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Jaeger-LeCoultre Q2018670 Very good Steel 42mm Automatic
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Compressor Limitiert Automatik Stahl...
R 132 253

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DE
Longines Heritage L2.789.4.53.0 Good Steel 42mm Automatic South Africa, Johannesburg
Longines Heritage
R 32 999
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149
ZA
Panerai Special Editions PAM 00339 Unworn Ceramic 47mm Manual winding
Panerai Radiomir Marina 8 Giorni Black Composite/Ceramic PAM 339
R 195 645
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17
US
Zenith Pilot Type 20 Tourbillon 87.2430.4035/21.C721 Unworn Titanium 48mm Automatic
Zenith PILOT AERONEF 48 MM TYPE XX TOURBILLON
R 637 124
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144
MC
IWC Pilot Chronograph Top Gun Miramar IW388002 Very good Ceramic 46mm Automatic
IWC Top Gun Miramar Chronograph
R 132 604
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167
US
Panerai Special Editions PAM 00217 Very good Steel 47mm Manual winding
Panerai Special Editions Luminor 1950 Marina Militare
R 246 353
Professional dealer
40
US
IWC Big Pilot Top Gun Miramar IW501902 New Ceramic 48mm Automatic
IWC Top Gun Miramar Big Pilot IW501902
R 166 516
Professional dealer
131
UK
Zenith Pilot Type 20 Extra Special 29.2430.679/21.C753 Very good Bronze 45mm Automatic
Zenith Pilot Type 20 Extra Special Bronze Fullset LC100
R 86 042
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114
DE
Heuer 1550 SG Good Steel 43mm Manual winding
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Heuer Bundeswehr Pilot's watch ref. 1550 SG
R 71 558
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HR
Heuer 1550SG Fair Steel 42mm Manual winding
Heuer ミリタリー フライバック クロノグラフ 1550SG
R 90 738
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4123
JP
Breitling Chronospace Military M7836622 Very good Steel 46mm Quartz South Africa, Johannesburg
Breitling Chronospace Military 46mm Black Steel SuperQuartz
R 55 999
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149
ZA
IWC Pilot Mark 6B/346 Good Steel 36mm
IWC Vintage Mark XI R.A.F. Military
R 178 891
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653
UK
Zenith Pilot Type 20 Extra Special 29.2430.679/21.C753 New Bronze 45mm Automatic
Zenith Pilot Type 20 Extra Special
R 89 232
Professional dealer
144
MC
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Compressor Diving Chronograph GMT Navy SEALs Q1782470 Very good Rose gold Manual winding
Jaeger-LeCoultre Navy Seals GMT
R 279 700
Professional dealer
56
US
Zenith Pilot Type 20 Extra Special 29.2430.679/21.C753 Very good Bronze 45mm Automatic
Zenith Pilot Type 20 Extra Special Bronze FULL SET
R 72 334
Professional dealer
734
ES
IWC Pilot Mark 6B/346 Good Steel 35mm Manual winding
IWC Mark XI Fliegeruhr RAF Airforce No-Date 35mm Cal 89 1948...
R 144 823
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893
DE
Heuer 1550SG Very good Steel 43mm Manual winding
Heuer Bundeswehr Chrono
R 71 558
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DE
Heuer 1551 SGSZ Good Steel 43mm
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Heuer Chronograph der Bundeswehr, Sternzeit reguliert mit...
R 189 671
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DE
IWC Big Pilot Top Gun Miramar IW501902 New Ceramic 48mm Automatic
IWC Big Pilot Top Gun Miramar
R 181 050
Professional dealer
367
DE
IWC Pilot Chronograph Top Gun Miramar IW388002 Unworn Ceramic 46mm Automatic
IWC Top Gun Miramar Chronograph Ref. IW388002 Full Set NOS
R 142 254
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37
PT
IWC Pilot Chronograph Top Gun Miramar IW388002 New Ceramic 46mm Automatic
IWC Pilot Chronograph Top Gun Miramar Black ceramic NEW -...
R 179 153
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1511
BE
Panerai Special Editions PAM00587 Very good Steel 47mm Manual winding
Panerai Radiomir 1940 3 Days Marina Militaire
R 126 530
Professional dealer
653
UK
Panerai Special Editions PAM339 Very good
Panerai PAM339
R 199 268
Professional dealer
56
US
Panerai Special Editions PAM 00587 Unworn Steel 47mm Manual winding
Panerai Luminor Marina Militare 1940 3 Days 47mm Unworn SE...
R 142 495
Professional dealer
217
DE
Bell & Ross BR 01-92 BR 01-92 Very good Bronze 46mm Automatic
Bell & Ross Br01-92 Skull
R 146 564
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252
CZ
Zenith Pilot Type 20 Extra Special 29.2430.679/21.C753 Very good Bronze 45mm Automatic
Zenith "Pilot" Type 20 EXTRA SPECIAL in Bronze
R 87 939
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DE
IWC Big Pilot Top Gun Miramar IW501902 Very good Ceramic 48mm Automatic
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IWC Big Pilot Top Gun Miramar
R 117 387
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US
Zenith Pilot Type 20 Extra Special 29.2430.679/21.C753 New Bronze 45mm Automatic
Zenith Pilot Type 20 Extra Special
R 83 283
Professional dealer
367
DE
Bell & Ross BR 01-94 Chronographe BR01-94 Very good Steel 46mm Automatic
Bell & Ross BR01 Carbon Red Numbers PVD Stainless Steel BR...
R 47 100
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309
US
Breitling Chronospace Military M7836622/BD39 New Steel 46mm Quartz
Breitling Professional Chronospace Military Black Steel Ocean...
R 71 558
Professional dealer
1511
BE
IWC Big Pilot Top Gun Miramar IW501902 Unworn 42mm Automatic
IWC IW501902 Big Pilot's Top Gun Miramar, Ceramic & Titanium
R 166 661
Professional dealer
23
US
IWC Big Pilot Top Gun Miramar IW501902 Very good Ceramic 48mm Automatic
IWC Big Pilot Top Gun Miramar
R 168 110
Professional dealer
56
US
Tutima 780-59 New Steel 31,5mm Automatic
Tutima Eurofighter Typhoon Chronograph limited Edition
R 42 935
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380
DE
Zenith Pilot Type 20 Extra Special 29.2430.679/21.C753 Very good Bronze 45mm Automatic
Zenith Pilot Type 20 Extra Special
R 93 111
Professional dealer
252
CZ
IWC Pilot Chronograph Top Gun Miramar IW388002 Very good Ceramic 46mm Automatic
IWC Pilot Chrono Top Gun Miramar 2014 box + papers
R 166 394
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1537
NL
Zenith Pilot Type 20 Extra Special 29.2430.679/21.C753 New Bronze 45mm Automatic
Zenith Pilot Type 20 Extra Special Top Price 2021
R 93 456
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634
DE
Panerai Special Editions PAM00339 Very good Ceramic 47mm Manual winding
Panerai Radiomir Composite Marina Militare 8 Days PAM00339
R 119 838
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1272
NL
Heuer 1550 SG Good Steel 43mm Manual winding
Heuer Bundeswehr Flyback Pilot's watch ref. 1550 SG
R 81 904
Professional dealer
22
DE
Anonimo Militare 2010 New Steel 43.4mm Automatic
Anonimo Militare Automatico ox pro white dial 2010 NEW - YEAR:...
R 49 832
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1511
BE
Panerai Special Editions PAM 00339 Unworn Ceramic 47mm Manual winding
Panerai Marina Militare Radiomir Composite
R 226 188
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33
JP
IWC Pilot Chronograph Top Gun Miramar 388002 Unworn Ceramic 46mm Manual winding
IWC Pilot's Chronograph Top Gun Miramar
R 151 737
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34
FR
Heuer 1551 SGSZ Steel 43mm Manual winding
Heuer Bundeswehr Chronograph Sternzeit reguliert - Edelstahl -...
R 224 140
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1822
DE
Longines Heritage L2.811.4.53.0 Very good Steel 44mm Automatic
Longines Heritage Military 44mm Stainless Steel L2.811.4.53.0
R 22 825
Professional dealer
309
US
Panerai Special Editions PAM 00339 Good Ceramic 47mm Manual winding
Panerai PAM 339 Limited Édition Marina Militare Radiomir...
R 170 704
Professional dealer
51
FR
Bell & Ross BR 03 BR0392-DESERT-CE New Ceramic 42mm Automatic
Bell & Ross Desert Type Br - BR0392-DESERT-CE - HAMMER
R 46 538
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634
DE
Panerai Special Editions PAM00587 Very good Steel 47mm Manual winding
Panerai Radiomir PAM00587 Limited edition
R 127 597
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1537
NL
Bell & Ross BR 01-92 BR 01-92 Very good Rose gold 46mm Automatic
Bell & Ross Br01-92 46mm
R 65 215
Professional dealer
150
US
Bell & Ross BR 03-92 Ceramic BR0392-MIL-CE New Ceramic 42mm Automatic
Bell & Ross Military Type Automatic Olive Dial
R 51 556
Professional dealer
1511
BE
IWC Big Pilot Top Gun Miramar IW501902 Unworn Ceramic 48.6mm Automatic
IWC BIG PILOT'S WATCH TOP GUN MIRAMAR IW501902 NEW
R 148 455
Professional dealer
734
JP
IWC Big Pilot Top Gun Miramar IW501902 New Titanium 48mm Automatic
IWC Big Pilot's Top Gun Iw501902 Titanium Ceramic 48mm...
R 196 998
Professional dealer
896
CH
IWC Pilot Chronograph Top Gun Miramar IW389002 Very good 44mm Automatic
IWC Pilot Top Gun Miramar Ceramic Mens Watch IW389002 Box Papers
R 128 691
Professional dealer
1238
US
IWC Big Pilot Top Gun Miramar IW5019-02 Very good Ceramic 48mm Automatic
IWC Big Pilot's Top Gun Miramar ref: IW5019-02
R 126 807
Professional dealer
309
US
Tutima Military 760-02 Unworn 43,5mm Automatic
Tutima Military Fliegerchronograph T - Lemania 5100 -
R 58 453
Professional dealer
380
DE
Heuer 1550 SG Good Steel 43mm Manual winding
Heuer Bundeswehr Flyback
R 94 836
Professional dealer
86
DE
Panerai Special Editions PAM 00587 Good Steel 47mm Manual winding
Panerai Marina Militare Radiomir 1940
R 155 175
Professional dealer
33
JP
Panerai Special Editions PAM00339 Very good Ceramic 47mm Manual winding
Panerai Radiomir Composite Militare PAM339/PAM00339 Ceramic 8...
R 129 321
Professional dealer
544
DE
Anonimo Militare 2010 New Steel 43.4mm Automatic
Anonimo Militare Automatico Steel white dial 2010 NEW - YEAR:...
R 51 556
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1511
BE
Bell & Ross BR 01-92 BR 01-92 Very good Bronze 46mm Automatic
Bell & Ross BR 01-92
R 65 523
Professional dealer
136
PL
Panerai Special Editions PAM 00587 Good Steel 47mm Manual winding
Panerai Marina Militare Radiomir 1940
R 103 619
Professional dealer
260
US
IWC Big Pilot Top Gun Miramar IW501902 Good Ceramic 48mm Automatic
IWC Top Gun Miramar Big Pilot - 48mm - 501902 - IW501902
R 114 126
Professional dealer
629
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.