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URWERK UR-105 KRYPTONITE WATCH
Named for its bright green SuperLuminova numerals and indications, the Urwerk Ur-105 Kryptonite Watch is all about contrast. Its 39.5mm octagonal case is crafted from matte black AlTiN-coated titanium, creating a dramatic look, and has a catch on the top you need to slide to reveal the wandering hour mechanism. Twin pneumatic turbines on the back regulate the self-winding rate, allowing you to harness slight movements, only more vigorous motion, or turn it completely off for manual winding.
Watches are an integral part of many everyday carry setups. Beyond their primary use of telling time, they’re also a reflection the wearer’s personality and style. These watches have rich historical appeal as they were made for and worn in the field by infantry, Special Forces, and WWII pilots. Nowadays, military style watches are popular amongst the EDC community for their features, legibility, durability, and aesthetic. They go hand in hand with tactical gear you might already be carrying, but can easily be dressed down due to their timeless designs. In this guide, we’ll show you our recommendations for good looking, rugged watches that won’t break the bank.
3 Styles to Look For
Field Watches: The Field Watch is usually presented with a slim case, with large, easy to read indices. The thinness keeps the watch from snagging on other gear and will easily tuck under a shirt sleeve. Commonly seen with 12 and 24 hour numeral markings, these watches make telling military time an effortless task.
Pilot (Flieger) Watches: The signature mark of a Flieger is the triangle at the 12 o'clock mark. These watches have large faces and are reminiscent of WWII aircraft gauges that they are inspired by. Also known as “observation watches,” these timepieces make it easy to keep track of time elapsed whether you’re in the air or on the ground.
Heavy-Duty Digital: When you need a timer, calendar, stop watch, alarms, and more on your wrist, there are few better options than a heavy duty digital watch. Shockproof, waterproof, and nearly bombproof, these watches are seen in the field in modern military applications.
Now that we’ve got you acquainted with these common types of military watches, here are nine of our favorite examples — all coming in at under $100:
Momentum Steelix Field Watch
The Momentum Steelix is a rock-solid field watch catches the eye in many ways. And I don’t just mean by its massive 44mm 316L stainless steel case. It’s all in the details of the design: large Arabic numerals on even hours set inside much smaller 24-hour markers on a chapter ring, sword style hands, an extended cut-out date window, high contrast orange accents, and lume on everything you’d hope for. Although it is a field watch by design, its 200m water resistance pushes into dive watch territory. It’s a big watch, sure, but an even bigger value when you consider its unique styling, tanky build, and sub-$100 pricepoint.
One of the key features of a military watch is legibility, and this solar watch from Seiko does it well. The SNE331's large, stenciled numerals dominate the otherwise clean dial with a rugged, no-frills look. Luminescent sword hands and indices pop against the roomy, blacked-out 43mm stainless steel case. It’s solar powered for longevity in the field to keep its Japanese kinetic quartz movement going. Other features like a hardlex crystal window, day/date window, 100m water resistance and a buckled nylon strap make this watch an excellent daily driver if you like to do it big.
When it comes to great military watches on a budget, our readers were quick and eager to put in a good word for Bertucci—and with good reason. Their A-2S Field Watch features a durable stainless steel case with a modest brushed finish and wearable 40mm diameter. Super luminous hands and markers make its 12/24-hour dial easy to read, and a mineral glass crystal keeps it protected. Its curved case back provides all-day comfort for your wrist and screws down for water tightness to 100m. An all-metal Japan made quartz movement keeps this rugged everyday watch ticking.
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Timex Expedition Military Field Watch
The Timex Expedition watches are an excellent choice when considering military style watches on a budget. The clean looks, high legibility, Indiglo nightlight, quick-date feature, and reliable quartz movement result in a timepiece that looks like they cost way more than they do. The stainless steel case is slim and comfortable and the 42mm face wears well on any sized wrist. The indices are labeled with minute markers, allowing the wearer to quickly see how much time has elapsed. At under $40, this watch is a no-brainer to add to your collection.
Seiko 5 Automatic Field Watch
The Seiko 5 line was introduced in the 1960’s for having 5 distinct features, all provided at a value. Each watch in the 5 lineup has an automatic movement, water resistance, day-date display, an unbreakable mainspring and a shock-resistant design. These features result in a handsomely styled military watch that will stand up to EDC use and abuse without breaking the bank. The SNK809 measures in at 37mm — ideal for those who want to wear a watch but not be burdened by something huge on their wrist.
Timex Expedition Scout Watch
Another affordable military watch from Timex, the Expedition Scout packs many of the same features as the Military Field but in a different design. The black face and brushed gunmetal case result in a more understated look. The Dark green canvas band is high quality and comfortable. You still get Indiglo nightlight, a date wheel, and large, easy to read indices all for around 40 bucks. The seconds hand is a bright yellow arrow, not only does this increase legibility, but it adds a needed pop of color to the dial.
Citizen Eco Drive Military Watch
Blending both the Field and Flieger style watches into one package, the Citizen BM8180-03achieves a distinct military look. Sporting a mineral glass crystal and stainless steel case for durability, the watch can stand up to daily wear. Better yet, its Eco-Drive charging feature makes for low maintenance upkeep as you won’t have to change its battery. For extra utility, the timepiece is waterproof to 100M — meaning you can shower and swim without taking the watch off. The day-date display, large luminous hands, and hour/minute indices are easy to read at a glance. (Editor's note: Since the time of publishing, the price of this watch may have increased slightly above the $100 mark.)
Parnis Flieger Hand Wound Pilot Watch
This Flieger watch from Parnis is a classically designed pilot watch that has a substantial wrist presence. When legibility is key, the 44mm face and large numerals will come in handy. Featuring a hand-wound movement and a large onion-style crown, this watch is a mechanical masterpiece. The Tianjin Seagull movement is visible through the clear caseback, allowing the wearer to witness the gears in motion. The 22mm dark brown leather strap adds to the vintage aesthetic. At only $85, this watch is a great deal — especially given how much it looks like its more expensive counterparts.
Casio G-Shock GA100SD Digital Watch
Breaking away from the classically styled military watches, the GA100SD from Casio represents a more modern take on a military watch. Although several branches of the US Military have stopped issuing timepieces, the watch of choice for many servicemen are made G-Shocks. Sporting ultra tough shock resistance, an auto-on LED backlight, world time, a precise stopwatch, countdown timer, and 200M of water resistance, the GA100SD is packed with features. The sand colored exterior is perfectly suited to match dessert camouflage but is right at home for casual civilian wear as well. One battery will keep the watch going for approximately 2 years.
Is P Newmans watch expensive because of the watch or more because it was Paul's?
Short answer, it was already a relatively expensive watch, then add the Paul Newman connection and you've got a really expensive watch. Paul Newman's own watch sold in 2017 for $17.75 million, the most expensive wristwatch ever sold. Average vintage Daytona's range from $100,000 to as much as $600,000 depending on age, condition, etc. A current Daytona in Platinum is around $70,000 and the sky's the limit when you start adding jewels.
THE HISTORY OF THE ROLEX DAYTONA MODEL
The history of the Rolex Daytona is an interesting one in which this watch developed along parallel lines to the Submariner. Both watches were originally designed for “working men” and served a particular function as timepieces. While the Submariner was specifically built to withstand the pressure of underwater diving, the Daytona, named for the famous racetrack in Florida, was built strictly as a timekeeper of the millisecond variety.
THE ROLEX DAYTONA WATCH HAS SEEN THREE SEPARATE SERIES
Series one. The original Cosmograph Daytona has lived through three separate series. The original series was produced in very small quantities, beginning in 1963 and lasting through the 1980s. These watches have a four-digit model number and feature a manual-wind movement.
Series two. Because of the demand of the iconic first Daytona series, a second series was introduced in 1988, with automatic winding. These watches feature a five-digit number and were produced up until 2000.
Series three. In 2000, Rolex began producing a third Daytona series, equipped with a movement made in-house and a six-digit model number. These watches are self-winding and have chronograph functions.
Although Daytonas continue to be relatively abundant, the rarest and most sought-after of these watches continue to be the “Paul Newman” variety, a version of the Daytona made famous by the actor of the same name.
THE PAUL NEWMAN DAYTONA HOMAGE
Not all Daytona watches are of the Paul Newman variety. These watches have a specific dial that includes distinguishing features that separate it from the other varieties of this watch. However, these specific details may be so subtle that it is easy for the untrained eye to miss them.
First thing to know, Paul Newman Daytona is a sports watch and can only have the reference number 6239, 6241, 6262, 6263, 6264 or 6265. These numbers must be featured in order for the Rolex to be authenticated. Furthermore, all of the Paul Newman Daytona references have domed crystals made of acrylic. Sub-dials include block markers rather than lines and each sub-dial center has crosshairs placed on it. The seconds sub-dial is marked at 15, 30, 45 and 60. On other Daytona watches, these markings exist at 20, 40 and 60.
A true Paul Newman Daytona comes in one of four colors for the dial and specific combinations of layout of dial features. These colored dial versions exist on the models 6239, 6241, 6263, 6264 and 6265. No replacement version exists for this watch.
INTERACTIVE GRAPH OF PAUL NEWMAN DAYTONA AUCTION PRICES
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DESCRIPTIONS AND HISTORICAL PRICES OF ROLEX DAYTONA PAUL NEWMAN FOR SALE
ROLEX DAYTONA PAUL NEWMAN REFERENCE 6239
This is the one that started them all; the actual model worn by Paul Newman, until he passed. It is the most common and least expensive of the “Paul Newman Daytona’s”. The 6239 features a 300 units-per-hour, stainless steel bezel; pump pushers for the chronometer, and a Valjoux 722, 17 jewels, 18,000 beats-per-hour movement. Like the modern Daytona, it was available in both white and black dials. The dials were a three color dial, consisting of black, white, and red, and featuring the word "Daytona" written above the register at the 6 o'clock position. This was the first Daytona model to move the tachymeter scale off the dial and on to the bezel. Production on the 6239 models began in mid 1963.
Current Market Valuation for the Rolex Daytona Paul Newman Reference 6239
Sale on November 14, 2016 for $195,686 at Christie's.
Sale on October 26, 2017 for $17,752,500 at Phillips Art House of Paul Newman's very own "Paul Newman"! - watch the Paul Newman auction unfold live.
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ROLEX DAYTONA PAUL NEWMAN REFERENCE 6241
The 6241 reference is very similar to its 6239 predecessors in most respects. Again, the 6241 sports the Valjoux 722 movement and a three-color dial. But, and an oddity to this model is that it was available with pump pushers or screw-down chronograph buttons. It is also this model that the word “Daytona” makes its debut on the dial, and still takes up prominent residence there to this very day! Collectors seem to prefer this model, as they are rarer than the 6239, so expect them to command a better price than its older cousins, the 6240 and 6239.
Current Market Valuation for the Rolex Daytona Paul Newman Reference 6241
Sale on November 11, 2016 for $201,094 at Phillips.
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ROLEX DAYTONA PAUL NEWMAN REFERENCE 6262
Following the mantra, “if it aint broke, don’t fix it”; Rolex made very few changes to this model, aesthetically. Mechanically, however, it was given an entirely new movement with the new Valjoux 727. The noticeable difference to this movement is the increase of the beats-per-hour from 18,000 to 21,600. The 6262 also featured the metal bezel again, a tri-color dial (though it also had a two-color dial available, as well), and pump pushers. It was only manufactured for one year, from 1970-1971, and is a very rare reference.
Current Market Valuation for the Rolex Daytona Paul Newman Reference 6262
Sale on December 12, 2016 for $150,000 at Christies.
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ROLEX DAYTONA PAUL NEWMAN REFERENCE 6263
The Rolex Cosmograph Oyster Reference 6263 with a Panda Paul Newman dial is the grail watch to most discerning collectors. The 6263 duplicates the 6262 technically, with the Valjoux 727 inside, but goes back to the screw-down pushers and black, acrylic bezel. Additionally, this model was even made in a 14k gold version for a very short time. This is the model that commands the ultra-high prices seen in recent auctions, based on condition and dial options.
Current Market Valuation for the Rolex Daytona Paul Newman "Panda Dial" Reference 6263
Sale on May 29, 2017 for $518,398 at Christie's.
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ROLEX DAYTONA PAUL NEWMAN REFERENCE 6264
The 6264 is the twin to the 6262. The model features the higher beat, Valjoux caliber 727 movement and pump pushers. The main difference between the 6263 and 6264 models is the black acrylic bezel. Made to resemble the previous generations Bakelite bezels, this simple change really sets it apart visually from its counterpart model. Again, only being made in 1970 and 1971 makes this a very rare model.
Current Market Valuation for the Rolex Daytona Paul Newman Reference 6264
Sale on May 5, 2016 for $204,651 at Phillips
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ROLEX DAYTONA PAUL NEWMAN REFERENCE 6265
Starting in mid-1970, Rolex released the final references of the manually wound Rolex Daytona series: the 6263 and 6265. Reference 6265 shows the return of the water-proof, screw-down pushers, features a thicker case, and continues to house the Valjoux 727 movement. The 6265 also brings back the graduated stainless steel bezel, and now instead of three color dial, has a traditional "Panda" style dial in just black and white. Additionally, there is no "Daytona" written above 6 o'clock. This model, as well as the 6263, was available at Rolex dealers until 1987, when the Daytona model was overhauled, updated, and given an automatic movement.
Current Market Valuation for the Rolex Daytona Paul Newman Reference 6265
Sale on May 29, 2017 for $351,000 at Christie's.
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Okay, it's not a watch, but it's a clock that looks like one! I really like this offering from Bulova, which is a neat little travel alarm clock that looks like a dive watch.
With a black dial and bright bold blue bezel, this unique travel alarm clock has luminescent hands and markers as well as a functioning bezel to keep track of elapsed time.
Metal case, glass lens
Inside bezel ring adjusts to set for elapsed time measurement
Luminescent hands and hour markers
Battery included, LR44
Travel pouch included
2.5 inches wide x 2.35 inches high (open) x .7 inches deep