I find it hard to go wrong with a military, or military-inspired, watch. Â For starters, you have quite a breadth of designs to choose from, from pilot watches to divers to field watches. Â Past that, given the emphasis given to the watches on legibility and robustness, it makes for designs that work well in daily wear. Â Should you be in the market for one yourself, a new collection just hit that is worth a gander – the Hemel Military watch collection.
The overall look of the range should be familiar to most of our readers, I imagine. Â You have a matte black dial from which the indices and polished handset stand out from very crisply. Â For the more military look, you have two models with needle-tipped and sword hands; if youâ€™re looking for something a bit dressier, the more triangular â€œdaggerâ€ handset (yeah, Iâ€™ve no idea what the style is actually called) will get you covered there. Â There are also variations on the indices – no major changes, but enough to make them distinct yet still related.
Driving all of that around the dial is a Miyota 9015 automatic movement, which is tucked into a 40mm stainless steel case. Â The case itself is available in either a bead blasted (which would be more correct for a military watch) or polished (for your dressier needs) finish. Â Sapphire crystals sandwich the case (front and back), and the watches carry a 100m WR rating.
Rounding out the package you have a heavier nylon strap (complete with metal grommets) to complete the look. Â This does definitely fit with the military theme, and I am glad to not see a NATO here (as my personal preference has been against them as of late). Â Though, if youâ€™re going for the dressier look, youâ€™ll probably want to look for another strap to slip into the 20mm lugs. Â Fortunately, with theÂ Hemel Military watch collection coming in atÂ $400, having some spare change for another strap shouldnâ€™t be an issue. Â hemelwatches.com
- Brand & Model: Â Hemel Military Watch Collection
- Price: $399.99
- Who we think it might be for: You like the look of, say, a vintage Hamilton, but would prefer something with modern reliability
- Would I buy one for myself based on what Iâ€™ve seen?: Â Not likely – itâ€™s just not a style I find myself drawn to wear with any regularity.
- If I could make one design suggestion, it would be: Get some leather straps into the mix as a standard option.
- What spoke to me the most about this watch: The overall look, and how mixing around a few details (indices, handset) can alter the looks of the watches
- Diameter: 40 mm
- Material: 316L stainless steel
- Finish: Polished or Bead Blasted
- Case Back: Screw-down
- Lug Width: 20 mm
- Lug to Lug: 48 mm
- Crown: Signed, screw-down, winding â€º Front Crystal: Domed Sapphire
- Back Crystal: Flat Sapphire
- Water Resistance: 100 meters
- Mechanical: Automatic & Hand Winding â€º Caliber: Miyota 9015
- Hacking Second Hand
- 28,800 buh
- 24 jewels
- Power Reserve: 42 hours
- Retainer: Brass
- Shape: Domed
- Color: Matte Black
- Paint: Superluminova C3
- Nylon: Heavy Duty
- Grommets: Metal
- Buckle: Signed