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Issue One Winter 2011

Big Pilot Watches - Christopher Ward, Steinhart, Hamilton Which one wins?

Big Pilot Watches - The Christopher Ward C8 MkII Reviewed by Michael Burnett

The C8 is inspired by the iconic B-Uhr watches used by the Luftwaffe in the late 1930s and then the RAF. It is a watch that combines an outstanding contemporary specification with a design that reminds us of a period in history when clarity, simplicity and accuracy were absolutely critical.


It uses the automatic movement the famous ETA 2824-2 / Sellita SW200-1 partly which can be seen through an exhibition window. The watch also has a soft-iron anti-magnetic cage inside the outer case to protect the movement from electrical interference. Additionally it has an Incabloc anti-shock system, a 38 hour power reserve and 25 jewels. At the price point of £330 (May 2011) no complaints here then.


The case is quite large at 44 mm but the ETA movement is quite petite allowing the case to remain slim at just 9.7mm thick. The result is that the watch wears very neatly and comfortably on the wrist and at just 114g in weight does not feel heavy or bulky at all. The flat grey case colour looks suitably purposeful too, as doe the oversize Pilotʼs crown, though this can sometimes dig in to your hand!


The dial is a delight to hold and the anti reflective crystal gives

a wonderful clarity that makes you wonder sometimes if the watch has any glass over it at all. It is very clear to read and with reasonable superluminova for night time viewing.


A real favourite with me this watch is as good as any of the Pilotʼs watches I have seen and were I too look at the Iconic IWC pilotʼs watches at over ten times the price I would struggle to see ten times the quality!

Pros: simplicity of style, value for money

Cons: minor issue but when ordering you do not know if you will get an ETA or a Selitta movemnet

Verdict: 3.5 stars.  18

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