4 Underrated Military Watches You Need To Add To Your Collection
Military watches are experiencing a surge in interest right now, and while the typical brands of Swiss luxury watchmakers are capitalizing on it, most people don’t know that there are a plethora of choices in the market today this type of watch. We’ve collated them down in this article, so you won’t have to scour the Interwebs for them:
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Blancpain Fifty Fathoms
While the Fifty Fathoms is one of Blancpain’s premier diver’s watches, it’s also quite the military watch if you really want it to be. This is the most universal Blancpain watch if you really think about it – it’s the first modern divers watch, with an in house mechanical movement, a flyback chronograph complication, and some of the best materials used in a watch in the world.
If you want to invest in something that will last you a lifetime, watch it out. Look for the models Baracuda and Bathyscape. For Bathyscape, get the one in a titanium gray dial with a silicon balance spring and a unidirectional satin-brushed steel bezel. It has a power reserve of 120 hours, which makes it the perfect timepiece to get when you don’t wear one every day. Chances are, the moment you pick it up, you won’t need to adjust it to tick again.
Bell and Ross WW1-92 Military Watch
Bell and Ross is a young watch company, but since its conception in 1992, the brand has had some of the best modern military watches produced. It’s a company that values the heritage of the best military watches, and their modern recreations aren’t just gorgeous timepieces, they’re outfitted with top of the line materials that even Swiss watchmakers will be jealous of.
The WW1-92 is the quintessential military watch with its aviator touches and its recreation of the Flieger aesthetic. You can change straps to make it more presentable for formal occasions, but for everyday use, the distressed leather look should suffice. The movement is mechanical automatic, with hours, minutes and seconds functions. The case is glass bead blasted steel, with a galvanic and sunburst dial.
Casio G-Shock GWG-1000GB-1A
Japanese watchmaker Casio isn’t one to kid around when it comes to manufacturing the toughest watches on the planet. It’s G-Shock line can only be described as something out of the ruggedness of the open Earth. It’s constantly rated as one of the toughest watch collections, with shock-, magnetic pull-, and water-resistance that is individually unique to the brand.
What makes the G-Shock a great military watch are not only the features mentioned above, but also the advancement in technology within the watch. The GWG-1000GB-1A is solar-powered, with an inhouse compass, and world time capabilities. It can also serve as a stopwatch for timing several activities that are needed when you’re out on the field.
Italian watchmaker Panerai has been controversial because it supported the Italian Royal Navy for quite some time during the Great War, and the jury’s still out if it should be canceled. But one thing remains the same – the Italian watchmaker makes some of the best military watches in the world.
The easily recognizable Radiomir is in a class of its own when it comes to individuality and uniqueness. It has a bold and iconic watch face, a rounded square case with a circle dial, stainless steel all over, and handmade Italian leather as a strap makes the watch more handsome and aristocratic. You get a hand-wound mechanical movement, see-through sapphire crystal at the back, and a water-resistance of 100m.
Military watches can be very stylish if you style them right. This kind of watch has some of the best materials, and if you play your cards right, you might have a watch that will last you a lifetime. Check out the watches listed above if you’re planning on purchasing one.