This is a true classic – it’s an ultra durable military-issued watch made specifically to handle the most brutal weather, to be battered on an army wrist, and to provide clean, predictable, and readable time.
And while here, form clearly follows function, it wasn’t far behind.
This watch was produced by Hamilton in 1973 for the British Ministry of Defense, for army personnel. The caseback serves as a register for the watch – identifying item and serial numbers, federal supply group and class – this one being “instrument for measuring time”. 99 is the country code for the UK. That broad arrow symbolizes it’s use for the United Kingdom.
Everything about this literal beater watch screams durable and practical. See that case – thick, rounded steel bulging on the sides? That’s called “Tonneau.” But, as opposed to typical Tonneau dials filling their case, these military models focused more on maintaining heft and protecting the watches integrity.
It features hacking seconds, military sword hands for maximum legibility reminiscent of the Rolex Military Submariner, a circled “T” marking tritium lume, and fixed bars. You could drag this watch through hell and back and it’ll keep ticking.
Military watches are extremely cool, in my opinion and representative of impressive history. They also happen to be extremely tastefully designed – this one features a matte black dial, beautifully aged luminous hour markers, including a triangle at 12, and a balanced an interesting dial. It’s not cluttered, no frills, just pure function – and it’s refreshing to see that.
Featured in todays episode of Lug2Lug!
Case Diameter: 36 millimeters
Lug Width: 19 millimeters
Case Material: Stainless steel
Case Condition: Great condition, no serious nicks or scratches
Dial Condition: Great condition
Bracelet: Phoenix NATO strap
Movement: Manual Winding
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