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Heuer 1550 SG Good Steel 43mm Manual winding
TOP
Heuer BUND Military Flyback "Bundeswehr" Vintage
฿149,299
Verified Dealer
511
ES
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Compressor Diving Pro Geographic Q1852670 New Rose gold 46mm Automatic
TOP
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Compressor Diving Pro Geographic GMT...
฿926,029
Verified Dealer
144
PT
Breitling Chronospace Military M7836622/BD39 Unworn Steel 46mm Quartz
Breitling Professional Chronospace Military Blackened Steel...
฿157,807
Verified Dealer
31
US
Panerai Special Editions PAM 00217 Very good Steel 47mm Manual winding
Panerai Special Editions Luminor 1950 Marina Militare
฿541,931
Verified Dealer
31
US
Bell & Ross BR 03 BR03-92-S Very good Steel 42mm Automatic
Bell & Ross Br
฿83,368
Verified Dealer
89
UK
IWC Pilot Chronograph Top Gun Miramar IW388002 Very good Ceramic 46mm Automatic
IWC Top Gun Chronograph Miramar IW388002 full set
฿281,589
Verified Dealer
77
LU
Bell & Ross BR 01-92 BR 01-92 Very good Steel 46mm Automatic
Bell & Ross BR 01-92 LIMITED EDITION 79/999
฿90,335
Verified Dealer
59
ES
Zenith Pilot Type 20 Annual Calendar 03.2430.4054/21.C721 Unworn Steel 48mm Automatic
Zenith Pilot Type 20 Annual Calendar Ref. 03.2430.4054/21.C721
฿264,202
Verified Dealer
215
DE
IWC Pilot Chronograph Top Gun Miramar IW388002 Very good Ceramic 46mm Automatic
IWC Top Gun Miramar Chronograph
฿245,492
Verified Dealer
8
BE
IWC Pilot Mark IW324702 Unworn Ceramic 41mm Automatic
IWC Top Gun Miramar Mark Xviii
฿173,747
Verified Dealer
99
US
Panerai Special Editions PAM 00587 Very good Steel 47mm Manual winding
Panerai Marina Militare 3 days -1940 Limited Edition PAM587
฿227,179
Verified Dealer
78
UK
Heuer 1550 SG Good Steel 43mm Manual winding
TOP
Heuer Bundeswehr Pilot's watch ref. 1550 SG
฿181,426
Private Seller
 
HR
Longines Heritage L28114530 Unworn Steel 44mm Automatic
Longines Heritage Military
฿49,892
Verified Dealer
387
CZ
A. Lange & Söhne FL 23883 Very good Steel 55mm Manual winding
A. Lange & Söhne WWII Pilot B-Uhr Zertifikat
฿356,427
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
458
DE
IWC Big Pilot Top Gun Miramar IW501902 New Ceramic 48mm Automatic
IWC Big Pilot Top Gun Miramar
฿396,870
Verified Dealer
273
DE
Bell & Ross BR 01-94 Chronographe BR01-94 Very good Steel 46mm Automatic
Bell & Ross Br 01-94
฿111,502
Verified Dealer
35
NL
Panerai Special Editions PAM00587 Very good Steel 47mm Manual winding
Panerai Radiomir Marina Militare Roestvrij Staal PAM00587 -...
฿332,577
Verified Dealer
89
NL
IWC Pilot Chronograph Top Gun Miramar IW388002 New Ceramic 46mm Automatic
IWC Top Gun Miramar Chronograph IW388002
฿331,554
Verified Dealer
106
UK
IWC Pilot Chronograph Top Gun Miramar IW388002 Very good Ceramic 46mm Automatic
IWC Pilot Chrono Top Gun Miramar from 2013 with box + papers
฿277,809
Verified Dealer
1180
NL
Zenith Pilot Type 20 Extra Special 29.2430.679/21.C753 New Bronze 45mm Automatic
Zenith Pilot Type 20 Extra Special Top Price 2020
฿199,455
Verified Dealer
285
DE
IWC Big Pilot Top Gun Miramar IW501902 Good Ceramic 46,00mm Automatic
IWC PILOT’S WATCH TOP GUN MIRAMAR
฿253,203
Verified Dealer
13
DE
Panerai Special Editions PAM 00587 New Steel 47mm Manual winding
Panerai Radiomir 1940 3 days 47mm Marina Militare
฿202,439
Verified Dealer
109
US
Zenith Pilot Type 20 Tourbillon 87.2430.4035/21.C721 New Rose gold 48mm Automatic
Zenith Pilot Type 20 Tourbillon
฿802,137
Verified Dealer
375
HK
Zenith Pilot Type 20 Extra Special 29.2430.679/21.C753 New Bronze 45mm Automatic
Zenith Pilot Type 20 Extra Special
฿182,560
Verified Dealer
273
DE
Bell & Ross BR 01-94 Chronographe BR01-94 Very good Steel 46mm Automatic
Bell & Ross BR 01-94 B-Rocket Limited
฿175,757
Verified Dealer
24
DE
Bell & Ross BR 01-92 BR 01-92 Very good Steel 46mm Automatic
Bell & Ross Aviation 46 mm Flight Instruments Red Radar
฿170,087
Verified Dealer
183
UK
IWC Big Pilot Top Gun Miramar IW501902 New Ceramic 48mm Automatic
IWC Top Gun Miramar Big Pilot IW501902
฿366,303
Verified Dealer
106
UK
Zenith Pilot Type 20 Annual Calendar 87.2430.4054/21.C721 Very good Titanium 48mm Automatic
Zenith Pilot D´Aeronef Type 20 Annual Calendar Gold and...
฿357,183
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
405
PT
Panerai Special Editions PAM 00587 Unworn Steel 47mm Manual winding
Panerai Luminor Marina Militare 1940 3 Days 47mm Unworn SE...
฿333,333
Verified Dealer
169
DE
Bell & Ross BR 03 BR03-92-S New Steel 42,00mm Automatic
Bell & Ross BR 03 Ref. BR0392-BLU-ST/SCA
฿100,729
Verified Dealer
13
DE
Bell & Ross BR 01-94 Chronographe BR01-94 Very good Titanium 46mm Automatic
Bell & Ross Titanium Chronograph, Ref BR01-94, Men’s, Titanium...
฿143,301
Verified Dealer
184
US
Bell & Ross BR 03 BR0392-DESERT-CE New Ceramic 42mm Automatic
Bell & Ross BR 03 - DESERT
฿84,801
Verified Dealer
54
US
Zenith Pilot Type 20 Extra Special 29.2430.679/21.C753 Unworn Bronze 45mm Automatic
Zenith Pilot Type 20 Extra Special
฿181,426
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
1687
UK
Panerai Special Editions PAM00339 Very good Ceramic 47mm Manual winding
Panerai Radiomir Composite Marina Militare Limited Edition PAM...
฿283,441
Verified Dealer
1902
DE
Zenith Pilot Type 20 03.1930.681/21.C723 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic
Zenith Type 20 Pilot
฿170,087
Verified Dealer
183
UK
Panerai Special Editions PAM00587 Very good Steel 47mm Manual winding
Panerai Radiomir Marina Militare Stainless Steel PAM00587 -...
฿326,345
Verified Dealer
370
UK
Longines Heritage L28114530 Unworn Steel 44mm
Longines Heritage Military MAI INDOSSATO art. L124
฿52,954
Verified Dealer
435
IT
Breitling Chronospace Military M7836622/BD39 Very good Steel 46mm Quartz
Breitling Chronospace Military M78366
฿85,231
Verified Dealer
142
JP
IWC Pilot Mark IW324702 Very good Ceramic 41mm Automatic
IWC Pilot‘s Watch Mark XVIII Top Gun Miramar
฿173,867
Private Seller
DE
Bell & Ross BR 01-94 Chronographe BR01-94 Very good Gold/Steel 46mm Automatic
Bell & Ross Chronograph, Ref BR01-94-S, Men’s, Steel and 18K...
฿232,566
Verified Dealer
184
US
Tutima Military 760-02 Very good Steel
Tutima - Bundeswehr - Ref. 760-02 - 1985
฿111,502
Verified Dealer
548
DE
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
฿166,118
Verified Dealer
568
ES
Panerai Special Editions PAM00339 Very good 47mm Manual winding
Panerai Radiomir Composite Marina Militare Limited Edition
฿313,947
Verified Dealer
149
CH
IWC Big Pilot Top Gun Miramar IW501902 Very good Ceramic 48mm Automatic
IWC Top Gun Miramar Big Pilot
฿302,377
Verified Dealer
183
UK
Orfina 7177 Good Steel Automatic
Orfina --------
฿132,290
Private Seller
 
IT
Zenith Pilot Type 20 Extra Special 29.2430.679/21.C753 Very good Bronze 45mm Automatic
Zenith Pilot Type 20 Extra Special Bronze
฿153,456
Verified Dealer
918
LV
Heuer 1551 SGSZ Steel 43mm Manual winding
Heuer Bundeswehr Sondermodell Chronograph Sternzeit reguliert...
฿491,325
Verified Dealer
1575
DE
IWC Pilot Mark IW324702 New Ceramic 41mm Automatic
IWC Pilot's Watch Mark XVIII Top Gun Miramar
฿202,593
Verified Dealer
967
UK
Zenith Pilot Type 20 Tourbillon 87.2430.4035/21.C721 Unworn Titanium 48mm Automatic
Zenith PILOT AERONEF 48 MM TYPE XX TOURBILLON
฿1,396,604
Verified Dealer
118
MC
Bell & Ross BR 01-94 Chronographe BR01-94 New Steel 46mm Automatic
Bell & Ross BR 01-94 Chronographe
฿188,608
Verified Dealer
176
PT
Alpina Startimer Pilot AL-372GR4FBS6 New Steel 44mm Quartz
Alpina Startimer Pilot Chronograph
฿22,640
Verified Dealer
1735
DE
Heuer 1550 SG Good Steel 43mm Manual winding
Heuer Bundeswehr 1550 SG FLYBACK Superluminova
฿134,180
Private Seller
 
DE
Panerai Special Editions PAM 00587 Very good Steel 47mm Manual winding
Panerai Marina Militare Radiomir 1940
฿309,936
Verified Dealer
183
UK
A. Lange & Söhne FL23883 Very good Steel 55mm Manual winding
A. Lange & Söhne Fliegeruhr Beobachtungsuhr 2. Weltkrieg von...
฿377,215
Verified Dealer
455
DE
Breitling Chronospace Military M78366 Very good Steel 46mm Quartz
Breitling Chronospace Military GMT Alarm Blacksteel Mens Watch...
฿127,202
Verified Dealer
793
US
Bell & Ross BR 03 BR0392-DESERT-CE New Ceramic 42mm Automatic
Bell & Ross BR0392 DESERT TYPE
฿105,832
Verified Dealer
66
MC
IWC Pilot Chronograph Top Gun Miramar IW388002 New Titanium 46mm Automatic
IWC Pilot's Watch Top Gun Chronograph Miramar
฿398,382
Verified Dealer
967
UK
Zenith Pilot Type 20 Extra Special 29.2430.679/21.C753 New Bronze 45mm Automatic
Zenith Pilot Type 20 Extra Special
฿195,600
Verified Dealer
118
MC
Heuer 1550 SG Vintage Good Steel Manual winding
Heuer German Military Bund Flyback Chronograph
฿151,939
Verified Dealer
256
UK
IWC Pilot Chronograph Top Gun Miramar IW388002 Very good 46mm Automatic
IWC パイロットウォッチ クロノグラフ トップガン ミラマー IW388002
฿234,389
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
2019
JP
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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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