While not necessarily a household name, MICROMILSPEC is well-known in military and law enforcement circles across Norway, the United States, and soon Canada. A Scandinavian brand that’s dedicated to creating performance-tested, long-lasting timepieces built for the specific needs of its customers, MICROMILSPEC’s brand ethos isn’t to sell volume – it’s to become an invaluable tool on the field or during active duty.
Because of this, many of MICROMILSPEC’s watches have been bespoke one-off designs for the commissioner’s specific purpose; not necessarily for commercial sale. Crafting these highly specialized pieces has always been the backbone of the brand, but MICROMILSPEC has since started to catch the eye of collectors who want to own one of their watches without, for example, risking their lives or working for an intelligence agency. Because of this, MICROMILSPEC has opened some of their designs to the general public for a limited-edition release.
One such watch is the new HERCULES. Built in partnership with the Norwegian Air Force’s 335 Squadron, the HERCULES is dedicated to the aircraft that shares its name. To build a watch that has as much ingenuity and power as the esteemed aircraft, the Norwegian watchmaker worked in conjunction with the Squadron for over a year to exacting specifications. The result is a 100-piece limited edition that’s as technically precise as it is wearable.
Every inch of the HERCULES has an intentional – and functional – quality to it that is representative of the design ethos of MICROMILSPEC. Encased in micro-blasted stainless steel with a matte black PVD finish, the HERCULES boasts a rugged appearance that belies the intricate beauty of the design. Its 42mm diameter and 12.5mm thickness strike a balance between size and wearability while the matte black two-part sandwich dial with green details, infused with Super-LumiNova X1, provides exceptional legibility and mimics the HUD (heads-up display) found in aircraft like the HERCULES. The dial’s multi-tier construction combined with a sapphire crystal embedded with matching green details creates a unique, instrument-like feel.
The watch is powered by a self-winding Sellita SW200 mechanical movement, offering a power reserve of 38 hours. The watch itself also has a water resistance of 10ATM, making it a functional watch that can withstand the normal wear and tear of everyday use – or, perhaps, perfect for a top secret mission.
Only 100 HERCULES watches will be made in production for the public, so be sure to visit MICROMILSPEC’s website to secure yours now. Prices begin at $1,500 for a rubber strap, with the option to upgrade to a bracelet or leather strap (or purchase all three for one bundled price).