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C8 Pilot watch

Post by Des » Sat Dec 28, 2019 10:28 am

I do believe that the first iteration of the C8 was the best. The blue dashes at the hour markers. the little red dot on the second hand, the 12 o'clock marker etc. etc.

What do you all feel?
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Re: C8 Pilot watch

Post by Laird » Sat Dec 28, 2019 10:50 am

Agreed - I do like the Mark 1 - especialy in that dial colouring ....

Coincidentally, I've been looking for another Pilot Mark 2 to complement my Cream Dial model ....... and have seen two versions of the CW Logo now, on a Black Dial Mark 2 - one matching mine, with the Logo in a small circle & one with the also familiar CHR.WARD iteration ...

The attached Pic serves to illustrate ....

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Re: C8 Pilot watch

Post by downer » Sat Dec 28, 2019 11:02 am

I had a few C8's at one time:

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If I was being very picky, I'd say the hands on the Mark I were a tiny bit too thin. This was corrected on the Mark II but I think a little of the character was lost.
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Re: C8 Pilot watch

Post by Laird » Sat Dec 28, 2019 11:40 am

Agreed about the Hands on the Mark 1 - like the fact that all Logos the same in that Pic !
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Re: C8 Pilot watch

Post by Devarika Woulf » Sat Dec 28, 2019 1:28 pm

Laird wrote:
Sat Dec 28, 2019 10:50 am
The attached Pic serves to illustrate ....
I really like the way the original logo fills the space up under the 12 marker. Looks very good.

I'm starting to like the original logo better than the second one after preferring the opposite for years. Maybe I'm getting wise... or old? :yawn:
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Re: C8 Pilot watch

Post by Galton321 » Sat Dec 28, 2019 1:58 pm

I agree the Mark I is my favourite and the only one I own. Although I do like the Mark II now haven't seen one in a while. It's probably closer to the original pilot watch where legibility was paramount.

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Re: C8 Pilot watch

Post by Des » Sat Dec 28, 2019 4:11 pm

downer wrote:
Sat Dec 28, 2019 11:02 am
I had a few C8's at one time:

If I was being very picky, I'd say the hands on the Mark I were a tiny bit too thin. This was corrected on the Mark II but I think a little of the character was lost.

Thin perhaps, but very elegant.
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Re: C8 Pilot watch

Post by ddav » Sat Dec 28, 2019 6:17 pm

I wanted one for a while before this came up on the forum
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Re: C8 Pilot watch

Post by downer » Sat Dec 28, 2019 6:27 pm

^^^ Ah yes, the unique one-of-a-kind black date wheel edition. :)

That one has been around the block a bit.
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Re: C8 Pilot watch

Post by Des » Sat Dec 28, 2019 7:15 pm

downer wrote:
Sat Dec 28, 2019 6:27 pm
^^^ Ah yes, the unique one-of-a-kind black date wheel edition. :)

That one has been around the block a bit.
I used to have No. 181. Bought from new but long since sold.
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Re: C8 Pilot watch

Post by MiniMpi » Sat Dec 28, 2019 7:16 pm

Love that unique Blackhawk Nick.
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Re: C8 Pilot watch

Post by Kansas City Milkman » Sat Dec 28, 2019 10:48 pm

The Blackhawk stands out for me. Slight swerve of the topic but I actually think the C10 was better proportioned (42mm) and a really good (but underrated) watch

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Re: C8 Pilot watch

Post by Bahnstormer_vRS » Sat Dec 28, 2019 11:42 pm

Personally, I prefer the cream dial version.

Let me start with a link to the CWArchives for the C8 Pilot MkI.

Not surprisingly, to those who know me, I have owned versions of both the C8 Pilot MkI and C8 Pilot MkII over the past few years.

I started off with a Cream dial MkII bought in the 2012/13 Christmas/New Year sale. I'd actually been after a MkI, as I prefer the more traditional aviation dial layout, but the MkI was not available at the time.

A while later, in April/May 2013, the opportunity arose to buy one of the final Last Chance Stock C8 Pilot MkIs (of which there were two available).

Three years later I sold it, to help fund the purchase of something else. Strangely enough, having offered it For Sale in the Forum Sales Corner it didn't sell. I therefore listed it on ebay and sold it for a better price.

However, I always believed the C8 Pilot MkI is a better watch than the subsequent C8 Flyer, well to me at any rate, and I often though about getting one again.

When therefore I was in a position last year to be able to buy and one popped up For Sale via another forum member, I jumped at the opportunity. As it happens, the original owner of the watch was @Downer who bought it in Feb 2009 and sold it in October 2011.

Its still with me and appeared in the CW of the day thread not so long ago;-
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#FliegerFriday with my C8 Pilot MkI. Full details on the CWArchives

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As it is so gloomy outside the lume shows up a bit, with an indoor shot.

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Re: C8 Pilot watch

Post by StrapMeister » Sun Dec 29, 2019 3:56 pm

Now there's something really interesting that I've spotted :-k
Looking at Laird's original pictures the cream dial version has the vintage lume hands fitted
(which strangely enough is exactly like my one! - see below)
Yet in the pictures that Downer has posted the cream dial version has white lume hands.
I suspect that that it should have white lume hands and at some point has had a mod done.
(Could my one be the same one that is in the first picture?)
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Re: C8 Pilot watch

Post by Laird » Sun Dec 29, 2019 5:01 pm

intersting observations Chaps !

I'd still like some insight into the different Logos on the Mark 2 Pilots ...
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