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Thread: CWC MELLOR-72 or Hamilto Khaki Pilot Pioneer

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    CWC MELLOR-72 or Hamilto Khaki Pilot Pioneer

    Simple question. CWC is £450, Hamilton will be £550 soon. Which would you choose?

    CWC

    Tonneau shape case, issued throughout the 70s

    Two-piece case with press-on/off case back

    CWC pre-1982 logo

    Super luminova dial markers and hands

    Sellita hand-wound SW210 Swiss-made hacking movement

    Brushed 316L stainless steel, 38mm case (including crown), 42mm lug to lug, 30mm dial diameter.

    Water-resistant 5ATM

    Scratch-resistant Hesalite acrylic crystal

    40+ hours power reserve

    18.5mm fixed lug bars

    11mm case thickness (including glass)

    Broad arrow and T markings on dial as per the original.

    Case back markings include NATO number, broad arrow and individually serial numbered /20. Please contact us if you have a preferred serial number.

    CWC genuine issue*NATO strap included.

    Three year warranty.

    Hamilton

    TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS – HAMILTON KHAKI PILOT PIONEER MECHANICAL

    Case:*36mm diameter x 33mm (12 to 6) - 18mm lug width - brushed stainless steel case, tonneau-shaped - hardened mineral crystal, box-shaped with double anti-reflective coating - steel caseback with 4 screws - 100m water-resistant

    Dial:*grained matte black dial - transferred Arabic numerals - railroad track with luminous markers in beige
    Lance-shaped hands nickeled with beige Super-LumiNova, nickeled seconds hand

    Movement:*Calibre H-50 - hand-wound - modified ETA 2801-2 with 80h power reserve - 21,600 vibrations per hour - 17 jewels - hours, minutes, seconds





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    Both? Good to see that CWC and Hamilton are popping out some quality offerings for sensible money.

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    Hamilton

    Greater WR
    Greater Power Reserve
    Harder Crystal
    Nicer crown
    More elegant dial font
    No crow's foot (as neither is an issued piece, I personally think neither should have issue marks).

    The only thing that is not in its favour is the patina lume. Some will love it, some will hate it. I have no problem with it, but there is no doubt it is a slight affectation.

    Dave

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    It's like the 19th of February all over again:

    https://forum.tz-uk.com/showthread.p...sus-CWC-MELLOR
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    ​Jim.

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    The Hami is a better watch but the CWC has more soul.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sweets View Post
    The only thing that is not in its favour is the patina lume. Some will love it, some will hate it. I have no problem with it, but there is no doubt it is a slight affectation.

    Dave
    Thanks. Yes, that's what's bugging me... maybe Eddie should do a precista or Smith's tonneau w10?



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    This very question was addressed in a thread a few weeks ago


    Watch Fight: Hamilton W10 versus CWC MELLOR 72


    Aesthetically I prefer the Hamilton, but don't really understand why either should cost more than £300-ish,

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    Quote Originally Posted by jwg663 View Post
    It's like the 19th of February all over again:

    https://forum.tz-uk.com/showthread.p...sus-CWC-MELLOR
    Sorry, my bag. I should have checked

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    Although to my credit, I did put a couple of pics in

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    Where is this for 550? Cheers


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    Quote Originally Posted by Goochie81 View Post
    Where is this for 550? Cheers


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    It'll go to approx £550 for the nato one in a couple of months. Generally, in my experience, Hamilton's are available between 25% and 30% cheaper that rrp after the hype of release has died down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by weaselid View Post
    It'll go to approx £550 for the nato one in a couple of months. Generally, in my experience, Hamilton's are available between 25% and 30% cheaper that rrp after the hype of release has died down.

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    Great thank you


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    I'd go for the CWC, the Hamilton may have better specs, but the CWC has a better feeling for me. I have a similar one, sadly too small for my wrist so my eldest wears it.

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    CWC for me. I think the plexiglass will feel more ‘original’ and patina with the case over time....


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    Rather hard call. I'd say Hamilton based on pics and spec but I doubt either would disappoint: very simple, legible, compact and reliable watches.

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    I'm not sure this assists existentially or practically.

    ;)
    Quote Originally Posted by abraxas View Post
    The Hami is a better watch but the CWC has more soul.

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    CWC for me, better price, better lume, more authentic dial design, acrylic nicer than sapphire for this watch and case brushed in the correct direction.

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    I wish Eddie made a tonneau w10

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    Has anyone on here bought a Mellor 72?


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    I like both of these watches but I am not a fan of fixed bars. Would much rather have drilled lugs because I could throw a topical strap on it and if someone strictly was a Nato or single pass type then you could just throw shoulderless springbars on.

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    +1 for the hamilton

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheGent View Post
    Has anyone on here bought a Mellor 72?


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    I am hovering over the buy button

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    Quote Originally Posted by weaselid View Post
    I am hovering over the buy button

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    You and me both!


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    I'm also tempted by the t20

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    Quote Originally Posted by weaselid View Post
    I'm also tempted by the t20

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    Could I ask what the T20 is. Hope it isn't a dumb question.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kneadking View Post
    Could I ask what the T20 is. Hope it isn't a dumb question.
    Not a dumb question at all.

    https://www.cwcwatch.com/products/cwc-t20-quartz-watch

    The non-date option is better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by seabiscuit View Post
    Not a dumb question at all.

    https://www.cwcwatch.com/products/cwc-t20-quartz-watch

    The non-date option is better.
    So it is basically the quartz version of the Mellor-72. Thanks.

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    I flit between the 2 - if money was no object I’d order both, but the more I look at them the better I like the look of the Hamilton....


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    Out of the 2, I'd go for the CWC Mellor

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    Quote Originally Posted by kneadking View Post
    So it is basically the quartz version of the Mellor-72. Thanks.
    Yep. Like this...



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    Quote Originally Posted by lughugger View Post
    Yep. Like this...



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    Lovely pic

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    New review of CWC Mellor 72 Mechanical on Hodinkee

    https://www.hodinkee.com/articles/cw...or-72-hands-on

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    Quote Originally Posted by weaselid View Post
    New review of CWC Mellor 72 Mechanical on Hodinkee

    https://www.hodinkee.com/articles/cw...or-72-hands-on

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    And the photos in that article swing me back towards the CWC....!!


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    Quote Originally Posted by lughugger View Post
    Yep. Like this...



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    May I ask what strap that is? It looks great.


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    Looks like a perlon strap?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Bobbyf View Post
    May I ask what strap that is? It looks great.


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    Of course. It’s from Crown & Buckle. They’re a bit pricey when you factor in the postage so I did a bit of a bulk buy when they had a promotion on last year.

    https://www.crownandbuckle.com/chevr...ble-stone.html


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