You know who we haven’t talked about in quite a while? Â Germany-based Steinhart, that’s who! Â They just recently announced theÂ Steinhart Military 47, which ticks off a lot of the checkboxes you might be considering for a vintage-style military watch.
For starters, theÂ Steinhart Military 47 has a, well, 47mm case. Â This is thematically appropriate, when you consider the era that this watch is emulating. Â It also works quite handily to have enough space for the handwound ETA 6497 movement inside, which was originally a pocket watch. Â So, rather than being large just for style sake, theÂ Steinhart Military 47 actually has a reason for being as big as it is.
The large case of theÂ Steinhart Military 47 also allows for some interesting things to be done on the dial. Â For starters, we have very large applied numerals going around the dial, which makes things very legible, whether or not you are relying on the lume. Â The handset is commensurately sized, and is a style known as snake hands. Â In the image above, you can see that they’re blued, but this looks to be more of a treatment application, rather than being heat treated.
The dial of theÂ Steinhart Military 47 also features a fairly generously-sized subseconds dial over at 9 o’clock, with another blued hand marking out the seconds. Â Taken as a whole, it does present very much that old-school military feel. Â It can feel a bit incongruous, then, that the case itself is polished, when you might expect more of a flat finish to this. Â Just more evidence that this is a modern interpretation, rather than the original thing.
Coming in at a price of aboutÂ $531 (depending on currency conversion; those in the EU will pay 560 EUR which includes VAT). Â So, really, for around $500, you are getting a very nice modern interpretation of the old military style, complete with sapphire crystal and a Swiss movement. Â While the polished finish isn’t quite what I’d look for (nor is the raised ‘Military’ logo at 6 o’clock), there is no disputing thatÂ theÂ Steinhart Military 47 continues in the brand’s tradition of delivering well-designed watches at very attractive prices. Â steinhartwatches.de
- Brand & Model:Â Steinhart Military 47
- Price:Â $531
- Who we think it might be for:Â You like the big, old school military look, and want a nicely finished movement as well
- Would I buy one for myself based on what I’ve seen?:Â Probably not – this case size is just larger than I prefer to wear
- If I could make one design suggestion, it would be:Â Offer a flatter finish on the case
- What spoke to me the most about this watch:Â The big, bold look
Tech Specs from Steinhart
- Movement: Â ETA Unitas 6497-1
- Case: Stainless steel, polished
- Back: Stainless steel polished screwed (see through window)
- Diameter: 47 mm (1.85 inches), without crown
- Height: 15 mm
- Weight: 133 g
- Dial: Black matt vintage
- Crystal: Sapphire, domed, with double anti-reflecting coating on the interior side
- Bezel: Stainless steel , polished
- Indices: Arabic numerals, 3D printing, superluminova , old Radium
- Lug width: 24 mm screwed-in
- WR: Â 3 ATM
- Strap: Russian leather Vintage Brown, 24 mm
- Buckle: Stainless steel pin buckle, PRE-V 24 mm, screwed with logo