MK II is an American boutique brand focused on producing tool and military-inspired watches with designs honoring some of the greatest mil-spec timekeepers ever created. Among those watches are the Blackwater and Paradive, two takes on the Benrus divers worn by American special forces in Vietnam; the Sea Fighter, a modern recreation of the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms; and most recently the Fulcrum, a robust 300m diver that conceptualizes the “American Milsub.”
Those who know the brand and its owner Bill Yao are keenly aware of the care and attention given to every single MK II watch. Mr. Yao has a reputation for being incredibly meticulous, with some of his watches first being assembled in Switzerland, then shipped to MK II’s workshop in Pennsylvania to be disassembled, QC’d, and assembled once more. He would tell you himself that his commitment to quality is often a double-edged sword—it’s great for someone buying a MK II watch, but it’s also the reason why entire lines are often out of stock for long stretches of time. Nevertheless, it’s why MK II boasts such a loyal following in watchdom, and even his detractors would agree that he puts out a damn fine watch.