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Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Compressor Diving GMT
฿273,941
Seller
Ticking Way
 
US
A. Lange & Söhne WWII Aviator FL23883
฿255,868
Free shipping
Seller
Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
315
UK
Jaeger-LeCoultre Q178T471 Master Compressor Diving Chronograph...
฿288,613
Seller
European Watch Company
242
US
Orfina U.A.E. Air Force Military Chronograph - 7177
฿186,252
Free shipping
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Watches.de - Mercurius Trading Ltd.
156
CH
TOP
Tutima Military Titan Fliegerchronograph für Bundeswehr
฿66,832
Seller
Private Seller
 
DE
Panerai Radiomir Composite Marina Militare Limited Edition
฿321,748
Seller
Watchattitude
50
CH
TOP
Bell & Ross BRV192-MIL-ST/SCA
฿43,534
Seller
Private Seller
 
US
Panerai PAM00339 Marina Militare 8Days Composite limited edition
฿222,666
Seller
Matsuda Housyoku Co., Ltd
25
JP
Bell & Ross BR 01-94 Chronographe
฿144,992
Seller
Watches of Lancashire
24
UK
Jaeger-LeCoultre Navy Seals GMT
฿622,373
Seller
Chad Warrick
20
US
Panerai Radiomir Composite Marina Militare PAM00339
฿381,670
Free shipping
Seller
Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
315
UK
Breitling Chronospace Military
฿170,624
Free shipping
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Rent a Box Schmuck und Uhren AG
11
CH
TOP
IWC Pilot Chronograph Top Gun Miramar
฿182,933
Seller
Private Seller
 
AU
Panerai Radiomir Composite Marina Militare 8 Days - PAM00339
Price on request
Free shipping
Seller
Watches.de - Mercurius Trading Ltd.
156
CH
Anonimo Militare
฿73,040
Seller
Juwelier Lutz Reuer e.K.
9
DE
IWC Big Pilots Watch Chronograph Top Gun Miramar
฿302,351
Seller
Ian Blowers Jewellers
52
UK
Longines L2.811.4.53.0 HERITAGE MILITARY 1918
฿54,545
Seller
時尚站 COHERNTHK
 
HK
Zenith Pilot Type 20 Annual Calendar
฿177,122
Free shipping
Seller
AP Watches SAU
48
ES
TOP
Breitling Chronospace Military
฿123,670
Seller
Private Seller
 
UK
Panerai Radiomir Marina Militare PAM00339
฿381,670
Free shipping
Seller
Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
315
UK
IWC Grosse Fliegeruhr Top Gun Miramar
฿419,248
Free shipping
Seller
Rent a Box Schmuck und Uhren AG
11
CH
IWC Big Pilot Top Gun Miramar
฿370,844
Seller
Chad Warrick
20
US
TOP
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Compressor Diving Automatic Navy SEALs
฿253,815
Seller
Private Seller
 
FR
IWC Top Gun Miramar Big Pilot Ceramic/ Titanium - IW5019-02
Price on request
Free shipping
Seller
Watches.de - Mercurius Trading Ltd.
156
CH
Zenith Pilot Type 20
฿163,329
Seller
Ian Blowers Jewellers
52
UK
Tutima Military "Bund"
฿80,344
Seller
Kult-uhr
149
DE
Panerai Radiomir 8 Giorni Brevettato Zwart Keramisch PAM00339...
฿343,252
Seller
Xupes.nl
16
NL
Panerai PAM 217 Marina Militare Limited Edition - One of 1000...
฿351,819
Free shipping
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Watch Club
68
UK
Panerai Radiomir Militare Limited Edition PAM 587
฿241,694
Free shipping
Seller
WatchBox
419
US
Zenith Pilot Type 20 Leder - 40 mm -NEU-
฿169,818
Seller
MyChronograph
654
DE
IWC Big Pilot Tup Gun Miramar Keramik IW501902
฿339,272
Seller
CW CologneWatch GmbH
249
DE
Panerai PAM339
฿436,951
Seller
Chad Warrick
20
US
Bell & Ross BR 01-94 Chronographe
฿314,073
Seller
KLUB
79
PT
IWC Big Pilot's Watch Top Gun Miramar IW5019-02
฿414,293
Seller
Ian Blowers Jewellers
52
UK
IWC Big Pilot Top Gun Miramar Ceramic 7 Day IW501902
฿225,699
Seller
Alux Watches
227
US
Panerai Radiomir Marina Militare Roestvrij Staal PAM00587 - W4035
฿296,872
Seller
Xupes.nl
16
NL
Heuer Bundeswehr 3H Flyback Chronograph 1550SG Bund | 1960s rare
฿182,235
Seller
Watch-Box
89
DE
Panerai Radiomir Composite Marina Militare 8 Giorni PAM 339
฿256,366
Free shipping
Seller
WatchBox
419
US
Zenith PILOT TYPE 20 EXTRA SPECIAL 45mm Bronze -NEU-
฿192,643
Seller
MyChronograph
654
DE
IWC Pilots Chronograph Automatic IW388002 Very Good Condition...
฿220,894
Free shipping
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Interwatches
238
US
Heuer Vintage Bundeswehr Chronograph H3 Ref-1550SG Stainless...
฿181,505
Seller
Bachmann & Scher
157
DE
Bell & Ross BR 01-94 Chronographe
฿182,235
Seller
KLUB
79
PT
Panerai Radiomir Composite Marina Militare 8-Days "Giorni...
฿445,637
Seller
Ian Blowers Jewellers
52
UK
IWC Pilot Chronograph Top Gun Miramar from 2014 with B + P
฿242,859
Seller
Watchdeals
361
NL
Panerai Marina Militare Lefthand Pam00217
฿533,193
Seller
schreiter-muenchen.de
272
DE
Longines Heritage
฿31,042
Seller
On Time
54
LT
Zenith Pilot Type 20 Annual Calendar 87.2430.4054/21.C721
฿353,108
Free shipping
Seller
WatchBox
419
US
Heuer Tag Heuer Bundeswehr Chronograph Handaufzug Ref. 1550sg...
฿172,740
Seller
Zeitauktion GmbH
1253
DE
Bell & Ross BR 01-92
฿73,004
Seller
demcoquartz
36
BE
Heuer Bundeswehr Chronograph 1550SG
฿157,036
Seller
Just In Time Watches di Claudio Tassinari
191
IT
Bell & Ross BR 01-94 Chronographe Command
฿178,948
Seller
KLUB
79
PT
Panerai Radiomir Composite Marina Militare 8-Days PAM00339
฿356,083
Seller
Ian Blowers Jewellers
52
UK
Zenith 03.2430.4054/21.C721 Pilot Montre Aeronef Annual...
฿224,249
Seller
SwissManufactures by Dagassan Watchionary
97
CH
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Compressor Navy Seals GMT Titan Q178T470
฿255,275
Seller
CWC GmbH
150
DE
Zenith Pilot Montre D`Aeronef Type 20
฿221,539
Seller
Swiss Watch Company Ltd.
295
UK
Panerai Radiomir Composite Marina Militare 8 Giorni PAM 339
฿240,242
Free shipping
Seller
WatchBox
419
US
IWC Big Pilot Top Gun Miramar
฿383,461
Seller
Herbert Mayer - Vintage
99
DE
Panerai Radiomir Marina Militare 1940 3 Days PAM 00587
฿262,945
Free shipping
Seller
Coleccionismo e Paixões, Lda
219
PT
Heuer Vintage Heuer Bundeswehr Flieger Chronograph
฿155,210
Seller
RMT Vintage Portfolio Watch Management GmbH
644
AT
Zenith Pilot Type 20 Extra Special
฿214,738
Seller
Jansen&Co
23
PL
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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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