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When it comes to military watches, German craftsmanship is known for its durability and precision. Whether you’re an avid adventurer or simply appreciate a rugged timepiece, our selection of the best German military watches has something for everyone. These watches are built to withstand the toughest conditions and are trusted by military personnel around the world.

The History of German Military Watches

German military watches have a rich history that dates back to the early 20th century. During World War I, German soldiers relied on accurate timekeeping for coordinating military operations. This led to the development of robust and reliable timepieces that could withstand the harsh conditions of the battlefield. Over the years, German watchmakers have continued to refine their designs, incorporating advanced technologies and materials to create watches that are not only functional but also stylish. Today, German military watches are highly sought after by watch enthusiasts and collectors alike.

How we made our selection: Features to look for in a German military watch

First and foremost, durability is essential. Look for watches made from high quality materials such as stainless steel or titanium, as these are known for their strength and resistance to corrosion. In addition, water resistance is crucial for military use, so look for watches that have a high water resistance rating, ideally at least 100 metres. Another important feature to look for is a reliable movement, such as a Swiss-made automatic or quartz movement, which will ensure accurate timekeeping. Finally, consider the design and functionality of the watch, including features such as a luminous dial for easy reading in low light conditions and a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal for added durability.

We have selected tactical watches, aviator style watches and marine military watches, in contemporary as well as classic military style.

As for the designs of our selected German watches, their charm lies in their, well, Germanic simplicity, ruggedness and functionality.

GPW German Military

Features

  • Caliber:  Seiko 24 jewels automatic,  28800 per hour, hacking seconds
  • Function: Time-Date
  • Water resistance: 200 meters / 660 feet / 20 ATM
  • Bezel: unidirectional rotating ceramic bezel, indexes with luminous material Superluminova
  • Crown: screw-down
  • Case Material: Light Weight Titanium Case (62 grams without strap)
  • Case size: 42.5 mm 
  • Lug width: 22 mm
  • Lug-to-lug: 50,5 mm
  • Crystal: Sapphire Crystal
  • Illumination: Non-Radioactive Military Luminous

Price: $319

KHS Reaper MKII

Features

  • Caliber: Quartz movement, SWISS MADE
  • Resistance to magnetic fields 18.8 Oe, resistance against shock NIHS 91-10, operating temperature 0-50 °C
  • Function: Time, Date, Hacking Seconds
  • Water resistance: 100 meters / 330 feet / 10 ATM
  • Bezel:  left turning countdown bezel made of NEOCARB® 
  • Crown: Pushed, black PVD-coated
  • Case material: Carbon fiber-polycarbonate composite NEOCARB®, screwed stainless steel caseback
  • Case diameter: 49 mm 
  • Lug size: 20mm
  • Lug to lug: 50 mm
  • Crystal: XENSATION® Glass by SCHOTT®
  • Illumination: H3 gaslight lamps | Trigalights

Price: 249 €

Laco Einsatzuhr (Squad) Himalaya

Features

  • Caliber:  Automatic Sellita SW 200 , 26 jewels
  • Function: Time
  • Water resistance: 300 meters / 1000 feet / 30 ATM
  • Bezel: unidirectional rotating ceramic bezel, indexes with luminous material Superluminova
  • Crown: screw-down
  • Case Material: Stainless Steel
  • Case size: 42 mm 
  • Lug width: 20 mm
  • Lug-to-lug: 50,5 mm
  • Crystal: double domed and anti-reflective sapphire crystal
  • Illumination:  Superluminova C3 on hands, dial markings and bezel

Price: $1020

Damasko DS30

Features

  • Caliber: ETA 2824-2 Automatic, 38h reserve
  • Function: Time, Date
  • Water resistance: 200 meters / 660 feet / 20 ATM
  • Bezel: Plain, fixed
  • Crown: screwed into case according to the “DAMASKO System” with crown protection
  • Case material:  submarine steel, bead-blasted, surface hardened
  • Case diameter: 39 mm 
  • Lug to Lug:  48 mm
  • Lug Width: 20 mm
  • Crystal: sapphire crystal, flat, anti-reflective coating on both sides
  • Illumination: long-lasting luminous paint Superluminova X1 GL C1 White 10, hour and minute hands painted black and coated with special luminous color

Price: 1210 €

Mühle Glashütte Seebataillon GMT

Features

  • Caliber: Automatic SW 330-2, version Mühle Woodpecker, neck regulation, Stop-second, Date quick correction.
  • Function: Date / Second time zone/24 hour display
  • Water resistance: 300 meters / 990 feet / 30 ATM
  • Bezel: Bidirectional rotating bezel
  • Crown: Screw-down crown
  • Case material: Titanium
  • Case diameter: 45 mm
  • Thickness: 12.7 mm 
  • Lug: 22 mm
  • Crystal: Non-reflective sapphire
  • Lume: Hands and hour indexes covered with Super-LumiNova

Price: 2990 €

Stowa Flieger Klassik, Ikarus and Verus

When the German Luftwaffe commissioned the design and manufacture of the first pilot’s watches to be issued to its pilots, Stowa was one of four manufacturers to win the contract, along with A. Lange und Söhne, IWC, Laco and Wempe.

Features

  • Caliber: automatic: Sellita SW200, hand wound: Sellita SW215-1 with Code Geneva, with blued screws, golden STOWA engraving.
  • Function: Time / Date
  • Water resistance: 50 meters / 165 feet / 5 ATM
  • Bezel: Plain, fixed.
  • Crown: Screw-down crown
  • Case material: Stainless steel, fine matt, ground by hand
  • Case diameter: 40 mm
  • Lug-to lug: 48.60 mm 
  • Lug width: 20 mm
  • Crystal: Non-reflective sapphire, on front and case back.
  • Lume: hands and numerals on dial with Superluminova C3

Price: 850-950 €

Sinn 556A

Features

  • Caliber: Sellita SW200-1
  • Function: Time
  • Water resistance: 200 meters / 660 feet / 20 ATM  Low pressure resistant
  • Bezel: Fixed, plain
  • Crown: Screw-down crown
  • Case material: Stainless steel, satinized
  • Case diameter: 38.5 mm
  • Thickness: 11mm
  • Lug width: 20 mm
  • Crystal: Sapphire crystal glass, anti-reflective on both sides, on front and case back

Price: 1100-1325 €

Archimede Outdoor 41

Features

  • Caliber: Sellita SW200-1
  • Function: Time
  • Water resistance: 200 meters / 660 feet / 20 ATM  
  • Bezel: Fixed, plain
  • Crown: Screw-down crown
  • Case material: Antimagnetictitanium case, brushed
  • Case diameter: 41.3 – 45 mm depending on model
  • Thickness: 11.2 mm
  • Lug-to-lug: 46.5
  • Crystal: Sapphire crystal glass, anti-reflective coating

Price: 1160 €

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