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Is C11 a good CW starter

Post by Gasman » Sat Aug 24, 2019 10:48 pm

Do you think a C11 is a good starter watch. It covers both watches I like Bell & Ross and Panerai Radiomir

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Re: Is C11 a good CW starter

Post by FloridaPhil » Sat Aug 24, 2019 11:46 pm

The C11 was my first CW. It does wear quite large due to the long lug to lug length. But, if you like the style, it's a nice entry point without dropping the kind of money required for a B&R.

I have a 7 1/8" wrist and you can see where the lugs are in this pic. That was the sole reason I flipped it.

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Post by Bahnstormer_vRS » Sun Aug 25, 2019 12:26 am

A C11 'Black Manta' was my first CW some years ago (sorry no photo) and I have had several other C11s since then.

Sadly none currently.

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Re: Is C11 a good CW starter

Post by Viognier » Sun Aug 25, 2019 5:41 am

C11, like Florida Phil’s is 80% Bell and Ross and 20% Panerai in similarity to my eye
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Re: Is C11 a good CW starter

Post by lisnalee » Sun Aug 25, 2019 11:42 am

I've owned 2 over the the years. The Mercedes Benz owners version and the vintage lume pvd one.

Both sold on as the square case does wear rather large, feels like a 44m watch the black pvd one, less so but still too big for me.


I did love the large sword hands on them though!

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Re: Is C11 a good CW starter

Post by johnnysharp2 » Sun Aug 25, 2019 12:24 pm

I think they are a great place to start, especially the older styles, here is mine.

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Post by albionphoto » Sun Aug 25, 2019 12:54 pm

I had a C11 Elite which I sold. I liked the look but it was uncomfortable on my 6.75" wrist. The lume was also pretty bad. Comfort issues aside, it was a fun watch to wear and always made me smile when I wore it. They are older watches and almost all will be out of warranty or in need of a service. If you love the look go for it but check the condition carefully.
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Re: Is C11 a good CW starter

Post by Andy-Smith » Sun Aug 25, 2019 10:36 pm

Great watches, I have 4 of them. Look lovely especially on a bracelet. Johnny great bracelet on yours.

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Re: Is C11 a good CW starter

Post by Amor Vincit Omnia » Mon Aug 26, 2019 6:56 am

Gasman wrote:
Sat Aug 24, 2019 10:48 pm
Do you think a C11 is a good starter watch. It covers both watches I like Bell & Ross and Panerai Radiomir
I’m always fascinated by this type of question, because there is no really clear-cut answer. The best thing is to ask yourself what, in your own opinion, would be the features that made up a good “Starter Watch”, because I don’t actually believe that there is any such thing. If you like the size, style and function then it’s good...for YOU.

It’s one of those “How long is a piece of string?” questions. Or, to use a more subtle example, “If I start at the North Pole and go to South for 3000 miles, where will I end up?” And, of course, it all depends which meridian you were facing down to begin with.

Your second sentence really answers the question for you. It is clearly a style you like, so it would make a good choice. If you were looking for something that resembled a Calatrava, it would probably be a pretty rubbish choice.
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Re: Is C11 a good CW starter

Post by johnnysharp2 » Mon Aug 26, 2019 7:03 am

Gasman wrote:
Sat Aug 24, 2019 10:48 pm
Do you think a C11 is a good starter watch. It covers both watches I like Bell & Ross and Panerai Radiomir
Is there a specific watch you have seen?
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Re: Is C11 a good CW starter

Post by DavecUK » Mon Aug 26, 2019 10:38 am

Gasman wrote:
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Do you think a C11 is a good starter watch. It covers both watches I like Bell & Ross and Panerai Radiomir
No, if you have to ask the opinions of others it is not the right watch for you. You will know when the right one comes along and you won't have to ask anyone what they think. If your finances are such that it's a fun beater watch, then it's not so important.

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Re: Is C11 a good CW starter

Post by Devarika Woulf » Mon Aug 26, 2019 11:14 am

The C11 Makaira was my first Automatic watch. I still own and love it. I used to admire the MSL version but could never pull the trigger until they were being cleared out in 2015. I had Wera put a vintage C8 Regulator strap on instead of those ugly tan straps they came with. Of all the CW watches I own, it's the only one that blew me away when I opened the package. It looked WAY better in person than in the pictures. It's not loud but it's so damn cohesive and sexy! I can't see myself selling it. :D

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It fits my wrist so good and is more comfortable than the Makaira. I also bought a rare bracelet in 2018. It was a PVD Makaira bracelet (which you can buy here). That's gonna be a lot of fun and change the whole look of the watch. I remember people going crazy on the hunt for third-party bracelets and hoping CW would make some official ones. I don't know why they released the batch so late after discontinuation? :o
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Post by redmonaco » Mon Aug 26, 2019 12:29 pm

That strap looks very cool!

My prob is not being able to find a c11 on the second hand market... :0(

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Re: Is C11 a good CW starter

Post by johnnysharp2 » Mon Aug 26, 2019 12:31 pm

Quite common to see C11s on eBay, often (surprisingly), in newish condition.

Sales forum on here is always worth keeping an eye on too.
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Re: Is C11 a good CW starter

Post by Gasman » Mon Aug 26, 2019 9:24 pm

Amor Vincit Omnia wrote:
Mon Aug 26, 2019 6:56 am
Gasman wrote:
Sat Aug 24, 2019 10:48 pm
Do you think a C11 is a good starter watch. It covers both watches I like Bell & Ross and Panerai Radiomir
I’m always fascinated by this type of question, because there is no really clear-cut answer. The best thing is to ask yourself what, in your own opinion, would be the features that made up a good “Starter Watch”, because I don’t actually believe that there is any such thing. If you like the size, style and function then it’s good...for YOU.

It’s one of those “How long is a piece of string?” questions. Or, to use a more subtle example, “If I start at the North Pole and go to South for 3000 miles, where will I end up?” And, of course, it all depends which meridian you were facing down to begin with.

Your second sentence really answers the question for you. It is clearly a style you like, so it would make a good choice. If you were looking for something that resembled a Calatrava, it would probably be a pretty rubbish choice.
I understand your point but one of the responses to my question could be. It looks nice but breaks down every 2 weeks and they are short of parts to repair it. Then even if I liked the watch I can make a judgement call as to buy or not

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