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Bell & Ross BR 03 BR03-92-S Very good Steel 42mm Automatic Singapore, Singapore
TOP
Bell & Ross Diver Ref: BR 03-92-DIV
S$ 3,630
Verified Dealer
69
SG
IWC Pilot Chronograph Top Gun Miramar IW388002 Good Ceramic 46mm Automatic Singapore, Singapore
IWC Pilots Flyback Chronograph Top Gun Miramar 46mm IW388002
S$ 9,800
Verified Dealer
12
SG
Zenith Pilot Type 20 Extra Special 29.2430.679/21.C753 Fair Bronze 45mm Automatic Singapore, Singapore
Zenith Pilot Type 20 Extra Special
S$ 5,470
Private Seller
 
SG
Longines Heritage L28114530 New Steel 44mm Automatic
Longines - HERITAGE MILITARY
S$ 2,477
Verified Dealer
1138
IT
Zenith Pilot Type 20 Extra Special 29.2430.679/21.C753 Very good Bronze 45mm Automatic Singapore, Singapore
Zenith Pilot Type 20 Extra Special Bronze 45mm
S$ 5,500
Verified Dealer
337
SG
IWC Big Pilot Top Gun Miramar IW501902 Very good Ceramic 48mm Automatic
IWC Big Pilot Top Gun Miramar
S$ 12,526
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US
Bell & Ross BR 01-94 Chronographe BR01-94 Very good Steel 46mm Automatic
Bell & Ross Br 01-94
S$ 4,877
Verified Dealer
11
NL
IWC Pilot Chronograph Top Gun Miramar IW389002 Unworn Ceramic 44mm Automatic
IWC Chronograph Top Gun Miramar
S$ 18,021
Verified Dealer
19
BE
Panerai Special Editions PAM00587 New Steel Manual winding
Panerai PAM00587 Militare 1940 S.E. Unworn in Seals Full Set B&P
S$ 14,863
Verified Dealer
69
NL
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Compressor Diving Chronograph GMT Navy SEALs Q178T471 Very good Titanium Automatic Singapore, Singapore
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Compressor Navy SEALs Ref: Q178T471
S$ 11,290
Verified Dealer
69
SG
Panerai Special Editions PAM 00587 Very good Steel 47mm Manual winding Singapore, Singapore
Panerai Radiomir 1940 Marina Militare 3-Days 47mm Pam 587 Q -...
S$ 11,300
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12
SG
Panerai Special Editions PAM 00339 Very good Ceramic 47mm Manual winding
Panerai Radiomir Marina Militare Composite PAM 339 Special...
S$ 12,697
Verified Dealer
31
AT
Zenith Pilot Type 20 Annual Calendar 03.2430.4054/21.C721 Very good Steel 48mm Automatic
Zenith 03.2430.4054/21.C721 Pilot Montre d'Aeronef Type 20...
S$ 8,327
Verified Dealer
590
US
Panerai Special Editions PAM 00587 Very good Steel 47mm Manual winding
Panerai Marina Militare PAM587 Radiomir 1940 Special Edition
S$ 10,999
Verified Dealer
43
UK
Longines Heritage L2.788.4.53.0 New Steel 43mm Automatic
Longines heritage military 1938
S$ 3,141
Verified Dealer
14
IT
Bell & Ross BR 01-92 BR 01-92 Very good Steel 46mm Automatic
Bell & Ross BR 01-92 LIMITED EDITION 79/999
S$ 4,547
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44
ES
Heuer 1550 SG Good Steel 43mm Manual winding
TOP
Heuer Bundeswehr Pilot's watch ref. 1550 SG
S$ 8,258
Private Seller
 
HR
Panerai Special Editions PAM00587 Very good Steel 47mm Manual winding
Panerai 3 Days Marina Militare Special Edition PAM 587
S$ 11,391
Verified Dealer
70
DE
Bell & Ross BR 03 BR03-92-S Unworn Steel 42mm Automatic Singapore, Singapore
Bell & Ross Diver Ref: BR 03-92-DIV
S$ 4,150
Verified Dealer
69
SG
Panerai Special Editions PAM 00217 Good Steel 47mm Manual winding Singapore, Singapore
Panerai Luminor 1950 Marina Militare Destro Pam 217 H -...
S$ 19,200
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12
SG
A. Lange & Söhne FL23883 Very good Steel 56mm Manual winding
A. Lange & Söhne WWII Aviator FL23883
S$ 11,001
Free shipping
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611
UK
Panerai Special Editions PAM00339 Very good 47mm Manual winding
Panerai Radiomir Composite Marina Militare Limited Edition
S$ 13,683
Verified Dealer
140
CH
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
S$ 12,053
Verified Dealer
201
DE
Heuer 1550 SG Good Steel 43mm Manual winding
Heuer BUND Military Flyback "Bundeswehr" Vintage
S$ 7,027
Verified Dealer
490
ES
Zenith Pilot Type 20 Extra Special 29.2430.679/21.C753 Unworn Bronze 45mm Automatic
Zenith Pilot Type 20 Extra Special
S$ 7,771
Free shipping
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1570
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
S$ 8,250
Verified Dealer
88
DE
Breitling Chronospace Military M7836622/BD39 Very good Steel 46mm Quartz
Breitling Chronospace Military
S$ 6,417
Verified Dealer
9
UK
IWC Big Pilot Top Gun Miramar IW501902 Very good Ceramic 48mm Automatic
IWC Big Pilot's Watch Top Gun Miramar IW501902
S$ 12,722
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
16
US
IWC Pilot Chronograph Top Gun Miramar IW388002 Very good Ceramic 46mm Automatic
IWC Pilot Chronograph Top Gun Miramar 46MM Box Papers 2014
S$ 11,408
Verified Dealer
386
BE
Panerai Special Editions PAM00339 Very good 47mm Manual winding
Panerai Radiomir Marina Militare PAM00339
S$ 16,410
Free shipping
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611
UK
Heuer 1550 SG Good Steel Manual winding
Heuer Bundeswehr Chronograph 3H Ref. 1550 SG Flyback Valjoux 230
S$ 12,145
Verified Dealer
166
CH
IWC Pilot Chronograph Top Gun Miramar IW388002 New Titanium 46mm Automatic
IWC Pilot's Watch Top Gun Chronograph Miramar
S$ 17,426
Verified Dealer
937
UK
Bell & Ross BR 03 BR03-92-S Very good Steel 42mm Automatic
Bell & Ross BR03-92-S PVD Heritage
S$ 2,581
Verified Dealer
36
AU
Panerai Special Editions PAM00587 Very good Steel 47mm Manual winding
Panerai Radiomir 1940 3 Days Marina Militaire, PAM00587
S$ 11,542
Verified Dealer
544
UK
IWC Pilot Chronograph Top Gun Miramar IW389002 Very good Ceramic 44mm Automatic
IWC Pilot Chronograph Top Gun Miramar im perfekten Fullset
S$ 13,871
Verified Dealer
88
DE
Longines Heritage L28114530 Unworn Steel 44mm Automatic
Longines Heritage Military
S$ 2,182
Verified Dealer
329
CZ
Heuer 1550SG Very good Steel 43mm Manual winding
Heuer Bundeswehr Chrono
S$ 6,861
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
958
DE
Longines Heritage L2.788.4.53.0 New Steel Automatic
Longines Heritage Military 1938 L2.788.4.53.0
S$ 1,637
Verified Dealer
19
FR
Panerai Special Editions PAM00339 Very good 47mm Manual winding
Panerai Radiomir Composite Marina Militare PAM00339
S$ 16,410
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
611
UK
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Compressor Diving Chronograph GMT Navy SEALs Q1782470 Very good Yellow gold 46mm Automatic
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Compressor Navy Seals/box&papers
S$ 30,823
Verified Dealer
1113
PL
Zenith Pilot Type 20 Extra Special 29.2430.679/21.C753 New Bronze 45mm Automatic
Zenith Pilot Type 20 Extra Special 45mm
S$ 9,259
Verified Dealer
937
UK
Zenith Pilot Type 20 Tourbillon 87.2430.4035/21.C721 Good Rose gold 48mm Automatic
Zenith Pilot Montre d'Aeronef Type 20 Tourbillon
S$ 43,298
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
20
JP
IWC Pilot Chronograph Top Gun Miramar IW3880-02 Very good Ceramic Automatic
IWC Big Pilots Watch Chronograph Top Gun Miramar
S$ 12,999
Verified Dealer
96
UK
Panerai Special Editions PAM 00217 Good Steel 47mm Manual winding
Panerai Marina/ Militare
S$ 13,716
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
37
US
Breitling Chronospace Military M7836622/BD39 Very good Steel 46mm Quartz
Breitling Chronospace Military Full Set
S$ 5,291
Verified Dealer
113
IT
Bell & Ross Vintage BRWW192-MIL/SCA Very good Steel 45mm Automatic
Bell & Ross WW1-92 Military Vintage
S$ 3,125
Verified Dealer
92
FR
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Compressor Diving Chronograph GMT Navy SEALs Q1782470 Very good Rose gold 46mm Automatic
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Compressor Q1782470 Diving Chrono...
S$ 28,768
Verified Dealer
91
DE
Breitling Chronospace Military M7836622 Very good Steel 46mm Quartz
Breitling Chronospace Military, M7836622
S$ 5,858
Verified Dealer
544
UK
Panerai Special Editions PAM00339 New Ceramic 47mm Manual winding
Panerai Radiomir Composite Marina Militare 8 Giorni Limited
S$ 22,323
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
 
US
Zenith Pilot Type 20 Extra Special 29.2430.679/21.C753 Very good Bronze 45mm Automatic
Zenith "Pilot" Type 20 EXTRA SPECIAL in Bronze
S$ 8,432
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
958
DE
Bell & Ross BR 01-92 BR01-92 Very good 46mm Automatic
Bell & Ross Aviation Automatic BR01-92, Stainless, Leather Band
S$ 3,359
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
43
US
Zenith Pilot Type 20 03.1930.681/21.C723. Very good Steel Automatic
Zenith Pilot Type 20
S$ 7,022
Verified Dealer
96
UK
IWC Big Pilot Top Gun Miramar IW501902 Very good Ceramic 48mm Automatic
IWC Big Pilot Top Gun Miramar 48mm 2013
S$ 13,436
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
37
US
IWC Big Pilot Top Gun Miramar IW501902 Very good Ceramic 48mm Automatic
IWC Big Pilot Top Gun Miramar Full set, 2018
S$ 13,640
Verified Dealer
1083
NL
Panerai Special Editions PAM 00339 Unworn Ceramic 47mm Manual winding
Panerai Radiomir Marina 8 Giorni Black Composite/Ceramic PAM 339
S$ 18,894
Verified Dealer
12
US
Breitling Chronospace Military M78366 Very good Steel 46mm Quartz
Breitling Chronospace Military GMT Alarm Blacksteel Mens Watch...
S$ 5,584
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
683
US
Heuer 1550 SG Very good Steel 43mm Manual winding
Heuer BUNDESWEHR 1550 SG
S$ 7,109
Verified Dealer
138
IT
Longines Heritage L28114530 Steel 44mm Automatic
Longines The Longines Heritage Military
S$ 2,292
Verified Dealer
88
UK
IWC Big Pilot Top Gun Miramar IW501902 New Ceramic 48mm Automatic
IWC Big Pilot Top Gun Miramar
S$ 15,675
Verified Dealer
 
US
Zenith Pilot Type 20 Tourbillon 87.2430.4035/21.C721 New Rose gold 48mm Automatic
Zenith Pilot Type 20 Tourbillon
S$ 35,213
Verified Dealer
341
HK
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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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