The connection between horology and the military is undeniable. Throughout history, different military branches around the globe have relied on watches to coordinate and synchronize critical missions. To that end, militaries approached noted manufacturers to supply them with standardized timepieces, which were then distributed to and worn by soldiers. Some of the most famous examples are the Dirty Dozen, the Luftwaffe fliegers produced by the likes of IWC and Laco, and of course the Rolex Milsub worn by British divers.
One lesser known example is the “Majetek” pilot watch issued from the late ‘30s through the early ‘40s to Czech Air Force pilots. (“Majetek Vojenské Správy,” which was featured prominently on the case back, meant property of the military department).