying one about 6 months later.

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A major factor in deciding between the two is of course the size difference, 38mm with the Sandhurst and 41mm with the Dartmouth.
I love the design of the Dartmouth and once I also saw it released at the CW GTG in London I had to get one.
It's a keeper in my collection.
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Well I would go for the Sandhurst. Partly because I just like the design but really because I was in the Army not the Navy!

However if that doesn't apply to you then you won't be convinced by my reasoning :lol:

Seriously I think it comes down to asking if you want a dive watch or not. If you do, the Sandhurst won''t do. If you don't then the Dartmouth isn't the one.
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Sandhurst for me. I like the simplicity.

The Dartmouth is a bit too busy for me with all the minute marks on the dial and bezel.
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Re: Sandhurst or Dartmouth? If you could only have one

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I like both, but prefer the Dartmouth, as I love the 41mm C65 cases size and style :thumbup:

However, I bought neither… instead I got the Cranwell, which I adore... but again, being ex RAF and a graduate of RAFC Cranwell, there could be only one choice :D

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Post by Thegreyman »

I too tried them on at the London gtg and found the Dartmouth to my liking. I bought one last summer and it has probably been my most worn watch since then. Looks great on the bracelet and I also have the CW blue hybrid and a recently arrived Barton Elite Silicon for it too, very versatile watch.
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Re: Sandhurst or Dartmouth? If you could only have one

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JasperCat wrote: Thu Aug 12, 2021 8:01 pm I like both, but prefer the Dartmouth, as I love the 41mm C65 cases size and style :thumbup:

However, I bought neither… instead I got the Cranwell, which I adore... but again, being ex RAF and a graduate of RAFC Cranwell, there could be only one choice :D


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I do like the Cranwell, and appreciate the 'Junior Service' history. I look out to Cranwell, and the signal tower, from the back garden. I am lucky watching the Grob Trainers in formation flying over on passing out day, and then I realise i have been deeper under the sea 8) :lol: Dartmouth for me please :lol: :thumbup:
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Re: Sandhurst or Dartmouth? If you could only have one

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I own both.
My Sandhurst was a gift from family for a birthday. For that reason it is very special to me and will never leave my collection.
My Dartmouth is also a bit unique - it was one of a handful that was accidentally built with a bezel insert that does not have the vintage lume. From what I understand, all but one other of this batch were returned for an insert replacement, so my “accident” version is one of only two in the world. For this reason it is very special to me and will never leave my collection.
So, that is me keeping both…
On the other hand, if I was to buy again, from scratch and with no emotional attachment, I’d go for the Sandhurst. It would be close, but for my smaller wrist, the Dartmouth is pretty much at the limit of size, but the Sandhurst wears easily. In addition, I feel that with a simple strap/bracelet swap, the Sandhurst can dress up better than the Dartmouth while both can dress down equally well.
I hope this does not make the waters more muddy and helps with your decision,
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