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Review of the CX Swiss Military HURRICANE
By: John B. Holbrook, II
11/22/2011​




When Christoph Malzl, the President of Charmex North & South America (Montres Charmex S.A. owns CX Swiss Military) invited me to review one of the models from the CX SWISS MILITARY catalog, I was excited to be introduced to this new-to-me brand. But when I had a look at the fantastic red dial on the CX Swiss Military HURRICANE, I knew exactly which watch I wanted to review. The HURRICANE is a limited edition piece (200 examples) in 4 different dial color variations (only 50 examples in each variation). And while their all attractive, the red dial model with the red stitched strap really jumped out at me.




The HURRICANE is a tribute to the British Royal Air Force's ( RAF's) forgotten fighter star of the Battle of Britain, the plane “never known to fail” and is a limited edition based on the CX Swiss Military AIRFORCE I watch. The HURRICANE is a very contemporary styled pilot's watch both in size (47mm diameter, 17mm thick) and in appearance with its very much en vogue DLC coated stainless steel case. The DLC (diamond like coating) applied to the stainless steel gives the HURRICANE impressive scratch resistance and is aesthetically pleasing with the red elements on the watch. As you might expect with a watch sporting these sorts of dimensions, it has impressive heft coming in at about 150 grams in total weight.




To help maintain the impressive 200 meter (660 ft.) water resistance rating, CX Swiss Military designed the watch with screw down chronograph pushers. When the chronograph pushers are not screwed down, you can see the dial matching red paint at the base of the pushers (see the first photo in this review). When they are screwed down, they are uniformly black in appearance.





Normally I almost always prefer an exhibition case back on chronograph watches like the HURRICANE, but the solid case back (also DLC coated) with the special edition designations is particularly well done. The dial matching red screws are a fantastic and very unique decorative touch.




Inside the case of the HURRICANE is a COSC Certified Valjoux/ETA 7750 movement. The 7750 is so time-tested and well respected in the watch community, I almost feel embarrassed to list its specifications. The 7750 is a self-winding (unidirectional rotor) mechanical movement with 25 jewels, and a balance wheel which vibrates at a beat speed of 28,800 BPH. By providing a COSC certified version of this ETA caliber, CX Swiss Militaryl steps into an entirely different category of watch manufacturers - particularly at this price point.

Let's take a moment to talk about the amazing dial of the HURRICANE. Long time WATCH TALK FORUMS members know I love red elements in a watch, and the dial of the HURRICANE has an abundance of red to offer. The dial exhibits an attractive checkered pattern - I normal prefer watch dials without a pattern, but it's well done on the HURRICANE - I like it. The dial is protected by a flat sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating applied which provides an excellent view of the dial from nearly any viewing angle. Wonderful details like the propeller hands on the second hand subdial make this watch fun as well as attractive. Dial legibility is strong despite the impressive amount of information on the dial thanks to its over all size and the contrast of the white sword hands, white markers, and black subdials.




Between the 22mm case lugs of the HURRICANE is a NANOTECH LEATHER STRAP - a genuine leather strap specially designed and manufactured to be highly water and oil resistant. The strap emphasizes the working "tool watch" philosophy behind the HURRICANE - it's meant to be an aviator's tool, and every aspect of the watch, right down to the strap, is designed to be robust and wear resistant. I found the strap to be quite comfortable, and the red stitching is an attractive complement to the other red elements on the HURRICANE. The strap is held together with a simple tang and buckle style stainless steel clasp which like the case is DLC coated.




As a supplement to this written photo review, I've also prepared a video review of the CX Swiss Military HURRICANE:


The retail price of the CX Swiss Military HURRICANE is $2,250.00. You don't often see a COSC certified chronograph (and a limited edition one at that) below the $3000.00 price point. CX Swiss Military doesn't skimp on the extras either, including a HUGE ebony wooden box, cleaning cloth, printed COSC certificate, and excellent documentation with the watch - one of the most complete packages I've seen from any watch manufacturer. I can't really find any critical points with the HURRICANE model itself, though I will say I hope CX Swiss Military produces an example in a smaller version at some point in the future - somewhere between 40 and 43mm would look more proportionate on my 5'7" frame. Personal preferences aside, the movement toward larger watches makes the HURRICANE very attractive. Even though it's a limited edition piece that speculators may be tempted to buy and lock away, the DLC coating on the watch means it will be extremely scratch resistant - there's no reason not to wear this beauty, particularly at the reasonable asking price. The HURRICANE can be purchased on the CX Swiss Military website store by clicking here. If the HURRICANE is any indication, CX Swiss Military is a brand which will quickly rise in popularity in the watch enthusiast community which places a premium on watches that produce excellence AND value. I look forward to seem more CX Swiss Military watches in the near future.


**Photos & Text Copyright 2011 WATCH TALK FORUMS INC. No part of this report can be reproduced outside of WATCH TALK FORUMS without the expressed permission of John B. Holbrook, II.
 

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Wow!

Nice review of a VERY nice watch! I have a serious fetish/obsession/addiction/need for red-faced watches having half a dozen currently but boy oh boy, this one just got added to the top of the "I absolutely NEED to have this watch!" list....... :biggrin:

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Remarkable Timepieces

John,

Those have to be some of the most well constructed watches on the planet.The HURRICANE is a bit beyond my price point but I really enjoyed reading the background and the tribute. That is a huge bang for the buck spent for sure. I went to their site after the last post you put up and I know I spent the best part of an hour reading about the companies accomplishments. 20,000 feet water resistant! Then they shot it, they blew it up (C4) and it was still running after all that! The Sliver SW I (Seawolf) is on (MY) Christmas list:wink:. It may not hit home until Jan 3-4th but well worth the wait. I saw the videos and all the demonstrations, but it is very hard to believe that those watches can hold up under that kind of abuse. I mean as reckless as I am at times I couldn't inflict the damage those guys did on those watches. Nothing short of incredible. Thank you for the great review!
 

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CX makes some very nice watches and HURRICANE's design and price are very appealing, overall, but I do have a few nitpicks:

(1) Hour & minute hands appear a little too small/short for this dial design (would look more proportional if dial had hours).
(2) A red chrono hand on a red dial? I'm conflicted about this one -- it blends into background when not in use, but it's not very legible when actually using chrono.
(3) Would be nice if they found room to fit day indicator (I thought, it was standard on 7750, but perhaps they are saving some money by not including it).

Overall, though, it's a pretty nice watch and a very nice price (my fave Bremont MBII is a lot more expensive, for example).
 

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Great review as always John!

I really like the way they did the red print & screws on the case back! Nice touch!! :thumbup1:
 

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Must-Have-Hurricane on sale for 48 hours during BLACK FRIDAY!

Nice review of a VERY nice watch! I have a serious fetish/obsession/addiction/need for red-faced watches having half a dozen currently but boy oh boy, this one just got added to the top of the "I absolutely NEED to have this watch!" list....... :biggrin:

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BRIAN
Here's your chance, Brian:

The red model is priced unbelievably low from now until Saturday at 5:00 PM as part of the BLACK FRIDAY SALE at the official website! You can buy it here.

After Saturday, it will go back to regular pricing for another year, if the edition is not sold out before that. Good luck! It's a fantastic time piece!
 

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BLACK FRIDAY SALE at CX SWISS MILITARY WATCH! Incredible Offers for only 48 hrs!!

John,

Those have to be some of the most well constructed watches on the planet.The HURRICANE is a bit beyond my price point but I really enjoyed reading the background and the tribute. That is a huge bang for the buck spent for sure. I went to their site after the last post you put up and I know I spent the best part of an hour reading about the companies accomplishments. 20,000 feet water resistant! Then they shot it, they blew it up (C4) and it was still running after all that! The Sliver SW I (Seawolf) is on (MY) Christmas list:wink:. It may not hit home until Jan 3-4th but well worth the wait. I saw the videos and all the demonstrations, but it is very hard to believe that those watches can hold up under that kind of abuse. I mean as reckless as I am at times I couldn't inflict the damage those guys did on those watches. Nothing short of incredible. Thank you for the great review!
Both, the SW1 and 20'000 FEET (and Argonaut 1000, Argonaut 1000 TQ, and the red HURRICANE) are all on a crazy sale as part of CX SWISS MILITARY WATCH's BLACK FRIDAY 48 HOUR SALE EVENT event right now until Saturday at 5:00 PM! Good luck! :thumbup1:

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Here's your chance, Brian:

The red model is priced unbelievably low from now until Saturday at 5:00 PM as part of the BLACK FRIDAY SALE at the official website! You can buy it here.

After Saturday, it will go back to regular pricing for another year, if the edition is not sold out before that. Good luck! It's a fantastic time piece!
I would LOVE to BUT a lack of funds precludes that idea until early next year...............I'll have to cross my fingers and hope one is still available then........:wink:

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Hurricane, details

I was wondering myself about the red chrono hand and decided to get in touch with the manufacturer - the (now rather obvious) answer is, that they wanted to distinguish all chrono hands from the small second hand and thus they come in red. Another nice detail!! :thumbup1:

The sad news though they told me was that stock is running low...just hope I'll get time enough to save for one!

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Another great review, John. I have the CX SMW 20,000ft and the beast is among my most accurate watches. I am totally pleased with it. The Hurricane is a tempter, for sure:biggrin:
 

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Another great review, John. I have the CX SMW 20,000ft and the beast is among my most accurate watches. I am totally pleased with it. The Hurricane is a tempter, for sure:biggrin:

That's great to hear - please do show us some photos of your CX SMV!
 

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Brian,

Yes, the Hurricane is a very popular model at a very attractive price. With the BASELWORLD 2012 just around the corner, we always have some specials going on. It's best if you call me directly at our US HQ at 1-800-524-9771 or 801-830-9755. I'll be happy to personally assist you.

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Another great review, John. I have the CX SMW 20,000ft and the beast is among my most accurate watches. I am totally pleased with it. The Hurricane is a tempter, for sure:biggrin:

Yes, the Hurricane is a very popular model at a very attractive price. With the BASELWORLD 2012 just around the corner, we always have some specials going on. It's best if you call me directly at our US HQ at 1-800-524-9771 or 801-830-9755. I'll be happy to personally assist you.
 

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CX makes some very nice watches and HURRICANE's design and price are very appealing, overall, but I do have a few nitpicks:

(1) Hour & minute hands appear a little too small/short for this dial design (would look more proportional if dial had hours).
(2) A red chrono hand on a red dial? I'm conflicted about this one -- it blends into background when not in use, but it's not very legible when actually using chrono.
(3) Would be nice if they found room to fit day indicator (I thought, it was standard on 7750, but perhaps they are saving some money by not including it).

Overall, though, it's a pretty nice watch and a very nice price (my fave Bremont MBII is a lot more expensive, for example).

I AGREE WITH YOU.

CX should have used different colour hands for different dials.

It is stunning looking with a glass like steel shiny "amazing" finish. Shame about no black steel strap. Comparing to "famous" brands; it is a real bargain for such a low price.
 
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