Old Military


Available in two sizes: 43 mm or 45 mm - Price from 2,850.00 euros


The epoch of the old military pocket watch emerged around the turn of the century and reached its peak between the two world wars. After the Second World War, these pocket watches were hardly ever made. Only the then mass manufacturer Cortebert had produced a few pocket watches in military design after the war, otherwise demand had fallen sharply. The pocket watch had been almost entirely replaced by the wristwatch, and wristwatches became a bit simpler in design, with smaller numerals. The design of the old military pocket watches, on the other hand, was characterized by these oversized Arabic numerals, which were lined with luminous material on the inside. A special distinguishing feature of these watches is that the border of the digits is still clearly visible. Normally, luminous material is applied completely to the printed numbers. In the case of military watches, however, the printed numbers are hollow on the inside and illuminants are only applied to the inside of the numbers. Therefore, the digits had to be so large, otherwise it would not have been technically feasible. There were even some dials that completely dispensed with luminous material for cost reasons, or where only some of the digits were covered with Luminova. The "chemin de fer" railway line, which has a rhombus in some places, is also characteristic of military pocket watches. In addition, all had the seconds field at 6 o'clock. Many military pocket watches look confusingly alike. If you believe the dial manufacturers, the brands did not place such high value on independence at the time. At that time, the dial manufacturers still designed the dials themselves for the customer, and therefore there were many similarities between the watch brands. Today everyone attaches importance to an individual design. In the past, however, some watches could only be distinguished by the brand name, otherwise they were almost identical. Military pocket watches from luxury Swiss brands are still very popular with collectors today. In addition, there were also a large number of relatively unknown manufacturers who no longer exist today.


manufactured watch case

wristwatches in vintage pocket-watch design

43 mm or 45 mm diameter

50 mm or 52 mm lug to lug

22 mm strap wide

11.3 mm or 14.45 mm thickness total (incl. crystal)

watch case in stainless steel (made in Germany)

Swiss Made ETA Unitas 6498-2 TOP GRADE manual wound movement, 17 Jewels, 21.600 A/h beats per hour, power reserve 60 hours, upgraded in our own manufacture with CDC decoration, Perlage, heat-blued swan neck fine adjustment, double Sunburst wheels, skeletonized bridges, bevelled edges, rhodium plated, blued screws

Fine adjusted in 5 positions

Precision -2/+8 sec/day, after casing

Properly refined according to highest watchmaking standards
heat blued steel hands

galvano-black dial

C3 luminous dial and hands
Domed and anti-reflected sapphire glass on front

Sapphire display case back

Stainless steel buckle

Watch straps made of genuine buffalo leather or Russian leather

Shipped in an attractive travel Leather case

anti-shock proof (DIN standard 8308)
antimagnetic 4,800 A (DIN standard 8309)



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Delivery time within 4 weeks


Price (NET excluded VAT):

Old Military Top Grade * 2,850.00 Euro





Upgrades: (Please click on the text for more informations):

Change to solid case back * free of charge

genuine alligator skin strap + 75.00 Euro

Change to straight crown * free of charge

Folding clasp + 50.00 Euro

Artificially aged + 250.00 Euro


Old Military in its finest

The variant with the light numerals is undoubtedly the most elegant military watch in our collection. Around 1920, military pocket watches looked exactly like this. However, at that time radium was used as the illuminant instead of Super-LumiNova. This radium then turned brownish over the years, so that today there are hardly any military watches that still have the bright, original numbers. On most vintage watches, the digits have already turned brown due to the aged radium.

Live pictures 43 mm model

with polished watch case

Live pictures 43 mm model

with brushed watch case

Live pictures 45 mm model

with brushed watch case

Live pictures 45 mm model

with polished watch case

The case back

You can choose between closed or display case back

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