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Panerai Special Editions
Panerai Special Editions
S$ 12,074
Seller
Chronorelojes, S.L.
10
ES
IWC Fliegeruhr Mark XVIII Top Gun Miramar
IWC Fliegeruhr Mark XVIII Top Gun Miramar
S$ 6,752
Free shipping
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A. Grimmeissen Uhren An- und Verkauf
155
DE
Bell & Ross Aviation
Bell & Ross Aviation
S$ 3,809
Seller
Chronostore NYC
 
US
IWC Big Pilot Top Gun Miramar 48MM Black PVD And Titanium Case I
IWC Big Pilot Top Gun Miramar 48MM Black PVD And Titanium Case I
S$ 11,702
Free shipping
Seller
CJ Charles Jewelers
 
US
Zenith Pilot Type 20 Extra Special Bronze Watch
Zenith Pilot Type 20 Extra Special Bronze Watch
S$ 7,599
Seller
The Store HK Limited
HK
Bell & Ross Compass Limited Edition Black Dial Ref: BR01-92
Bell & Ross Compass Limited Edition Black Dial Ref: BR01-92
S$ 3,890
Seller
Monster Time Gallery
SG
IWC Big Pilot Top Gun Miramar
IWC Big Pilot Top Gun Miramar
S$ 19,461
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Pijnenburg Jeweler
 
NL
IWC PILOT CHRONOGRAPH TOP GUN MIRAMAR
IWC PILOT CHRONOGRAPH TOP GUN MIRAMAR
S$ 10,818
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Royal Jewelers
8
US
Panerai Special Editions Radiomir Composite Marina Militare 8...
Panerai Special Editions Radiomir Composite Marina Militare 8...
S$ 11,915
Seller
Ray Germany GmbH
 
DE
IWC Pilot Chronograph Top Gun Miramar inkl. 19% Mwst.
IWC Pilot Chronograph Top Gun Miramar inkl. 19% Mwst.
S$ 15,092
Seller
Helmut Seidl GmbH
7
DE
Breitling Watch Chronospace M78366
Breitling Watch Chronospace M78366
S$ 6,806
Seller
Watchfinder.co.uk Ltd
UK
IWC Pilot's Chronograph 46mm TOP GUN Miramar - IW388002
IWC Pilot's Chronograph 46mm TOP GUN Miramar - IW388002
S$ 11,551
Free shipping
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WatchShopping.com Inc.
19
US
IWC Big Pilot's Watch Top Gun Miramar IW501902
IWC Big Pilot's Watch Top Gun Miramar IW501902
S$ 13,199
Free shipping
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CJ Charles Jewelers
 
US
IWC Big Pilot Top Gun Miramar IW501902 Watch
IWC Big Pilot Top Gun Miramar IW501902 Watch
Price on request
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The Store HK Limited
HK
Panerai Special Editions
Panerai Special Editions
S$ 21,765
Seller
Boxer Time, LLC
12
US
Breitling Chronospace Military Black Steel
Breitling Chronospace Military Black Steel
S$ 5,402
Free shipping
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Icône Watches
319
ES
Breitling Avenger Hurricane Limited Edition
Breitling Avenger Hurricane Limited Edition
S$ 11,343
Seller
Watch Philosophy
23
UK
IWC Big Pilot Top Gun Miramar
TOP
IWC Big Pilot Top Gun Miramar
S$ 12,694
Seller
Private Seller
 
DE
Orfina U.A.E. Air Force Military Chronograph - 7177
Orfina U.A.E. Air Force Military Chronograph - 7177
S$ 7,785
Free shipping
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Watches.de - Mercurius Trading Ltd.
109
CH
Panerai Watch Luminor Marina PAM00217
Panerai Watch Luminor Marina PAM00217
S$ 19,509
Seller
Watchfinder.co.uk Ltd
UK
Breitling Avenger Hurricane Military
Breitling Avenger Hurricane Military
S$ 9,612
Seller
Guardian Of Time
540
UK
Breitling Avenger Hurricane Military
Breitling Avenger Hurricane Military
S$ 13,551
Seller
Kopmels Juwelier
36
NL
IWC Pilot Mark XI British Military 1951
IWC Pilot Mark XI British Military 1951
S$ 10,406
Free shipping
Seller
Edle Zeitmesser Worldtime KG
51
AT
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Compressor Diving Chronograph GMT Navy...
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Compressor Diving Chronograph GMT Navy...
S$ 10,962
Seller
ANNIBALI&CO
80
IT
Orfina Porsche Design Military PVD 7177 Lemania 5100
Orfina Porsche Design Military PVD 7177 Lemania 5100
S$ 3,018
Seller
Private Seller
IT
Panerai Marina Militare Lefthand Pam00217
Panerai Marina Militare Lefthand Pam00217
S$ 23,671
Seller
schreiter-muenchen.de
142
DE
Orfina Porsche Design Chronograph 3H Military Lemania 7177
Orfina Porsche Design Chronograph 3H Military Lemania 7177
S$ 3,652
Seller
maxwatches.eu
425
DE
Jaeger-LeCoultre Q1852670 Master Compressor Diving Pro...
Jaeger-LeCoultre Q1852670 Master Compressor Diving Pro...
S$ 27,079
Seller
European Watch Company
126
US
Panerai Watch Radiomir Manual PAM00339
Panerai Watch Radiomir Manual PAM00339
S$ 14,065
Seller
Watchfinder.co.uk Ltd
UK
Zenith Pilot Type 20 Extra Special
Zenith Pilot Type 20 Extra Special
S$ 7,387
Seller
Guardian Of Time
540
UK
Panerai Radiomir 8 Giorni Brevettato Black Ceramic Men's...
Panerai Radiomir 8 Giorni Brevettato Black Ceramic Men's...
S$ 14,146
Seller
Xupes.com
114
UK
Bell & Ross BR 01-94 Pilots Chronograph Watch Stainless Steel...
Bell & Ross BR 01-94 Pilots Chronograph Watch Stainless Steel...
S$ 4,763
Free shipping
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Zadok Jewelers
29
US
Breitling Chronospace Military
Breitling Chronospace Military
S$ 6,982
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Prestige Luxusuhren GmbH
3355
DE
IWC IW388002 Pilot Chrono Top Gun Miramar, Green Dial Ceramic
IWC IW388002 Pilot Chrono Top Gun Miramar, Green Dial Ceramic
S$ 12,259
Free shipping
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Master Luxury USA
39
US
IWC Grosse Fliegeruhr Big-Pilot Top Gun Miramar Keramik 48 mm
IWC Grosse Fliegeruhr Big-Pilot Top Gun Miramar Keramik 48 mm
S$ 17,396
Seller
LUXUHRIA Uhren&Schmuck
35
DE
Orfina Porsche Design Military PVD 7177
Orfina Porsche Design Military PVD 7177
S$ 3,018
Seller
Private Seller
IT
IWC Fliegerchronograph TOP GUN Miramar IW3890
IWC Fliegerchronograph TOP GUN Miramar IW3890
S$ 11,913
Seller
maxwatches.eu
425
DE
IWC Watch Mark XVIII IW324702
IWC Watch Mark XVIII IW324702
S$ 6,987
Seller
Watchfinder.co.uk Ltd
UK
IWC Big Pilot Top Gun Miramar
IWC Big Pilot Top Gun Miramar
S$ 15,807
Seller
Guardian Of Time
540
UK
IWC Big Pilot's Top Gun Miramar Ceramic Men's IW501902 - COM1232
IWC Big Pilot's Top Gun Miramar Ceramic Men's IW501902 - COM1232
S$ 17,957
Seller
Xupes.com
114
UK
Zenith El Primero Pilot Montre d'Aeronef Type 20 Annual...
Zenith El Primero Pilot Montre d'Aeronef Type 20 Annual...
S$ 8,777
Free shipping
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Govberg Jewelers
264
US
Zenith Pilot Montre d'Aeronef Type 20 Tourbillon 18k Rose
Zenith Pilot Montre d'Aeronef Type 20 Tourbillon 18k Rose
S$ 54,678
Seller
Watches4me
12
CH
IWC Big Pilot Top Gun Miramar
IWC Big Pilot Top Gun Miramar
S$ 17,460
Seller
Watch next SAS
21
FR
IWC Fliegeruhr Miramar 46 Chronograph Keramik/Titan
IWC Fliegeruhr Miramar 46 Chronograph Keramik/Titan
S$ 13,107
Seller
LUXUHRIA Uhren&Schmuck
35
DE
IWC Top Gun Miramar Iw388002 Ceramic
IWC Top Gun Miramar Iw388002 Ceramic
S$ 9,927
Seller
OCWG Inc.
37
US
Longines Heritage Military 44mm Black Dial
Longines Heritage Military 44mm Black Dial
S$ 2,129
Seller
Montredo GmbH
509
DE
Panerai Watch Radiomir 1940 3 Days PAM00587
Panerai Watch Radiomir 1940 3 Days PAM00587
S$ 11,343
Seller
Watchfinder.co.uk Ltd
UK
Zenith Pilot Type 20
Zenith Pilot Type 20
S$ 6,355
Seller
Guardian Of Time
540
UK
Panerai Radiomir Marina Militare Stainless Steel Men's...
Panerai Radiomir Marina Militare Stainless Steel Men's...
S$ 12,150
Seller
Xupes.com
114
UK
Tutima Military Tutima Military Rare Tach Scale
Tutima Military Tutima Military Rare Tach Scale
S$ 3,402
Seller
Private Seller
CA
Bell & Ross BR 01-94 Pro Titanium Chronographe
Bell & Ross BR 01-94 Pro Titanium Chronographe
S$ 4,591
Seller
Da Vinci Watches
5
FR
Longines Heritage L2.811.4.53.0
Longines Heritage L2.811.4.53.0
S$ 2,096
Free shipping
Seller
SLS TIME
72
US
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Compressor Diver GMT Navy Seals Q178T470
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Compressor Diver GMT Navy Seals Q178T470
S$ 10,818
Free shipping
Seller
Govberg Jewelers
264
US
Tutima Military BUND Chronograph Lemania #A3231 Originalzustand
Tutima Military BUND Chronograph Lemania #A3231 Originalzustand
S$ 3,098
Seller
Uhrenboerse
126
DE
Heuer Bundeswehr Chronograph 1550SG
Heuer Bundeswehr Chronograph 1550SG
S$ 7,070
Seller
Just In Time Watches di Claudio Tassinari
128
IT
Bell & Ross Watch BR03-92 BR03-92-S
Bell & Ross Watch BR03-92 BR03-92-S
S$ 3,902
Seller
Watchfinder.co.uk Ltd
UK
IWC IW501902 Big Pilot TOP GUN Miramar 7 Day Ceramic (28253)
IWC IW501902 Big Pilot TOP GUN Miramar 7 Day Ceramic (28253)
S$ 12,111
Seller
European Watch Company
126
US
Alpina Startimer Pilot Big Date Chronograph Men’s Watch –...
Alpina Startimer Pilot Big Date Chronograph Men’s Watch –...
S$ 782
Free shipping
Seller
ShopWorn
184
US
IWC Fliegeruhr Mark 11
IWC Fliegeruhr Mark 11
S$ 9,294
Seller
Private Seller
 
DE
Alpina Startimer Pilot Chronograph - Achtung minus 33,1%
Alpina Startimer Pilot Chronograph - Achtung minus 33,1%
S$ 952
Seller
Miquel Schmuck & Uhren GmbH
652
DE
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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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