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MWC Mechanical/Quartz Hybrid NATO Pattern Military Pilots Chronograph in Non Reflective Black PVD Finish



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The MWC PVD NATO chronograph is based on the specifications used by leading manufacturers of NATO chronographs, enhanced with several improvements for better operation and visibility. Although designed to meet the needs of military aircrews, it is also ideal for airline and GA pilots. The case size is 45.5mm, and the chronograph uses a VK68 hybrid movement.

Key Features

This chronograph includes a 24-hour (Military Time) sub-dial, allowing users to track time in a 24-hour format. This feature is crucial for personnel working extended periods without natural daylight exposure.

The main difference between hybrid watches and mechanical chronographs is their power source. Mechanical models are powered by a mainspring regulated by a balance wheel and controlled by precision levers, hammers, and gears. In contrast, hybrid chronographs are powered by a battery, regulated by a quartz crystal, and controlled by precision mechanical components. This combination provides the appearance and feel of a mechanical watch with the accuracy of quartz.

Hybrid Movement Benefits

  • Operation: Hybrid watches outwardly function like mechanical ones. The top button provides a crisp response, starting the timing hand in 1/5 sec increments. The stop button at 5 o’clock has the same crisp feel, with the hand snapping back to 12 upon reset.
  • Accuracy: The factory rating for accuracy is +/-20 seconds per month, superior to mechanical chronographs, which are typically accurate to +/-2 or 3 seconds per day.
  • Maintenance: Hybrids require significantly less maintenance and are more reliable in the long term.
  • Convenience: Ideal for those owning multiple watches, as hybrids do not need winding before use. A battery swap every few years and a water-resistance check is all that’s required.

Covert Matt Black PVD Finish

The special matt black non-reflective PVD finish is often specified in military contracts for special forces and anti-terrorist units. The PVD process alters the color of the steel at a molecular level, ensuring it will not deteriorate under heavy usage, unlike painted finishes which can fade or rub off.

Technical Specifications

  • Case Diameter: 44mm excluding the crown, 45.5mm including the crown
  • Lug to Lug: 49mm
  • Thickness: 13.5mm
  • Dial Color: Black
  • Crown: Screw-down locking
  • Case Material: 316L PVD Steel
  • Caseback: 316L stainless steel
  • Water Resistance: 10 atm (100m or 330ft)
  • Crystal: Sapphire with anti-reflective coating*
  • Illumination: Super Luminova for maximum nighttime performance
  • Movement: VK68 Mechanical/Quartz Hybrid
  • Strap: 22mm NATO (NATO Nylon Webbing Strap)
  • Battery: Silver Oxide SR936SW
  • Battery Life: Approx. 3 years
  • Warranty: 24 months

Benefits of Sapphire Crystal

Synthetic sapphire is extremely strong, shatter-resistant, and scratch-resistant, making it ideal for military and security personnel, police officers, and active outdoor enthusiasts. These groups account for over 70% of our customer base. Over 90% of incidents involving cracked crystals occur with mineral glass. Even hardened mineral crystals cannot match the durability of sapphire. The sapphire crystal is heat-treated to remove internal stresses and coated with two layers of anti-reflective coating. While more expensive, the superior longevity, resilience, and performance justify its use in higher-end watches.

This MWC PVD NATO chronograph combines the reliability and precision of modern technology with the rugged design and functionality needed for professional use. Its robust features and user-friendly design make it an exceptional choice for both professionals and enthusiasts.

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