How does the C8 Power Reserve wear?

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How does the C8 Power Reserve wear?

Post by ExpatTarheel » Tue Nov 26, 2019 12:59 am

Hi all,
The C8 Power Reserve is seriously calling my name. One thing that's putting me off is the 44mm case diameter. Could someone who's worn the watch give me some feedback on how it wears? From the photos it looks like the lugs curve down a good bit, which would help.

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Re: How does the C8 Power Reserve wear?

Post by neilj568 » Tue Nov 26, 2019 8:58 am

It does wear large but it is a great looking watch - here it is on my 8.2" wrist but if you have a small wrist it'll probably be too big
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Re: How does the C8 Power Reserve wear?

Post by H0rati0 » Tue Nov 26, 2019 12:17 pm

Original CW Tiber strap, 19.5cm wrist.
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Re: How does the C8 Power Reserve wear?

Post by FloridaPhil » Tue Nov 26, 2019 11:19 pm

Its a beautiful watch but it wore really large on my wrist - and I regularly wear a 44.5mm Grand Seiko diver with no issue. Maybe someone has the measurement, but I think it was the long lug to lug measurement that made it wear big. (18.5cm wrist). Reluctantly, I returned it.

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Re: How does the C8 Power Reserve wear?

Post by downer » Tue Nov 26, 2019 11:32 pm

Dimensions etc...

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Re: How does the C8 Power Reserve wear?

Post by Cmward » Tue Nov 26, 2019 11:50 pm

The DLC case is much more attractive without appearing gaudy like the stainless. The watch case is remarkably less weighty than my Omega Speedmaster Racing.
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Re: How does the C8 Power Reserve wear?

Post by H0rati0 » Wed Nov 27, 2019 9:27 am

Cmward wrote:
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The DLC case is much more attractive without appearing gaudy like the stainless.
SS is "gaudy" now? If so, I'll take gaudy over DLC any day - one dink and it's toast.
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Re: How does the C8 Power Reserve wear?

Post by watchaholic » Wed Nov 27, 2019 9:50 am

H0rati0 wrote:
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The DLC case is much more attractive without appearing gaudy like the stainless.
SS is "gaudy" now? If so, I'll take gaudy over DLC any day - one dink and it's toast.
Don't dismiss the DLC coating. Had mine since they first came out and not a nick on it. Check out wikipedia to see just how hard a DLC coating is. It's all just personal preference. It's a large watch and the black case is just a little less conspicuous with warmer tones. Possibly better in winter months. The bright stainless, better with brighter summer colors. A buddy of mine, had a hard time believing they were the same watch until shown side by side pics. I have actually considered adding the stainless model for just those reasons. UNBELIEVABLY smooth when winding/setting, and a stellar time keeper as well.
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Re: How does the C8 Power Reserve wear?

Post by H0rati0 » Wed Nov 27, 2019 12:00 pm

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Don't dismiss the DLC coating. Had mine since they first came out and not a nick on it. Check out wikipedia to see just how hard a DLC coating is. It's all just personal preference. It's a large watch and the black case is just a little less conspicuous with warmer tones. Possibly better in winter months. The bright stainless, better with brighter summer colors. A buddy of mine, had a hard time believing they were the same watch until shown side by side pics. I have actually considered adding the stainless model for just those reasons. UNBELIEVABLY smooth when winding/setting, and a stellar time keeper as well.
Been there (in fact I still own two DLC watches - which I do not wear) - never again, so now I don't do plating/coatings of any description. Yeah I know it's different this time, it always is, until it ain't! Having said that, it's not that I don't like the effect and SS is not hard enough either, it's just that to me scratches don't look so bad and hopefully can be polished out at service time. At some point maybe I'll have to try a Damasko....

But back to topic: See you movement and timekeeping and raise you design and execution. The C8PR is a cracker, eats IWC's lunch.
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Re: How does the C8 Power Reserve wear?

Post by neilj568 » Wed Nov 27, 2019 1:13 pm

They sent me the DLC version in error after I had ordered the steel so have handled one - I sent it back as I didn't like it... :)
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Re: How does the C8 Power Reserve wear?

Post by Molan » Wed Nov 27, 2019 6:06 pm

I owned the steel one (which I much prefer over DLC in the whole C8 series).

My wrist is 7.25” and I usually struggle with larger / heavier watches but could wear mine without too many issues.

Although the case is on the larger size it’s relatively light weight and I found it more everyday wearable than a 43mm Trident.
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Re: How does the C8 Power Reserve wear?

Post by redmonaco » Thu Nov 28, 2019 8:15 pm

H0rati0 wrote:
Wed Nov 27, 2019 12:00 pm
watchaholic wrote:
Wed Nov 27, 2019 9:50 am


Don't dismiss the DLC coating. Had mine since they first came out and not a nick on it. Check out wikipedia to see just how hard a DLC coating is. It's all just personal preference. It's a large watch and the black case is just a little less conspicuous with warmer tones. Possibly better in winter months. The bright stainless, better with brighter summer colors. A buddy of mine, had a hard time believing they were the same watch until shown side by side pics. I have actually considered adding the stainless model for just those reasons. UNBELIEVABLY smooth when winding/setting, and a stellar time keeper as well.
Been there (in fact I still own two DLC watches - which I do not wear) - never again, so now I don't do plating/coatings of any description. Yeah I know it's different this time, it always is, until it ain't! Having said that, it's not that I don't like the effect and SS is not hard enough either, it's just that to me scratches don't look so bad and hopefully can be polished out at service time. At some point maybe I'll have to try a Damasko....

But back to topic: See you movement and timekeeping and raise you design and execution. The C8PR is a cracker, eats IWC's lunch.

I owned one a while back and was very surprised to find it got marked by wearing a nato strap (the case-back). I think because it is a sort of matt finish and not completely smooth it can get flat spots that notice.

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Re: How does the C8 Power Reserve wear?

Post by H0rati0 » Fri Nov 29, 2019 1:04 pm

redmonaco wrote:
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I owned one a while back and was very surprised to find it got marked by wearing a nato strap (the case-back). I think because it is a sort of matt finish and not completely smooth it can get flat spots that notice.
Was that a black or SS version?

Not sure, but maybe even the SS Damaskos have a coating and in my experience any coating wears through (even if one avoids scratching or dinging) no matter how hard and hey presto it triggers my OCD.
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Re: How does the C8 Power Reserve wear?

Post by redmonaco » Fri Nov 29, 2019 5:54 pm

H0rati0 wrote:
Fri Nov 29, 2019 1:04 pm
redmonaco wrote:
Thu Nov 28, 2019 8:15 pm


I owned one a while back and was very surprised to find it got marked by wearing a nato strap (the case-back). I think because it is a sort of matt finish and not completely smooth it can get flat spots that notice.
Was that a black or SS version?

Not sure, but maybe even the SS Damaskos have a coating and in my experience any coating wears through (even if one avoids scratching or dinging) no matter how hard and hey presto it triggers my OCD.
it was the SS version. The nato was on it for approx 3 months.

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Re: How does the C8 Power Reserve wear?

Post by gaf1958 » Sat Nov 30, 2019 12:46 am

H0rati0 wrote:Not sure, but maybe even the SS Damaskos have a coating and in my experience any coating wears through (even if one avoids scratching or dinging) no matter how hard and hey presto it triggers my OCD.
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