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Zenith Pilot Type 20 Annual Calendar
Zenith Pilot Type 20 Annual Calendar
AED 37,153
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Royal watches
6
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Anonimo militare automatico
Anonimo militare automatico
AED 13,562
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wiquel s.r.l.
9
IT
Breitling Chronospace Military
Breitling Chronospace Military
AED 17,405
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A. Grimmeissen Uhren An- und Verkauf
131
DE
Anonimo Militare Opera Meccana Crono  Referenz 2007 Revision...
Anonimo Militare Opera Meccana Crono Referenz 2007 Revision...
AED 13,558
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Uhren - Borgardts
 
DE
IWC Pilot Chronograph Top Gun Miramar inkl. 19% Mwst.
IWC Pilot Chronograph Top Gun Miramar inkl. 19% Mwst.
AED 42,947
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7
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IWC Big Pilot's Top Gun Miramar IW5019-02 Watch with Textile...
AED 31,765
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13
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Breitling Chronospace Military Special Edition 48mm  PVD Black
Breitling Chronospace Military Special Edition 48mm PVD Black
AED 13,371
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Alux Watches
 
US
Panerai Special Editions
Panerai Special Editions
AED 29,691
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Topwatch SA Pty Ltd
ZA
IWC Pilot Chronograph Top Gun Miramar
IWC Pilot Chronograph Top Gun Miramar
AED 29,350
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GMT Watches And Jewellery Trading
AE
Zenith Pilot Type 20 Tourbillon
Zenith Pilot Type 20 Tourbillon
AED 108,485
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Royal watches
6
AE
IWC Miramar Top Gun Chrono
IWC Miramar Top Gun Chrono
AED 37,500
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Haute Horologe
AE
Panerai Watch Luminor Marina PAM00217
Panerai Watch Luminor Marina PAM00217
AED 55,795
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Watchfinder.co.uk Ltd
UK
IWC Big Pilot Top Gun Miramar
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IWC Big Pilot Top Gun Miramar
AED 38,422
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Private Seller
 
DE
Sinn U1 Camouflage (Limited Edition)
Sinn U1 Camouflage (Limited Edition)
AED 8,815
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Istock LTD
58
LV
IWC Big Pilot's Top Gun Miramar IW5019-02 Watch with Textile...
IWC Big Pilot's Top Gun Miramar IW5019-02 Watch with Textile...
AED 32,323
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Crown & Caliber
13
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Jaeger-LeCoultre MASTER COMPRESSOR NAVY SEALS LIMITED
Jaeger-LeCoultre MASTER COMPRESSOR NAVY SEALS LIMITED
AED 27,120
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exclusive-chrono.com
149
NL
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Compressor Diving Chronograph GMT Navy...
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Compressor Diving Chronograph GMT Navy...
AED 61,030
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HAUTE HORLOGERIE LIDER
17
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IWC Big Pilot Top Gun Miramar
IWC Big Pilot Top Gun Miramar
AED 39,010
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GMT Watches And Jewellery Trading
AE
IWC Big Pilot Top Gun Miramar
IWC Big Pilot Top Gun Miramar
AED 28,868
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6
AE
Zenith Pilot Type 20 Extra Special
Zenith Pilot Type 20 Extra Special
AED 21,021
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Guardian Of Time
480
UK
Breitling Watch Chronospace M78366
Breitling Watch Chronospace M78366
AED 19,853
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Watchfinder.co.uk Ltd
UK
Bell & Ross WW1 NEW
Bell & Ross WW1 NEW
AED 10,398
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RARIST
 
PL
IWC Fliegeruhr Miramar 46 Chronograph Keramik/Titan
IWC Fliegeruhr Miramar 46 Chronograph Keramik/Titan
AED 37,296
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LUXUHRIA Uhren&Schmuck
30
DE
IWC Pilot's Chronograph IW3890-02 Watch with Leather, Nylon...
IWC Pilot's Chronograph IW3890-02 Watch with Leather, Nylon...
AED 26,936
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Crown & Caliber
13
US
IWC Pilots Titanium Dark Grey Automatic IW501902
IWC Pilots Titanium Dark Grey Automatic IW501902
AED 44,737
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VIP WATCH & JEWELLERY
36
HK
Heuer Bundeswehr Chronograph
Heuer Bundeswehr Chronograph
AED 20,569
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Chronometrie Pietzner GmbH
96
DE
Orfina Porsche Design Military PVD 7177 Lemania 5100
Orfina Porsche Design Military PVD 7177 Lemania 5100
AED 9,041
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Private Seller
IT
IWC Pilot Mark XI British Military 1951
IWC Pilot Mark XI British Military 1951
AED 29,611
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Edle Zeitmesser Worldtime KG
48
AT
Zenith Pilot Type 20
Zenith Pilot Type 20
AED 18,083
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Guardian Of Time
480
UK
IWC Watch Mark XVIII IW324702
IWC Watch Mark XVIII IW324702
AED 20,398
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Watchfinder.co.uk Ltd
UK
Panerai Radiomir Composite Marina Militare B&P PAM00339
Panerai Radiomir Composite Marina Militare B&P PAM00339
AED 56,833
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Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
145
UK
IWC Grosse Fliegeruhr Big-Pilot Top Gun Miramar Keramik 48 mm
IWC Grosse Fliegeruhr Big-Pilot Top Gun Miramar Keramik 48 mm
AED 49,502
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LUXUHRIA Uhren&Schmuck
30
DE
IWC Pilot's Chronograph Edition Top Gun Miramar IW3880-02...
IWC Pilot's Chronograph Edition Top Gun Miramar IW3880-02...
AED 26,936
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Crown & Caliber
13
US
Panerai Radiomir Ceramics Dark Brown Manual Wind PAM00339
Panerai Radiomir Ceramics Dark Brown Manual Wind PAM00339
AED 46,110
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VIP WATCH & JEWELLERY
36
HK
Heuer Bundeswehr
Heuer Bundeswehr
AED 26,424
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TheBeautifulWatch
6
CH
Heuer Bundeswehr Chronograph 1550SG
Heuer Bundeswehr Chronograph 1550SG
AED 20,117
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Just In Time Watches di Claudio Tassinari
119
IT
Alpina AL-372GR4FBS6
Alpina AL-372GR4FBS6
AED 3,020
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SWART Basel
6
CH
Breitling Avenger Hurricane Military
Breitling Avenger Hurricane Military
AED 27,350
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Guardian Of Time
480
UK
Panerai Watch Radiomir Manual PAM00339
Panerai Watch Radiomir Manual PAM00339
AED 40,225
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Watchfinder.co.uk Ltd
UK
Orfina Porsche Design
Orfina Porsche Design
AED 9,083
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Private Seller
UK
Breitling Avenger Hurricane Limited Edition
Breitling Avenger Hurricane Limited Edition
AED 32,439
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Watch Philosophy
21
UK
IWC Pilot's Chronograph TOP GUN Miramar IW3880-02 Watch with...
IWC Pilot's Chronograph TOP GUN Miramar IW3880-02 Watch with...
AED 26,936
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Crown & Caliber
13
US
Orfina U.A.E. Air Force Military Chronograph - 7177
Orfina U.A.E. Air Force Military Chronograph - 7177
AED 22,152
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Watches.de - Mercurius Trading Ltd.
107
CH
Breitling Chronospace Military "New"
Breitling Chronospace Military "New"
AED 15,823
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Turelojya SL
162
ES
Panerai Special Editions Militare  Left Handed in Steel  NOS
Panerai Special Editions Militare Left Handed in Steel NOS
AED 54,498
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Wilson Watches
7
UK
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Compressor Diving Chronograph GMT...
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Compressor Diving Chronograph GMT...
AED 39,010
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de Boulle Diamond & Jewelry
 
US
IWC Big Pilot Top Gun Miramar
IWC Big Pilot Top Gun Miramar
AED 44,981
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Guardian Of Time
480
UK
IWC Top Gun Mark XVIII Miramar Keramik Pilot´s watch IW324702...
IWC Top Gun Mark XVIII Miramar Keramik Pilot´s watch IW324702...
AED 18,982
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Dreamwatch Uhrenhandel
160
DE
Panerai Special Editions Militare Marina 47 lefty
Panerai Special Editions Militare Marina 47 lefty
AED 51,988
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Private Seller
 
DE
Breitling Chronospace Military
Breitling Chronospace Military
AED 19,869
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Prestige Luxusuhren GmbH
3218
DE
Breitling Chronospace Military M78366 Watch with Textile...
Breitling Chronospace Military M78366 Watch with Textile...
AED 14,118
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Crown & Caliber
13
US
IWC Big Pilot Top Gun Miramar 7 Days
IWC Big Pilot Top Gun Miramar 7 Days
AED 34,353
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Watch Center London
616
UK
Panerai Radiomir Composite Marina Militare B&P PAM00339
Panerai Radiomir Composite Marina Militare B&P PAM00339
AED 53,200
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Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
145
UK
IWC IW389002 Top Gun Miramar Chronograph Ceramic (28193)
IWC IW389002 Top Gun Miramar Chronograph Ceramic (28193)
AED 33,252
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European Watch Company
116
US
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Navy Seals Compressor Diving Chronogra...
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Navy Seals Compressor Diving Chronogra...
AED 32,775
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sense-of-time
70
DE
IWC Fliegeruhr Mark 11
IWC Fliegeruhr Mark 11
AED 26,446
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Private Seller
 
DE
IWC Pilot`s Watch Fliegeruhr Mark XVIII TOP GUN Miramar IW324702
IWC Pilot`s Watch Fliegeruhr Mark XVIII TOP GUN Miramar IW324702
AED 22,513
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Uhren2000 GmbH
301
DE
Zenith Pilot Type 20 Annual Calendar
Zenith Pilot Type 20 Annual Calendar
AED 31,580
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Private Seller
 
HK
Orfina Porsche Design Military Chronograph Automatic
Orfina Porsche Design Military Chronograph Automatic
AED 9,041
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La Clessidra Orologi S.r.l.
52
IT
IWC Pilot's Watch Top Gun Miramar IW3880-02 Watch with Textile...
IWC Pilot's Watch Top Gun Miramar IW3880-02 Watch with Textile...
AED 27,493
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Crown & Caliber
13
US
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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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