What Should You Know About Military Watches?

It is during tactical missions when a military watch truly shines. This robust piece of equipment does more than what a standard watch is designed to do when it comes to functionality, durability, and features. Primarily, it is crafted in such a way that saves a life. No wonder military watches are a must-have EDC for survivalists and those whose job entails putting their lives at risk. 

However, that doesn’t mean that civilians can’t wear them. Tactical timepieces are stylish and functional enough for office workers, adventurers, and those with an active lifestyle. And if you desire to wear a watch featuring mil-spec performance, it’s imperative to know everything about a military timepiece. 

Reasons why a military watch is worth it

Watch collectors have an endless fascination with military men’s watches. That’s because they are exclusively designed for foot soldiers, special operators, and divers. What makes them unique is the lack of superfluous design elements. Yes, you get what is essential to get the job done, giving them a special kind of beauty.

The following are some of the signature features of automatic military watches, making them mission-ready. 

Ease of use 

Military watches are user-friendly, as they are simple to operate and read. In addition, they are minimalistic and don’t come with any design element that impedes their functionality. For instance, a cluttered dial is not so legible. In the same way, it’s almost impossible to use a memorable dive bezel that doesn’t turn smoothly.


A tactical watch features a heavy-duty case machined from a material that is highly resistant to harsh environmental conditions, corrosion, and impact. Before using stainless steel, sterling silver and nickel-coated base metals were used. Today, plastics are becoming a more common choice among watchmakers.


Whether powered by quartz or mechanical movement, military watches should always be dependable. The campaign must be designed to function in heat, cold, and high altitudes. Also, if battery-powered, the timepiece must feature highly efficient and long-lasting batteries. 


The absence of a luminous compound on the dial makes the readability of time in dim-lit environments virtually impossible. Thus, a military timepiece is designed with a system for illumination. However, it’s worth noting that watches worn in the military should be covered to keep the enemy from spotting the luminosity from afar.


Tactical watches are also known for their ease of serviceability. Watch parts can break when used in the most adverse conditions, so they are designed to be changed or upgraded. 

Discover the best military watches from Praesidus 

Bringing back the glory of WW2, Praesidus recreates genuine vintage military watches worn by the fallen heroes and veterans who fought in battle. The brand offers some of the most historic A-11 timepieces that take you down memory lane. 

A-11 White Dial, Leather Strap 

Available in 38mm and 42 mm sizes, this vintage timepiece takes inspiration from the iconic A-11 watch specification developed by the US Army for watchmakers during the Second World War. It features a minimalist cream-white dial with black-filled indexes designed for easy readability in dim-light environments. 

A-11 Black Dial, Canvas Strap 

Paying homepage to WW2 veteran Tom Rice and the men who fought alongside him in the Battle of Normandy, this iconic military watch sports a night-black dial and cream-filled indexes for perfect visibility in low-lit conditions. It is powered by an NH35 automatic movement for accurate and precise time-telling.  

A-11 Black Dial, Nylon Strap 

This is the ultimate vintage WW2 timepiece for collectors with a night-black dial with cream-filled indexes. Its nylon strap is adjustable and form-fitting to any wrist size. It comes with a surgical-grade stainless steel case featuring a sandblasted finish. It is also equipped with a double dome mineral glass with AR coating for scratch resistance and robustness. 

Military watches are an excellent choice for combat and casual settings alike. They are your perfect companion in tactical missions and extreme adventures, featuring the highest standard in watchmaking. So, check out Praesidus’s watches and choose the one that suits your vibe. The brand’s creations are assembled in the USA and adhere to the highest quality horological standards.