Where did it all start?

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Where did it all start?

Post by Amor Vincit Omnia » Thu Jan 09, 2020 7:49 pm

Reflecting on recent events, new models and of course the news about Chris Ward himself, I thought this might interest some of our newer members...

I am lucky to own examples of the first two watches produced by the company: the Mk I C5 Malvern Automatic GWT (gold case, white dial (ish) and tan strap); and the Mk I C3 Malvern Chronograph SWT (steel case). Neither is from 2005, but then both of these early models enjoyed a longer production run than some of their descendants.

What I believe they do show is the quality of the product from Day One. Look at the two layer dials, look at the detail on that C5 Sellita movement. Look at the original CW butterfly déployant. I still think they are among the nicest watches the company has produced.

Enjoy the pictures...
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Re: Where did it all start?

Post by Devarika Woulf » Thu Jan 09, 2020 8:07 pm

I concur:

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Very old photo but shows how well made the C3 is. :)
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Post by Kansas City Milkman » Thu Jan 09, 2020 8:29 pm

Great pictures AVO. I still have my C5 mk1 and still think it looks terrific. It was one of my first CWs.

The journey started for me with the C10 (no picture at the mo, sorry) Another great quality watch which will be staying with me.

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Re: Where did it all start?

Post by Amor Vincit Omnia » Thu Jan 09, 2020 8:36 pm

ERRATUM: the C5 is, of course, a GWK, being originally on a black strap, though I mostly wear it on the tan.

Both straps, of course, are original Louisiana alligator and therefore not directly replaceable. I'll keep my own counsel on that.

It seemed to me that we don't see these watches often enough on the forum these days.
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Re: Where did it all start?

Post by downer » Thu Jan 09, 2020 8:52 pm

For me, it all started with a C3...

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And the rest (as they say) is history..
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Re: Where did it all start?

Post by nbg » Thu Jan 09, 2020 9:24 pm

Bought my first CW, a Lido C20 in 2013.
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Re: Where did it all start?

Post by Kansas City Milkman » Thu Jan 09, 2020 9:38 pm

There you go, AVO!

A couple of quick, not great quality, shots of some CW classic. Although not shown in the pictures, it must be said how good the lume is on the C10 and C3s
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Post by Qubo » Thu Jan 09, 2020 9:40 pm

For me it started with the C60 Trident Day Date COSC LE back in August 2017.
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Re: Where did it all start?

Post by scooter » Thu Jan 09, 2020 9:46 pm

My first CW was an Aviator Mark II swiftly followed by the 2009 CW FLE C2 which I still believe has one of the nicest dials. Both were purchased in November/December 2010.

I have only ever bought two more, the 2012 FLE (scooter blue). My last being a Mark I C60, The Downer.

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Re: Where did it all start?

Post by Bident » Thu Jan 09, 2020 9:48 pm

Amor Vincit Omnia wrote:
Thu Jan 09, 2020 7:49 pm
What I believe they do show is the quality of the product from Day One. Look at the two layer dials, look at the detail on that C5 Sellita movement. Look at the original CW butterfly déployant. I still think they are among the nicest watches the company has produced.
Very nice, Steve. Isn't the movement an ETA since it has 25 jewels versus 26 in the Sellita?
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Re: Where did it all start?

Post by Bounce » Thu Jan 09, 2020 9:59 pm

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Re: Where did it all start?

Post by Kansas City Milkman » Thu Jan 09, 2020 10:01 pm

Ah, the Scooter FLE. As rare as hen’s teeth and a watch I always wanted....

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Re: Where did it all start?

Post by josbrownlie » Thu Jan 09, 2020 10:31 pm

For me it started with wanting a watch with both the day and the date on the face. I liked the Tag offering but not the price tag. Hence my first and subsequently second c9 big day dates
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Re: Where did it all start?

Post by CW257 » Thu Jan 09, 2020 10:54 pm

I have a C3 too that I still wear regularly. It was my only CW for a number of years until I made two purchases in December last year. I still love the look of it and (without wanting to re-start the logo debate) as a born and bred Londoner I like having ‘London’ on the dial.

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Re: Where did it all start?

Post by Soporsche » Fri Jan 10, 2020 12:29 am

Definitely wasnt here at the start but the offspring of the originals were my 1st interests, I first came here with C7 C70 and bluebird as my focus after seeing ads and editorial in the car mags etc, I eventually purchased a c30 (c3 android in a dress), a c7 and a c60 300 (common quartz theme).
It's got a bit silly since then with numerous autos added as my watch knowledge and interest developed. I've now had as many CWs as any other brand matched only by Heuer.
Maybe there is value in a quartz entry level product after all. Bit like affordable junior versions to get you into the brand?!?
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