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Breitling Navitimer 1806 Chronomatic Iraq Military
Breitling Navitimer 1806 Chronomatic Iraq Military
NZ$ 7,498
Seller
Precision Watches
11
UK
Swiss Military Hanowa 06-8279.04.007.07-SET Sea Lion Set mit...
Swiss Military Hanowa 06-8279.04.007.07-SET Sea Lion Set mit...
NZ$ 279
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Timeshop24.de Ltd.
2785
DE
Bell & Ross WW1-92 MILITARY
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Bell & Ross WW1-92 MILITARY
NZ$ 2,343
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Private seller
 
ES
IWC Extremely Rare Mark IX (Mark 9) for German Military / 1943
IWC Extremely Rare Mark IX (Mark 9) for German Military / 1943
NZ$ 45,185
Free shipping
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VintageCaliber GmbH
32
DE
IWC Mark XI 6B/346 RAF British military steel
IWC Mark XI 6B/346 RAF British military steel
NZ$ 12,184
Free shipping
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A Collected Man
5
UK
Sinn 155 155 Military Special Edition (26819)
Sinn 155 155 Military Special Edition (26819)
NZ$ 3,490
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European Watch Company
55
US
Omega Seamaster 600 - Military dial - 135018
Omega Seamaster 600 - Military dial - 135018
NZ$ 1,824
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wagener-gold International e.K.
696
DE
IWC Mark XI Military Flieger Vintage
IWC Mark XI Military Flieger Vintage
NZ$ 15,062
Free shipping
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Turelojya SL
125
ES
Pro-Hunter Stealth Military GMT-Master II
Pro-Hunter Stealth Military GMT-Master II
NZ$ 28,780
Seller
luxurywatches
19
SE
Tutima - Tutima Military Bund - Tutima Military Bund 5100 BWL...
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Tutima - Tutima Military Bund - Tutima Military Bund 5100 BWL...
NZ$ 2,845
Estimated price
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Catawiki BV
 
Swiss Military Hanowa Arrow 06-4224.13.007 10 ATM 47 mm
Swiss Military Hanowa Arrow 06-4224.13.007 10 ATM 47 mm
NZ$ 355
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Timeshop24.de Ltd.
2785
DE
Heuer Military Schaltrad Chronograph Vintage Edelstahl...
Heuer Military Schaltrad Chronograph Vintage Edelstahl...
NZ$ 4,667
Free shipping
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Juwelier Ralf Häffner
355
DE
Omega Handaufzug cal 26,5 Military
Omega Handaufzug cal 26,5 Military
NZ$ 1,088
Seller
Ralf Pieper Internethandel
230
DE
Rolex 3478 Oyster Military with Railway Chapter Ring White Dial
Rolex 3478 Oyster Military with Railway Chapter Ring White Dial
NZ$ 9,116
Seller
Alex Pig Timepieces
33
HK
Heuer Autavia Military Vintage Ref. 111.603
Heuer Autavia Military Vintage Ref. 111.603
NZ$ 9,874
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Orologeria Duomo Milano
35
IT
Orfina Military Mark II Automatic - 42 mm - 6190
Orfina Military Mark II Automatic - 42 mm - 6190
NZ$ 1,657
Free shipping
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wagener-gold International e.K.
696
DE
Rolex 14k Y/G Military UAE Crest Eagle Logo Dial Datejust 15037
Rolex 14k Y/G Military UAE Crest Eagle Logo Dial Datejust 15037
NZ$ 19,681
Free shipping
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Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
66
UK
Porsche Design x Orfina  UAE Air Force Military H3
Porsche Design x Orfina UAE Air Force Military H3
NZ$ 7,447
Free shipping
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willi rothfuss
62
DE
Longines Automatic Military Heritage- Hombre - 2017
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Longines Automatic Military Heritage- Hombre - 2017
NZ$ 2,678
Estimated price
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Catawiki BV
 
Swiss Military Hanowa FLAGSHIP 06-5161.2.04.007 Herrenuhr
Swiss Military Hanowa FLAGSHIP 06-5161.2.04.007 Herrenuhr
NZ$ 285
Free shipping
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Timeshop24.de Ltd.
2785
DE
Breitling AVENGER HURRICANE MILITARY Ref. XB12101A/BF46/283S/X...
Breitling AVENGER HURRICANE MILITARY Ref. XB12101A/BF46/283S/X...
NZ$ 11,614
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WINGOO WATCHES
205
IT
IWC Kompass Uhr Military Green
IWC Kompass Uhr Military Green
NZ$ 6,359
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LE MUSE sas
55
IT
Tutima BUND Military Chronograph Stahl Lemania 5100 Fliegeruhr...
Tutima BUND Military Chronograph Stahl Lemania 5100 Fliegeruhr...
NZ$ 4,098
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Uhrenkapital
178
DE
Swiss Military Hanowa Pegasus Armbanduhr Automatik-Herrenuhr...
Swiss Military Hanowa Pegasus Armbanduhr Automatik-Herrenuhr...
NZ$ 474
Free shipping
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Chronographen 24
698
DE
Longines Heritage Military 1938 Black Dial 42mm T
Longines Heritage Military 1938 Black Dial 42mm T
NZ$ 2,308
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Plus Watch - Luxury Watches
2134
IT
Rolex 14k Y/G Saudi Military Dial Datejust Gents Wristwatch 15037
Rolex 14k Y/G Saudi Military Dial Datejust Gents Wristwatch 15037
NZ$ 19,681
Free shipping
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Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
66
UK
Tutima Military Chronograph ref 760 Lemania Fliegerchrono
Tutima Military Chronograph ref 760 Lemania Fliegerchrono
NZ$ 2,845
Seller
TimesValue
59
DE
Longines HERITAGE MILITARY
Longines HERITAGE MILITARY
NZ$ 2,435
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Fabel GmbH
115
DE
Swiss Military SM30052.03 Chronograph
Swiss Military SM30052.03 Chronograph
NZ$ 413
Free shipping
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Timeshop24.de Ltd.
2785
DE
Minerva Military Vintage Chronograph
Minerva Military Vintage Chronograph
NZ$ 6,008
Free shipping
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Dreamwatch - fine used watches
116
DE
Breitling Avenger Hurricane 12H Breitlight Automatik Armband...
Breitling Avenger Hurricane 12H Breitlight Automatik Armband...
NZ$ 10,870
Free shipping
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Juwelier Ralf Häffner
355
DE
Porsche Design Orfina Chronograph Stahl Lemania 5100 Military...
Porsche Design Orfina Chronograph Stahl Lemania 5100 Military...
NZ$ 4,015
Free shipping
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Uhrenkapital
178
DE
Swiss Military Hanowa Pegasus Armbanduhr Automatik-Herrenuhr...
Swiss Military Hanowa Pegasus Armbanduhr Automatik-Herrenuhr...
NZ$ 397
Free shipping
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Chronographen 24
698
DE
Longines Heritage Military 44mm Automatic
Longines Heritage Military 44mm Automatic
NZ$ 2,391
Seller
Plus Watch - Luxury Watches
2134
IT
Breitling Chronospace Military 46mm – M7836622-bd39-159m
Breitling Chronospace Military 46mm – M7836622-bd39-159m
NZ$ 5,857
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Mall of the Watch
368
MC
Orfina U.A.E. Air Force Military Chronograph - 7177
Orfina U.A.E. Air Force Military Chronograph - 7177
NZ$ 8,200
Free shipping
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Watches.de - Mercurius Trading Ltd.
70
CH
Bell & Ross Men's BR0392-MIL-CE Military Automatic Watch
Bell & Ross Men's BR0392-MIL-CE Military Automatic Watch
NZ$ 4,324
Free shipping
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Swiss Elevate GmbH - HarveyStore.com
513
CH
Swiss Military Hanowa 06-5233.04.007 Swiss Soldier Chrono...
Swiss Military Hanowa 06-5233.04.007 Swiss Soldier Chrono...
NZ$ 333
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Timeshop24.de Ltd.
2785
DE
CWC Mans Military Wristwatch G 10 , made for the Royal Navy
CWC Mans Military Wristwatch G 10 , made for the Royal Navy
NZ$ 477
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joseph-watches.com / Gisbert A. Joseph SLU
232
DE
Breitling Avenger Hurricane Breitlight Automatik Armband...
Breitling Avenger Hurricane Breitlight Automatik Armband...
NZ$ 10,870
Free shipping
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Juwelier Ralf Häffner
355
DE
Tutima Military Chronograph Titan
Tutima Military Chronograph Titan
NZ$ 4,519
Free shipping
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Dreamwatch - fine used watches
116
DE
Swiss Military Hanowa Pegasus Armbanduhr Automatik-Herrenuhr...
Swiss Military Hanowa Pegasus Armbanduhr Automatik-Herrenuhr...
NZ$ 497
Free shipping
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Chronographen 24
698
DE
Breitling Avenger Hurricane Military  50mm Limited Edition  G
Breitling Avenger Hurricane Military 50mm Limited Edition G
NZ$ 11,947
Seller
Plus Watch - Luxury Watches
2134
IT
Rolex OYSTER Military 3139 with Chapter Ring Dial and Sub-Seconds
Rolex OYSTER Military 3139 with Chapter Ring Dial and Sub-Seconds
NZ$ 13,745
Seller
Alex Pig Timepieces
33
HK
Longines Military
Longines Military
NZ$ 1,473
Seller
TodoReloj
231
ES
Breitling A3239011/BC35/103W Avenger II Military Men's Watch
Breitling A3239011/BC35/103W Avenger II Military Men's Watch
NZ$ 4,652
Seller
Swiss Elevate GmbH - HarveyStore.com
513
CH
Swiss Military Hanowa PATRIOT 06-4187.04.007 Chronograph
Swiss Military Hanowa PATRIOT 06-4187.04.007 Chronograph
NZ$ 345
Seller
Timeshop24.de Ltd.
2785
DE
Moeris Military
Moeris Military
NZ$ 828
Seller
joseph-watches.com / Gisbert A. Joseph SLU
232
DE
Tutima Military Chronograph Titan Lemania 5100 Fliegeruhr...
Tutima Military Chronograph Titan Lemania 5100 Fliegeruhr...
NZ$ 4,852
Free shipping
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Uhrenkapital
178
DE
Tissot Monopusher Military Vintage Chronograph
Tissot Monopusher Military Vintage Chronograph
NZ$ 6,677
Free shipping
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Dreamwatch - fine used watches
116
DE
Pontiac Military Chronograph
Pontiac Military Chronograph
NZ$ 1,171
Seller
Le Collection´heure
48
BE
Breitling Avenger Blackbird Titanium Military Bracelet Black...
Breitling Avenger Blackbird Titanium Military Bracelet Black...
NZ$ 5,889
Seller
Plus Watch - Luxury Watches
2134
IT
Breitling Avenger Hurricane Breitlight Automatik Armband...
Breitling Avenger Hurricane Breitlight Automatik Armband...
NZ$ 10,870
Seller
Juwelier Ralf Häffner
355
DE
Hamilton H3 Military
Hamilton H3 Military
NZ$ 1,339
Seller
Eorologi
206
IT
Breitling Chronospace Military
Breitling Chronospace Military
NZ$ 6,376
Seller
Prestige Luxusuhren GmbH
2336
DE
Swiss Military Hanowa 05-4284.15.007 Triton Automatik 47mm 10ATM
Swiss Military Hanowa 05-4284.15.007 Triton Automatik 47mm 10ATM
NZ$ 1,170
Free shipping
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Timeshop24.de Ltd.
2785
DE
Swiss Military Hanowa Soldier Chrono Herrenuhr 06-4142.04.001
Swiss Military Hanowa Soldier Chrono Herrenuhr 06-4142.04.001
NZ$ 313
Free shipping
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Chronographen 24
698
DE
Rolex OYSTER IMPERIAL Military 3116 14K Gold with Arabic Dial
Rolex OYSTER IMPERIAL Military 3116 14K Gold with Arabic Dial
NZ$ 23,503
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Alex Pig Timepieces
33
HK
Longines - HERITAGE MILITARY Ref. L28114530/L2.811.4.53.0
Longines - HERITAGE MILITARY Ref. L28114530/L2.811.4.53.0
NZ$ 2,326
Seller
WINGOO WATCHES
205
IT
Montblanc Mont blanc Military 1858 Full set 2016
Montblanc Mont blanc Military 1858 Full set 2016
NZ$ 3,263
Seller
Le Collection´heure
48
BE

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.