Rellotges militars: ximpleries?

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Many people, in an attempt to “seem” military or look more brutal, pay attention to the so-called military watches .

Military watches, for the most part, play on military and field themes , focusing on the needs of the military. Most often, when it comes to analog watches, these are large numbers / indices (markers), a dark marcar and contrasting colors of hands, markers, a reliable strap (fabric NATO, steel) and so on.

Luminox watch, photo taken from

Luminox watch

But is a military watch generally needed and does such a concept exist today?

To be honest, the answer is ambiguous.

Yes, many armies have watches as part of their equipment (for example, the Glycine i Marathon in the US), but there is an important aspect to this.

As such, field watches are far from mandatory, and many soldiers, both regular units and special forces, use personal watches , such as the Casio G-Shock, Seiko, and others.

No matter how offensive and sad it may sound, all “field” military watches are complete nonsense . But do not rush to throw tomatoes, now I will tell you why .

Marathon watch, photo taken from

Marathon watch

The whole idea of ​​field clocks comes from the First and Second World Wars, and in general, the conflicts of the 20th century. Indeed, the soldiers widely used watches , first pocket watches, later – wristwatches to coordinate their actions . But they used them not only out of necessity, but also because of the lack of any alternatives due to the insufficient development of technology and progress.

If you do not take into account the same use of personal watches, then yes, indeed, watches were produced specifically for the military on special orders from the Ministry of Defense of various countries .

Vintage military-watch Oriosa, photo taken from the site

Vintage military-watch Oriosa

So, for example, the first military diving watch is easily remembered –Blancpain Fifty Fathoms ( also used in the United States under the name Tornek-Rayville US .). The same ones that have already become legendary, The Rolex Submariner was also used in military operations (for example, by special forces of the US Army during the Vietnam War). There are quite a few examples of “special” clocks in the history of the war .

Vintage diving watch Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Milspec, photo taken from
Vintage diving watch Blancpain Fifty Fathoms, photo taken from
Vintage Blancpain diving watch, photo taken from

Vintage diving watch Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Milspec

All these watches were significantly different from the “typical” watches of that time (remember, the 20th century). At that time, there were no inexpensive Casio quartz watches and their unkillable G-Shock , the vast majority of watches were primitive, fragile, whimsical and unreliable . Roughly speaking, they are not at all ready for real combat operations, active and rough exploitation. This is the reason why the companies set out to develop watches suitable for use in harsh conditions, both on land and under water.

But now, at a time when, for example, the same Casio G-Shock purchased for 3-5-7 thousand watches will calmly survive vibration, immersion in water, shocks, falls and overloads, is a military watch really needed?

G-Shock DW-6600 on the arm of a US infantryman, photo taken from

G-Shock DW-6600 on the arm of a US infantryman

Obviously not.

Moreover, given that the cost of developing new unique specialized military watches is hundreds of thousands and millions of dollars, their real objective need simply disappears.

As for the “civilian” versions of military watches, the situation here is even more stupid and banal. All modern watches that “travel” on a military theme are just advertising , the creation of an imaginary image , but this does not apply to absolutely all watches.

From the “real” modern military watches, one can pick out manufacturers like Glycine i Marathon , by the way, quite popular these days outside the CIS countries .

Luminox watch, photo taken from

Luminox watch

But on the contrary, I would bypass the manufacturers who are trying only to “promote” on the topic of military equipment. I include Swiss Military HanowaLuminox , and others.

In conditions of real need, the soldier will rarely use an analogue clock, the most popular clock among, for example, US special forces – the already mentioned Casio G-Shock of various models, as well as Suunto , less often Timex i Seiko .

Timex military watch, photo taken from
Casio DW-6600, photo taken from

Timex military watch

Considering all of the above, we can quite confidently conclude that all modern “military watches” are complete stupidity, created nothing more than for the PR of the brand, its promotion and the creation of an image of military orientation. If you disagree with my point of view, please, in the comments .

What do you think of the military watch? Are they needed, or are they nothing more than a relic of the past?

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