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Panerai Radiomir Composite Marina Militare 8 Giorni PAM 339...
Php 447,890
Free shipping
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CJ Charles Jewelers
9
US
IWC IW388002 TOP GUN Miramar Chronograph Ceramic (31517)
Php 389,584
Seller
European Watch Company
286
US
Panerai Luminor 1950 Stainless Steel Watch PAM00217
Php 1,060,041
Free shipping
Seller
Avi & Co NY
152
US
Bell & Ross Horizon Limited Edition
Php 128,376
Seller
Juwelier Burger, since 2001
1057
NL
Zenith Pilot Type 20 Extra Special
Php 308,998
Seller
ZEGG & CERLATI
80
MC
Panerai Radiomir 1940 Marina Militare 3 Days PAM00587
Php 365,257
Seller
CHRONO WATCH
143
UK
A. Lange & Söhne WWII Aviator FL23883
Php 402,118
Free shipping
Seller
Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
348
UK
Heuer Bundeswehr Chronograph Flyback 1550 SG Armée Allemande
Php 489,620
Seller
MAIER VINTAGE
161
FR
TOP
Breitling Avenger Hurricane II Limited 105/500
Php 333,664
Seller
Private Seller
 
US
IWC Big Pilot's Watch Top Gun Miramar IW501902
Php 514,145
Free shipping
Seller
CJ Charles Jewelers
9
US
IWC IW501902 Big Pilot TOP GUN Miramar 7 Day Ceramic (31501)
Php 410,786
Seller
European Watch Company
286
US
Panerai Radiomir Composite Marina Militare Limited Edition
Php 474,014
Seller
Watchattitude
68
CH
IWC TOP GUN CERAMIC CHRONOGRAPH + SERVICE
Php 441,852
Seller
MATTIOLI & STEFANI SRL
45
IT
Zenith PILOT AERONEF 48 MM TYPE XX TOURBILLON
Php 2,407,498
Seller
ZEGG & CERLATI
80
MC
TOP
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Compressor Diving Automatic Navy SEALs
Php 414,983
Seller
Private Seller
 
FR
Panerai Radiomir Marina Militare PAM00339
Php 599,826
Free shipping
Seller
Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
348
UK
TOP
Bell & Ross BRV192-MIL-ST/SCA
Php 71,556
Seller
Private Seller
 
US
TOP
Bell & Ross BR 03 BLACK MATTE
Php 112,211
Seller
Private Seller
 
US
Alpina Startimer Pilot
Php 41,498
Seller
MAIER VINTAGE
161
FR
Panerai Marina Militare Lefthand Pam00217
Php 871,763
Seller
schreiter-muenchen.de
312
DE
Panerai Luminor 1950 Marina Militare Destro PAM 217
Php 527,397
Free shipping
Seller
WatchBox
490
US
IWC Pilot´s Watch Top Gun Miramar Keramik Black Titan Automati...
Php 549,211
Seller
Juwelier Ralf Häffner
1038
DE
Zenith PILOT AERONEF
Php 246,303
Seller
ZEGG & CERLATI
80
MC
Bell & Ross BR V1-92 Military Automatic Leather Strap
Php 94,939
Seller
Timepiece Bank
642
BE
Panerai Radiomir Composite Marina Militare PAM00339
Php 599,826
Free shipping
Seller
Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
348
UK
Zenith Pilot Type 20 Annual Calendar - 48 mm - NEU
Php 450,809
Seller
MyChronograph
712
DE
TOP
IWC Pilot Chronograph Top Gun Miramar
Php 291,892
Seller
Private Seller
 
AU
Panerai Radiomir Marina Militare 8 Giorni Composite
Php 591,127
Seller
MAIER VINTAGE
161
FR
TOP
Panerai Special Editions
Php 689,061
Seller
Private Seller
 
HK
IWC Big Pilot's Top Gun Miramar IW5019-02
Php 447,890
Free shipping
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WatchBox
490
US
A. Lange & Söhne B-Uhr Flieger Pilot WWII Watch Zertifikat
Php 557,689
Free shipping
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Uhren Atelier Gehm GmbH
257
DE
IWC Große Fliegeruhr Big Pilot 7 days Top Gun Miramar IW501902
Php 441,793
Seller
maxwatches.eu
842
DE
TOP
Breitling Chronospace Military
Php 194,357
Seller
Private Seller
 
UK
Bell & Ross Military Type Automatic Olive Dial
Php 170,173
Seller
Timepiece Bank
642
BE
Zenith Pilot Type 20 Extra Special 29.2430.679/21.c753
Php 245,359
Free shipping
Seller
Watch My Diamonds
252
US
Tutima Military Chronograph
Php 53,739
Seller
Private Seller
AT
Heuer Chronograph Bundeswehr Flyback AWESOME Condition
Php 268,097
Seller
COMERZIA
289
ES
IWC Big Pilot Top Gun Miramar
Php 626,953
Seller
Herbert Mayer - Vintage
115
DE
IWC Big Pilot's Top Gun Miramar IW5019-02
Php 474,392
Free shipping
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WatchBox
490
US
A. Lange & Söhne Elite School Pilot WW II Zertifikat
Php 668,750
Free shipping
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Uhren Atelier Gehm GmbH
257
DE
Breitling Chronospace Military
Php 234,569
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Lumbers Jewellers
23
UK
Zenith Pilot Type 20 03.1930.681 / 21.C723 Watch with Leather...
Php 156,258
Free shipping
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Crown & Caliber
299
US
Anonimo Militare Crono Automatico Semi-Ox Pro 10 anni dial NEW
Php 160,619
Seller
Timepiece Bank
642
BE
Zenith PILOT TYPE 20 EXTRA SPECIAL 45mm Bronze -NEU-
Php 304,460
Seller
MyChronograph
712
DE
Panerai オフィチーネ パネライ ラジオミール コンポジット マリーナミリターレ PAM00339【世界限定1000本】
Php 389,412
Seller
GMT
 
JP
Zenith Pilot Type 20 Extra Special Bronze Fullset LC100
Php 297,952
Seller
TimeElements
54
DE
Bell & Ross BR 03-92-S Command Automatic
Php 118,822
Seller
COMERZIA
289
ES
Panerai Radiomir Composite Marina Militare 8 Giorni PAM 339
Php 421,387
Free shipping
Seller
WatchBox
490
US
Zenith Pilot Type 20
Php 238,839
Free shipping
Seller
Guardian Of Time
1037
UK
Panerai Luminor Marina Militare ( NEW/UNWORN ) '' LEFTY ''
Php 892,661
Seller
Watch-Site b.v.
31
NL
Heuer Tag Heuer Bundeswehr 3h Chronograph Handaufzug Ref....
Php 282,427
Seller
Zeitauktion GmbH
1468
DE
Anonimo Militare Crono SW yellow NEW
Php 178,532
Seller
Timepiece Bank
642
BE
Heuer Bundeswehr Flyback 3H
Price on request
Seller
RLX5513 P. Gensberger Frankfurt
30
DE
Heuer Bundeswehr 1550SG
Php 220,628
Seller
Private Seller
 
NL
IWC Big Pilot Top Gun Miramar perfektes Fullset LC100
Php 566,646
Seller
TimeElements
54
DE
Panerai Radiomir Marina Militare Stainless Steel PAM00587 - W4035
Php 509,282
Seller
Xupes.com
219
UK
Panerai Radiomir Militare Limited Edition PAM 587
Php 421,387
Free shipping
Seller
WatchBox
490
US
IWC Pilot Chronograph Top Gun Miramar
Php 503,545
Seller
Kronopassion
48
US
Panerai Special Editions Radiomir 1940 Marina Militare PAM587
Php 407,468
Seller
CHRONO.dk
106
DK
IWC Top Gun Miramar Big Pilot Ceramic/ Titanium - IW5019-02
Php 620,982
Free shipping
Seller
Watches.de - Mercurius Trading Ltd.
163
CH
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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.