This is my first post here. A little about myself. I spent ten years in the U.S. Army, the majority as Green Beret in 1st Special Forces Group. After leaving the Army I spent five years as a police officer in Texas. In 2001 I joined the Federal Air Marshals for five years. I transferred out of the Federal Air Marshals in 2007 to take a full time position as a firearms instructor for the federal government. I now own a consulting business where I consult in the area of special operations, tactics, and firearms. I also consult in the entertainment industry.
The watches I have owned run from everything from Casio G-shocks and Pathfinders, Luminox, Seiko's, and Rolex Submariners.
I am one of those people that wears my watches to work no matter how nice and expensive the watch is. My daily activities have included anything from obstacle courses, parachute jumps, shooting, to waterborne operations. Needless to say I am extremely hard on my watches. I actually broke my Submariner bracelet during Desert Storm.
I recently received the CX Swiss Military 20000 with the Carbon Fiber face. The presentation box the was nicer than any watch I have had so far. Upon opening the box I could not believe how big the watch was. The first thing that caught my attention is how big and attractive the titanium bracelet is. In my opinion the bracelet is nicer and more functional than my Submariner. I can recount many occasions when my Submariner bracelet would "pop" open. On a few of these occasions during waterborne operations, I came close to losing the watch due to this problem. Also because of this, during parachute jumps I would not wear my Submariner but put into a pocket for fear of losing it. The bracelet on this is much more sturdy, secure, and does not open easily which is a major plus for working in the environments that I do. I would not have a second thought about wearting this one my wrist during a parachute jump. The bracelet is also bigger than the Submariner and fits the watch perfectly. The rubber strap that comes with the watch is also extremely attractive and fits perfectly. My first day wearing the watch was definitely a breaking in phase that I initially thought would take longer due to the size of the watch. After the second day I didn't notice the weight or size at all. This watch breaks in beautifully. I have two close friends that are watch collectors and own several high end Rolex's and Panerai's. When showing them the watch, one of their first comments was that I would end up bumping the watch on many objects due to the thickness. The surprising thing is that I actually bump this watch less than any other watch I have owned. I have worn this watch every day since receiving it. It has become my favorite and is the best watch I have ever owned. It is extremely tough yet even with the size looks great on my wrist when going out at night. I receive compliments daily on the watch. Of course when many see that depth of 20,000 feet they comment, "Who would ever dive that far?" I think people fail to recognize that not only does it state the depth the watch can be worn to, but how tough this watch is. This is displayed by the videos on their web page. The luminescence on the watch is exceptional. Even in a lit room the luminescence is noticeable.
I am extremely picky with my watches and have always found some fault in them no matter how minor. With this watch, I have found none. While my photography is nowhere near the expertise on this forum, I have attempted to take some photographs for your viewing. Enjoy.
Here are the specifications of the watch:
Chronometer-certified automatic chronograph ETA cal. 7750 Valjoux COSC
Power reserve 48h
Etachron regulator system
Glucydur balance bridge
Antichoc with Incabloc shock-absorber
Hour; minute; small second at 9h
Chronograph with 30 minute counter at 12h, 12 hour counter at 6h, central second counter
Date at 3h
Solid titanium case/bracelet, Ø 46.0mm, thickness 28.5mm, weight 265gr total
Water-resistant to 7500 meters (25000 feet; 6000 meters or 20000 FEET & 25% safety margin according to ISO norm 6425)
X-large crown with side-guards, allowing for diving with thick gloves
Screw-down crown and pushers
Red safety marking on pushers (visible when unscrewed)
Domed, anti-reflective sapphire crystal, thickness 10mm
Unidirectional rotating bezel, 60 minute graduation, Superluminova indices
Solid titanium bracelet, lug-ends and links screwed
Solid titanium folding clasp with safety catch and micro-adjustment
Separate genuine rubber strap & rubber extension strap for dry-suit diving (wrist circumference up to 35cm)
Screw-down caseback, Limited Edition engraving
Helium relief valve
anti-magnetic ISO 764
Silver, black carbon, blue or yellow
Counters sunburst decorated
Oversized minute hand
All chronograph hands in red
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