The watch has fixed bars, which is common for military issued watches. The chrono on the other hand is really good, both civvie and military versions. The crown is polished and it is unsigned. The date is black numbers on white back ground. The form not only has where it was issued, and when, but my friend's name, and the watch description and serial number. Just a question: all of those of 04 they might be fakes, or some, as we read up, like the Andy one, are correct and original? So I managed to source a Pulsar G10 '99 issue which was actually worn and used in the armed forces.
It would be nicer if it was the other way around. The case back is unsigned, unlike some of the earlier models. This indicates the type of luminous material used. The sweep second hand however, is polished stainless steel. The Pulsar G10 is powered by the Seiko 7N32C 1 jewel basic 3 hand movement with date complication. These are the military markings. All these models are currently available from the respective manufacturers.
Above is a shot of all three versions of the G10 stacked on top of each other to give an idea of thickness, oldest on top, latest on the bottom. A good cleaning is all it take to solve this problem though. The sweep second hand is just as long. Reverse of the Pulsar G10, one of the most recent issues from 2014. Looking back, we really have come a long way from the antiquated trench watches powered by a spring, wound everyday, to the quartz chronograph powered by a battery lasting for years, and running a complex, highly accurate and reliable integrated electronic circuit capable of timing events from 0. The hands are white coated.
This is to allow for a better fit and prevents the one piece strap from rubbing the case and damaging the strap. Better to have something that you know is definitely going to work reliably for years, than something that might be a bit better technically, but whose long term reliability is unproven. The finish is fair and the case is well made. This watch is rated for 100m water resistance, meaning it can reiably be used under water, unlike most other British military watches, except divers watches. Instead of using a balance wheel spring as an oscillator, to measure out portions of time, running at about 5 Hertz 18000 beats per hour , quartz watches use an electronically operated quartz crystal running at 32000 kilo Hertz. Dirt and grime gets caught around the crown and case back, thereby allowing water vapor to get inside. U, they also have a solar model with unlimited battery life due to the sophisticated solar powered movement which has super accuracy and is charged by either artificial light or daylight.
It has the same finish as the case. This watch was issued in 2003. This makes removal and installing the case back very easy. According to reports, the crown is one of the problems and caused its eventual withdrawal from service. Not listed, but there was also what appears to be a fake 04 issue watch! Also the original straps were always heatsealed and bonded where these days many straps are made with both heatsealing and stitching or sometimes just stitched. I have both and switch from time to time but if I was using either at night I would go with the Pulsar Lume is fantastic, brief torch light and it lasts for hours and very bright and readable.
Good post, very interesting with quality photos. There are quite a lot of suppliers of high-quality straps but I've added some links below. All the hands are luminous. I realise it may need a new movement but just wish to see if this is common and if there are any tricks to get it going? I like the watch very much. It's described on the G 1033. One dink on the Pulsar and it just cracked! I have the original Issue and Receipt Voucher, Army Form G 1033, from October 2005. If you use one of the thicker batteries it will distort the movement when you put the back on, and prevent the watch from working.
The inside of the watch is immaculate and no signs of corrosion etc Can anyone suggest anywhere I could send it for a replacement movement, and maybe a crystal replacement? Sadly, the glory days of the mechanical military watch are over, and these days you most commonly see military personnel wearing near indestructible and highly functional watches such as the Casio G-Shock. Some earlier models were fitted with the Seiko Epson sourced V732 movement. The watch is fitted with a mineral crystal. Hard to know where to start really. The hour hand extends to the Arabic hour markers.
So what lies in the future for British military watches? To my knowledge, the one you see in my photo is the original. It is all dial and very comfortable when worn. Interesting story; certainly a complete oddball. Well the story goes I've been after an authentic military watch for a while. Sadly very sadly it has been discontinued and is impossible to find although Pulsar have a very similar new model, that doesn't have the brushed metal finish, looks cheap and shiny.
A true used military watch. Is my watch original, you may well ask?. However, G10 has more presence at the wrist, thanks to the 20mm lug width and cleaner face. Pulsar won the military contract to provide watches to the British Ministry of Defence in 2001. Most likely this reflected the lower sums spent on the military following the end of the Cold War. For example, these watches have mineral glass instead of acrylic crystals.