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ELVIA Day/Date Military Divers Watch with Sapphire Crystal and Quartz Movement

£259.00 GBP


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ELVIA first made military specification diver watches of this type and case design in the 1970s for the French Marine Nationale (French Navy). This watch is very much in the spirit of their original models.

ELVIA was an officially authorized military contractor to the Marine Nationale alongside notable brands like Beuchat, Tudor, Rolex, Heuer, Luxia, MN Auricoste, Triton, and ZRC. Many companies, including ourselves and CWC, continue to use this case pattern today. MWC are the official European and US distributors for ELVIA watches.

The current ELVIA watches are closely based on a case pattern originally made by the renowned Swiss case-making firm MRP S.A. Founded in 1953 and bought by Georges Hauert in 1979, MRP is now independently owned by Patrick Hauert. The case design has remained largely unchanged since the late 1970s. More information can be found on their website: MRP S.A..

In addition to ELVIA, watches using this case pattern have been produced by companies such as Precista, Nilax, and Heuer, who were predecessors to Tag Heuer and made the Heuer 844-1 in 1979. Chronosport manufactured the Sea Quartz 30, worn by Tom Selleck in Magnum PI. Currently, CWC and various other companies continue to use this design. This case pattern is historically significant and has stood the test of time, being in continuous production for over 40 years.

The watch measures 45mm including the crown and 40mm excluding the crown. It uses a 20mm military nylon webbing strap, compatible with various NATO strap variants.

Dimensions and Specifications:

  • Casing: Stainless Steel with non-reflective light sandblasted finish
  • Crown: Screw-down locking
  • Water Resistance: 30 ATM / 300m / 1000ft
  • Movement: Swiss Ronda 517 Day/Date
  • Battery Life: 45 months
  • Dimensions:
    • Width including crown: 45mm
    • Width excluding crown: 40mm
    • Thickness: 13.1mm
    • Lug to lug: 46.5mm
    • Crystal diameter: 31mm
  • Crystal Type: Sapphire with non-reflective coating
  • Luminous Paint Type: Luminova
  • Bezel: 120-click unidirectional
  • Weight: 89.5g
  • Strap: Elasticated nylon French military webbing strap
  • Spring Bars: Included
  • Guarantee: 24 months

Benefits of Sapphire Crystal:

Synthetic sapphire is the best material for watch crystals due to its strength and shatter and scratch resistance. These characteristics make it very appealing to military and security personnel, police officers, and those who lead active outdoor lifestyles, who account for over 70% of our customers. The original plexiglass crystals used in the 1960s were easily scratched and prone to cracking, limiting water resistance. When clients have accidents resulting in a cracked crystal, over 90% involve watches with mineral glass crystals or plexiglass. Even hardened mineral crystals do not come close to sapphire for durability under adverse conditions. Sapphire crystals are heat-treated to remove internal stresses, enhancing their strength. They are then made into watch crystals with two layers of anti-reflective coating. Sapphire crystal's robustness and durability make it a preferred choice for high-end watches and is now used in the latest iPhone models.

Day/Date Quick-Change Correction:

This watch offers the option to display the day in either English or Spanish. Here are the instructions for the quick-change correction for the day of the week:

  • The blocking time for the day of the week quick-change correction is between approximately 10 pm (22:00) and midnight (24:00).
  • The second language first appears around 24:00 for about 2 hours until the display changes to the required language.
  • Pull the crown out to position II (watch still running).
  • Turn the crown anticlockwise until the desired day of the week appears in the required language.
  • Push the crown back into position. From this point on, it will remain in the chosen language.

MWC are official distributors for ELVIA watches.

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