Attention! 4 military-inspired watches

Four fantastic timepieces that take their design inspiration from the armed forces.

EDGAR staff January 3, 2016

MB&F HM4 Razzle Dazzle

The curvaceous pin up girls painted onto the fuselage of World War II bombers by their American crew were the inspiration for this memorable watch from MB&F.

The Razzle Dazzle is made from titanium with aeroplane rivets and features women hand painted by artist Isabelle Villa. The right dial shows hours and minutes while the left displays the power reserve (72 hours).

The strap, meanwhile, is made from vintage military bags and echoes the flying jackets worn by fly boys during the war.


Bell & Ross BR03 Military Type

Constructed entirely from ceramic, this Bell & Ross timepiece is super lightweight, which we imagine comes in handy when you’re engaging in a spot of hand-to-hand combat.

The khaki dial yells military like a sergeant major when you’re late for parade, while the red ‘MT’, which stands for Military Type’ adds a pop of colour.

There’s no need to worry about damaging this 42mm aviation watch as the sapphire crystal is scratch resistant. Two straps are available: black rubber or the ultra-tough khaki canvas.


Arnold & Son Victory Special Edition

Perhaps the most famous battle of them all, the Battle Of Trafalgar in 1805, was paid a special tribute by Arnold & Son with this elegant timepiece.

The historic British watchmaker, which, remarkably, has been in existence since before the battle itself, created a one-off watch depicting the battleship HMS Victory, the craft sailed by Lord Nelson in his famous victory over Napoleon.

The 18 carat rose gold piece, with 22 carat solid applique, now sits in the National Museum of the Royal Navy in Portsmouth, England.


Longines Heritage Military COSD

When you’re jumping out of a plane behind enemy lines in the dead of night with only a silk parachute to break your fall, you want a watch that’s built for the job.

This battle tough piece from the Swiss brand Longines was used by British paratroopers in the Second World War, as well as Special Forces, and has been reissued today.

The NATO khaki strap is durable and lightweight – ideal for the men who wore them – while the arrow on the dial signified that the watch was Government property.