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Suunto CORE Alpha Stealth Watch

Wednesday, June 30th, 2021

Sometimes, all you need is just a watch. As we move into the great power competition, troops are concerned about their electronic signature and the CORE Alpha Stealth was built with this in mind. It doesn’t transmit any signals and it doesn’t collect information about where you’ve been. It’s just an ABC watch with core Altitude, Barometric pressure and Compass features.

In fact, the CORE Alpha Stealth was designed based on this request from an end user:

“I need a rugged ABC watch that is mission ready and ready for navigation at night. The watch should be robust, Night Vision Goggle compatible, and powered by a replaceable battery. It must be able to operate with no internet, BT, or geo- positioning support”

It retains all of the features of the popular CORE:
• Altimeter, Barometer, Compass
• Storm alarm
• Depth meter
• Sunrise/sunset times
• Dual time
• User replaceable battery – 1 year battery life, no charging

The CORE Alpha Stealth model adds these features:
• Red backlight / Night Vision goggle friendly
• Florescent Indicators on the bezel for nighttime navigation

It is made in Finland and tested to military standards (MIL-STD-810). Although, the CORE Alpha Stealth’s nylon NATO-Style strap is Berry compliant.

I have been wearing one for a couple of weeks now and I really like the watch’s functionality. However, a bit of a warning; when you first take it out of the box, the buttons beep when depressed. Be sure to switch this option off. Instructions are in the manual and it’s the second step during initial set up so you shouldn’t miss it.

There’s a also button lock feature which can come in really handy in preventing unwanted changes to functions when you’re doing a lot with your hands.

See the new CORE Alpha Stealth today at the Warrior West Expo in San Diego, California.

Suunto products are available for unit and agency sales through ADS.

The new Suunto CORE Alpha Stealth is also available from Tactical Distributors and US Elite.

The Suunto CORE Alpha Stealth is subjected to this MIL-STD-810 Testing:
Test Method 500.6 Low Pressure (Altitude)
Test Method 501.7 High Temperature, operational Test Method 502.7 Low Temperature, operational Test Method 503.7 Temperature Shock
Test Method 507.6 Humidity
Test Method 510.7 Dust
Test Method 516.8 Shock
Test Method 516.8 Drop
Test Method 521.4 Icing/Freezing Rain

SCUBAPRO Sunday – First Combat Swimmer Watch

Sunday, June 13th, 2021

In 1860, Officine Panerai was founded in Florence, Italy. The business concentrated on precision instruments like compasses and other nautical equipment for the next sixty years. The Regia Marine, or Royal Italian Navy, came calling in the mid-1930s with a new contract request: a watch suitable for Italian frogmen’s underwater use—the elite Decima Flottiglia MAS Navy Divers. The Italian frogmen were highly skilled commandos specializing in underwater and seaborne attacks on Allied ships during World War II. Unfortunately, Panerai didn’t have a watchmaking facility, so they enlisted the help of a company that did: Rolex. Fortunately for them, Rolex had mastered the waterproof wristwatch with the legendary Rolex Oyster in the previous decade. Upsizing the Rolex Oyster to the wide 47mm case favored by Italian divers was a relatively easy task. The frogmen wanted an oversized watch with a large dial that could be read easily in any weather. Most men’s watches at the time were about 30-35mm in diameter, so a 47mm case was specifically designed for heavy military use rather than as a fashion statement. It was the epitome of “function over design.” They also made a large 60mm case that featured a unique rotating bezel with four studs to signify dive times. It was also capable of withstanding depths of up to 200 meters and an impressive eight-day power reserve, minimizing the frequency of having to wind it.

The first Panerai watches were supplied by Rolex in 1936, although they did not have the distinctive half-moon crown guards that are now associate with Panerai. They resembled older Rolex. The latest Panerai Reference 3646 was the first Panerai to feature the trademark 3,6,9,12 Panerai Radiomir dial developed by Rolex. (The prototype had solid bars at the 12, 3, 6, and 9 o’clock positions, as well as dots at the other hour markers.) The watch’s Radiomir name applied to the Radium material used to illuminate the hands and dial in the dark. Radium was used into the 1950s by watchmakers. Radium is a highly radioactive element that was famously discovered to have caused many female factory workers’ deaths.

Panerai and Rolex later introduced the crown guard to fix the burly dive watches’ only fundamental flaw. They had to be wound manually every day, and the gasket that kept the crown watertight wore out easily with use. The crown guard kept the seal snug and stable while also making the watch more waterproof. The later versions with crown guards were only produced in limited quantities (300), and today all original WWII-era Panerai watches are extremely valuable and collectible.

Panerai watches have illuminated the ocean’s deepest corners, assisting Italian Navy Frogmen on their underwater missions during World War II, and have remained a military secret until recently. On the 19th of December 1941, Italian Navy divers from the X Flottiglia MAS carried out what is known as the Raid on Alexandria. Six Italian frogmen – two per torpedo – straddled their seven-meter-long submersible torpedoes like underwater motorcycle drivers and single-handedly disabled the British battleships HMS Valiant and HMS Queen Elizabeth as the nearby Norwegian tanker Sagona, and nearly changed the course of the war. This new type of warfare scared the crap out of the Royal Navy.

What they didn’t know at the time was that attack was part of the elite 10th Light Flottila, whose underwater missions wreaked havoc in Alexandria and other Mediterranean objectives. The Italian Navy fleet, led by Fascist dictator Il Duce, was unable to match the British fleet’s size and had to rely on its commando of stealth divers. Between 1940 and 1943, these human torpedoes have performed around 25 missions in the Mediterranean. The commando was nicknamed the Floating Trojan Horse after an assault in Gibraltar’s waters. It was one of the most successful special operations groups in history, with a deadly reputation for its clandestine underwater torpedo operations. Winston Churchill remembered the deadly effectiveness of the “Italians in peculiar diving suits” who had managed to mount limpet bombs to the hulls of Britain’s battleships “with exceptional bravery and ingenuity” in a secret war speech given to a closed House of Commons in April 1942. “One cannot but respect the cold bravery and enterprise of these Italians,” even Admiral Cunningham had to admit.

The divers would direct their explosive cargo to the identified target and remove the delayed action limpet mines from the front of the pig and mount them to the hull of the battleships, using specially built Italian submersible torpedoes known as Siluri a Lenta Corsa (slow-moving torpedoes) but nicknamed pigs due to their poor and slow handling. In the Alexandria Raid case, the divers had to navigate metal nets erected by the British to prevent them from entering the harbor. The frogmen depend on novel luminous devices explicitly produced for the Italian Navy by a Florentine watchmaking company known as Panerai. Panerai was the sole supplier of measurement and precision underwater instruments, such as depth gauges, wrist compasses, detonators, and sights, as well as a substantial luminous waterproof wristwatch known as the Panerai Radiomir, which would gain a place in the iconography of watchmaking.

In 1949 Panerai switched to the less toxic element tritium for its watches and patented it under the Luminor trademark after the poisonous effects of radium were better known. The Panerai Luminor watch, launched in 1950, cemented the company’s reputation as a competent diver’s watchmaker. The huge crown-protecting bridge with a lever to improve the watch’s waterproof properties – something the Luminor family still bears today – was significantly different from the Radiomir model. In the late 1950s, Rolex sold their last watches to Panerai, who sold them to the Egyptian Navy. The Egyptian Navy commissioned a watch known as L’Egiziano in 1956 after reading about these exceptional Panerai watches. It’s an understatement to call this watch big. A large 60mm case featured a unique rotating bezel with four studs to signify immersion periods – capable of withstanding depths of up to 200 meters – and an impressive eight-day power reserve, minimizing the frequency of winding operations. This huge diving companion had a small second’s counter on the dial at 9 o’clock, in addition to the crown-protecting rig.

Rolex was still selling Submariner watches and had little interest in selling dive watches or movements to a rival at the time. As a result, Panerai was still relatively unknown in the watch world in the mid-1990s. Each year, they only produced a small number of watches. But it all began with the Panerai watches of the 1930s and 1940s, which were the first purpose-built Rolex dive watches. So, if you can find a Panerai dive watch from WW2, scoop it up as it should be worth a lot of money. Not like send your kid to college money but maybe an excellent keg party.

Dive watches have come a long way; not only can they monitor your air pressure, but they can tell you when to come up and what your body temperature and heart rate are and can use different dive formulas if you like to tell you all that. SCUBAPROS’s new A2 watch is a full dive computer, waterproof 120m and can do all the above, and it looks cool. Yes, they have come a long way.

AB-Synapse Garmin Delta Tactix Watch App

Saturday, March 6th, 2021

The all new AB-Synapse Garmin Delta Tactix Watch App is available now in android and iOS app stores.

Easily create and send custom ballistic profiles to the Garmin tactix Delta – Solar Watch with Ballistics, including full access to the Applied Ballistics Bullet Library that contains over 1200 custom measured bullets.

Garmin – Descent Mk2i

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2021

The Descent Mk2i is Garmin’s latest watch-style dive computer. It pairs with Garmin’s Descent T1 transmitter via Garmin SubWave, which is a sonar-based communication protocol, to send tank pressure data right to the diver’s wrist.

The Mk2i can accept data from up to five paired Descent T1 transmitters, offering tank pressure, air time remaining, gas consumption rate to monitor other divers or additional tanks within a 10-meter range.

The dive computer function supports multiple dive modes for single and multiple gas dives (including nitrox, trimix and 100% O2), gauge, apnea, apnea hunt and closed circuit rebreather. It also features an underwater 3-axis compass and display depth, dive time, temperature, NDL/TTS, ascent/descent rates, gas mix, PO2, N2 loading, decompression/safety stop information, and time.

You can also share and review up to 200 dives via the Garmin Dive app.

Featuring a 1.4-inch sunlight-readable color display, it’s also a GPS watch for use on the surface. Garmin’s GPS watch features are well known. Anymore, it’s more a matter of what it won’t do rather than talking about what it does. However, we’ll quickly review.

First off is Global Navigation Satellite System connectivity which includes GOS, GLONASS and Galileo. You get position data, turn by turn navigation and round trip routing. There are also Garmin’s classic ABC sensors, including an altimeter for elevation data, barometer to monitor weather and 3-axis compass.

You also get advanced training metrics which include running dynamics, heat- and altitude-adjusted VO2 max, recovery advisor and more. There are also preloaded activity profiles for trail running, swimming, running, biking, hiking, rowing, skiing, and golfing.

Your watch will also guide your workout with animated workouts for cardio, strength, yoga and Pilates. Additionally, PacePro technology helps keep you on pace with grade-adjusted guidance as you run a course.

Respiration, pulse ox and heart rate monitors are all embedded in the Descent Mk2i. And, there are always more apps being added.

What’s more, the Descent Mk2i can be connected to a Garmin inReach satellite communicator at the surface so you can send and receive messages from watch and even trigger an interactive SOS.

Expect about 16 days of battery life from the Descent Mk2i in smartwatch mode and up to 80 hours in dive mode. It has a battery life of up to 32 hours when paired with a Descent T1. The T1 transmitter is depth rated to 11 ATM10 and has a battery life of up to 110 hours of diving with a user-replaceable CR123 battery.

Offered in two versions, Stainless Steel with Black Band and Titanium Carbon Gray DLC with Black Band.

If you’re looking for a Garmin product, I’ve got to recommend Strohman Enterprise, particularly if you’re military or LE.

SCUBAPRO Sunday – The Watch That Won WWII

Sunday, January 3rd, 2021

As the world marked the 76th anniversary of the end of World War II, people can claim a lot of items was the “one thing” we had that is the main reason we won the war. The .50 machine gun, The Higgins Boat, The Jeep (G.P.), and the M1 Grand rifle. There are more items I could list, but it would take a long time. There is one that was one of the best-kept secrets to helping win the war. In every campaign, everyone in charge of a ship, a plane, a boat, or a bomb had one, or it was part of that item. It was the Hamilton watch. Renowned for its accuracy. Hamilton’s wartime contributions took many forms, long known for their accurate timepieces, and they were essential to the Allied Forces’ victory in WWII.

The Hamilton watch company was incorporated in1892 in Lancaster, PA. In 1891, an engineer’s inaccurate pocket watch led to a terrible train crash near Cleveland, Ohio. As a result of the investigation into that crash, an industry commission devised precise timekeeping standards for pocket watches (there were no wristwatches at this time) (get it time) used by railroad personnel. Pocket watches that met those exacting requirements were known as “railroad watches,” and a leader in making them was the. Hamilton watch company. Hamilton’s first production of those watches in March 1894 became so highly regarded for their accuracy  they were called the “Watch of Railroad Accuracy.”

That reputation took Hamilton into World War I, as the official watch of the American Expeditionary Forces. Soldiers and some watch companies had devised strapped pocket watches to the wearer’s wrist so that their hands were free so they could still fight, and Hamilton took note. Soon, the 981 Wrist Watch was born. The below picture is a 981 with a shrapnel guard on it.

In the 1930s, its wristwatches’ accuracy led several new airlines to adopt Hamilton as their official timepiece. By 1940, Hamilton was one of America’s best-selling watch brands. They had their own designers, engineers, physicists, and metallurgists, and they were a leader in research in watch oils, hairsprings, jewel bearings, and escapement design. An Escapement is a mechanic, a device that permits controlled motion, usually in steps. In a watch or clock, it is the mechanism that controls the transfer of energy from the power source to the counting mechanism. For the ASVAB waivers in the room,  basically, it helps maintain a steady flow of energy. In the summer of 1939 and again late 1940, the United States Naval Observatory (the U.S. authority on timekeeping, chronometers, and other navigational equipment) sent letters to eight watch companies that might be interested in creating an American marine chronometer. Hamilton replied and requested a sample chronometer for them to study.

In Feb, of 1942, 13 weeks after the attack on Pearl Harbor, they delivered two prototypes for review to the U.S. Naval Observatory. Navy officials were “simply astonished” by their precision, innovations, and reproducibility. Timekeeping and measuring devices were of critical importance to the military for planning missions, dropping bombs, time fuses for the bombs, navigation for ships and planes, and countless other efforts. As part of the war effort, Hamilton produced top-secret mechanical time fuzes for the exact timing of the anti-aircraft fire, jewel bearings, hairsprings, aircraft clocks, elapsed time clocks, altimeters, tachometers, map measurers—even tools, dies, and precision machinery for another watch, instrument, and jewel makers.

A lot of U.S. watchmakers made wristwatches for the military during WWII. Hamilton alone produced hundreds of thousands of them for the military and other special “military” sections. They also made them for Canada, the U.K., and the Russians. These included “hack” watches, “like in Let’s get a time hack” named for a mechanism in the movement, connected to the crown, which set time to the exact second. They were used to synchronize countless military attacks, troop and train movements, bombing raids, even training events.

Hamilton timepieces also included a top-secret Frogman watch, with a large “crown” over the regular crown to keep it watertight.

Hamilton made watches for almost every aspect of war. In the air, pilots, navigators of fighters, bombers, and even blimps navigate using a pocket watch as their “master time source.” This military version of Hamilton’s railroad watch was kept on simple rubber or spring shock absorbers in a small metal carrying case (to isolate it from magnetic fields, vibrations, and turbulence) with a glass window.

Also essential was Hamilton’s “bomb timer,” with wristwatch movement and dial mounted into a bombsight with a movie camera, which filmed the dial and target at the moment of impact to measure the bombs’ effectiveness. Hamilton’s most significant achievements in World War II were its marine chronometer and chronometer watches. Many experts consider its marine chronometer to be the finest ever produced. What makes this even more impressive is that, until World War II, Hamilton had never made such a timepiece. Before the invention of the GPS (you still should have a chart/ map and a way to navigate if the GPS goes down, especial if you are jumping your boats into the water), you would use time, speed, and distance to calculating longitude and plotting location and direction, from a place of departure or use the stars, you also needed to have the exact time to be in the right place to start an invasion.    

Hamilton’s marine chronometer Model 21 was based on traditional ones but with several improvements. Most evident was a unique balance and hairspring assembly, a radical departure from conventional chronometer design. Such advances made Model 21 more accurate than any other marine chronometer. Properly maintained, it kept time to within a half-second per day.

It wasn’t only the Navy (which bought around 9,000) that used them. The Army Air Corp bought 500, and the Maritime Commission bought 1,500. President Franklin D. Roosevelt had one in the White House map room to maintain a day and night watch. Hamilton continued making marine chronometers after the war; they made a little under 14,000 by 1970, when it ended U.S. production. Every vessel that belonged to the U.S. and many of our allies used a Hamilton chronometer for navigation. Battleships and aircraft carriers used the Model 21, housed in a glass-covered wooden box, with its movement swung on brass gimbals to keep it level and accurate even in the roughest seas. The Model 22 was used as an auxiliary timer for bigger ships and navigation on smaller vessels like destroyers, submarines, merchant marine, hospital ships, tankers, escort vessels, and P.T. boats. The model 22 was a chronometer watch, not a marine chronometer. Though smaller and less delicate than Model 21, Model 22 also was kept in a gimbaled wooden box. 

By war’s end in 1945, Hamilton timepieces ruled the sea, air, and land, getting victorious Allied troops to where they were going, whether on foot or by ship, plane, tank, submarine, or troop train. The Hamilton watch company made over 10,000-chronograph for the war effort. It should really be in the running, if not considered the one thing we could not have won the war without.

In 1957, Hamilton came out with the Ventura, the world’s first battery-powered watch; it was also helped by Elvis, who wore it in the 1961 movie “Blue Hawaii.”

The Hamilton watch served the U.S. military well into the Vietnam war and beyond; it is one of the longest serving watches in U.S. history.

As a foot note for Eric, in 1968, Hamilton was asked to design futuristic timepieces for the crew of Stanley Kubrick’s famous film, “2001: A Space Odyssey.” A few years after being commissioned to make a “futuristic” looking watch for the movie, Hamilton invented (along with Electro/Data Inc. of Texas) the digital watch. They designed the watch to look far more like HAL 9000 than the watches that were actually in A Space Odyssey.

Lastly, for E.G., they designed the watches for the first “Men in Black” movie.

In 1968 they moved production to Switzerland. In 1971, they were acquired by the Omega & Tissot Holding Company SSIH purchased the Hamilton brand and utilized the Hamilton name for several branding efforts, including numerous quartz watches in the 1980s. Then in 1984, they became a subsidiary of The Swatch Group.

GoRuck x NFW – Shumate Dive Watch

Friday, December 25th, 2020

GoRuck is offering a version of NFW’s Shumate Dive Watch which memorializes Special Forces legend SGM Walt Shumate.

For those unfamiliar, Shumate was instrumental in establishing the SF dive capability during its fledgling years and helped establish the Special Forces Underwater Operations School at Key West.

He is also well known for his handlebar mustache. Serving as head selection and training of the nation’s premiere SOF unit when it was established, he went on to continue his service to that unit. even after retirement. In fact, his mustache remains there, enshrined in the mess hall.

The watch from NFW features a 44mm case made from Black DOC coated 316L stainless steel and is water resistance to 300 meters / 1000 feet.

The face incorporates Swiss C3 SuperLuminova on the hands and hour markers and the 120-click, unidirectional stainless steel dive bezel is lumed at the 12 o’clock marker for dive timing in low-light.

The movement is Citizen precision quartz, with a 10-year battery life.

Finally, the watch comes packed in a metal case and includes a black ballistic nylon NATO strap and black Italian leather strap.

There is also a variant with the Special Forces crest and proceeds from those sales will be donated to the Green Beret Foundation.

They are quick shippers. I ordered my watch on Tuesday and it arrived Thursday. Military discounts are available.

www.goruck.com/collections/accessories/products/nfw-shumate-dive-watch

Warriors Heart Announces Collaboration with MTM|Watch for Limited Series Timepiece Collection

Friday, November 20th, 2020

Bandera, TX – November 20, 2020 – Warriors Heart, a private treatment facility providing care for addiction and chemical dependency & PTSD for active military, veterans, law enforcement and first responders, has announced a collaboration with MTM | Watch, the leading manufacturer of sophisticated, tactical and military watches worldwide, to offer a limited-edition series of the MTM Warrior timepiece, benefiting the Warriors Heart Foundation.

Available exclusively at www.mtmwatch.com/warriors-heart, this collection of timepieces is seamlessly connected to the wearer, and those supported by Warriors Heart’s facility. Celebrating Law Enforcement, Fire Rescue, Military and First Responders, each version of the timepiece will feature the Warriors Heart logo in one of four colors, representing the hero communities cared for by the facility (Red, Orange, Green and Blue).

MTM has promised 40% of the proceeds from each purchase will go directly to the Warriors Heart Foundation, where they will be used to subsidize the cost of treatment for a Warrior or First Responder in need. The foundation is driven solely through the donations of others, supporting programs that address the unmet needs of suffering servicemen and women and give individuals and communities the tools to become self-sufficient.

“MTM proudly stands by the efforts of the Warriors Heart Foundation to support programs that address the unmet needs of suffering service men and women (Military, Veterans and First Responders). From chemical dependency and PTSD treatment, to service dogs and arts and culture classes, these programs give individuals and communities the tools to become self-sufficient warriors long after the support ends,” stated MTM Founder, Joe Casis.

The Warriors Heart Edition Watches are American-made and feature tritium gas-filled tubes on the index and hands. The watch movement is swiss-made Ronda quartz and the dial is made of a carbon fiber compound that is similar to the quality used by NASA. With sapphire glass crystal, along with a 316L solid stainless steel or titanium case, band bezel and locking screw down crown, the Warrior is a truly rugged , unique and durable watch you can depend on.

“Teaming with MTM to offer the Warriors Heart Limited Edition Time Piece, allows us to celebrate two very powerful entities, the Heroes of our nation, and an American made company to celebrates those who give it all, “stated Warriors Heart co-founder, Tom Spooner. “MTM’s innovative designs and styles are a true parallel to the lives of those Warriors Heart works to provide care for. We are honored to partner with such a selfless organization, who truly understands what it means to give back to the heroes.”

Available now through www.mtmwatch.com/warriors-heart the Warriors Heart Warrior timepiece is the perfect addition to your collection; all while making a difference in the lives of our warriors and their families.

Brigantes Presents – Elliot Brown Watches – the Ultimate Off Grid Watch?  

Wednesday, November 4th, 2020

We are pleased to announce that we are now one of the few trusted global distributors for Elliot Brown Watches to the military. Brigantes have such a strong relationship with the team at Elliot Brown, as they are industry leaders in the development of new technologies in watch design and applying these innovations to their collections.

The Holton Professional range has been designed specifically for the military user. Incredibly, it has been depth tested to an unbelievable 1921m! Furthermore, developments with their Automatic Holton range, (a battery free watch) has been a real game changer.

See below a press release from Elliot Brown.

Some things are just meant to be.

The Holton Professional instantly won hearts and minds like no other watch we’ve created, hitting all the right notes with a no-nonsense approach to life, full-on military credibility, easy to wear sizing and durability beyond question.

Making an automatic version with all of the Holton’s tech spec fully in tact was one of the easiest decisions we’ve ever made. If you’re not familiar with watch terminology, ‘automatic’ is a collective term used to describe a self-winding, spring powered watch with what’s known as a mechanical movement rather than a quartz one powered by a battery.  It can be hand wound by turning the crown (the winder) or simply worn where the motion of your wrist causes a semi-circular rotor to rotate, winding the spring automatically – hence the name.  The movement we selected is a reliable workhorse, the NH35, and once housed inside our bespoke movement shield, suspended inside a toughened, waterproof and shock resistant stainless case, it’s fit for just about anything you care to throw at it.

So many automatics find themselves in watch winders or hidden inside a drawer for fear of damage during more active or risky activities or as a result of their cost of acquisition… not this one. It’s designed to be worn every day and never taken off, no matter what.

With specialist military development and the most arduous testing already under the Holton’s belt, it has to the ultimate off grid watch.  No battery to change every few years, these models are human powered so they’ll go and go with nothing more than an occasional wash for at least 10 years (but of course we can replace and service any component should you wish to have yours fettled by our in-house Horologists).  That’s the beauty of any Elliot Brown watch; we can keep it on your wrist for as many years as you wish to wear it.

The only discernible difference between auto and quartz Holton models is the deeper case back needed to house the deeper mechanical workings of the automatic movement.

Every Holton up to this point has been finished in a gorgeously technical, dark matt PVD gunmetal finish. PVD stands for Particle Vapour Deposition, the name given to the coating which has a hardness rating of 1200HV (stainless steel is about 300-400HV) and a fascinating fact is that one of our watches takes 12 hours to take on a full coat that meets our standards, which is roughly twice the industry ‘norm’ in terms of thickness so it’ll never be an issue. Particles bombard the watch case, impregnating the surface of the 316L marine grade stainless steel and build up to a point where there’s a rock hard shell. If we made the layer any thicker, the case would begin to loose the crisp definition we work so hard to engineer in.  If you’ve had a watch in the past with a PVD coating that scratched off easily, our’s don’t do that, in fact we have never had to replace a coated case.

High grip hobnail knurling on crown and timing bezel

Sorry, we went all technical for a moment there… the real reason for mentioning Gunmetal PVD is that the Holton Automatic is also available in two other stunning finishes.  The first is natural stainless steel but instead of brushing or polishing it, we vapour blast it with tiny particles (like sand blasting) to create the most incredibly fine matt finish that’s almost cast aluminium silver-grey in colour. With the pale grey-green Superluminova dial and bezel detailing hailing from the same colour family as the case, the result is literally stunning. Simple wins. It’s technical, easy on the eye, slightly less ‘military’ and it just so happens to work perfectly with our heritage webbing straps that lend it a field watch vibe.

The Holton Auto 101-A12-N10 uses gorgeous aged PVD bronze applied to a finely brushed case that oozes warmth with subtlety that doesn’t shout look at me. Instead it’s discreet, tasteful and oh so cool, with the look of something more vintage yet with the clean aesthetic of a modern classic.

The desert grey webbing strap is a thing of beauty too. A technical slice of fabric designed to stand the test of time with ultimate comfort. Every single thread of its finely woven finish made to our exacting standards on a Victorian loom.  It’s colour sits between brown and grey and works with pretty much anything, much like a leather strap would but with heaps more durability and fitted with our matching bronze PVD patented clamp buckle.

It’s a hard decision choosing between them, but whichever you choose, each Holton Automatic is unmistakable as an ‘Elliot Brown’ which has become a right of passage in some circle.

The ultimate off grid watch?

We’ll let you be the judge of that 10 years from now when your watch can tell a few stories of it’s own.”

For more information contact: [email protected]

Or visit the website Brigantes.com