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Sinn U1 1010.0101 New Steel 44mm Automatic
TOP
Sinn U1 Camouflage
Php 111,588
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115
DE
Bell & Ross BR 01-94 Chronographe BR01-94 Very good Steel 46mm Automatic
Bell & Ross Br 01-94
Php 173,255
Verified Dealer
11
NL
IWC Pilot Chronograph Top Gun Miramar IW389002 Unworn Ceramic 44mm Automatic
IWC Chronograph Top Gun Miramar
Php 640,163
Verified Dealer
16
BE
Heuer 1550 SG Good Steel 43mm Manual winding
Heuer Bundeswehr Flyback
Php 323,018
Verified Dealer
36
DE
Bell & Ross BR 03 BR03-92-S Very good Steel 42mm Automatic
TOP
Bell & Ross Diver Ref: BR 03-92-DIV
Php 132,032
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65
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Heuer 1550 SG Good Steel 43mm Manual winding
TOP
Heuer Bundeswehr Pilot's watch ref. 1550 SG
Php 293,359
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IWC Big Pilot Top Gun Miramar IW501902 Very good Ceramic 48mm Automatic
IWC Big Pilot Top Gun Miramar 48mm 2013
Php 480,823
Free shipping
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37
US
Bell & Ross BR 03-92 Ceramic BR03-92-MIL-CE Very good Ceramic Automatic
Bell & Ross Military Type Ceramic BR03-92-MIL-CE
Php 130,167
Verified Dealer
277
UK
IWC Big Pilot Top Gun Miramar IW501902 Very good Ceramic 48mm Automatic
IWC Big Pilot Top Gun Miramar
Php 448,268
Verified Dealer
 
US
IWC Pilot Chronograph Top Gun Miramar IW389002 Very good Ceramic 44mm Automatic
IWC Pilot Chronograph Top Gun Miramar im perfekten Fullset
Php 492,750
Verified Dealer
87
DE
A. Lange & Söhne FL23883 Very good Steel 56mm Manual winding
A. Lange & Söhne WWII Aviator FL23883
Php 391,481
Free shipping
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604
UK
Longines Heritage L28114530 Unworn Steel 44mm Automatic
Longines Heritage Military
Php 77,524
Verified Dealer
321
CZ
A. Lange & Söhne FL 23883 Good Steel Manual winding
A. Lange & Söhne BEOBACHTUNGSUHR II. WELTKRIEG WWII von 1942...
Php 675,402
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36
DE
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Compressor Diving Chronograph GMT Navy SEALs Q1782470 Very good Rose gold 46mm Automatic
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Compressor Q1782470 Diving Chrono...
Php 1,021,912
Verified Dealer
89
DE
Longines Heritage L2.788.4.53.0 New Steel 43mm Automatic
Longines heritage military 1938
Php 111,588
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14
IT
Panerai Special Editions PAM 00217 Good Steel 47mm Manual winding
Panerai Marina/ Militare
Php 490,841
Free shipping
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37
US
Zenith Pilot Type 20 Extra Special 29.2430.679/21.C753 Unworn Bronze 45mm Automatic
Zenith Pilot Type 20 Extra Special
Php 276,034
Free shipping
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1544
UK
Orfina 7750 Very good Steel 41mm Automatic
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Orfina , PVD-COATED PORSCHE DESIGN CHRONOGRAPH, REF. 7750
Php 75,129
Estimated price
Christie's
 
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
Php 293,066
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87
DE
Panerai Special Editions PAM00339 Very good 47mm Manual winding
Panerai Radiomir Composite Marina Militare PAM00339
Php 583,959
Free shipping
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604
UK
Panerai Special Editions PAM00339 Very good 47mm Manual winding
Panerai Radiomir Composite Marina Militare Limited Edition
Php 484,702
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138
CH
IWC Big Pilot Top Gun Miramar IW501902 Unworn 42mm Automatic
IWC IW501902 Big Pilot's Top Gun Miramar, Ceramic & Titanium
Php 575,986
Verified Dealer
16
US
IWC Pilot Chronograph Top Gun Miramar IW388002 New Titanium 46mm Automatic
IWC Pilot's Watch Top Gun Chronograph Miramar
Php 619,020
Verified Dealer
931
UK
IWC Big Pilot Top Gun Miramar IW501902 New Ceramic 48mm Automatic
IWC Big Pilot Top Gun Miramar
Php 616,671
Verified Dealer
242
DE
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
Php 428,146
Verified Dealer
201
DE
Zenith Pilot Type 20 Tourbillon 87.2430.4035/21.C721 Good Rose gold 48mm Automatic
Zenith Pilot Montre d'Aeronef Type 20 Tourbillon
Php 1,556,589
Free shipping
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18
JP
Heuer 1550 SG Good Steel 43mm Manual winding
Heuer Bundeswehr Flyback 3H
Price on request
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39
DE
Panerai Special Editions PAM00587 Very good Steel 47mm Manual winding
Panerai Radiomir Marina Militare Stainless Steel PAM00587 -...
Php 397,940
Verified Dealer
350
UK
Panerai Special Editions PAM00339 Very good 47mm Manual winding
Panerai Radiomir Marina Militare PAM00339
Php 583,959
Free shipping
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604
UK
Heuer 1550 SG Very good Steel 43mm Manual winding
Heuer BUNDESWEHR 1550 SG
Php 252,541
Verified Dealer
138
IT
Bell & Ross BR 01-92 BR 01-92 Very good Steel 46mm Automatic
Bell & Ross BR 01-92 LIMITED EDITION 79/999
Php 161,509
Verified Dealer
42
ES
Zenith Pilot Type 20 Extra Special 29.2430.679/21.C753 New Bronze 45mm Automatic
Zenith Pilot Type 20 Extra Special 45mm
Php 328,891
Verified Dealer
931
UK
Zenith Pilot Type 20 Extra Special 29.2430.679/21.C753 New Bronze 45mm Automatic
Zenith Pilot Type 20 Extra Special
Php 283,669
Verified Dealer
242
DE
IWC Big Pilot Top Gun Miramar IW501902 New Titanium 48mm Automatic
IWC Big Pilot's Top Gun Iw501902 Titanium Ceramic 48mm...
Php 680,761
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692
CH
Bell & Ross BR 03 BR03-92-S New Steel 42mm Automatic
Bell & Ross BR 03-92 GREY LUM
Php 175,604
Verified Dealer
8
FR
Heuer 1550SG Very good Steel 43mm Manual winding
Heuer Bundeswehr Chrono
Php 243,732
Free shipping
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953
DE
Bell & Ross BR 01-94 Chronographe BR01-94 Very good Steel 46mm Automatic
Bell & Ross BR 01-94 B-Rocket Limited
Php 273,097
Verified Dealer
22
DE
Panerai Special Editions PAM00587 Very good Steel 47mm Manual winding
Panerai 3 Days Marina Militare Special Edition PAM 587
Php 404,654
Verified Dealer
DE
Panerai Special Editions PAM 00587 Very good Steel 47mm Manual winding
Panerai Marina Militare Radiomir 1940
Php 463,972
Verified Dealer
67
IT
Bell & Ross BR 03 BR03-92-S Good Steel 42mm Automatic
Bell & Ross BR 03-92 Carbon Black PVD
Php 110,593
Verified Dealer
40
UK
Zenith Pilot Type 20 Tourbillon 87.2430.4035/21.C721 New Rose gold 48mm Automatic
Zenith Pilot Type 20 Tourbillon
Php 1,260,146
Verified Dealer
337
HK
Panerai Special Editions PAM 00339 Very good Ceramic 47mm Manual winding
Panerai Radiomir Marina Militare Composite PAM 339 Special...
Php 451,051
Verified Dealer
31
AT
Sinn U1 1010.0101 New Steel 44mm Automatic
Sinn U1 Camouflage
Php 114,525
Verified Dealer
59
LU
Bell & Ross Vintage BRWW192-MIL/SCA Very good Steel 45mm Automatic
Bell & Ross WW1-92 Military Vintage
Php 111,001
Verified Dealer
90
FR
Bell & Ross BR 03 BR0392-DESERT-CE New Ceramic 42mm Automatic
Bell & Ross BR 03
Php 140,240
Verified Dealer
9
US
Panerai Special Editions PAM 00217 Very good Steel 47mm Manual winding
Panerai Special Editions
Php 548,439
Verified Dealer
53
US
Zenith Pilot Type 20 03.1930.681/21.C723 New Steel 40mm Automatic
Zenith Pilot Type 20 Aeroneuf 40mm 03.1930.681/21.C723
Php 291,304
Verified Dealer
9
DE
Orfina 7750 Good Steel
Orfina 7750 Porsche Design Stahl / Steel Variante
Php 117,402
Private Seller
 
DE
Bell & Ross BR 01-92 BR0192 Very good Steel 46mm Automatic
Bell & Ross BR 01-92 Factory Diamonds $13K MSRP SUPER RARE Box...
Php 300,264
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
66
US
IWC Big Pilot Top Gun Miramar IW501902 New Titanium 48mm Automatic
IWC Pilots Automatic IW501902
Php 448,935
Verified Dealer
380
HK
IWC Big Pilot Top Gun Miramar IW501902 New Ceramic 48.00mm Automatic
IWC Pilot's Watches Automatic Grey Dial Men's Watch - IW501902
Php 696,192
Verified Dealer
6
DK
Breitling Chronospace Military M78366 Very good Steel 46mm Quartz
Breitling Chronospace Military GMT Alarm Blacksteel Mens Watch...
Php 199,842
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
662
US
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Compressor Diving Chronograph GMT Navy SEALs Q178T470 Very good Titanium 44mm Automatic
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Compressor Diving Chronograph GMT Navy...
Php 425,729
Verified Dealer
132
US
IWC Pilot Mark 6B/346 Very good Steel 36mm Manual winding
IWC Pilot Mark XI
Php 428,733
Private Seller
 
AT
Zenith Pilot Type 20 Extra Special 29.2430.679/21.C753 New Bronze 45mm Automatic
Zenith Pilot Type 20 Extra Special
Php 303,931
Verified Dealer
116
MC
Breitling Chronospace Military M7836622/BD39 Very good Steel 46mm Quartz
Breitling Chronospace Military
Php 228,364
Verified Dealer
9
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
Php 1,089,547
Verified Dealer
1105
PL
Zenith Pilot Type 20 Extra Special 29.2430.679/21.C753 Very good Bronze 45mm Automatic
Zenith "Pilot" Type 20 EXTRA SPECIAL in Bronze
Php 299,526
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
953
DE
IWC Big Pilot Top Gun Miramar IW501902 Very good Ceramic 48mm Automatic
IWC Big Pilot's Watch Top Gun Miramar IW501902
Php 455,280
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
16
US
Heuer SG 1550 Very good Steel 43mm Manual winding
Heuer Bundeswehr Chronometer
Php 231,398
Private Seller
 
NL
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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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