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An Introduction to Military Field Watches

Sekvens Journal

An essential part of military history has evolved into a functional and stylish accessory that lasts a life time.

Today, we are diving into the fascinating world of military field watches. These robust, dependable timepieces have been an essential part of military history and have evolved into functional and stylish accessories for modern wearers. Here at Sekvens, we are proud to offer a curated selection of field watches from renowned brands like Ollech & Wajs, Unimatic, echo/neutra, BOLDR and Bertucci. So, let’s explore the history and benefits of these exceptional watches and see what sets them apart from the rest.

The Origin of Field Watches

Military field watches, also known as ‘trench watches,’ have their roots in the early 20th century.

Patria Military Trench Watch from circa 1905 on leather bund strap
Patria Military Trench Watch from circa 1905 on leather bund strap
Gold trench watch, 1916
Gold trench watch, 1916

They were initially designed for soldiers during World War I, who needed a reliable way to tell time while in combat. Traditional pocket watches were impractical for the battlefield, so watchmakers began producing wristwatches that were rugged, water-resistant, and easy to read.

Military watch advertisement, 1918

As technology and design advanced through the decades, field watches became increasingly sophisticated. They adopted features like luminous hands and numerals for better visibility in low light conditions, as well as shock protection systems to withstand the rigors of military life.

‘Issued’ army watches

When we talk about ‘issued’ military watches, we’re referring to timepieces explicitly produced and distributed by the military to its personnel.

These watches were not available for public purchase; they were exclusively supplied to soldiers, sailors, pilots, and other service members.

Perhaps one of the most iconic examples is the “Mark XI” watch. Issued by the British Royal Air Force in 1948, the Mark XI was manufactured by renowned watchmakers IWC and Jaeger-LeCoultre. It was designed for navigational purposes and was worn by RAF pilots during numerous missions, creating a lasting legacy in the world of military timepieces.

During the 1960s and 70s, the U.S. military commissioned various brands to create durable, precise timepieces for their forces. Prominent among these were the Benrus Type I and II models, built tough to withstand the rigors of Vietnam War conditions. Additionally, Bulova’s MIL-W-3818B was widely issued across branches of the U.S. military during the same era.

The concept of ‘issued’ military watches underlines the crucial role these timepieces played in military operations. They were more than just accessories; they were essential tools that assisted service members in various critical tasks and missions. Today, the spirit of these historical watches lives on in modern military and field watches, offering a blend of history, function, and style.

Modern Field Watches and Their Benefits

Today’s military style field watches combine the tried and tested features of their predecessors with contemporary design and technology. These watches provide a perfect balance of functionality, durability, and style, making them an excellent choice for everyday wear or outdoor adventures.

Let’s take a look at the benefits of modern field watches that we offer at Sekvens.

  1. Durability: Modern field watches are built to last. Their robust construction, often featuring stainless steel or titanium cases, ensures that they can withstand harsh conditions and physical impacts. Scratch-resistant sapphire or hardened mineral crystals protect the watch face from damage, while water resistance ratings of up to 100 meters or more offer protection from moisture and water exposure.
  2. Legibility: A key feature of field watches is their easy-to-read dials. Large, bold numerals, often coated with luminescent material, ensure that the time is clearly visible in all lighting conditions. This is particularly helpful for those who engage in outdoor activities or work in low-light environments. These watches embody an essence of simplicity and functionality.
  3. Size and Weight: The defining attributes of field watches lie in their compactness and lightweight nature, mirroring the design principles of their military-issued predecessors. With their modest dimensions and unassuming weight, they’re designed for everyday wear and use, ensuring that whether it’s part of a daily routine or an adventure, a modern field watch offers practicality in its most refined form.

Field watches in stock

Now, let’s explore some of the finest field watches available at Sekvens, featuring various sizes and materials:

Ollech & Wajs P-101

This Swiss-made field watch features a 39.56mm stainless steel case, 300m water resistance, and a self-winding Swiss automatic movement adjusted in 5 positions adhering to OWs quest for precision. With its classic military design, sapphire crystal, and durable bracelet, the P-101 is a reliable and sophisticated choice for those who appreciate the finer details.

BOLDR Venture

A modern, lightweight titanium field watch that boasts a 38mm case, 200m water resistance, and a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal. Its clean design and versatile NATO strap make it a favorite among outdoor enthusiasts. Comes with Seiko automatic movements or Mechaquartz chronograph movements.

Unimatic Modello Due

This sturdy field watch features a 38.5mm stainless steel case, a whopping 300m water resistance and a domed sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating. The Modello Due combines Italian design with the reliability of the Seiko NH35A automatic movement, making it a sought-after choice for collectors and adventurers alike. Also available with Swiss movements aka ‘Swiss series’).

Bertucci A-2T & A-11T

Bertucci offers a range of larger field watches, focusing on longevity. Our favourites are the A-2T and A-11T models. These watches feature lightweight titanium cases, Swiss quartz movements, and 200m water resistance. Their classic military-inspired design and comfortable nylon straps make them an excellent choice for everyday wear. All for a very affordable price.

echo/neutra Averau

The Averau series is a stunning example of modern field watch design, with a 39mm stainless steel case, 100m water resistance, and a Swiss automatic movement. The Averau’s unique dial, inspired by the Dolomites mountain range, is both eye-catching and easy to read, making it perfect for those seeking a stylish and functional timepiece. And there is even a model with a ‘moon complication’ – how cool is that?


Military field watches have come a long way since their inception on the battlefields of World War I. Today, they are not only a testament to the rich history of horology but also a perfect blend of functionality, durability, and style. With their rugged construction, clear dials, and versatile design, modern field watches are a great addition to any watch collection or an essential companion for outdoor enthusiasts.

At Sekvens, we are proud to offer a carefully curated selection of field watches from renowned brands like Ollech & Wajs, Unimatic, echo/neutra, BOLDR and Bertucci. No matter your preference in size, materials, or design, our collection has something for everyone. So why not embrace the spirit of adventure and explore our range of military field watches today?

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