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Panerai Special Editions
R 192 400
Seller
Topwatch SA Pty Ltd
ZA
Breitling Chronospace Military
R 39 999
Seller
The Diamond Channel
ZA
A. Lange & Söhne WWII Aviator FL23883
R 111 796
Free shipping
Seller
Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
335
UK
IWC IW388002 TOP GUN Miramar Chronograph Ceramic (31517)
R 108 316
Seller
European Watch Company
280
US
Panerai Luminor 1950 Stainless Steel Watch PAM00217
R 294 722
Free shipping
Seller
Avi & Co NY
150
US
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Compressor Diving Chronograph GMT Navy...
R 228 174
Seller
OTWG
23
DE
Panerai Marina Militare Lefthand Pam00217
R 239 664
Seller
schreiter-muenchen.de
300
DE
Bell & Ross Horizon Limited Edition
R 35 293
Seller
Juwelier Burger, since 2001
1031
NL
IWC Big Pilot Tup Gun Miramar Keramik IW501902
R 152 499
Seller
CW CologneWatch GmbH
266
DE
TOP
Tutima Military Titan Fliegerchronograph für Bundeswehr
R 30 040
Seller
Private Seller
 
DE
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Compressor Diving Chronograph GMT Navy...
R 214 999
Seller
The Diamond Channel
ZA
Panerai Radiomir Marina Militare PAM00339
R 166 762
Free shipping
Seller
Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
335
UK
IWC IW501902 Big Pilot TOP GUN Miramar 7 Day Ceramic (31501)
R 114 211
Seller
European Watch Company
280
US
Panerai Radiomir Composite Marina Militare 8 Giorni PAM 339...
R 124 526
Free shipping
Seller
CJ Charles Jewelers
8
US
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Compressor Diving Pro Geographic
R 357 855
Seller
OTWG
23
DE
Bell & Ross Radar
R 53 848
Seller
Ian Blowers Jewellers
55
UK
TOP
Bell & Ross BRV192-MIL-ST/SCA
R 19 895
Seller
Private Seller
 
US
Panerai Marina Militare PAM00587 Special Edition
R 111 703
Free shipping
Seller
fitzroviawatches.co.uk
192
UK
Zenith PILOT AERONEF 48 MM TYPE XX TOURBILLON
R 661 868
Seller
ZEGG & CERLATI
78
MC
Panerai PAM00339 Marina Militare 8Days Composite limited edition
R 101 792
Seller
Matsuda Housyoku Co., Ltd
28
JP
Panerai Radiomir Composite Marina Militare PAM00339
R 166 762
Free shipping
Seller
Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
335
UK
TOP
Bell & Ross BR 03 BLACK MATTE
R 31 198
Seller
Private Seller
 
US
IWC Big Pilot's Watch Top Gun Miramar IW501902
R 142 947
Free shipping
Seller
CJ Charles Jewelers
8
US
TOP
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Compressor Diving Automatic Navy SEALs
R 114 087
Seller
Private Seller
 
FR
IWC Big Pilots Watch Chronograph Top Gun Miramar
R 132 106
Seller
Ian Blowers Jewellers
55
UK
TOP
Breitling Chronospace Military
R 54 035
Seller
Private Seller
 
UK
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Compressor Diving Navy SEALS Q2018470
R 102 421
Free shipping
Seller
WatchBox
476
US
Longines Heritage Military Automatic Stainless Steel Black...
R 23 291
Seller
SwissTimepieces.co.uk
34
UK
A. Lange & Söhne B-Uhr Flieger Pilot WWII Watch Zertifikat
R 153 320
Free shipping
Seller
Uhren Atelier Gehm GmbH
248
DE
Zenith Pilot Type 20 Extra Special Bronze
R 52 365
Seller
COMERZIA
281
ES
Panerai Radiomir Composite Marina Militare 8-Days
R 111 703
Free shipping
Seller
fitzroviawatches.co.uk
192
UK
IWC Pilot Top Gun Miramar - IW389002 - Black Ceramic Case -...
R 131 158
Free shipping
Seller
Moyer Fine Jewelers
66
US
IWC Big Pilot`s Watch Top Gun Miramar IW501902
R 128 532
Seller
Uhren2000 GmbH
418
DE
TOP
IWC Pilot Chronograph Top Gun Miramar
R 80 866
Seller
Private Seller
 
AU
TOP
Panerai Special Editions
R 191 579
Seller
Private Seller
 
HK
Bell & Ross Compass
R 53 848
Seller
Ian Blowers Jewellers
55
UK
Zenith Pilot Type 20 Extra Special Automatic Bronze Mens Watch...
R 86 642
Seller
SwissTimepieces.co.uk
34
UK
Heuer Tag Heuer Bundeswehr 3h Chronograph Handaufzug Ref....
R 77 645
Seller
Zeitauktion GmbH
1404
DE
TOP
Breitling Avenger Hurricane II Limited 105/500
R 95 716
Seller
Private Seller
 
US
Zenith Pilot Type 20 Extra Special 29.2430.679/21.c753
R 68 217
Free shipping
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Watch My Diamonds
243
US
Panerai Radiomir Composite Marina Militare Limited Edition
R 130 165
Seller
Watchattitude
62
CH
Zenith Type 20 Pilot Montre d'Aeronef 03.1930.681/21.C723
R 58 211
Free shipping
Seller
WatchBox
476
US
A. Lange & Söhne Elite School Pilot WW II Zertifikat
R 183 852
Free shipping
Seller
Uhren Atelier Gehm GmbH
248
DE
IWC Pilot's Chrono Limited Edition Top Gun Miramar IW388002...
R 103 084
Free shipping
Seller
WatchMen
73
US
Panerai Radiomir Composite Marina Militare 8-Days "Giorni...
R 194 711
Seller
Ian Blowers Jewellers
55
UK
Zenith Pilot Type 20 Extra Special Bronze Fullset LC100
R 81 913
Seller
TimeElements
52
DE
Zenith PILOT TYPE 20 EXTRA SPECIAL 45mm Bronze -NEU-
R 83 702
Seller
MyChronograph
700
DE
Zenith Pilot Type 20 Extra Special
R 84 950
Seller
ZEGG & CERLATI
78
MC
Tutima Military BUND Chronograph Lemania #A3231 Originalzustand
R 28 727
Seller
Uhrenboerse
247
DE
IWC Pilot´s Watch Top Gun Miramar Keramik Black Titan Automati...
R 150 989
Seller
Juwelier Ralf Häffner
1014
DE
IWC Big Pilot's Top Gun Miramar IW5019-02
R 124 526
Free shipping
Seller
WatchBox
476
US
Heuer Bundeswehr Chronograph Flyback 1550 SG Armée Allemande
R 134 606
Seller
MAIER VINTAGE
156
FR
Alpina Startimer Pilot Chronograph Big Date Camouflage
R 16 333
Seller
OCCMP
32
FR
Zenith Pilot Type 20
R 71 363
Seller
Ian Blowers Jewellers
55
UK
IWC Big Pilot Top Gun Miramar perfektes Fullset LC100
R 155 782
Seller
TimeElements
52
DE
Zenith Pilot Type 20 Annual Calendar - 48 mm - NEU
R 123 936
Seller
MyChronograph
700
DE
Heuer 1550 SG Military Bundeswehr Chronograph Flyback Vintage 1A+
R 70 570
Seller
Luxury-Time
560
DE
IWC Grosse Fliegeruhr Top Gun Miramar
R 188 666
Free shipping
Seller
Rent a Box Schmuck und Uhren AG
12
CH
IWC Top Gun Chronograph Ref. 3789
R 81 913
Seller
Uhren Bräu
81
DE
Zenith Pilot Type 20 Annual Calendar 87.2430.4054/21.C721
R 154 000
Free shipping
Seller
WatchBox
476
US
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Military Watches: Beloved Amongst Military and Civilians Alike

Whether on water, land, or in the air, military watches are useful everywhere. They're robust, functional, and relatively affordable even when new. An older military watch with a documented history, however, can reach astronomical prices.

Everything to Know About Military Watches

  • Robust and legible
  • Famous watches like the Rolex Submariner or IWC Mark 11
  • Extensive vintage selection
  • Rare and expensive collector's pieces are good investments
  • Large selection of affordable everyday watches

From a Service Watch to a Cult Watch

Military watches should, above all, be reliable and fulfill their purpose - no more, no less. Failure while the watch is in use can result in grave consequences. Military watches have no superfluous extras. Stainless steel and plastic are the main case materials used, as gold watches for regular military equipment do not fit most budgets. A military watch can't be too expensive, seeing as they're distributed en masse to the troops.

In any case, there is no clear cut definition for a military watch. This is why some watches are labeled as military watches even though they were originally meant for civilian use. Usually, they have common military watch characteristics, but have been sold on the regular market like any other watch. Thus, a soldier may indeed be a customer, but these still aren't "real" military watches.

IWC Mark 11: Serving the Royal Air Force for Over 30 Years

Watches that exist solely because the air force, marines, or army requested them are rare. Most are only introduced later as part of the brand's regular selection of watches available to everyone. One example of a watch like this is the most well-known pilot's watch, the Mark 11 from IWC. Created in 1948 to fulfill the wishes of the British Ministry of Defense, it was first the service watch for the Royal Air Force. Both IWC and Jaeger-LeCoultre delivered Mark 11s to pilots. The RAF gradually phased the watch out at the beginning of the 1980s. IWC continued developing the series, staying close to the original and also changing the numbers in the name to Roman numerals. The 2016 model is called the Mark XVIII. Clear and legible dials are no longer just for military pilots and their crews; they're a standard characteristic of IWC watches.

The same applies to some legendary diving watches. Blancpain developed the Fifty Fathoms for the French combat diving unit, Les Naguers de combat. The Fifty Fathoms featured a unidirectional bezel and has been competing with the Rolex Submariner for the title of the first diving watch in the world since its premiere in 1953. Blancpain offers the Fifty Fathoms in versions that are based on the one from 1953. There are also models in gold or white gold with special features such as diamonds or a tourbillon. These special watches are similar to the military watches in name only.

Watches for Combat Divers

The Panerai Radiomir has a similar history. The Italian Marines turned to Panerai in 1938, as they needed a reliable and legible diving watch. Panerai created a watch that was named Radiomir after the luminous, radioactive material used. The Marina Militare gave the elite combat unit Gamma the Radiomir. Initially, the timepiece was shroud in secrecy. After Panerai replaced the harmful radioactive material with a harmless one, the diving watch was renamed the Luminor in 1950. The Radiomir is available today once again, but the luminous hands and indices are not radioactive.

Two additional famous diving watches from the 1950s were also used by the military: the Rolex Submariner and the Omega Seamaster 300. However, the Submariner and Seamaster weren't originally conceived for the military. The Submariner had already been in production for four years when the British Ministry of Defense began searching for a good diving watch. They chose the Rolex, but not the regular, civilian version; rather, they asked for some changes. The metal bars for the strap were integrated into the case, and the strap became a continuous textile strap (NATO strap) so the watch couldn't be lost. The larger bezel is made of silver, a relatively soft metal which doesn't suffer cracks or break on impact. Rolex used tritium as the luminous material. These models have an encircled T on the dial above the depth indicator. Rolex produced these military Submariners until the late 1970s.

The Seamaster: Originally for Pilots, Now for Marines

The British military also used the Omega Seamaster. However, unlike its name would suggest, the Air Force were the first to use the timepiece. At its start in 1948, the Seamaster wasn't a diving watch. It only became a diving watch when the Seamaster 300 model was released in 1957. The Omega Seamaster 300 was soon part of the Royal Navy's Special Boat Service gear. Today's Seamaster 300's design is reminiscent of the version from 1957.

For years, the Vostok Amphibia enjoyed cult status in the West as well. This watch is an inexpensive, mechanical Russian diving watch. Its construction and design have barely changed since its introduction in the late 1960s. In order to fulfill the demands of the Soviet Ministry of Defense, designers Michail Novikov and Vera Belov came up with a revolutionary sealing concept. The deeper one dives, the more intensely the edge of the Plexiglas pushes against the o-ring, which creates a seal protecting the front side of the watch. The stronger the water pressure is, the better the waterproofness is. The case back is positioned on a large rubber ring and a steel ring is also screwed on to the case. This results in both the case back and o-ring pressing against the case. Unlike other well-known diving watches, the case back is not screwed down. The Amphibia's rubber ring is neither horizontally compressed or stretched, which can happen when a screw-down back is tightened or loosened. Thus, the o-ring must only be changed in exceptional cases, while in regular diving watches, the piece is considered expendable.

With the Chronospace Military, Breitling introduced a watch that proclaimed to be a military watch directly in its name. It's powered by a quartz movement and has an analog as well as a digital display. The Chronospace Military features an alarm function, a timer, and a second time zone display. It's waterproof to 50 m (5 bar), which isn't particularly impressive for a 4,000-euro watch that claims to be a military watch.

Countless watches in a less expensive price range carry the title Swiss Military. These watches fall into three different categories: Swiss Military from Bubendorf, Swiss Military Hanowa from Möhlin, and Swiss Military by Chrono from Solothurn. Less expensive quartz watches play an important role in the Swiss Military market.

In any case, the less expensive and reliable quartz watches have prevailed amongst the military and are still worn by troops today. Navy SEALS use Luminox watches. Soldiers often wear a Traser or a Casio. A Submariner or Fifty Fathoms is no longer a piece of military equipment, but rather a luxury item.

Buying Advice

Are you looking for a sporty watch that also functions perfectly in adverse conditions? Military watches are not only functional, but incredibly robust and legible as well. Some military watches have even reached cult status.

The Submariner is one of the most famous watches of all time. The incredibly rare, early version of the Submariner has the reference number A/6538. Other reference numbers to keep an eye out for are 5513, 5517, and 5513/5517. However, a search for the 5513 results in not only military Subs, but civilian Submariners as well. The 5517 is especially sought after; it can be identified partly by its sword hands. The price of a military Submariner heavily depends on its condition and availability. Even a non-military Rolex watch, reference number 6538 from the 1950s, costs around 40,000. The military version is much more expensive. Over the course of 30 years, there were only 1,200 - 1,300 military Submariners produced, making prices over 100,000 possible. A few 5517s have already been sold for almost 150,000 euros. Frequently, dealers only first reveal their desired price upon request.

As a buyer, you have to decide if you're more interested in a historical or modern military watch. The price is often the same. A German pilot's chronograph with one push-piece from Hanhart from the Second World War costs around 8,000 - 9,000 euros. A new automatic Blancpain Fifty Fathoms diving watch with a traditional design also costs around that amount. For the Fifty Fathoms versions with a red gold case, you should plan to pay around 23,000 euros.

However, these price ranges are not typical. Normally, modern military watches are good everyday watches with an excellent price-performance ratio. When new, you can usually buy them for less than 1,000 euros; this especially applies to quartz-powered watches. A mechanical Vostok Amphibia costs less than 100 euros and has an in-house automatic caliber, 2146 B.

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