From the Archives: A Look at American Military Watches

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We’re big fans of military watches here at Worn & Wound. In a world where crazy complications and precious metal sport watches are a thing, if you’re a purist it becomes easy to appreciate these from-follows-function tool watches that were, simply put, impeccably made and reliable because they needed to be. Over the years, we’ve produced all sorts of articles that explored issued (and non-issued) watches worn by soldiers, and specifically those worn by American service members. If you haven’t had a chance to read those yet, you can find them below.


Military Watches of the World: U.S.A. Part 1

Longines A-7.

In this first of a two-part series focused on American military watches, we look at watches from World War I all the way through the Korean War.

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Military Watches of the World: U.S.A. Part 2

Left to right: Benrus GG-W-113, circa 1973; Hamilton MIL-W-46374B, circa 1978, Marathon MIL-W-46374E, circa 1990.

And in this second part, we look at the mil-spec watches worn in the Vietnam War through the present.

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Military Watches of the World: A-11, the Watch That Won the War

Here, we explore  the spec that produced the most commonly worn watch by American service members in World War II.

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Benrus Type I and Type II Mil-W-50717 Military Dive Watches

Benrus Type I.

This article explores the beloved Benrus Type I and Type II divers produced from 1972 through 1980.

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PX Watches of Vietnam: A Survey of Non-Issued, Popular Military Watches of the Vietnam War

Not all watches worn by soldiers were issued. This articles explores some of the more common watches found in PX stores during the Vietnam War.

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