Posted the 16th day of November in 2010 by TheHobbit.
Pulsar won the military contract to provide watches to the British Ministry of Defence in 2001. The watch that Pulsar provided is the Pulsar G10 watch. However, this was a short-lived contract as there was several problems with the watch.
The watch has the following basic functions: Hours, minutes, seconds and date. The case is made of stainless steel with a matte bead-blasted finish. The finish is fair and the case is well made.
The case measures 36.5 mm in diameter and 7.5 mm thick. The lug-to-lug measurement is 41.5 mm and the lug width is 20 mm. The case is larger as compared to the bezel. The bezel itself measures 34 mm in diameter. The lugs are straight but it does not affect the wear comfort of the watch. The watch has fixed bars, which is common for military issued watches.
The case has a 'flat' portion between the lugs and is angled. This is to allow for a better fit and prevents the one piece strap from rubbing the case and damaging the strap.
The crown is at the 3 o'clock position. It measures 4 mm in diameter and is 3 mm thick. The crown is polished and it is unsigned. It is easy to use as it is large and there is a 'notch' on the case to facilitate grasping of the crown. The crown has three positions, 'in' for normal use, position 1 (pulled out) for quick date adjustment and position 2 (pulled out further) for time adjustment.
According to reports, the crown is one of the problems and caused its eventual withdrawal from service. The crown is known to fall off.
The case back is of the snap back case design. It has the same finish as the case. The case back is unsigned, unlike some of the earlier models. It can be pried open aided by 2 notches set at the 12 and 6 o'clock position.
Unlike standard watches, which are fitted with typical rubber gaskets, this watch is fitted with a Teflon gasket. This makes removal and installing the case back very easy. The markings on the case back includes the NSN (which is 6645-99-605-2627), the broad-arrow and the issue number/ date. This watch was issued in 2003. These are the military markings. Around it we find the 'Pulsar' signature, movement number, stainless steel and water resistant.
The water resistant rating of the watch is low, some saying it is 3 ATM, while others say 5 ATM. I have tested the watch to 6 ATM.
The Pulsar G10 is powered by the Seiko 7N32C 1 jewel basic 3 hand movement with date complication. This movement is 10.5 ligne and 2.57 mm thick. Hand size 65/110/20 and date at 3 o'clock. This movement is sourced from Seiko Time Corp. Some earlier models were fitted with the Seiko Epson sourced V732 movement. This is a 9.5 ligne movement. It is 2.5 mm thick and share the same hand size as the 7N32.
The dial is matte black. It has the railroad track minute marker. The hours are marked with Arabic numerals except for the 12 o'clock marker which has the traditional triangle and at 3 o'clock due to the date window. The dial is uncluttered and it makes reading the time easy.The dial is signed 'Pulsar' just below the 12 o'clock triangle. Below the 'Pulsar' sign, we find the 'L' inside a circle. This indicates the type of luminous material used. In this case it is Luminova. Just above the 6 o'clock marker we find the legend 'Quartz' and in small print below the 6 o'clock marker, we have '7N32-OBK4 R2'.
The date is displayed via a cut-out at the 3 o'clock position. There is a white outline around the cut-out to enhance the window. The date is black numbers on white back ground. It would be nicer if it was the other way around. All the numbers are luminous as are the the hours dots and the rectangles at 3, 6 and 9 o'clock positions.
The hands are of the needle design. The hands are white coated. This is to reduce the reflection. The sweep second hand however, is polished stainless steel.
All the hands are luminous. The minute hand extends all the way to the minute markers, in fact it looks like it will rub against the rehaut. The sweep second hand is just as long. The hour hand extends to the Arabic hour markers. This makes telling the time at a glance easy as the hands are sufficiently differentiated by length.
The watch is fitted with a mineral crystal. The crystal does not have any anti-reflection coating. The crystal is another reason the watch was withdrawn. The crystal is known to 'pop' out on the field.
Overall, the watch is small, but it's large enough for daily wear. It is all dial and very comfortable when worn. I like the watch very much. I have had some issues with these watches, water intrusion being the main complaint, but one that is easily solved. Dirt and grime gets caught around the crown and case back, thereby allowing water vapor to get inside. A good cleaning is all it take to solve this problem though.